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Business Development Executive (SAM Project)

Technology - Institute for Automative and Manufacturing Advanced Practice

Location:  Sunderland Campus
Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927
Hours per Week:  37
Closing Date:  Sunday 10 July 2022
Reference:  0200-22
Further details:    Job Description    

Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (SAM) is an exciting ERDF project supporting the implementation of product, process and technology innovation within the North East LEP area.

We are working with SME Manufacturers giving practical / research / grants and support using our state of the art capital, within our Industry Centre.

An opportunity has arisen to appoint a Business Development Executive to our project delivery team, working with another Business Development Executive to together cover the North and South regions of the NE LEP area. 

This role is responsible for providing support to the project team in delivering all aspects of external SME manufacturing client and partner engagement. You will support the client from initial engagement and registration into the project, and as required throughout their project engagement journey.

The impact of the project to date has seen the establishment of additional new engineering and manufacturing jobs within the region supporting the regional strategy of growth (Scale Up), it has also established new products / processes within the region and the market. To date nearly 300 different SME manufacturers have received support via the project, receiving around 10,000 combined hours of fully funded technical assistance.  Furthermore the Project has also provided grant support to around 70 SMEs, totalling over £1m of direct grant awards.

The University of Sunderland is an energetic and vibrant institution with a proud record of innovation and excellence in teaching, research and enterprise activities. The entrepreneurial and pioneering values which drive the University of Sunderland’s strategy ensures that we capitalise on local, national and international engagement and development. We provide an outstanding student experience.  Over 70% of published research carried out at our University has been rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework results.  Furthermore, the team within Engineering and the wider Faculty of Technology has excellent links with industry.

Our engineering facilities have recently had £1million investment in its labs and equipment, and further investment approaching £1m has been ongoing in additional equipment at The Industry Centre as part of the SAM Project, primarily for SME access and associated knowledge transfer. We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and many of our undergraduate courses offer an optional industrial placement. Our staff have research expertise in a wide-range of areas and are involved in a number of world leading projects.

This post is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is fixed term to the end of June 2023.  

The ideal candidate will hold experience of business development and promotion, ideally, of a significant SME programme.  A broad working knowledge of the innovation needs of manufacturing SME’s and a clear understanding of the services and support required to support these needs.  Knowledge of the regional manufacturing sector and associated regional support offerings would be of huge benefit.

For further information about the role or an informal chat, please contact Roger O'Brien, Project lead and Head of AMAP,, 0191 515 3888

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