PACE Business Development Manager

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7255125 (Ref.No. AHCDE1290)
Posted: June 14, 2024

Job Description

(previous applicants need not apply)

Overview of the Role

Are you a business development professional and a highly motivated individual with a solid track record of driving growth across organisations? Can you effectively identify new business opportunities, build operational and financial strategies, and nurture networks with companies seeking premium professional and executive education experiences? Do you see yourself thriving in an international team of academics and industry professionals to analyse L&D market requirements and craft innovative solutions in response to unique demands?

The University of Leeds is one of the top 75 universities in the world.  We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities.   Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe.

The Professional Academy for Creative Enterprise (PACE) offers premium learning and creative solutions to the public sector, industry verticals, and institutional partners in the United Kingdom and around the world. As PACE’s business development manager, you will be responsible for developing and executing our growth strategy by seeking out business opportunities and fostering long-term alliances with prospective clients and key stakeholders. You will report to the Director of PACE and work closely with senior management, drawing on your experience and insights to produce high-quality business plans and proposals, prepare financial and sales forecasts, conduct viable market research and operational analyses, collaborate closely with PACE academic, creative, and sales teams, and establish a robust rapport with our clientele and partners.

The ideal candidate for this role will be a proactive, detail-oriented individual with an entrepreneurial zest, and excellent communication, analytical, interpersonal, and relationship-building proficiencies. You will have experience preparing and executing reliable business strategies, especially in the context of dynamic, fast-growing business units, strong financial and business accounting acumen, and possess an expert understanding of markets for premium products and services so as to deliver outstanding sales performance, establish lasting relationships, and increase overall profitability for PACE.

What we offer in return

And much more! 


Interviews: Thursday 11th of July. Please note that the interview is online (on Microsoft Teams) and divided into two parts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. It is therefore important that shortlisted candidates set a full day aside on the 11th of July.



Professor Maria Lonsdale, Head of School and Director of PACE, School of Design

Email: [email protected] 

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:  School of Design
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 8
Salary:  £45,585 to £54,395 per annum
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Thursday 13 June 2024
Closing Date:  Wednesday 03 July 2024
Interview Date:  Thursday 11 July 2024
Reference:  AHCDE1290


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