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The South East European Research Centre (SEERC) seeks candidates for the following position: Business Development Manager (BDM/2019)

The South East European Research Centre (SEERC) seeks candidates for the following position: Business Development Manager (BDM/2019)
Added on 01/10/2019

The Centre

SEERC is a research centre of CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, based in Thessaloniki. SEERC's mission is to support the stable and smooth development of South-East Europe by conducting pure and applied research throughout and for the region. The Centre is conducting multidisciplinary research in the fields of:

1.            Enterprise, Innovation and Development

2.            Information and Communication Technologies

3.            From Synapses to Society: Psychology in a Multi-cultural World

4.            Language and Society: Linguistics, Education, Literature and Translation

The Centre participates actively in a variety of EU funded research and capacity building projects (mainly H0202 and Erasmus+) and has a wide network of partners with Europe and beyond. It currently employees 14 full time staff and trains 35 PhD candidates.

Description of the position

Overall tasks:

The candidate will be expected to work with the Director and Deputy Director and achieve the following targets:

  • Increase and diversify the funding and partner base of SEERC
  • Develop from SEERC’s research a portfolio of products, services & toolkits that can be used in other projects
  • Operationalize SEERC’s internal procedures, contribute to internal project monitoring & develop tools that could assist all SEERC staff members (as well as members of CITY College)

Detailed task description:

  • Become the subject matter expert and “go-to” person for anything involving the specific business development, both internally and externally.
  • Operationalize SEERC’s internal procedures (by developing internal structured policies & procedures).
  • Develop tools that could assist all SEERC staff members (as well as members of CITY College).
  • Develop tools to monitor & document all SEERC projects in a professional & standardized manner.
  • Assist the Director to manage the relations with the existing SEERC network (project partners) by constantly acquainting them with the latest SEERC events/news and engaging with them in new funded projects & bid-writing.
  • Identify gaps in SEERC’s network of contacts and identify new partners to fill the gaps by engaging with them in novel funded research consortia (that expand SEERC’s network).
  • Identify available funding calls and prepare strategies/recommendations on what topics & through which networks SEERC should develop new proposals and partnerships.
  • Engage in funding diversification exercises by maintaining both mainstream funding sources (H2020/Erasmus+) as well as alternative sources (Foundations, investment, outsourced R&D).
  • Engage in bid-writing exercises as well as in project coordination/implementation.
  • Provide appropriate support to other staff members in terms of network diversification, proposal writing & project management.
  • Be directly engaged in project implementation

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Number of internal policies & tools implemented/developed
  • Number of new partners materialized in (successful bids)
  • Number of (successful) bids per year
  • Income generated

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • University graduate (a Masters degree or PhD will be considered as asset).
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with EU funded projects. Working with H2020 projects will be an asset.  
  • Project management experience.
  • Ability to create and sustain networks.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent command of English is essential.


How to apply: Applications including cover letter (explaining your interest, and suitability for this vacancy) and curriculum vitae should be forwarded electronically to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When applying please quote reference: BDM/2019.

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