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Business Development Manager - AGRI Project/Livestock-related Alliances

Agri-tech Growth and Resources for Innovation (AGRI) Project

Location:  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Salary:  £40,927 to £44,706 The point of entry will be dependent upon relevant qualifications and experience
per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 01 February 2022
Reference:  CK-692

Harper Adams University seeks a highly motivated and experienced Business Development Manager to join the expanding Business Development team working with both small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and large industry clients on strategic innovations. 

This post is full-time and permanent and is an excellent opportunity to join a leading provider of knowledge exchange, education and skills in the UK at a crucial time to support growth in knowledge exchange, research and innovation projects. 

The appointee will be involved for part of their week in the delivery and completion of the AGRI project. AGRI supports SME business with identifying and securing experts to assist with innovation projects across the Agri-Food and Agri-Tech sector. This will involve working with colleagues across the University and liaising with colleagues from Aston University to fulfil AGRI project objectives. 

Additionally, this role also involves working closely with the Livestock sector on strategic projects that will further develop existing research alliances at Harper Adams University. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to engage with new employers and organisations to meet KPIs in the Harper Adams University strategic plan, both nationally and internationally, developing future opportunities for departments. This role will require presence at both face-to-face and online meetings with a variety of associated activities such as UK wide events and conferences.

If you have particular questions, or for an informal discussion, please contact Clare Keegan

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Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector. With around 2,800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams University is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects.  Programmes fall into eleven broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and opportunity exchange. Situated in Shropshire, the campus and the surrounding area provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike.

Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. The University has been the highest performing modern university in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for the last four years, climbing to 17th place in the overall league table. In the 2020 guide Harper Adams was named Modern University of the Year and runner-up University of the Year. In the 2019 Whatuni? Student Choice Awards, based on student reviews, Harper Adams won the Student Support category for the fifth time – the only university to have taken the title since the awards began - and won the category for best job prospects for a fourth year running. In the 2020 QS World Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry published in March 2020, Harper Adams was ranked first in the UK for academic reputation and second in the world for its reputation with employers.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.



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