Business Development Manager

SOAS University of London - Research and Enterprise Directorate

The role and its responsibilities

The Business Development Manager will be a key member of the enterprise team which is part of the  Research and Enterprise Office at SOAS and will work closely with academic staff across the School and other professional services colleagues to manage a range of knowledge exchange activities including consultancy, IP and professional training programmes. He/she will work to raise awareness and increase understanding of knowledge exchange at SOAS, supporting the development of policies, processes and good practice to achieve the objectives of the institutional knowledge exchange strategy.

Skills and experience

We are looking for an experienced business development professional who is skilled at handling the interface between academia and external stakeholders from business, government and third sector organisations. He/she will have an entrepreneurial approach and the drive and motivation to identify new business opportunities and turn these into meaningful, sustainable relationships with the potential for income generation across a range of knowledge exchange activities. Candidates should have demonstrable experience of creating budgets, proposal and bid development, project management and a track record of winning new business including large-scale externally-funded projects.

Further information

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Louise Roberts on 020 7898 4837 or email

Competitive benefits package

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and additional School closure days (pro rata for part time staff)
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various loan schemes including season ticket and IT equipment
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial support for childcare

About the REO

Research and enterprise activities are central to the SOAS mission. The Research and Enterprise Office (REO) works across the School to secure external funding and income, to support research excellence, develop new partnerships and facilitate knowledge exchange.

To apply for this vacancy or download a job description, please click the apply button below. 

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held on 22 January 2018

Please note that it will not be possible for SOAS to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with SOAS, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

We are working to achieve a diverse and representative workforce at all levels within SOAS University of London. Black and Minority Ethnic groups are actively encouraged to apply for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level.

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