Head of Commercial Development

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has a brilliant opportunity for a Head of Commercial Development who will lead the development and execution of our strategic commercial development plans. This is a pivotal role for our organisation as we seek to diversify our sources of revenue to ensure our ongoing financial resilience and future success.

As Head of Commercial Development, your focus will be to work with the Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Group to develop and execute the strategic M&A plan, leading corporate acquisitions, due diligence and post-acquisition implementation and integration activities.

We are looking for an experienced commercial leader who will work collaboratively across the organisation, leading cross-functional teams to identify new growth opportunities including for innovative products and services. You will work closely with other RSC teams to develop, launch and transfer these opportunities to their long-term business owner.

In particular, you will be expected to work with the Head of Data Science and Insights to undertake longer term ‘horizon scanning’ and analysis of the external environment, identifying strategic growth themes and business development opportunities that you will then help to deliver.

We are looking for someone with:

  • Proven experience and success in M&A transactions i.e. corporate acquisition, joint ventures and strategic partnerships with highly developed skills and expertise in post-acquisition onboarding and integration.
  • Strategic business development expertise with a focus on digital product and services growth.
  • New market entry and commercial experience in B2B international business working across multiple geographies and channels.
  • Multifunctional experience across sales, marketing, product management and finance teams.
  • Diverse experience across relevant sectors, such as scientific publishing, data & analytics, e-learning, professional services consultancy and, scientific research.
  • Demonstrable ability to translate top-level strategies into activities that deliver longer-term organisational priorities.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to help the chemical sciences community to make the world a better place. We are a provider of knowledge, a professional body and a voice for chemical sciences, with a heritage that spans 180 years. We work with industry and academia to promote collaboration and innovation. We advise governments on policy, and we promote the talent, information and ideas that lead to great advances in science.

The Royal Society of Chemistry offers excellent benefits. The contractual base for this role is Cambridge, however we are embracing hybrid working, and therefore you will have the opportunity to work from a location other than this, as agreed with your line manager. Applicants should be aware that there is an expectation that employees will attend our offices as needed for their role.

If you are interested in this role, please apply before the end of the closing date.

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