Business Development Manager

Carrie-Anne Holmes
HR Administrator | Bath Spa University
5th December 2018
Member roleInitiative member

Line Manager: Prof Kate Pullinger
Rate of Pay: £25,222 - £29,206 per annum, pro rata of 42,036 - 48,676 per annum
Contract: 3 year fixed term post
Ref: REQ000134
Closing Date: 12 midnight GMT, 11 February, 2019

About the role:

This 3 year fixed-term post is an opportunity to work at the heart of one of the most dynamic creative industries clusters in the UK. The Business Development Manager, based in Bath Spa University’s Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, will work closely with our cluster partners on business development and will be tasked with maximising inward investment across the project.

Based in our town-centre enterprise and innovation space, the Business Development Manager (BDM) will support the delivery of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Creative Industries Clusters Programme, in the Bristol + Bath Creative Research & Development Partnership (B+B Creative R&D). This is a new partnership designed to improve the performance of the Creative Industries in the Bristol & Bath region. The BDM will work closely with partners on the delivery of a collaborative research and business development programme for the creative industries.
Cluster partners include UWE, Bristol, and the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Bath Spa, and Watershed. The cluster will work with a range of industry partners across 5G, live extended performance, voice activation and sound, as well as projects that use creative and immersive technologies including VR, AR, and hybrid forms of publishing. B+B Creative R&D will support its business partners in finding new ways to engage the audiences of the future in new market places. Our R&D-led productions will lead the cluster into the future, engaging with emergent technologies, boosting inward investment and developing a new talent base to lead the cluster's creative industries in the next ten years. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our work.

Our goal is to lay the foundations for B+B Creative R&D to be internationally successful by 2030 and the BDM will be a key member of our team.

About you (requirements)

The Business Development Manager will have an entrepreneurial attitude with the necessary persistence and drive to raise significant investment for the cluster. You will have a working knowledge of commercial contracts and experience across a range of business development skills, including, for example, leveraging funding, attracting investment, project management, creating new products and new businesses, as well as organising showcasing events in order to make links with potential investors and buyers for products, services etc., to help to maximise commercial outcomes. You will be an advocate for the B+B cluster nationally and internationally, with the ability to build strong relationships within the local and regional business and entrepreneurship community and, in particular, those working across the creative sector and technology industries.

The BDM will be able to use both initiative and creativity to resolve issues and develop innovative solutions to ensure that the partnership meets its objectives in relation to industry collaboration. You’ll have a strong network of contacts across sectors and a proven track record in attracting investment and/or fundraising as well as working knowledge of the creative industries sector. You’ll be able to manage risk, maintain successful collaborative partnerships and work in complex and innovative environments. You’ll have a working knowledge of the innovation investment landscape in the South West combined with the ability to recognise and act on opportunities, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.

About us

At Bath Spa University we work with one clear vision: to be a leading university in creativity, culture and enterprise. And as the fifth largest employer in Bath and North East Somerset, we’re really bringing our local talent out on a global scale. And with increasing student numbers, it’s important for an expansion in our infrastructure and cherished buildings and landscapes. Transforming the lives of our socially engaged global students starts with making sure that our people, people like you, are engaged, empowered and feel valued for the hard work they do. And that’s where you come in.

The Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries:
The Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (CCCI) supports interdisciplinary innovation. From historians to performers, writers to technologists, designers to educators, psychologists to artists, we work to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration while helping to augment existing projects and develop new avenues for enterprise and industry partnerships. CCCI works across the College of Liberal Arts, Bath Business School, the Bath School of Art and Design, and the Institute for Education, providing a home for scholars and practitioners whose research engages with the cultural and creative industries.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Prof Kate Pullinger at

How to apply

For further information or to apply online please visit Please note that CVs will not be considered and those included with application forms will be removed. Any queries regarding the application process or our website should be emailed to

We offer excellent facilities and benefits to our staff. These include a nursery, childcare vouchers, pension scheme, flexible working practices, an employee assistance programme, and family-friendly policies

Please note, unfortunately due to the SOC level and salary associated with this post we would be unable to sponsor any applicants requiring a Tier 2 (general) visa. For further information, please visit the following link:

We value a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community

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Interview date 
9:00am February 28th 2019
Bath city centre Enterprise and Innovation Centre