Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC253825
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £38318
Date Posted 20 May 2020
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 09 June 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 per annum, pro rata if part time
Grade: UKRI Band E
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 3 years
Hours: Full Time/Part time applications will also be considered
Closing Date: 9th June 2020


About us

BGS is an applied geoscience research centre that is housed within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally. It is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts. BGS has an annual budget of approximately £60 million and employees 650 people. 

About the role

The UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS) project, commissioned by NERC, supports the Government's commitment to creating world-class, subsurface energy-research test centres to develop home grown energy supplies in the UK and to create world-class subsurface research expertise in the UK. This investment is expected to place the UK at the forefront of a multi-billion pound market globally and provide independent evidence for better regulation and public confidence in this area. Field sites are currently in place in Glasgow and being commissioned in Cheshire.

Role responsibilities:

  • This is a new position created in recognition of BGS’ strategic commitment to increasing and diversifying business opportunities related to the UKGEOS project 
  • You will develop and implement a dynamic marketing strategy for UKGEOS subsurface research facilities and its surrounding infrastructure in order to ensure the full and innovative utilisation of the facility, attracting projects and investment
  • Undertake market research activities to define future demand for the UKGEOS facilities and develop new business models for these
  • Analyse trends and future markets relevant to UKGEOS and identify areas where the facility could be promoted, attracting users to the site and building BGS commercial services related to the facility
  • Build both commercial and academic partnerships focussed on the UKGEOS opportunity, and centred around funding opportunities
  • Advise and support BGS scientists and external academic and commercial facility users to identify funding opportunities and develop bid applications
  • Liaise closely with relevant UKGEOS science leads in developing external income in line with corporate objectives, understanding the market for these areas and promoting relevant services.

With responsibility to attract projects and investment to the UKGEOS facility, the post-holder will also work closely with existing BGS energy, data and business development teams to ensure alignment to the wider BGS science strategy.  

You will co-ordinate and facilitate the work of technical/scientific project leads, BGS finance and contracts specialists and external clients, maintaining positive relationships, adapting to changing priorities and ensuring a professional and efficient delivery of business commitments. You will regularly present and promote BGS business opportunities and potential future developments in a range of fora – including presentations, formal written reports and promotional material using traditional methods as well as the internet/social media.


Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The British Geological Survey (BGS), founded in 1835 is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is the world's longest-established national geological survey and the UKs premier centre for earth science information and expertise.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria

Criteria will be assessed at either Shortlisting (S) Interview (I) or both (S&I).



  • Degree in business, marketing, physical science or I.T. related subject or equivalent experience. (S)


  • Post-graduate qualification in business studies, marketing or market research or equivalent experience. (S)



  • Significant experience in a customer focussed business development environment – to include developing client relationships, commercial proposals, and business analysis (S&I)
  • Demonstrable evidence of developing and implementing successful business plans and marketing strategies (S&I)
  • A track record of initiating and developing appropriate business contacts to facilitate opportunities for collaboration and following these through to effectively bring in income and/or further work (S&I)
  • Experience of influencing and negotiation with a diverse range of people in order to gain buy in and secure business deals. (S&I)


  • Experience of providing business development support in the early stages of a science facility *highly desirable (S&I)
  • Experience of taking new products and services to market (S&I)
  • Experience of working in a scientific/technological environment (S&I)
  • Experience of conducting market research. (S&I)



  • Knowledge of best practice in business development and market research (S&I)
  • An understanding of business development within the scientific research sector and the benefits of this (S&I)
  • An understanding of BGS’ core values and how these impact on the organisation’s strategy for pursuing commercial opportunities. (I)


  • A broad understanding of BGS Science. (I)

Skills and abilities


  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal – including an ability to present science or technology clearly to non-specialists (S&I)
  • Ability to work unsupervised, to use own initiative, solving problems and prioritising work to meet tight deadlines (S&I)
  • Ability to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating an ability both to lead teams and to participate as a team member (S&I)
  • High level of attention to detail. (S&I)

Personal Qualities


  • Able to travel off-site regularly and abroad occasionally (S&I)
  • Ability to be flexible in approach, to adapt to changes. (S&I)



  • Demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and UKRI (I)
  • Displays an enthusiasm for the role (S&I)
  • An interest in environmental science, technology and innovation. (S&I)


Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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