Impact Development Manager Battery Technology
Are you passionate about developing research into real-life solutions? Do you enjoy developing innovative ways of collaboration between researchers and the public or private sector in order to develop a value for our society? The Strategic Business Development (SBD) team at the University of Twente can offer you that opportunity. Can you add a new perspective to our team? We are excited to meet you!
The SBD team develops partnerships between the university and its stakeholders with the objective of growing the university’s impact. For our impact development activities, we are seeking partnership developers, stakeholder manager, and business developers to strengthen our growing team.
The UT and Battery Technology:
To further develop our UT proposition in the field of battery and storage technology, we are looking for an impact developer. At the UT battery research is taking place within all faculties involving about 25 research groups and 100 researchers. A wide range of battery research and development projects are ongoing in collaboration with industry ranging from new fundamental storage concepts to solving applied industrial challenges. The Twente Centre for Advanced Battery Technology was established to strengthen the interaction between the researchers and to initiate new research programs on regional, national and European levels. The UT is a member of the Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA) and is actively involved in the BATT4EU Partnership towards a competitive European industrial battery value chain by contributing to several technical working groups in which the future battery calls for Horizon Europe are being defined. On the national level we have been strongly involved in the ‘National Action Plan Battery Systems’ which will be published soon, and subsequently the establishment of the national Battery Competence Cluster NL to realize the identified actions. Furthermore, strong involvement on impact development is expected within several recently funded national battery programs, such as ‘NXTGEN Hightech’ Growthfund and ‘BatteryNL’ NWA amongst others.
Strengthening of the strategic partnership between the Twente and Munster regions in the field of battery technology will be an important goal, in collaboration with Twente Board and the regional development organization OostNL. In the strategic partnership between the University of Twente and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Munster battery research is an important direction for collaboration. Strong contacts exist between the MEET battery institute of WWU and the UT battery centre, but also between the new Fraunhofer Forschungsfertigung Batteriezelle (FFB Munster) and the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform (FIP@UT).
In this position, you are working in the Impact Development team of Strategic Business Development and will collaborate closely with the lead researchers of the UT battery centre, being staff from different UT faculties, and a senior business developer.
Your main activity is to identify the key stakeholders inside and outside UT, to connect these and to further develop a collaborative and lasting program. This involves that:
- You are jointly responsible for establishing and putting together sustainable relationships with major industrial partners, governments and networks, including the development of propositions/roadmaps and acquisition of external funding in the area of batteries.
- You support, advise, and guide researchers and consortia within the organization, and expand the network of contacts.
- You create, in close collaboration with the lead researchers and management, a vision and future plan for a selection of relevant topics.
- You create support for your plans at all levels and you are closely involved in their implementation and evaluation.
- We are looking for an enthusiastic team member.
Information and application
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About the organization
The Strategic Business Development (SBD) team works to increase the economic and social impact of the University of Twente by connecting the university’s outstanding research capabilities with the market and wider society, both in the Netherlands and beyond, in ways that are effective and distinctive.
SBD contributes specifically to the university’s broad knowledge transfer objectives by both increasing and expanding its strategic and sustainable partnerships with companies, funds, Top Consortiums for Knowledge and Innovation (TKIs), non-profit organisations such as hospitals, and government bodies at regional, national and international level.
SBD operates proactively, creating and responding to opportunities as they arise in order to generate impact and achieve the ambitions expressed in ‘Shaping 2030’. SBD acts in response to society’s demands and supports scientists in the initial phase of their collaborations.
SBD also provides expertise to the university’s organisation and its stakeholders with a view to shaping collaboration, ensuring that promising initiatives find their way within relevant faculties and/or research groups.
SBD creates new opportunities for the University of Twente, connecting external parties with the right scientific domains and positioning the Chief Development Officer as a leading ambassador for the organisation.
SBD believes in the power of collaboration both within and beyond the university. SBD’s role is one of facilitation, while providing direction and coordination wherever necessary, all in close collaboration with research institutes, faculties, research centres, Novel-T, HTT, and other parties.
In terms of organisational structure, SBD consists of a Chief Development Officer, Managing Director, Grants Office, Project Management Office, Impact Development Office and a secretariat. The team sources internal or external expertise as necessary. The Chief Development Officer works on a creative and cooperative footing with the directors and managing directors of the faculties, Novel-T and HTT. All of the groups and individuals involved engage in close and structured collaboration in multidisciplinary teams.