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Business Development Manager (Executive Producer)

Theatre, Film, Television & Interactive Media
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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40,322 - 49,553 a year
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The Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN) is an exciting new business-facing project led by the University of York, with £6.4m funding from Research England, the University of York and regional HEIs.The aim of SIGN is to enhance the competitiveness of, and to future-proof the screen-related industries (film, television, games, XR and other digital media) in Yorkshire, through a collaborative industry and Higher Education partnership.This post contributes to the business development, innovation and knowledge exchange strand of SIGN which will operate alongside related workstrands, focusing on diversity and inclusion; research; skills, training and development; as well as contributing to understanding development in the creative industries. The business development, innovation and knowledge exchange strand will involve working collaboratively across the University of York, and with our micro-businesses, freelancers and SMEs in the region. The strand will generate new knowledge, and bring together existing understanding around the screen industries that will be of direct benefit to people working in the sector.


The role of the Business Development Manager will be to lead on developing and delivering a portfolio of knowledge exchange, innovation, and business development activities and initiatives to support the work of regional SMEs, micro-businesses, start-ups, sole traders and other creative practitioners within the screen-related industries. You will ensure the success of this portfolio of activities by developing key relationships with SMEs, micro-businesses and freelancers in the screen industries in Yorkshire, and the public and private sector organisations that work with them. Through these means, you will help to build a stronger regional screen economy and innovation-ready businesses, support the creation of new jobs and a more vibrant and productive relationship between industry and the higher education sector.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • You should be educated to degree level or equivalent, or equivalent experience in a business-related area.
  • Have a professional qualification or membership of a recognised body, and/or substantial experience gained in working within an organisation or running a business.
  • Have an understanding of Knowledge Exchange and Innovation readiness in the creative/digital/screen industries.
  • Thorough understanding of the needs of Micro and SME businesses and freelancers in the creative/digital/screen industries.
  • Strong network development and management skills; able to form collaborative relationships with many different types of people both internally and externally; persuasive and influential.

Interview date: To be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Emma Brown (

The department of Theatre Film Television and Interactive Media is currently recruiting for other similar vacancies.

Further details can be found under the following link:

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