Business Development Officer: University of Exeter

This part time (0.8 FTE) post is available immediately on a permanent basis. This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working

Summary of the role

Ranked among the top 150 universities in the world, Exeter has become one of the UK’s fastest growing and fastest rising research universities. We are investing in the Directorate of Innovation, Impact and Business to drive forward our already strong relationships with business; grow our potential for significant impact; and galvanise regional innovation. 

Impact and Partnership (Business) Development Officers (IPDOs) are responsible for supporting business engagement; impact development; research collaboration with industry and government partners; relationships with key partners including corporate partners; and other forms of income generation from businesses and other external partners. Often working within thematic teams, IPDOs are responsible for helping the teams identify opportunities for impact and partnership development and to bring together internal teams and build external partnerships to work up proposals. They also support the development of long-term strategic partnerships with regional, national and international stakeholders.

This post will be working within the Data/Tech/Health Sector Team supporting large bids initiatives across this sector. You will work alongside Impact and Partnership Development Managers and Heads of Sector supporting business development initiatives and large bids.

We are therefore seeking an organised and efficient individual to support the continued development of the University of Exeter's research impact portfolio. The successful candidate will be interested in technologies emerging from the latest scientific research, and will be a person who possesses good interpersonal skills and is able to work with a range of people.

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). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

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. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 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. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City. In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.

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 (pro rata for part time employees)
  • 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 Isabel Gonzalez, email

Closing date: 
Sunday, January 16, 2022
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