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Business Development Manager


Cambridgeshire £45k – £55k
permanent Job Ref: 6801


An innovate young start-up business that has recently acquired a major round of investment is currently recruiting for a Business Development Manager to join its team based in Cambridge. The business focuses on a natural alternative to plastic, stemming from plant-based protein – a first of its kind in industry. As Business Development Manager, you manage interactions with potential customers in the homecare/personal care/food/beverage markets – acting as a bridge between the internal product development team & client.

The ideal candidate will be BSc/MSc level qualified in Chemistry or closely related, coupled with account management/business development experience gained in the FMCG/Packaging industry.

Business Development Manager Responsibilities

  • Managing interactions with potential customers in homecare, personal care, food and beverage and other markets for plastic replacement materials.
  • Reporting initially to the CEO, as the first member of a commercial team to be built over the next two years as the company launches initial products.
  • Coordinating relationships with development partners and potential customers, managing relationships through customer testing and validation, tender and procurement, and initial product sales.
  • Acting as a bridge between the product development team and customers.
  • Researching, developing, and mapping potential markets and applications.
  • Developing and maintaining a CRM.
  • Representing the company with media and events, working with the PR agency and other consultancies on communications.

Business Development Manager Requirements

  • Degree qualification in Chemistry or closely related field of study. Business qualifications also accepted.
  • Direct business development/account management experience gained in the FMCG (personal care, home care), Food/Beverage or Packaging industries. Displayed a solid track record working closely with innovation and new product launches.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to work well with a highly technical team of Scientists & Chemical Engineers.
  • Marketing communications experience.
  • An enthusiasm for sustainability and addressing the global issue of plastic pollution.
  • The right fit for a small, science-led, innovative team and a high level of autonomy, creativity, and independence.

The company can provide a huge opportunity to work with industry leading businesses and to work with ground-breaking technology. There is real scope for rapid career development and growth for the right individual.

£45k  - £55k + shares

Job Ref: 6801