Business Development Manager - Education: Manchester Metropolitan University

A dynamic and driven Business Development Manager is required to join the Faculty of Education, based at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Brooks Building at the Birley Campus, a short walk from the All Saints campus and Manchester city centre.

The Faculty of Education has been educating teachers, practitioners and professionals for over 100 years and is also home to several areas of world-leading and internationally excellent research. The Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) is a centre of excellence for applied research and evaluation and ranked in the UK’s top 20 for impact in Education in the Research Excellence Framework (2014).

Your job will be to work with academics and other business engagement colleagues to identify opportunities for the development of commercial and grant income in order to achieve financial targets.


The role requires an experienced B2B Business Development Manager, with experience of working within a Higher Education setting, to support our ambitious strategy to increase knowledge exchange activities with external partners in the public, private and third sector. We are seeking a creative individual, who can work closely with academic colleagues to identify ways of working with external partners and generating a pipeline of income generating projects which align to the Faculty’s research priorities.

You will focus on managing and extending relationships with business, public and third sector clients, thereby increasing and diversifying income streams from contract research, consultancy, commercial CPD, KTPs, hire of facilities, growth of Intellectual Property income and other entrepreneurial activities.

You will contribute to the development of, and provide support for, the achievement of the Faculty’s Knowledge Exchange activities and targets.

Identify and develop new opportunities for the growth of Knowledge Exchange activities that contribute to income generation, impact, and opportunities for Manchester Met students.

Subject Matter Expertise

You will report to the University’s Head of Business Engagement and provide support to the Faculty’s broad range of disciplines and research specialisms, so knowledge and experience in some of the following areas is strongly desirable:

Children and Childhood – research that explores children and childhood, including school readiness and early literacy and language from a variety of perspectives.

Youth and Community – exploring how families and communities acquire and spread knowledge, experience and skills using arts and co-production methodologies.

Science, Technology and Learning - understanding and developing science and computer science education, and the use of digital technologies to support learning.

Teacher Education: Leadership, Curriculum and Inclusion - policy and practice in the field of professional learning, educational leadership and inclusive education.

Theory and Methodology - developing new theory and methodology in education and social research. Linked to our Biosocial lab, which pioneers thinking in digital and creative methods.

Literacy and Language - drawing on diverse perspectives to re-think literacy and language education.

Mathematics Education - relationships within mathematics, and between mathematics and the social, political and material world.

Education and Global Futures - studies of education policy and practice emphasising global perspectives and emergent futures with a focus on the UN sustainable goals.

It is also important that you have an understanding of and experience working with funders of innovation and enterprise. Links to the school sector, charities, local businesses, local and government policy makers, including GMCA and the DfE together with parliamentary contacts are highly desirable.

Closing date: 
Thursday, December 5, 2019
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