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Business Developer - Biobased Economy

Vacancy: Business Developer

Business Developer - Biobased Economy

Thu, 12 April 2018


To strengthen the team, the Campus is looking for a Business Developer who understands the profession of the consultant. The focus within this function is on attracting new activities and (further) developing substantive projects for one of our focus areas: Biobased Economy (think of the agro, food, chemical energy sectors). In addition, you will be involved in ongoing projects and you will have to seek cooperation within and outside the team to turn chances into results. Together with regional parties you strengthen the economic activity and innovation capacity in the bio-economy in the Northern Netherlands with your efforts.

Work environment

The Campus Groningen Management BV works from the Northern Netherlands with companies, governments and knowledge institutions on regional development. To this end, the Campus provides services in the field of management, acquisition, project development, branding and facility management. The flexible team consists of all-rounders and specialists who work with great enthusiasm on the future of the region. Campus Groningen is a market-oriented network organization that works from entrepreneurship, with an informal corporate culture.

The Campus provides an attractive magnetic field for knowledge-intensive companies. It facilitates the current and future community to enable growth. Within projects and activities there is close collaboration with, among others, regional SMEs, the UMCG, the RUG, Hanzehogeschool, NV NOM and many others.





A typical day

In the morning you have a good conversation with a new relationship. You are considering helping them to realize their impressive (laboratory) growth ambitions and to realize the necessary contacts, cooperation and financing. You first call with two trusted ambassadors of the Campus to quickly get a picture of the feasibility of the plans, while simultaneously assessing their enthusiasm for a brainstorming meeting where you will need their knowledge. You decide together with the team to quickly write a proposal towards the new relationship. Your enthusiasm, tact and communication skills are crucial.

At the beginning of the afternoon you join a meeting about collaboration with the business community at the invitation of a researcher from your network. You learn that his faculty will invest in new lab facilities in the coming years. You grab the responsible project manager to his sleeve and convince him to immediately schedule an appointment with you, given the possible common ground with the ambitions of your new relationship.

Enthusiastically you come back to the office, where you join the monthly project meeting. You discuss the progress of your three current projects and indicate that you have spoken to two new companies that would potentially want to establish themselves on the Campus. You also tell about your new relationships. In the evening you check your e-mail and consider who else you will invite to the brainstorm session.



With your competences

  • you are commercial and customer-oriented, creative, eager to learn and result-oriented;
  • you maintain your existing and initiate your new contacts in your network;
  • you constantly reinforce the proposition based on identified needs;
  • translate your needs into concrete opportunities and projects for the team and yourself;
  • you invent together with the team and network the best (customized) solutions;
  • you take care of broad commitment to the implementation of changes.


You are someone with

  • 3-5 years of experience in an advisory, strategic or business development role
  • academic work and thinking level (HBO +) with a background in or affinity with the bio economy;
  • a strong network / maintaining relations skills (existing own network is a plus);
  • a hard working mentality while you keep track of the main lines and the long term;
  • a coaching and motivating style towards the team.

Do you fit this profile?

The Campus would like to offer you the opportunity to work in a dynamic, innovative environment where new ideas and suggestions are discussed, weighed and executed on a daily basis.

Location: Triade Groep, L.J. Zielstraweg 2, Groningen
Employment: Certain period of time
Hours per week:  36
Scale classification:  ± € 3,000 - € 3,500 depending on experience)
Possibly an assessment will be part of the application procedure.

Please apply, before 21th of May, by the digital application form at the bottom of this page. 
You will receive a confirmation by email, including further information.
The job interview will take place on Friday, June 1, 2018.

Contactperson: Edward van der Meer, via Lisanne Brakenhoff (