Business Development Executive

Central London
£26,000 – £28,000 plus benefits
Initially 12 months fixed term with the potential for a permanent role.

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), a registered charity, is an international forum where science meets business. Established in 1881 SCI’s main charitable objective is to advance the application of science into industry for public benefit, which it fulfils via events, publications and other activities. Today, with members in over 70 countries and with over 900 companies and 300 academic institutions represented in our network, SCI facilitates open innovation, identifies and promotes emerging technologies in the areas of climate change and global health, and provides support for the next generation of scientists and engineers.

SCI is now looking to appoint a proactive Business Development Executive to join the team. The role will sit within the Business Development team of the Society, working with members, colleagues and other organisations on a variety of projects extending across membership, venue hire, event sponsorship, and advertising. We are looking for an energetic, professional team player, with excellent communication skills and who associates with the objectives of SCI. This is a great opportunity to build experience and establish a network across industry and academia.

SCI operates via a small and friendly team based in Belgrave Square, London. Flexibility and willingness to work with the wider team to achieve SCI’s objectives is crucial. Due to COVID-19, SCI staff are currently working two days per week in the office and the remainder from home.

Knowledge and skills required for this role:

  • Degree in any subject, preferably in STEM.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in an income generating role.
  • Experience in a customer facing role with changing priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills: phone, email and in-person.
  • Excellent attention to detail and able to meet tight deadlines.
  • Able to work alone with minimal supervision or in a team when required.
  • Able to be calm under pressure.
  • Able to occasionally work outside of standard hours (time in lieu will be applied).

If you wish to apply, please send a CV and cover letter (maximum 2 sides of A4 per document) outlining your skills, experience and how you are suited to this role.

Please send completed applications to Ryan McKiernan ( with the subject line ‘BD Executive – Application’.

Closing Date: 23:59 on Friday 29th October 2021.

Please note interviews may be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.