London, Stevenage or Edinburgh
Full time

Job Title: Business Manager – Funding
Location: London/Stevenage/Edinburgh
Job Type: Permanent


Agencies: We will only work with recruitment partners on our preferred supplier list and will not engage with speculative CVs submitted.

LifeArc, we want to hear from people who are as passionate as we are about making life science life changing that can improve patients’ lives.

A bit about the role:

  • This role within the Partnerships team has responsibility for delivering high quality technical  support to both internal and external partners in relation to the facilitation of science that has the potential for patient impact. 
  • The role will involve supporting applicants with funding applications, as well as critically reviewing grant applications and post-award reports and providing advice to internal and external clients on all aspects of translation, development and IP management and commercialization.
  • It requires facilitating and enabling the translation and potential commercialisation of that science, using sound knowledge of translation and of the development path for difference modalities. 
  • The successful candidate will work closely with the wider Partnerships team on projects and activities, while also growing their own skills and knowledge.


About you:

  • With support from the Partnerships team, you will deliver Partnerships services of funding, advice, and support to our current and future clients 
  • Contribute to the management of projects, including investigation and technologies under development across a range of modalities
  • Works collaboratively with the Partnerships team, and sometimes with different parts of LifeArc, including other Partnerships team members, OAG, Science and legal to identify issues and looking for the solutions to problems.
  • Is delegated to, able to work independently while also seeking clarification, support and input as needed. Identifies possible solutions and looks for opportunities to progress. 
  • Take the lead on work from Principal Business Managers and the wider business manager team as they assess and execute translational science projects and provide advice. Identifies issues early in the process so solutions can be found.
  • Able to communicate effectively in written work getting the tone right and flexing their . for different types of writing, and for different partners, both internal and external.




  • Qualified to degree level in a scientific discipline with a PhD or equivalent experience in academia or industry


Skills & abilities:

  • Have project management experience including the ability to manage and progress multiple projects efficiently
  • Be able to work independently and proactively but also as part of teams where there may be multiple expectations and drivers
  • Have an understanding of the therapeutic development process for different modalities and of the academic, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry translational environments
  • Be able to communicate verbally and in writing efficiently and credibly with a range of stakeholders, including scientists, industry and with colleagues as well as have the ability to influence and constructively challenge key individuals within the organisation and across the scientific community at all levels 
  • Have experience or knowledge of research funding processes, and the wider funding environment
  • Knowledge and awareness of what makes a strong funding application
  • Have experience of negotiations


About us:

At LifeArc, our ambition is to make life science life changing. We do this by advancing scientific discoveries beyond the lab, faster, so that they can shape the next generation of diagnostics, treatments, and cures. 

Working at the cutting edge of translational science and as the early-stage translation specialists, we progress scientific discoveries on their journey to becoming a medicine, diagnostic or intervention that can improve patients’ lives. Our work begins by seeking out innovative science, then helping to develop this to a point where there is a clinical and commercial pathway for others to invest the time and money to take it further forward. 

 What we can offer you:

Salary will be determined by qualifications and experience along with other exceptional benefits. Because we understand everyone has different requirements, our flexible benefits allow you to choose those which are important to you. Our pension scheme offers employer contributions of up to 12%, private health insurance, and annual leave of 31 days PLUS bank holidays. 

Join us, and you’ll have the scope to be creative and take measured risks. You’ll be rewarded for your curiosity, for working as one team, and for learning fast. And you’ll have everything you need to be your best every day. 

Don’t meet every single requirement? At LifeArc we are dedicated in building an inclusive workplace and a diverse workforce that can bring a range of skills, new ideas and innovative thinking to our work. So, whatever your background or lived experience, if you’re excited about this role, but perhaps feel you don’t meet every requirement in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. Our top priority is finding the best candidate, and you may be just the right person for this or other roles.

We all have potential. At LifeArc, you’ll discover what you can really do with it.





Apply now - and start translating your potential!

At LifeArc, we commit to advancing equal opportunities and building a diverse workforce by ensuring a fair, inclusive, and accessible recruitment experience for all. We employ individuals based on their suitability for the work to be performed and their potential for development, regardless of age, sex, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion, or belief. Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion includes creating a culture where everyone feels they belong, is valued for who they are and has the opportunity to translate their potential.

We want every candidate to do their very best. If you require special assistance or reasonable adjustments, please be sure to let us know in advance what will be most useful for you and/ or to discuss your needs.

We only work with recruitment partners on our preferred supplier list, and will not engage with speculative CVs submitted.

Please note we are actively recruiting, and the closing date may be brought forward if we find the right person for this role.

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