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Business Developer Wageningen Bioveterinary Research

May 04 2022

Do you like a challenge and giving advice? Are you motivated by helping more parties around the world benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR), part of Wageningen University & Research? Then we are looking for you!

We are looking for a talented Business Developer with a market and customer oriented attitude who has an affinity with applied scientific research. A colleague who wants to use their experience with research projects on infectious diseases, animal health or One Health, to put Wageningen Biovetinary Research on the map, nationally and internationally.

You will work in a small Business development, Innovation and Strategy (BIS) team, which connects private companies and public organisations with Wageningen Bioveterinary Research. The BIS team is responsible for identifying market developments and opportunities and translating them into value propositions and management information. The BIS team is also responsible for supporting the WBVR departments in their client acquisition activities.

The vacancy is for a Business Developer (juniour/mid-level) who will supervise the process from lead to concrete assignments. You will support researchers as an acquisition and contract process coach. You will build a network of stakeholders (clients and other relevant parties) to identify opportunities and create new assignments for WBVR. You will report to the BIS head of department. Your most important tasks will be:

Establishing internal relationships and effective partnerships with all organisational departments;

Identifying client requirements and translating them into solutions and tasks;

Proactively searching for and approaching new potential clients and partners;

Building and maintaining and an effective network of clients/accounts.

You have an MSc or a PhD in one of the Life Science domains: experience with acquisition/sales is a plus;

You have good communications skills: you are able to explain difficult material in clear language;

You are collaborative: you can work well with highly educated professionals and are open to other insights and perspectives;

You have an eye for the world around WBVR: you have a proactive, client oriented attitude; 

You are analytical and flexible, and you are quick on your feet;

You have an excellent command of the English language, orally and in writing, and preferably of the Dutch language too. 

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent employment conditions. Some highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

working hours can be discussed, allowing for an optimal work-life balance;

the possibility of building up extra holiday hours by working up to a maximum of 40 hours per week;

sabbatical leave, study leave and paid parental leave;

we focus on vitality, and you can use the on-campus sports facilities at an attractive rate;

In addition to excellent fringe benefits, we also offer a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive minimum salary of €3,391 to a maximum of €5,989 for a full 36-hour work week, in accordance with The position will start with a temporary employment contract of one year, with the possibility of extension and the prospect of employment.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal growth and mobility through its internal recruitment policy. Our learning environment and training programmes offer ample opportunities to take personal initiative. We guarantee a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant working atmosphere. 

Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.  •  

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research’s International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Astrid de Greeff, head of BIS WBVR, telephone 0320 – 238996 (switches to mobile), email: astrid.degreeff@wur.nl. •  

Information about the appointment can be obtained from: Marion Appeldoorn HR department, WBVR, tel. 0320- 293539 (switches to mobile), email: marion.appeldoorn@wur.nl. •  

You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.  •  

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 24th of  May 2022.  •  

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. • With its roughly 30 branches, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.Read the 5 reasons why your future collaegues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus! • Check this video for information about Wageningen Bioveterinary Research. • • We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated. •  

Source: WUR Vacancies