Business Development Executive (Sustainability)
Ref: KT/13700 July 2010
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
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
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-
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Responsible for: None
JOB TITLE: Business Development Executive (Sustainability)
JOB GRADE: Management and Specialist Grade 7
Essential Desirable Stage to be
Experience Evidence of working 1,3
within research and/or
Evidence of writing 1,3
successful bids to
external funding sources.
Knowledge and 1,3
experience of an
Evidence of significant sectors. 1,3
Evidence of working in a 1,3
Skills and Proven ability to identify 1,2,3
Abilities significant development
opportunities aligned with
Significant track record in 1,2,3
a business development
Experience of 1,3
working in the HE
Proven ability to identify 1,2,3
and secure funds from
including authoring bids.
Excellent written and 1,2,3
skills with strong attention
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.
An enthusiasm for 1,3
sustainability and related
An awareness of 1,3
policy relevant to
Sensitivity to working 1,3
Strong IT skills, including 1,3
management of simple
Ability to create solutions 1,3
balancing the needs of
Training A willingness to 3
undertake further training
Qualifications Graduate in relevant 1,3
discipline, or equivalent
Post graduate 1,3
Other Commitment to observing 3
the University’s Equal
Opportunities policy at all
Willing to travel for 3
occasional activities away
from the University
Willing to work 3
standard office hours as
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:
Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Lisa Banks, Head of Business Partnerships,
telephone +44 (0)1509 228690 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed application forms should be returned to Human Resources, Loughborough
University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU or via email to email@example.com.
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.