Business Development Specialist - Calgary, Alberta | Mitacs | | 26/10/15
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Business Development Specialist Full-Time

Location: Calgary, Alberta
Company Name: Mitacs ()
Category: Business Development

This is not your ordinary sales job. Our business development team members are the bridge between academia and industry. They spot opportunities and take action on behalf of Mitacs. They are at the forefront of marketing Mitacs programs to businesses and professors. To help you make your decision, we’d like to introduce you to someone in the role!

Meet Simon.

Simon joined Mitacs in 2012 with a PhD in Pharmacology. After his contract work at the University, Simon heard of the opening for a Business Development Specialist at Mitacs. Having strong people skills, he found that the job description was a great fit for his customer service talents as well as his scientific curiosity. He contacted his local Mitacs Business Development Director, and they met over coffee to discuss what this role entailed.

Convinced that this would be a great opportunity for him, Simon applied for the position and was offered a 1 year contract. During this year, Simon focused on honing his business development skills, through mentoring by senior BDs and by meeting with many researchers and companies. As he gained experience, Simon was offered more responsibilities and has recently been promoted to a Business Development Director, where he continues to be a valued member of the Mitacs team.

If you were to join Mitacs as the Business Development Specialist for University of Calgary, we’d ask you to do the following:

  • Work closely with members of Mitacs Business Development, Science and Technology, and Programs teams to deliver high‐quality programming
  • Work closely with the Associate Vice-President (Research) at University of Calgary to fully understand the needs of their researchers, find industry opportunities and identify the best programs to leverage the research opportunities uncovered
  • Create and maintain a network of partners/clients in industry and at University of Calgary
  • Introduce companies to various Mitacs events and programs
  • Introduce companies to various University of Calgary researchers
  • Collaborate with Mitacs staff and/or University of Calgary staff to organize scientific events including aspects related to networking with clients, scientific planning, logistics, and funding
  • Providing support to the Business Development Team as needed
  • Providing business development support to all Mitacs programs as needed
  • Providing business development support to University of Calgary’s Associate Vice-President (Research)
  • Organizing industry‐academic networking events specific to University of Calgary

This sounds quite exciting and challenging, right? Let’s hope so, because if it does, there’s a good chance this job is right for you. Here’s what you will have already that will help you to handle these challenges:

  • Demonstrated abilities to develop relationships with industry, government, and the academic sectors
  • Strong analytical, communications, and interpersonal skills
  • University degree in either a science or engineering field. A graduate degree is strongly preferred
  • Possess a strong network within the province encompassing industry, academia, and government
  • A valid driver's license and the use of a vehicle. Candidate must be prepared to travel to represent Mitacs and promote its programs
  • A self-starter who is comfortable working in a team setting.
  • Able to work from a home office.

Special consideration will be given to candidates who are;

  • Recent PhD (within 1‐2 years), ideally, from University of Calgary
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Enthusiastic and high‐energy self‐starter
  • Team player
  • Ability to think creatively and try new things
  • Desire to pursue a career outside of research and academia

Applications must include both a CV and cover letter in word or pdf format. We thank all applicants but only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Mitacs fosters a culture where creativity and innovation is valued and encouraged. We offer a comprehensive benefits package and a team based work environment. Mitacs values the contributions of a diverse workforce and is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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