Business Development Officer

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Apply before 11:55 pm on Friday 21st January 2022


Reference number



£35,895 - £41,660


Senior Executive Officer
Pay Band 6

Contract type


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Weymouth, South West (region), DT4 8UB : Lowestoft, East of England (region), NR33 0HT

About the job


These roles will be contractually based at one of the two Cefas sites, Lowestoft or Weymouth. Cefas welcomes flexible working and is open to a hybrid approach of working from home and in an office. The location for this role is also flexible, though some travel to the Lowestoft or Weymouth site will be required. All duties must be carried out from a UK location, and cannot be done from an overseas location at any time unless travelling for business purposes.

Cefas is looking for 2 business development officers to directly assist the International Funding and Partnership Directorate (IFPD) business development managers in the development of international programme stakeholder engagement and management, the delivery of key external Defra relationships and partnership strategy. This will include facilitating meetings with key scientists and funding bodies, assisting in application processes and submission of funding applications. Ensure timely liaison and coordination with the portfolio managers to progress tender/proposals. Additional responsibilities will include market assessments and penetration, new funder engagement and quotation assistance. You will also be responsible for preparing regular updates and reports on IFPD activities for the Senior Leadership Team.

Job description

Supporting the development of international programmes stakeholder engagement and management, delivery of key external Defra relationships and partnership strategy within the International Funding and Partnership Directorate. Leading defined initiatives and supporting Business Development Leads in these areas.

Your responsibilities will include:

• scanning and review of tender opportunities
• raising Cefas profile with existing and new customers including key Government and industry partners
• nurture these relationships and using intelligence to add value to existing projects and relationships
• secure new services with customers directly or through involvement in consortia
• assisting in submission of application process for identified projects
• tracking progress of customer opportunities and update monitoring system
• liaising with the communication team as required to support IFPD initiatives
• compiling updates for SLT from Commercial Directorate activities such as the Monthly SLT dashboard
• operating to the highest standards of health and safety


You should have demonstrable experience of developing opportunities in at least one of the following areas: International programmes, cross HMG working, Blue Finance and Food Security. You will ideally have established networks within this area. You must have a good understanding of business development activities. You will need excellent communication skills to grow and sustain relationships at all levels, commercially and in government. You will flourish working as part of a team.

You will have:

• experience in business development in either/or International programmes, cross HMG working, Blue Finance and Food Security and be able to demonstrate that you have operated credibly with stakeholders in these areas, Government and/or commercial
• excellent verbal and written communication skills
• experience identifying and supporting the development of tenders
• experience or an ability to use customer relationship management software or track pipeline opportunities
• entrepreneurial flair and enthusiastic attitude to identify and win new business
• the ability to travel within the UK and overseas, and work flexibly
• the ability to maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues
• experience of legal assessments and contracts management

Qualifications required for direct entry to this post would be a formal Business Management qualification at degree level or an equivalent qualification, however, this requirement may be waived for applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture


• Access to learning and development tailored to your role
• A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
• Annual leave entitlement – 25 days on entry (rising to 30 days over first 5 yrs)
• Eligible to join the Civil Service Pension scheme - more information can be found on the CSP website
• Performance Related Pay scheme – yearly award linked to individual performance
• Staff Recognition vouchers
• In-year award scheme (monetary amounts up to max £2000 possible)

See Cefas Benefits Package for full details.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
Application Process
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and three behaviour statements which should demonstrate your suitability for the role.

Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, Communicating and Influencing. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

The interviews will be held via a video link. The interview schedule will be confirmed following sift results.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

If successful at application stage, you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed onyour experience, behaviours and strengths.

You may also be required to give a presentation, complete a short test or provide a case study. You will receive further information to prepare for this if you are invited to interview.

The interview will be undertaken via Microsoft Teams.

If scores are equal following interview, an assessment of the lead behaviour, Communicating and Influencing will be used by the panel.

Reserve List
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Merit Lists
Where more than one location is advertised, candidates will be posted in merit order by location. You will be asked to state your location preference on your application.

New entrants are expected to start on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable Adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

- Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
- Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Criminal Record Check
If successful and transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Serviceon your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading .

Internal Fraud Database Check
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Childcare Vouchers
Any move to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here

We are closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly for any updates from us as this is how we will communicate with you.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Cefas Resourcing
Email :
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Further information

ComplaintsIf you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here to visit Civil Service Commission

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