Sector Business Development Manager, Consumer Division

Who we are

Sagentia Innovation’s Consumer Division works with global, leading companies in the Consumer Health, Personal Care & Beauty, Homecare and Consumer Electronics sectors to deliver radical new technology and product programmes and innovations. We apply multidisciplinary teams to define and prioritise technology programmes, look at the fundamental scientific principles involved to scope ideas, before proving our ideas will work in the real world through customer engagement exercises and advanced laboratory experimentation / product prototypes. Ultimately, we are looking to maximise the value of our clients’ investment in technology and innovation, leverage our ability to solve techno-commercial challenges and turn our ideas into great products that will delight our clients’ customers.

We are seen as one of the foremost ‘one-stop provider’ technology consultancies for the Consumer sector helping our clients to understand and address the grand challenges in their industries. Recent projects have included:

  • Developing proof-of-principal formulations which embody different approaches to achieving new functionality for a high-volume consumer product
  • Analysis and recommendation of technology to stabilise a formulation while enhancing its sustainability credentials
  • Building strategies to implement sustainable packaging solutions and adding ‘shelf-pop’ by applying radically new materials and design principles
  • Formulation and development of primary packaging for consumer product trials of a new consumer experience
  • Leveraging sensorial, physical and ingredient attributes to deliver breakthrough formulation designs in clean label

Our parent company, Science Group plc, has a global reach with a multinational workforce spanning the U.K., Europe and North America. We look for exceptional hands-on employees that will flourish in a dynamic and stimulating environment.

The opportunity

We are looking for a commercially experienced individual with a background in product development of consumer durables and an appreciation of design and branding. Reporting into the Managing Partner of Science Group’s Consumer Division, this is a rare opportunity for someone to apply their deep design, engineering and market knowledge to work with current and prospective clients across our sales process.

The role has three parts:

  1. Manage and grow our business with a portfolio of Strategic Accounts (40%)
  2. Instigate and initiate relationships with new business accounts (40%)
  3. Engaging with sector and delivery team – contribute your domain expertise to our marketing activities such as white papers, webinars etc, as well as directly to our highest priority projects to ensure we delight our clients and take our relationship with them to the next level (20%)    

To be successful in this role you will build upon your design, engineering, innovation, product development and program management background to engage, drive and grow client relationships.  You will provide input to the division’s strategy and will ultimately be responsible for profitable sales and successful project delivery within nominated accounts and market-focused campaigns. You will have the opportunity to travel overseas to visit and work with our clients; it is expected that you will be travelling up to 25% of your time (US and Europe).

Key responsibilities:

Strategic Accounts

  • Take responsibility for maintaining and growing the business relationship with selected Strategic Accounts; this will encompass both virtual meetings and visits to clients in order to sustain key relationships and to increase customer penetration
  • Lead new business creation activities, introducing the company’s services, presenting portfolio reviews, leveraging existing and new contacts to identify new project opportunities, discussing and responding to new project briefs.
  • Listen to the needs of our client and translate these into appropriate programs of work (in consultation with the sector team, skill group managers and consultants). Though not directly involved in all projects, the individual in the role will guide the consultants running these projects and as and when appropriate participate in key interim and final delivery meetings and post-project reviews.

New Business

  • Promote services to new business targets in order to win new customer accounts. The role will involve a mix of targeted lead generation and client face-to-face meetings and can leverage wider sales resources within the team/ group.
  • Attend industry/sector meetings and conferences and draw support from the Science Group Marketing team
  • Pitch the business and handle RFPs through to proposal stage. Once the business has been won they will then nurture these new accounts, and potentially contribute their technical expertise to the project (see consulting below) to secure and grow future business streams.

Marketing & Consulting

  • Develop and deliver marketing collateral leveraging experience and expertise in design and branding within the consumer products / services sector.
  • Strengthen our client relationships with strategic and new business accounts.
  • Support teams to deliver higher-value projects of strategic importance.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Strong track record in the application of design and engineering with a particular focus on (branded) consumer durables.
  • Customer-facing experience in either a project management or business development role with evidence of success in building a rapport and trust in customers
  • Experience in delivering technology programmes, marketing and/or product development
  • Experience in a consulting environment preferred but not essential
  • Technical degree qualifications in engineering and/or design is essential and to Masters/PhD level is preferred but not essential

Career Development

We are committed to career development and make a focused effort to offer bespoke training and mentoring to allow each individual to thrive within their environment and realise personal potential.


We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

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