Business Development Manager

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Data Science Institute and Corporate Engagement Network


Business Development Manager



Salary is competitive and in the range £46,100 to £53,295 with potential to progress to £59,354 pa inclusive of London allowance


This is a fixed term appointment for 2 years



This is an exciting time to join the newly established Data Science Institute. Launched in late 2020, the Data Science Institute (DSI) is a new academic entity of cross-disciplinary institute status. The DSI’s mission is to bring LSE’s considerable expertise and knowledge to bear on the global data science debate, by both harnessing data science to know the causes of things and critically questioning data science developments and potential societal impacts, in an exciting new synthesis of data science and the broader social sciences. LSE has a distinct position to create and disseminate knowledge in the data science of human behaviour and affairs, and to translate this into policy recommendations. The DSI works closely with other key corporate stakeholders at LSE, through the Corporate Engagement Network.


We are recruiting a new position to develop and manage relationships with private and public sector partners to bridge academic research and teaching in data science. It involves seeking out, cultivating, and maintaining relationships with non-academic partners, to develop internships, employment schemes, knowledge exchange projects through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme, CASE studentships for PhD fellows, and partnerships for student capstone projects. The post holder will also work closely with LSE Corporate Engagement, Research & Innovation, and Careers teams in this role, developing other business opportunities for the School.


Candidates should be educated to degree level or equivalent and have demonstrable experience of developing and managing client relationships and working with private and public sector partners, preferably from an academic environment. Candidates should be adept at spotting opportunities and making connections that deliver additional value to the organisation. Candidates should be confident and professional, with excellent communication skills, and the ability to convey complex information to a diverse audience. Candidates should have a proven track record of client relationship management with the ability to maintain accurate records. They should be able to earn trust and respect from a project’s stakeholders. They should be a team player with the ability to develop relationships with colleagues from different disciplines and work collaboratively towards shared objectives and deadlines. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to providing a high-quality service and conveying that standard to those using the Institute’s services.


We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.


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The closing date for receipt of applications is 2nd June 2021 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.