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Business Development and Partnerships Officer

Southampton, United Kingdom
£34,980 to £42,978 per annum
Closing date
9 Jul 2024


Location: Boldrewood Campus
Salary: £34,980 to £42,978 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:
Tuesday 09 July 2024
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 2762724TR


Business Development and Partnerships Officer

Inspiring a new generation of leaders and entrepreneurs

Southampton Business School (SBS) is placed at the centre of the University of Southampton – a top 100 University in the world (QS; US News & World Report) – and a founding member of the Russell Group of elite research UK universities. SBS hosts a vibrant and diverse community of scholars and students. It has grown substantially in breadth and size in the recent years, covering all core business and management disciplines via six Departments: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Decision Analytics and Risk, Digital and Data-Driven Marketing, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, and Strategy Innovation and Entrepreneurship. SBS academics conduct cutting edge research and publish consistently in world-class journals. Research activity within SBS is coordinated through ten multidisciplinary research centres. The longest established research centre is the Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems (CORMSIS), which ranks top 50 (QS) in the world. Building on its continued success, SBS is now ranked in the top quartile of the research-intensive business schools in the UK, with a strong research environment which is ranked 12th (REF2021) in the UK. The School has an ambitious growth plan, which includes investments in people and facilities. The school has recently relocated to a state of art business building.

Building on this success, in July 2022, the School secured AMBA 5-year re-accreditation of the MBA programme which is ranked 13th in the UK (QS data) and its AACSB accreditation was recently re-extended for another full period of 5 years. A member of the UNPRM, our commitment to the SDGs was also recognised through the GRI accreditation. The school holds the CABS Small Business Charter award in recognition of the SBS’ world-class support to students and local businesses, including the development of student entrepreneurial skills and the support and development of wider economic and social opportunities for business. Our placement team has been recognised as one of the best in the UK, demonstrating our commitment to the student experience. In 2022 our accounting & finance students were recognised as the global winner in the global Bloomberg challenge demonstrating our commitment to excellence. We value our relationship with our global network of alumni, who are successful leaders, entrepreneurs and members of our engaged community of academics, students, business leaders and entrepreneurs. SBS also hosts a vibrant Leaders and Entrepreneurs in Residence Network.

Our research underpins our enterprise and educational activities. With an extensive programme portfolio accredited by 14 professional bodies we aim to develop future leaders who want to make a tangible impact on business and society. At the heart of the execution of our activities is our triple helix model whereby our research, education and enterprise activities are intertwined. Particularly, our integrated enterprise strategy enables us to reinforce our connections with the wider university, and communities we serve. These connections enable us to further deliver impactful research and improve the student learning experience.

About you - Extending expertise and excellence

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 Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise to develop our business interface and partnerships agenda, building new partnership initiatives to help drive our business school forward. You’ll help us nurture a range of collaborations that showcase our research impact and generate revenue for the school.

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 work on a range of non-accredited short courses for the School.

On top of this, you’ll develop 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 or between an academic and commercial context. While a background in higher education is not essential, you’ll have a keen appreciation of current trends and issues in higher education. An enterprising self-starter, with strong project management skills, you’ll have the ability to think strategically, plan effectively, and negotiate productive partnerships. For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Jeni Giambona, Director of Knowledge Exchange & Enterprise (

What we can offer you

We support a flexible approach to work, as well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, a generous holiday allowance. 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. Furthermore, Southampton is a fantastic place to live, work and socialise – so regardless of what life stage you are at, you will find a dynamic and vibrant city that caters for all. 

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.

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