Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC243788
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £28200 - £38254
Date Posted 09 January 2018
Grade NERC-5 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 04 February 2018
Interview Date

Salary: £28,200 to £38,254  (depending on qualifications and experience)
(For a salary above £35,222 per annum you will need to meet the desirable specification)
Grade: NERC 6/5 new
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 2 years
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 4th February 2018 

Please note: This post can be based in Keyworth, Nottingham  or Edinburgh.

Primary Tasks:

  • to develop and implement a dynamic marketing strategy for the appropriate science areas that meets the need of the BGS/NERC strategy
  • to analyse trends and future markets relevant to BGS and identify areas where BGS current services could be expanded
  • to undertake market research activities to define future demand for current and new products and services and develop new business models for these
  • to support BGS scientists with bid applications ensuring marketing a corporate approach and that bids for external business are coordinated
  • ensure relevancy of BGS products and services  through analysis of consumer reactions and understanding of our competition
  • to liaise closely with relevant Science Directors and Team Leaders in developing external income in line with directorate deliverables, understanding the market for these areas and  promoting relevant services
  • to maintain good relationships with clients and acquiring new clients in existing and new markets. To be proactive in visiting key clients, undertaking marketing presentations, negotiating contracts and developing new areas of business within allocated sector(s)
  • to provide reports on marketing and UK business as required to the head of UKBD, and attend regular UKBD meetings
  • to build links with organisations that provide platforms for networking to assist business development and to undertake presentations to external organisations to increase the profile  of BGS and form useful business links.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • educated to degree level
  • full driving licence is required - the role requires lots of UK travel with a large kit
  • experience of work in a customer focussed environment
  • experience of developing client relationships
  • experience in developing commercial proposals
  • experience of working with a Shared Services Centre
  • experience of finance and administrative. Procedures
  • experience of IT; including word processing, data entry, and Internet research  
  • good understanding of commercial drivers in a scientific research organisation work and its benefits
  • an interest in environmental science, technology and innovation, and psychology and behaviour
  • ability to present science or technology clearly to non-specialists
  • excellent presentation and written communication skills
  • ability to develop external links and represent BGS professionally
  • ability to work unsupervised, to use own initiative, and to accept both responsibility and authority
  • good attention to detail
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • ability to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating and ability to lead teams and to participate as a team member
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • ability to empathise with the needs of the business and colleagues and relate this to your support role in the organisation
  • ability to work with both senior and junior staff both within and beyond the immediate team, and both within BGS and with our customers
  • able to express themselves clearly and concisely
  • logical and methodical in their approach
  • approachable
  • able to travel off-site regularly and abroad occasionally
  • ability to be flexible in approach, to adapt to changes, learn quickly
  • ability to apply newly acquired  and existing skills 
  • ability to solve problems
  • ability to use initiative and to make appropriate decisions independently
  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC
  • displays an enthusiasm for their role and a desire to develop this further
  • demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific, technical or business problems.


  • degree in business, marketing, physical sciences, or IT Post-graduate qualification in business studies, marketing or market research
  • experience of taking new products and services to market
  • experience in  market research and business analysis  
  • experience of developing business plans and marketing strategies
  • project management experience
  • a broad understanding of BGS Science
  • ability to negotiate
  • willingness to take on new responsibilities as required
  • enjoy working in a team and developing business area.

Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher 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.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.

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