Ceres Agri-Tech Project Development Manager: Cambridge Enterprise

Salary: Competitive package, dependent on experience

Location: A choice of base location between Cambridge, Norwich, Hertfordshire, Lincoln or Reading, with some travel between these locations

Ceres Agri-Tech Knowledge Exchange Partnership has £4.7m funding to catalyse a revolutionary change between Universities,  research institutes and companies across the agri-tech sector.  It supports its partners (Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia, Hertfordshire, Lincoln, Reading, the John Innes Centre, NIAB and Rothamsted Research) to transform early stage innovation and technology into commercial attractive opportunities for the agri-tech sector.  It does this by capitalising on the expertise and innovation from research, seeking and deploying commercial market insight from its commercial partners, designing and delivering projects to industry quality and funding those activities.

The role holder will work across the Ceres portfolio, potentially working with any of the partner Universities.  They will be employed by Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge.  Cambridge Enterprise supports academic staff and students in licensing their inventions, creating and funding new companies and providing consultancy services to industry, government and others.

Due to funding, this role will be offered on a two-year fixed term contract in the first instance, with the expectation of extension beyond this.

We are looking for a Ceres Agri-Tech Project Development Manager to work across the Ceres partnership as part of the core team. The successful candidate will be responsible for a portfolio of projects.  They will work with University researchers and Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation teams to source, build, pitch for Ceres translational investment funding and manage projects to deliver commercially attractive opportunities for industry and investors.  They will also need to engage with external organisations as development and commercial partners.

The successful applicant will have a strong background in agri-tech, and experience in a commercial environment, with an excellent track record of innovation management and delivery.  Knowledge of marketing or other aspects of the development and adoption of early stage technology and commercialisation would be advantageous.  Member of the Ceres core team may be based at any of the Ceres partnership members but will be expected to work with all partners as required.

Our ideal candidate is well-organised, an excellent team worker and communicator, and able to demonstrate effective influencing skills and effective commercial insight.  An ability to prioritise and handle a number of projects simultaneously while maintaining an active customer interface is critical.


We offer a stimulating environment, surrounded by cutting-edge research, working alongside some of the most experienced commercialisation professionals in the world.

Our benefits package includes 30 days holiday per year and a University pension. This is alongside a commitment to employee personal development and well-being, in a highly flexible environment.

Closing date for this position is Sunday 19 January 2020

We will hold a two—stage interview process; the first interviews will be held on Thursday 23 January 2020

Closing date: 
Sunday, January 19, 2020
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