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Business Development Manager

The University of Edinburgh - School of Informatics

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £42,149 to £50,296 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th August 2021
Closes: 20th September 2021
Job Ref: 1908

Full time

Fixed term for 5 years (fixed end date of 30/09/2026)

1 position available

The School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh invites applications for the position of a Business Development manager who will manage and coordinate the Business Development Activities related to the Edinburgh Laboratory for Integrated Artificial Intelligence, will track research and innovation activity to maximise exposure to appropriate industry partners, develop a symbiotic relationship with the academic counterparts to understand their research, ambitions and opportunities to develop their work into a commercial sphere.

The Opportunity:

This post  is funded through UKRI’s  Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowship programme. The School has been awarded 3.9 million GBP to launch a centre of excellence in AI. This will be known as the Edinburgh Laboratory for Integrative Artificial Intelligence (ELIAI). The Lab will bring together researchers within the School working on complementary AI disciplines and key stakeholders to drive forward  fundamental AI research.

This is an exciting new post that will play a pivotal role in developing strategic partnerships and generating significant economic value for the Edinburgh Laboratory for Integrated Artificial Intelligence, the School of Informatics, the University and the wider City of Edinburgh Region.  The successful candidate will work within the School of Informatics, interacting with colleagues across university groups such as Bayes, Design Informatics, EPCC, The Data Lab and Edinburgh Innovation.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Educated to degree standard in an appropriate discipline.
  • Well organised with strong business development skills.
  • Good communicator with excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good selling skills - ability to take a business view on technology, understand contracts, develop value propositions, form and close deals.
  • Ability to form strong working relationships with senior research managers in industry and groups within the Bayes Centre
  • Self-motivating, ability to take initiative and follow up on decisions and detail without being micro managed.
  • An ability to work, on occasions, to very tight deadlines in a diverse and demanding environment is essential.
  • Experience or interest in AI
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