Aston University

Aston University

Director of Business Development (R240042)

United Kingdom

Closing in 19 days

Director of Business Development Chief Commercial Officer's Office Location: Aston University John Cadbury House

Salary: Competitive Basis: Full Time Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Tuesday 18 June 2024 Reference: R240042 Release Date: Wednesday 15 May 2024

Aston University is seeking a Director of Business Development to lead and deliver a cohesive approach to business engagement across the institution. The role reports to the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and they will be responsible for developing collaborative internal relationships to engage with industry and businesses regionally, nationally and internationally. The main purpose of the role is to create shared value and drive commercial outcomes in line with the University's 2030 strategy.

Aston University is a mid-sized dual-intensive university ranked in the top 25 universities in the United Kingdom. We are an agile and innovative organisation that thrives on collaboration and partnerships with businesses and the community. Our integrated placement year, our applied high-impact research, and our commitment to enhancing employability and social mobility of our students, all help to make Aston University distinct both nationally and internationally.

We have a long history of collaborating with businesses of all sizes, from multinational corporations to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to drive innovation and bring about real change. Our new Director of Business Development will be responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with businesses, professional services, and public sector organisations. They will coordinate with the academic teams across the University to respond effectively to partners' needs.

The ideal candidate for this position needs to have operated at a senior level and will have a reputation for capturing value and achieving measurable outcomes at scale for their organisation. They will be an entrepreneurial leader, capable of finding new and innovative ways of attracting and engaging with businesses while positively impacting Aston's operational performance and reputation.

We are looking to attract candidates who already have senior external connections, in the Midlands region and beyond and those who can demonstrate experience in fostering and developing strategic partnerships with businesses, industry, and professional services sectors to increase the depth and breadth of new and existing relationships, are likely to progress.

This role requires a high level of commercial acumen, proven relationship management skills, and a successful track record of delivering value to their current institution and partners. Candidates must have significant experience in managing diverse stakeholders, both internally and externally, with a proven ability to deliver commercial outcomes. Additionally, they should be sensitive and appreciative of the culture of Aston University and the values of the Higher Education sector.

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to the University, an executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement. Further details can be found here - Aston University - Director of Business Development AQ (

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 18 June 2024.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A cover letter (maximum of two pages) outlining your motivations for the role and how you meet the essential criteria of the person specification.
  • Please include details of three referees in either your CV or covering letter, though please note that we will not approach your referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted.
  • Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Kiersten Avery at [email protected] or +44 (0)7510 384 735 or Sophie Rees at [email protected] or +44 (0)7719 313 982

    Job details


    Director of Business Development (R240042)


    Aston University


    United Kingdom


    May 16, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 18, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics

    About the employer

    Aston University is a leading public research university in the UK. Established in 1966, The university campus is located on a green 60 acre, self-contained site in the center of Birmingham. Aston University is an internationally acknowledged center for education and research endeavor. The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate, apprenticeship, foundation, and executive programs across disciplines. It also offers arrays of online courses. All the programs offered at the university are designed corresponding to the trends and demands of the industry and business globally.

    The various faculties and schools of the university include Engineering & Applied Science, Aston Graduate School, Languages & Social Sciences, Aston Business School, Life & Health Sciences, and Aston Medical School. The team of faculty of Aston University comprises highly qualified professors as well as experts from respective industries. Modern tools and logical approaches like case studies are adopted in teaching methodologies. Besides theoretical sessions, the university gives emphasis on the practical training of students. Skill development programs are carried out to inculcate dexterity for leading-edge technologies among students.

    Aston University boasts a world-class infrastructure at the campus offering the finest learning experience. There are hi-tech laboratories, libraries, studios, and IT centers, and seminar halls at the campus supporting an environment for advanced knowledge. Aston University is a hub for world-leading research initiatives. To undertake the highest quality of research, the university has established advanced research centers. 78% of the research has been evaluated ‘World-leading’ by Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The university has teamed up with universities and research institutes across the world for knowledge sharing and collaborative research initiatives. Further, the university maintains partnerships with the industry for sponsored research programs.

    Aston is a university of global repute. Students across the world come to study at a prestigious university. The university considers all the aspects of students. It provides counseling, medical, legal (VISA and other), and other services to students. There are indoor and outdoor sports arenas, fitness centers, swimming pools, cafeterias, banks, and other facilities at the campus.

    The university offers modern accommodation facilities to students. There are various student clubs at the university that organizes sports meets, music fests, dance competitions, literary fest, art exhibitions, and other events. All these events comprise cross-disciplinary participation that helps to build team spirits among students. Aston University offers various scholarships and study loans to students so that all can have access to education beyond any financial barrier. Aston University maintains a high record of placements. Students passing from the university are recruited by leading companies with high remuneration packages.

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