Placement Student — Business Development

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Sedgefield, England Hybrid
Real Living Wage (2021 rate £18,500, 2022 rate TBC)
Full-time - Fixed term
Business Development Students
03 Oct 2021 - 23:30
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About CPI

At CPI we work with our partners to translate inventions into products and processes that enhance health and well-being, protect and improve our environment and increase productivity across industries.

With a deep understanding of innovation processes and funding, outstanding technical expertise and industry relevant assets, we enable products and processes to be quickly and cost-effectively brought to market. This supports the development of next-generation manufacturing, highly-skilled jobs and economic growth for the UK.

Our partners operate across many diverse markets including pharmaceuticals, speciality chemicals, food and drink, electronics and transportation.

Hybrid Working

We’re embracing hybrid working to build a happier, more productive, and environmentally conscious workplace. Discover more about our new flexible working approach.

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Why this role is important for CPI’s work

CPI’s Business Development team are seeking to recruit a placement student to support the development and execution of plans to grow income in alignment with the business development strategy which contributes to the successful and sustainable growth of CPI. This is an exciting opportunity for a student to work within a leading technology innovation centre, where they will be engaging in a broad variety of sectors such as net zero, sustainability, new battery materials and complex medicines, with the aim of supporting the goal to advance innovation in these areas. The successful candidate will be passionate about supporting the growth, development and commercial advancement of UK and global companies in this area. Potential areas for the student to engage in will be:

  • Prospecting for (identification and initial communication to) new clients
  • Prospecting for commercial opportunities in the UK and globally.
  • Prospecting for local small to medium enterprises (SME’s) to join CPI’s funded outreach programmes.
  • Qualification of leads
  • Learning about and inputting appropriate data to CPI’s Customer Relationship Management tool
  • Supporting the existing business development cohort at CPI
  • Supporting the existing Sales Operations team to add value to customer management and maintenance.

Please note: the location of this role can be fully office based or a combination of home working and office (main base in Sedgefield). Travel may be required to other CPI sites in the region.

The role is fixed term for 12 months from July 2022, working 37 hours per week (Monday — Friday).

The person we are seeking

The ideal candidate will ideally be studying for an MBA with a strong interest in scientific fields or studying in a scientific or maths field with a strong interest in business development and being in a customer-facing role. The candidates should be looking to advance their knowledge in the areas of customer interaction, sales, and sales process understanding. The ideal candidate will be good at relationship building and possesses excellent listening skills. The student will be expected to demonstrate empathy and client centricity, have resilience, and be enthusiastic and eager to learn new things and help solve problems. In addition, we are looking for candidates who are confident and comfortable at grasping and explaining complex technical concepts if needed.

What does CPI offer you?

At CPI, we offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, this includes:

  • Up to 33 days holiday, including bank holidays – Plus a holiday purchasing scheme
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Life assurance and accident insurance schemes
  • Flexible working
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Free parking

Find out more about our culture and benefits.

Additional information

The closing date is Sunday 3 October. Shortlisting will take place during October. 

Interviews are expected to be held w/​c 8 and/​or w/​c 15 November.

CPI is an organisation based in the UK. Commencement of employment is conditional to demonstrating right to work in the UK, sponsorship may be available.

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