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Business Development Officer - N8 AgriFood

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full or part-time (see job details)
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604 - 38,832 a year
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Role Description


N8 is a partnership of the eight most research-intensive universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York. N8 Research Partnership secured multi-million pound funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to develop its Agri-Food Resilience Programme. This multi-disciplinary initiative is aiming to transform food security research in the UK. The programme will build on the N8's research strengths in science, engineering and the social sciences to address key global challenges in food security, including sustainable food production, resilient food supply chains, and improved nutrition and consumer behaviours.


We are seeking a Business Development Officer to join the central support team to consolidate a network of commercial stakeholders collaborating with the programme. Working closely with the team of N8 AgriFood Knowledge Exchange Fellows (N8 KEFs) and the network of N8 member universities' Business Development colleagues to initiate and coordinate opportunities for commercially and publicly funded collaborative research projects. This will be achieved by facilitating collaborations with N8 academics and key stakeholders, consolidating a portfolio of projects and maintaining links with individual companies, SMEs, charities, NGOs, and larger public and private organisations.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

The Business Development Officer will need be able to work with initiative, take decisions and think creatively. They will need to have a good track record of delivering and supporting strong, productive partnerships between academia and relevant business sectors. Demonstrating knowledge of the principles of account management with a good understanding of how commercial businesses operate and how to engage with them.

The support team are based within the Department of Biology at the University of York, however, the post holder will work in close partnership with a variety of funders and stakeholders across the N8 Research Partnership and with occasional travel required.

This role is on a fixed-term contract for up to 20 months. It is full-time, however part-time (0.8 FTE) can also be considered. 

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be made to Anthonia James via E: T: +44 (0)1904 328786.  For an alternative contact, please email

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