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We are hiring: Manager Business Development for ECIU University

October 29, 2021


We are hiring: Manager Business Development for ECIU University

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October 29, 2021

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The European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) is looking for an experienced Manager Business Development to strengthen the strategic position of ECIU University towards business.

Role Description
The Manager Business Development is a new central function within the ECIU management, based in Brussels,  focusing on business development and strategic stakeholder management. First, you will engage with public and private stakeholders to establish trusted strategic relationships for ECIU Universities funding position. You will support the efforts in identifying and building strategic partnerships with industry, Ed Tech, learning organizations, think tanks and philanthropy to help drive the advancement of ECIU Universitys academic innovation platform.

Second, you will play a central role in further developing the business framework of the ECIU University ecosystem based on life-long learning, open collaboration in research and development and making social impact across Europe. You initiate the first commercial activities with strategic partners by co-creating an innovative and impactful business framework that meets the growing demand for skills and competence development.

To fulfil these tasks, you will manage business strategy and planning by further defining objectives and listening to stakeholders to understand requirements. The aim is to deliver sustainable revenues from new sources.

This role, therefore, requires a highly motivated, entrepreneurial, and creative self-starter who can think big, establish successful long-lasting relationships, is diplomatically skilled and able to promote the business development of ECIU University.

Key role responsibilities

  • Set up, lead and execute ECIU business development and funding models in collaboration with ECIU University members, management and relevant stakeholders
  • Map and prioritize potential partnerships in the market with a focus on partnerships that enable the launch and growth of the ECIU University digital platform
  • Develop a strategic framework and operating plan for business development.
  • Identify, build and maintain relationships with key external stakeholders
  • Ensure that ECIUs partnership proposition is established, understood and recognized in the market



  • Master degree and appropriate combination of experience and education
  • Professional experience and track record of results in innovative business development
  • Experience in project management, business operations & development
  • Demonstrated ability to create and streamline processes and drive adoption
  • Demonstrated experience working in a horizontal or matrixed organization
  • Professional analytical skills
  • Able to prioritize in a complex, fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of higher education, especially at the intersection between public and private
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.


By 2030, ECIU University will be an agile, open agora at the European level for solving multi-disciplinary societal challenges, doing research and learning for life. We believe in creating an invigorating model of a true European University for the benefit of European society. Currently, over 300 people in 12 universities in 12 European countries (and a partner university in Mexico) work with a lot of dedication to accomplish this dream.

In this position, you will have the unique opportunity to co-create the business strategy of a new European University in its start-up phase and beyond. ECIU University is truly paving the way of reinventing higher education at the European level, a concept which is of great interest to many stakeholders.

You will become part of an international passionate team of people who believe in the creation of a new European university. As part of the central management, your focus will be dominantly external to create sustainable income flow from sources other than the typically known public funding streams of universities.

We offer a competitive remuneration package based on educational, qualification and work experience. The preferred location for this position is Brussels, Belgium. Start of the position as soon as possible.


For more information about this vacancy, please get in touch with ECIU University director Sander Lotze via sander.lotze@eciu.org

Please submit your application by the 24th of November 2021 at the latest by uploading a motivation letter (incl. salary expectations, and the earliest possible starting date) and your current CV via the link below. A reference check, screening or assessment may be part of the recruitment procedure. The first round of interviews is planned for Week of 29 nd of November 2021, the second round for the week of 6th of December 2021.

You will be hired by the ECIU foundation of which the Univeristy of Twente is a member.


University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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