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Business manager, Earth observation applications

12 months fixed term, with potential to extend

HR Wallingford is a world-leading, innovation-led business. We deliver research solutions and consultancy advice that help management of water and the water environment. 

As part of our strategic growth, we are expanding our portfolio of downstream Earth Observation (EO) applications. We are looking for a dynamic individual with the skills, experience and vision to help us to shape the development this key area of our business, and to lead the growth and commercialisation of our portfolio of EO products and services.

About the role

HR Wallingford has a number of exciting EO projects underway that relate to water and its impact on the health and well-being of communities, infrastructure and the environment. They include a tool that will help to predict Dengue fever outbreaks, and an early warning system that will help to prevent tailings dam failures. You will lead the transition of these innovative projects from the development phase through to successful global implementation and broader commercialisation.

As part of our flood and water management team, you will also help us to identify and realise new EO application business opportunities, build relationships with prospective clients and prepare and submit proposals to secure new business. You will also work closely with our wider business development team.

This is a 12 month fixed term contact with the potential to extend.

About you

  • You will be able to demonstrate experience of taking developing technology through to market, delivering a sustainable business stream through either the creation of commercial products and services or by identifying and acquiring support from international funding agencies;
  • You will understand the various international funding routes and how they can be leveraged for the benefit of societies;
  • You will be a great communicator. You will be able to work with local user communities, where English is often a second language, and understand and define their needs. You will be quick to grasp technical details, and be able to explain and promote solutions at an appropriate level for a range of audiences;
  • You will value the positive impact applied research can have, and the difference it can make to the health and well-being of people, communities and the across the world.
  • You may have experience of the EO, water, health or civil and environmental engineering sectors, which would be an advantage, but applications from those with the appropriate skills from any sector are encouraged. 
  • It would be a bonus for us if you were proficient in Spanish, but this is not essential. 

Benefits package

This role is be based at our head office at Howbery Park near Wallingford, in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. You can expect frequent international travel to a wide variety of destinations, but you will not be expected to work outside the UK for sustained periods.

We are committed to recruiting and retaining people of the highest calibre. We offer a stimulating working environment and competitive salaries. Our excellent benefits package includes a generous defined contribution pension scheme; 22 days holiday plus three days discretionary company holiday in addition to bank holidays, flexible working hours; an on-campus restaurant, cycle to work scheme and a sports and social club. 

How to apply

Please send your CV with a covering letter, clearly stating the vacancy of interest, to personnel@hrwallingford.com or contact Sharon Draper, Personnel Advisor, HR Wallingford, Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxford, OX10 8BA. 

Your covering letter should outline why you are applying for this position, and how your background and experience relate to the role. 

Closing date 21 June 2019.

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