Enterprise Office
                Business Development Executive (Sustainability)

Ref: KT/13700                          ...
In the national newspaper league tables, Loughborough has consistently been rated
among the top twenty UK universities, an...

Sustainability at Loughborough

At Loughborough University sustainability is key. Through our cuttin...
The Enterprise Office
The Enterprise Office supports Loughborough University’s relationships with industry
and commerce, a...

JOB TITLE:          Business Development Executive (Sustainability)

JOB GRADE:          Management and S...

1. To engage in training programmes as identified from time to time in negotiation
   with the post holder’s line m...

JOB TITLE:            Business Development Executive (Sustainability)

JOB GRADE:            Managem...
Excellent interpersonal                              1,2,3
                 and persuasion skills.

Willing to travel for                                     3
                   occasional activities away
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  1. 1. Enterprise Office Business Development Executive (Sustainability) Ref: KT/13700 July 2010 About Loughborough Loughborough is the principal town of Leicestershire’s Borough of Charnwood and a prominent high-technology centre for the East Midlands. Situated at the centre of a triangle formed by Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, Loughborough enjoys easy access from the M1 and East Midlands Airport, and is only 90 minutes by fast rail link from London St Pancras. Loughborough University, with over 3,200 staff and in excess of 16,000 students, has an impressive and pleasant campus to the west of Loughborough. It has recently acquired a substantial new area which adds another 163 acres to the campus, making the Loughborough campus one of the largest in the country at 437 acres. Over 5,000 students live in halls of residence on or near the main campus. Outstanding sports facilities for the enthusiastic amateur as well as for elite performers include athletics centres, sports halls and all-weather pitches, a 50m swimming pool, squash, badminton and netball courts, an indoor tennis centre and a state of the art fitness centre. National and regional centres for many sports are located on campus. 2009 was a significant year for the University as it celebrated 100 years since the formation of the first Loughborough Technical Institute, from which it has developed into an internationally recognised centre of excellence. Teaching quality at Loughborough University is well known, reflected by its high league table positions. To sustain this quality, the University has developed strong academic guidance and welfare systems that support students from every walk of life. The University is research-intensive. All departments have a strong research base and contribute to an international reputation. The main Pilkington Library has about half a million books and takes over 4,000 current serials with on-line access to about 5,000 electronic journals. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, highly regarded, justifiably proud of its many achievements and named University of the Year by the Sunday Times for 2008/09. It has received the Times Higher Award for the Best Student Experience for four consecutive years, and in 2007 also won the award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. Loughborough has also been presented with six Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, an achievement unbeaten by any other institution. 1
  2. 2. In the national newspaper league tables, Loughborough has consistently been rated among the top twenty UK universities, and in the 2009 National Student Survey it was ranked in the top five in the UK for overall satisfaction, with 17 of its 33 subject areas ranked in the top ten. Loughborough University’s capabilities in the field of energy research were recognised when the Midlands Energy Consortium (a partnership of Birmingham, Loughborough and Nottingham Universities) was successful in winning the hosting of the national £1bn Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). In recognition of the University’s burgeoning position as one of the country’s leading higher education institutions for environmental awareness and activity, Loughborough was ranked fifth, and awarded a First Class degree for its solid environmental performance, in the People and Planet Green League 2008. Other developments on campus have included the £15 million state-of-the-art Sports Technology Institute, which will enhance research, innovation and enterprise in the sport and leisure sector, and the development of a new £68 million campus accommodation scheme. Work also began on a business plan for a Science and Enterprise Park at the University – the Park will allow Loughborough to further develop its science and enterprise links with industry, by attracting research and development activities that require access to university expertise, and by providing facilities for its own researchers. Loughborough’s special trademark has always been its substantial partnerships with industry, government and the professions, which bring benefits to all our core activities: teaching and learning, research, and technology transfer. Loughborough has long-standing collaborative links with many blue-chip companies. Key examples are Ford, BAE SYSTEMS, Rolls-Royce, Perkins Diesel and most of the large construction companies. Spin-out company activity is encouraged through the Loughborough Innovation Centre, an exceptional incubation facility capable of housing up to 40 fledgling companies. More information on Loughborough, for example regarding the local area and schools, can be found on our website at: http://www.loughborough-university- jobs.co.uk/index.php. 2
  3. 3. BACKGROUND / CONTEXT Sustainability at Loughborough At Loughborough University sustainability is key. Through our cutting-edge research we are helping the world to tackle global warming by developing new technologies and approaches that reduce carbon emissions and preserve the earth's environment and resources. The University is internationally acclaimed for its research in the area of sustainability. It is home to the world leading CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology) and in 2006 launched the Sustainability Research School. The School brings together multi-disciplinary teams of experts in sustainability-related research to bid for major research funding, and promotes collaboration with other academic institutions and industry to help move the national and international communities towards a low carbon future. Research spans new low carbon technologies, sustainable design and manufacture, environmental science, sustainable economics, business and society, renewable energy technologies, hydrogen systems and economy, fuel cells, transport, distributed energy systems and energy efficiency in buildings. Loughborough University is one of the 3 founding Universities of the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC). With over 200 academics working in all areas of energy related research, the consortium partners are extensively engaged with companies, both large national and multi-national and SME's, leading to many collaborative research projects. The MEC was awarded £3M by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to run the Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS), which provides a unique training programme for the energy researchers of the future in addition to expertise for knowledge transfer across the spectrum of energy research. In September 2007, the MEC was chosen to act as host to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) which is located at the Loughborough University campus. The MEC’s success in winning the hosting of the ETI recognises our capabilities in the field of energy research and innovation. The role of the ETI is to lead the UK's efforts in establishing a low-carbon economy based on a secure, affordable supply of energy. The ETI is a limited liability partnership, backed by private companies BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce, Shell and the UK government. The University is also home to a number of leading industrial sustainability partners. Cenex is the UK's first Centre of Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies and promotes UK market development and competitiveness in low carbon and fuel cell technologies for transport applications. Intelligent Energy, a Loughborough University spinout company, provides clean fuel and clean power solutions and employs over 100 people worldwide with offices in UK, US and Japan. Germanischer Lloyd Certification Services, recently acquired by BSI, is based at the Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park and is the UK’s leading gas certification body. 3
  4. 4. The Enterprise Office The Enterprise Office supports Loughborough University’s relationships with industry and commerce, and facilitates enterprise and knowledge transfer activities. The services we offer to external clients include consultancy, business incubation facilities located at Loughborough Innovation Centre, knowledge transfer placement schemes, and development of strategic partnerships. Internally within the university, we provide departments with professional advice and support for commercial and business development activities - including post -research Intellectual Property (IP) management, licensing, consultancy, spin-out company formation, business incubation facilities, knowledge transfer to industry through government-funded training and graduate placements. 4
  5. 5. JOB DESCRIPTION JOB TITLE: Business Development Executive (Sustainability) JOB GRADE: Management and Specialist Grade 7 DEPARTMENT: Enterprise Office JOB PURPOSE: To grow the University’s portfolio of research, enterprise and knowledge transfer activities associated with sustainable energy, working across departmental, faculty and disciplinary boundaries to create new opportunities in sustainability for Loughborough. JOB DUTIES: 1. To develop strong external networks to support the Universities goals of generating, maintaining and enhancing knowledge exchange between academia and the sustainability-related stakeholders. 2. To promote to businesses, agencies and organisations the breadth of multidisciplinary academic excellence in sustainability at Loughborough University. 3. To develop and manage both new and existing key strategic partnerships with senior personnel in the Sustainability-related arena. 4. To liaise with senior members of the University to ensure that opportunities are created in line with the direction of the Sustainability-related research agenda at Loughborough. 5. To actively seek a range of external funding opportunities and prepare successful, large scale and high profile bids in partnership with academic teams and the Research Office. 6. To manage knowledge transfer and enterprise projects, including the production and delivery of reports, presentations and supporting documentation. 7. To analyse and report strategically within the University on CPD issues relating to sustainability and the low carbon economy. 8. To provide business development support to, and facilitate knowledge transfer arising from, the Sustainability Research School, and the Midlands Energy Graduate School. 9. To provide business development support to the Midlands Energy Consortium Manager on behalf of Loughborough University. 10. In active consultation with the Research Office to maintain databases of contracts, companies and other data that may be required for reporting to funding bodies. 5
  6. 6. Other 1. To engage in training programmes as identified from time to time in negotiation with the post holder’s line manager. 2. To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably requested and that are commensurate with the nature and grade of the post. SPECIAL CONDITIONS This role may involve travelling off-site to visit companies, funding bodies or other collaborators. Occasional overseas travel may be required, as may some working outside core hours. ORGANISATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY Reports to: The post holder will report to Head of Business Partnerships, Enterprise Office. Strategic guidance and support in research- related matters and opportunities will be provided by the Director of the Research Office and the Director of the Sustainability Research School. Responsible for: None 6
  7. 7. PERSON SPECIFICATION JOB TITLE: Business Development Executive (Sustainability) JOB GRADE: Management and Specialist Grade 7 Essential Desirable Stage to be assessed Experience Evidence of working 1,3 within research and/or development environments. Evidence of writing 1,3 successful bids to external funding sources. Knowledge and 1,3 experience of an area of Sustainability, Low Carbon technologies or Climate Change Evidence of significant sectors. 1,3 project management. Evidence of working in a 1,3 complex, multi- stakeholder environment. Skills and Proven ability to identify 1,2,3 Abilities significant development opportunities aligned with strategy. Significant track record in 1,2,3 a business development environment. Experience of 1,3 working in the HE Sector. Proven ability to identify 1,2,3 and secure funds from external sources, including authoring bids. Excellent written and 1,2,3 verbal communication skills with strong attention to detail. 7
  8. 8. Excellent interpersonal 1,2,3 and persuasion skills. Proven ability to network 1,2,3 and influence at all levels both within the University and externally. (e.g. Company directors, funding agencies) An enthusiasm for 1,3 sustainability and related activities. An awareness of 1,3 relevant UK Government/EU initiatives, legislation and policy relevant to sustainability. Sensitivity to working 1,3 across cultures. Strong IT skills, including 1,3 creation and management of simple databases. Ability to create solutions 1,3 balancing the needs of stakeholders with conflicting priorities. Training A willingness to 3 undertake further training as appropriate. Qualifications Graduate in relevant 1,3 discipline, or equivalent experience. Post graduate 1,3 qualification in relevant discipline. Other Commitment to observing 3 the University’s Equal Opportunities policy at all times. 8
  9. 9. Willing to travel for 3 occasional activities away from the University campus. Willing to work 3 occasionally outside standard office hours as required. Stages in assessment: 1: application form at shortlisting, 2. presentation, 3. interview. Conditions of Service Appointment will be made on Management and Specialist Grade 7 (£36,715 - £43,840 per annum) at a starting salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. The appointment will be subject to the University's normal Terms and Conditions of Employment for Academic and Related staff, details of which can be found at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/personnel/conditions/acadrel.html Informal Enquiries Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Lisa Banks, Head of Business Partnerships, telephone +44 (0)1509 228690 or email: l.a.banks@lboro.ac.uk Applications Completed application forms should be returned to Human Resources, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU or via email to hr@lboro.ac.uk. Please quote reference number KT/13700 on your application form. The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 20th September 2010. Curriculum Vitae will only be accepted if accompanied by a completed University application form. Please note that in the interests of economy the University will not reply to unsuccessful candidates. Therefore, if you have not received a reply from us by eight weeks after the advertised closing date, you should assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. 9