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Business Development and Partnerships Officer


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Sunday 03 October 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1491621TR

Extending expertise and excellence

Build new educational partnership initiatives to help drive our business school forward. 

Connecting more widely with key businesses and major public sector organisations is a key aim of Southampton Business School’s new strategy. In this varied and challenging role, you’ll work closely with our Director of Enterprise to develop our business interface and partnerships agenda. You’ll help us nurture a range of collaborations that showcase our research impact and generate revenue for the faculty.

You’ll focus on identifying partners, establishing relationships, and developing and promoting our educational services. Constantly on the look-out for ways to embed partnerships and external interactions in the core curriculum, you’ll also initiate a range of non-accredited short courses for the School.

On top of this, you’ll develop your own ideas for a wide range of enterprise activities and partnerships with businesses, and organise ways to connect with the business community, including conferences, seminars and master classes.

You’ll bring significant experience of building and sustaining partnerships in a commercial context. While a background in higher education is not essential, you’ll have a keen appreciation of current trends and issues.  An enterprising self-starter, with strong project management skills, you’ll have the ability to think strategically, plan effectively, and negotiate productive partnerships.

What we can offer you  

We support a flexible approach to work. With an understanding that there is a need to be on campus or visiting local business as part of the role we welcome hybrid working.    

As well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days. We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts.  

As a university we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world. We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work.

We welcome applications from all candidates with an interest in the role, and those who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+; and people with disabilities.

How to apply 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds(Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456 or email  Please quote reference 1491621TR on all correspondence

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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