Business Development Coordinator

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 07 Mar 2024

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position has a term length of 1 year plus a day, and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed on our Benefits Overview page .

Location - Work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Working for the Department

Created in 2015, the Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) is a $125M initiative funded by the federal Centres of Networks of Excellence (NCE), Strategic Science Funding (SSF), Canadian Foundation for Innovation-Major Science innovation (CFI-MSI), Genome Canada, provincial and industrial partners, which comprises 190 research teams (estimated 600 students and staff) from 36 Canadian academic institutions.


As part of its technology translation and commercialization strategy, and in partnership with Genome Alberta and the Province of Alberta, GlycoNet is seeking a dynamic and innovative Business Development Coordinator for partnering activities and services. This role is designed for an individual passionate about driving growth in the biotechnology and life sciences industries, technology translation and technical sales. The ideal candidate is a recent business school graduate, eager to apply their knowledge and skills in a high-technology, scientifically driven environment.


  • Assist the GlycoNet CEO, Scientific Director, Program Manager and other GIS Node Leaders & Node Managers with outreach activities to grow GIS commercial opportunities and revenues, such as conducting market research to pinpoint potential clients and explore opportunities for research collaborations
  • Proactively seek and engage clients in GIS current areas of strength (health sciences) to increase GIS profile and market share
  • Expand GIS client base in emerging sectors (agriculture, environment), by introducing GIS capabilities to current and prospective clients
  • Assist the GlycoNet CEO, Director of Strategic Partnerships in developing pitch deck for selected technologies
  • Review GlycoNet website and develop strategies for higher visibility and outreach (e.g., add expertise and area of interest of GlycoNet Investigators)
  • Help develop content for GlycoNet bimonthly online newsletter and implement digital content strategies in order to develop GlycoNet presence as a leading provider of glycomics research and services worldwide   

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum BCom Degree required; preferably completed within the last 12 months
  • Strong analytical skills to assess trends and identify potential business opportunities
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, foster, and maintain relationships with internal and external customers
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to effectively present information to clients and internal stakeholders
  • Excellent research skills with strong problem-solving ability
  • Positive and motivated self-starter, process-oriented with a high attention to detail and sense of urgency

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in sales, particularly B2B sales and expansion of client lists is an asset
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment and ability to work independently
  • Strong time management, organization and planning skills 

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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