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Business Development Manager – Marine

Nature Metrics
Nature Metrics
Job Functions:
Sales & Business Development, Operations
Employment Types:
Guildford, UK
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Applications are invited for a Business Development Manager for the Marine sector to join our growing team working at the cutting edge of molecular biodiversity monitoring.

  1. Marine ecology experience e.g. survey and sampling design, ecosystem monitoring, protected species legislation, policy / licensing, the mitigation hierarchy, biodiversity offsetting or net gain.
  2. Experience in providing proposals to clients, delivering services, managing expectations and developing client relationships e.g. prior experience in consulting or service provision.
  3. Some experience in the aquaculture sector beneficial.

NatureMetrics is a fast growing technology company bringing high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies to the frontline of environmental management around the world.

We have grown steadily for three years and are now expanding following a recent investment raise. We are a team of bright, enthusiastic individuals who are excited to be breaking new ground and disrupting the world of biodiversity monitoring. We take great pride in our work and are seeking new team members who will do the same.

You will be part of a team of business developers, each responsible for different geographical regions and industry sectors. You will report to a sector manager and ultimately the Business Development Director, whilst working closely with the rest of team across multiple departments. The role will ideally be based in our offices in Surrey, but this is not a prerequisite. The role may also involve occasional travel. This is a role that carries a high level of responsibility. You will be comfortable working autonomously where necessary, managing people when required and ultimately thrive as part of an already highly successful team.

Familiarity with the tools we use (e.g. environmental DNA and metabarcoding) is helpful but not essential for this role since full training will be provided. Of greater importance is experience with commercial marine science, preferably in the field of environmental management, ecology, biodiversity science/ conservation, or a project manager role.

Roles & Responsibilities


  • Establishing key partnerships and strong networks with companies working in the marine space.
  • Develop business opportunities in the sector, including running workshops for stakeholders and providing training on how DNA-based tools can be integrated into monitoring strategies.
  • Assist the sector head with customer account management for clients operating in the sector in different regions of the world, which includes consulting on survey design and ensuring timely delivery of projects by coordinating with the laboratory and operations teams.
  • Train clients in the collection of eDNA samples. This may occasionally include joining survey teams in the field in remote locations.
  • Work with our business development team, Research Scientists and Statisticians to advise clients on sampling design.
  • Work with the NatureMetrics operations team to ensure supply of sampling equipment to clients and to procure relevant permits to work and export samples where necessary.
  • Establish and maintain a working relationship with key partners and subcontractors.
  • Work with the wider business development team within NatureMetrics to develop opportunities with the largest clients operating internationally.


  • Maintain regular communications with the NatureMetrics team, always complying with our policies and procedures and upholding our standards and the core elements of our brand.
  • Build strong relationships with partners, collaborators and clients in the sector
  • Engage closely with the wider team to stay up to date with projects.
  • Work with our marketing team to assist with the production of online content and training materials

Personal Specification

Education & qualities

  • No specific level of education is required but at least a BSc is preferable

Specialist knowledge, skills & experience

  • Experience working with clients, consulting, project management and engagement in the marine environmental industry
  • A background in ecology, biodiversity science, conservation, environmental management or similar
  • Attention to detail, excellent communication and presentation skills

It would also be an advantage to have:

  • Experience in the aquaculture industry
  • Experience in negotiating commercial contracts
  • An existing network of stakeholders in the marine environmental industry
  • Experience working on environmental impact assessment projects
  • An understanding of environmental DNA and metabarcoding would be advantageous but not essential
  • Experience in science outreach activities and education

Interpersonal & communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills are vital
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to cultivate strong and lasting relationships

Additional requirements

  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.
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