Business Development Manager

Updated: about 2 months ago

Your job
Are you able to create strong relationships in the field of biobased products or water technology?
Would you be curious to utilize your entrepreneurial skills for environmental sustainability?
Discover how you can build bridges between our scientific programs and the demands in the market!

Within the circular and biobased domain we work with 250 scientific experts on innovative R&D to develop technologies for sustainable alternatives for fossil based products and solutions for topics like microplastics, biobased building blocks, side stream valorisation, circular water, etcetera, with a positive impact to our environment. Together with industries, governments and other stakeholders, we create solutions for the largest challenges the world is currently facing.

Do you want to join us in accelerating the necessary transitions and making a difference for future generations?

What are you going to do?
Your key target is to connect the world-leading knowledge of the 250 scientific experts of Wageningen Food and Biobased Research (WFBR) , part of Wageningen University and Research (WUR), to the needs of our customers and prospects by making valuable project propositions.

To do so, you will:

  • create and follow-up leads with industrial customers in e.g. the following domains: Biorefinery, Circular water technologies, Forestry, Agri-Food, Waste Management, biobased building, and Textiles.
  • translate trends, challenges and innovations of their market into valuable research questions;
  • organise professional account management for a select number of customers to maximize impact; 
  • together with our experts, translate societal and business needs into new high value project propositions;
  • build consortia of various international customers to work together on large, game-changing, research projects, allowing partners to accelerate innovation and product development by providing access to State-of-the-art technologies;
  • negotiate the commercial terms of project agreements in close collaboration with the legal and financial experts of WFBR;
  • develop and maintain a relevant international business network to build and expand the brand name of WUR in general and WFBR in particular, creating a market leading position in selected areas.

Your qualities

You are:

  • a Business Development Expert with a result-oriented and entrepreneurial attitude with strong networking skills and a high energy level;
You have:
  • at least 7 years of business development/acquisition/sales experience in value-based selling, preferably in a market-oriented R&D environment;
  • relevant work experience and network and a proven track record in commercial skills are an important selection parameter;
  • well-developed organisational awareness and excellent communication skills to sell our ideas both internally and externally;
  • degree qualified in a corresponding science area (e.g. Life Sciences, Chemistry or Material Science);
  • excellent writing and speaking skills in English and willingness to learn Dutch.

We offer you

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment . A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 4%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University ” in the Netherlands for the 18th  consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief , known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

Do you want more information?

Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact Gerhard de Ruiter, business unit manager, tel. +31 317-489150.
For more information about the procedure, please contact Paul Snijder, Senior Recruiter, email: .
Do you want to apply?

You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including April 24th, 2023. We hope to schedule the first job interviews in the first week of May, 2023.

Equal opportunities

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our 

inclusivity page

. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a

functional impairment


We are

The mission of Wageningen University and Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

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