Director of Business Development, Life Sciences and Deep Tech | World Business Chicago

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01.05.2024

Director of Business Development, Life Sciences and Deep Tech

World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago(land) as a leading global city and region.

Position Summary

The Director of Business Development, Life Sciences and Deep Tech is a full-time position that reports to the Senior Vice President of Business Development. The responsibility of the Director of Business Development, Life Sciences and Deep Tech will be to manage companies through various stages of project development ranging from prospect identification and subsequent outreach to client management and deal closure of Pro Chicagoland Decisions. Additionally, the Director will develop and manage relationships across the industry, develop sector strategy, and identify opportunities to to grow the overall ecosystem.

Salary

$85,000/yr – $95,000/yr

Responsibilities

  • Identify prospective life science and quantum companies outside of the region and set up meetings with company leadership.
  • Identify and secure prospective companies’ interest in the Chicagoland area via technology, face-to-face visits and multi-media presentations
  • Establish and manage relationships with key stakeholders in the life sciences and quantum ecosystems in Chicagoland
  • Meet with existing companies in the region to promote Chicagoland for business retention and growth opportunities.
  • Represent WBC across the industry by speaking at business seminars and panels, participating in networking, and other ecosystem events
  • Develop PPT decks and other responses to requests for information, as well as arranging site visits for prospective Chicago companies and investors
  • Work with fellow staff to develop, implement, and improve business development marketing and outreach efforts
  • Build relationships across the ecosystem, including university tech transfer offices, VCs, incubators, corporates, and other stakeholders
  • Develop and communicate a strong working knowledge of the Life Sciences and Deep Tech ecosystem, real estate options to serve this sector, incentives, workforce, and other locational advantages available to support prospective businesses
  • Complete regularly required status reports and maintain project tracking databases
  • Participate in team meetings, and provide leadership and partnership across the team.
  • Build on existing efforts and further implement strategy to build the ecosystem.
  • Conduct other related tasks and assignments not specified above.

 

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Client-focused
  • Professional presence and poise in interactions with business and ecosystem leaders
  • Proactive and highly responsive
  • Results and goal-oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Presentation skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit to drive results across vertical
  • Team player with a strong work ethic
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Familiarity with Salesforce software a plus

 

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in economic development
  • Familiarity with the life sciences and/or quantum assets and partners in the Chicagoland area
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, urban planning, public policy, or science related field

 

Requirements

  • Willingness to work occasional workday evenings as project and strategic opportunities arise.
  • Willingness to work in a hybrid work environment, with an expectation of at least 3 days spent in office/in field per week

 

If interested, please submit your cover letter and resume to HR@worldbusinesschicago.com

WBC is an equal opportunity employer

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