Research and Business Development Manager

United Kingdom
Jan 30, 2018
Feb 19, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Part Time

Job Purpose

The Research & Business Development Manager (BDM) will lead on development within the cross-College IMI - Institute of Microbiology and Infection (IMI).

This post holder will:

  • Support the IMI Director in the fulfilment of their responsibilities, mapping and, where necessary, developing clear structures and procedures in line with the overall cross-College structures and priorities to sure compliance with all University of Birmingham management requirements.
  • Working for the Director of Operations and with other School Operational Managers to ensure effective structures for administrative management and support across the Institutes and College.
  • Have responsibility for delivering a high level professional management service to the Institute Director and staff, providing advice, support and guidance across a range of processes and ensuring effective local delivery of activity by relevant professional services staff.
  • Have oversight of the investment of the cross-College IMI, report on progress made against its aims and objectives, and ensure that maximum value is delivered for its stakeholders.
  • Play a key role in the external promotion of the IMI and in stimulating and supporting internal collaboration and research activities.


Person Specification


  • Educated to degree standard and/or evidence of sustained continuing professional development appropriate for the capabilities required for and contribution from this role.



  • Extensive University/Higher Education/NHS Trust administrative and/or research management experience
  • Good understanding of the research landscape and funding mechanisms particularly within the field of microbiology and infection.
  • Evidence of managing programmes that successfully delivered against defined aims and objectives
  • Evidence of successfully managing complex and substantial budgets.
  • Experience of preparing compelling business cases and developing options appraisals on a range of issues.
  • Experience of data mining and sourcing information, particularly through electronic sources, to inform reporting for strategic planning
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of UK HE funding mechanisms, strategies and priorities


Abilities and skills

  • Exceptional report writing skills - ability to write clear and concise formal reports and documents, maintaining high levels of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong negotiating and persuasion skills
  • Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to communicate complex policy matters
  • Excellent verbal communication skills - ability to communicate with a wide range of people at all levels
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills with a demonstrated ability to plan and organise a large workload to meet both internal and external deadlines - working on a variety of complex issues simultaneously
  • Evidence of ability to work collaboratively across functions to achieve common goals, to create an ethos of continuous improvement
  • Ability to deal with a varied workload, manage tight deadlines, work under pressure and to prioritise effectively, while responding positively to the unexpected
  • Implementing and managing change - developing and implementing proposals and translating strategy and strategic aspirations into specific operations plans with measurable outcomes - including longer term proposals with timescales of several years
  • Excellent inter-personal skills; ability to develop effective working relationships with all levels of staff and external contacts.
  • Developed leadership skills, with the ability to instil confidence in others
  • Assertive and able to think and act decisively
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to absorb and deploy new information quickly and accurately


Application Deadline

18 Feb 2018


Please note interviews are due to take place on 16th March 2018.