Business Development Manager – Defence & Security Industry

This new full-time post is available from July 2022 until 7 April 2023 on a fixed term basis.

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

Summary of the role

The University of Exeter is seeking an experienced business development manager to lead its collaborations within the Defence & Security sector as well as support the relationship management of a range of key clients and strategic corporate partners.

The University of Exeter has expertise across a wide range of defence and security challenges.  It has strong relationships with businesses, government, policy makers and other non-academic partners in this sector and makes a real impact on society and the economy.

The successful candidate will have experience of working successfully with partners from across academic, public and private sectors and will have extensive knowledge of research and education innovation opportunities and the knowledge exchange needs of the sector. They will be responsible for coordinating and supporting existing activities, identifying opportunities, submitting bids and tenders, working with researchers from across disciplines and colleges, and engaging with industry and policy makers.

This role will be based in the University’s Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) team.  Its key aim is to draw on the University’s education, research and physical assets to add value and impact to our partners. This includes research collaboration, commercial services, new venture development, skills, placements, and education partnerships.

We welcome candidates with the international RTTP recognition.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification available on our website.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022).

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.                                                                  


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information

For further information, please contact Michelle Spillar, Head of Data and Tech Sector

This role is subject to additional background screening.

Closing date: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
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