iCRAG Business Development Manager

UCD School of Earth Sciences,
Specified Purpose appointment aligned to 'iCRAG Project_Phase 2' *

(* Note: Phase_2 is currently scheduled to end: 31 Dec. 2026)

Applications are invited for a Specified Purpose post of a Business Development Manager within UCD School of Earth Sciences.

iCRAG - the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences - brings together a team of researchers representing the full geosciences spectrum from earth system (and climate) change to natural resources (water, raw materials, energy). Our research stretches from basic to applied with a clear focus on the economic impact of the wider geosciences sector. iCRAG is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and co funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) together with industry partners. The Centre is administered in UCD and represents a collaboration between UCD, TCD, NUIG, UCC, DIAS, DCU, Teagasc and MU, and a variety of domestic and international industry partners.

iCRAG is now in its 2nd phase and is working to achieve a very ambitious set of industry cost-share Key Performance Indicator (KPI) targets. The Business Development Manager will play a central role in the development and implementation of the Centre's business development strategy, with a particular focus on sustainability, and the expansion of activities in support of renewable energy and the green transition, raw materials, mineral exploration and the circular economy, geohazards and geotechnical engineering, transport and water resources, and evolving the business plan to support the expanding iCRAG investigator base and national footprint of 150+ academic investigators and eight institutional partners.

They will work with existing industry partners to identify opportunities to maintain and expand existing funding and will help identify and attract new industry partners to help fund iCRAG's research activities. The role will also involve working closely with state agencies such as the Industrial Development Authority (IDA), Enterprise Ireland (EI), Geoscience Ireland (GI) (and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) where appropriate) to identify and attract companies to collaborate with the Centre. A critical element of the role will be liaison with iCRAG researchers to develop a deep understanding of on-going research programmes across the Centre, leading to the capability to communicate the iCRAG value proposition to external stakeholders and partners including new and non-traditional funders of geoscience research as diverse for instance as the IT and insurance industries. They will also play a key role in the coordination efforts around any industry facing events and meetings organised by the Centre. iCRAG's Business Development Manager will also assist in the establishment of the Centre's IP Sub-Committee, including coordination of key IP decisions, working with the Technology Transfer Officers of the Centre's institutional partners to ensure maximum impact from the commercialisation of the Centre's research results.

Furthermore, the successful candidate will work as part of an iCRAG's business development team, led by the Chief Operating Officer, and will work closely with the Industry and Programme Manager to implement the Centre's strategy and achieve its commercialisation industry cost-share KPI targets. As a member of the Operations Team, they will be expected to contribute to the development and implementation of the research strategy of the Centre and collaborate effectively with other team members. The Business Development Manager may be asked to support other aspects of iCRAG's work programme when relevant and the appointee will be expected to have a flexible approach in this regard.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

UCD is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, and everyone is afforded equality of opportunity. To that end the university adheres to a range of equality, diversity and inclusion policies. We encourage applicants to consult those policies here https://www.ucd.ie/equality/ .We welcome applications from everyone, including those who identify with any of the protected characteristics that are set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

Salary range: €55,000 - €73,700 per annum

Appointment on the above range will be dependent on qualifications and experience and in line with UCD HR salary regulations.

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 09 April 2021

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website: https://www.ucd.ie/workatucd/jobs/.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

posted: 12 March 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.