Director of Business Development – Emerging Science & Technology

Nanoracks is Hiring
Position:Director of Business Development – Emerging Science & Technology
Reports To:SVP of Business Development
Location:United States (Remote)

Director of Business Development – Emerging Science & Technology

Nanoracks is seeking a Director of Business Development to drive growth of our Science, Research, Innovation, and Advanced Concepts portfolio. In this position, you are responsible for the identification, pursuit, and successful capture of new business opportunities across science and technology research-focused industry, academia, and consortia. To this end, you will engage with external stakeholders, cultivate a robust pipeline of high-value opportunities, and develop and implement strategies that align and push the boundaries of Nanoracks capabilities to meet the current, emerging, and future needs of our customers.



  • Plan, develop, and execute successful business development efforts including the end-to-end capture lifecycle and strategic planning process in collaboration with other BD team members.
  • Provide portfolio oversight on all aspects of emerging science and technology with direct and indirect space domain applications. This includes development and execution growth strategies, identification and creation of new business opportunities, establishment of pursuit priorities, gaining and growing customer intimacy, and development of successful capture plans.
  • Act as subject matter expert with customers on Nanoracks competencies and discriminating capabilities to that can be leveraged to meet their commercial, scientific, research, educational, and responsive space needs.
  • Coordinate Nanoracks business, technical, program, and financial resources to be responsive to new opportunities with development of tailored offerings/solutions that meet discerning customer needs.
  • Lead and/or support internal teams to prepare proposals, quotes and rough order of magnitude estimates, and responses to requests for information that are informed by strong customer engagement and competitive intelligence.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with current and new customers in industry and academia, in fields including (but not limited to) bio-sciences, pharma, chemistry, and materials science.
  • Support the SVP of Business Development through cultivation of the pipeline, performance of market and competitive analyses, delivery of timely options and recommendations to address issues, new opportunities, and contribution to ongoing updates of strategic business plans.
  • Manage multiple projects at once while engaging with various levels of customers, both internally and externally.
  • Lead and collaborate on researching efforts in emerging science and technology, new business, project-managing business development integrations, manage content for presentations and written proposals and managing programs to support growth throughout the company.
  • Cultivate a pipeline of high value opportunities.
  • Develop a deep understanding of Nanoracks’ business and use a data-driven approach to identify profitable business opportunities.
  • Attend industry events to both establish the company, but also to network for potential new business and strengthen external relationships.
  • Assist in development, evolution, maturation, and execution of repeatable Business Development processes, to include use of industry best-practices, as well as creating, documenting, and implementing company-specific procedures.



Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Materials Science, Engineering or related disciplines
  • 10+ years of experience in academia or corporate research with notable direct, practical experience in concept-to-experiment-to-execution.
  • 3+ years leading/managing a research team or project.
  • Understanding of business strategies, and developing high-quality, successful proposals.
  • Willing to travel 40%+
  • Expert multitasking skills with the ability to handle multiple projects at once, work quickly and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment with exquisite attention to detail.
  • Ability to both lead and follow, and work collaboratively within and across teams.
  • Exceptional research and analytical skills and the ability to effectively communicate ideas, opportunities, issues, options, and recommendations to senior leadership.
  • Extremely strong written communications skills, demonstrated by both long-form expository composition as well as topical, terse, business briefs.


Preferred Qualifications:

  •  5+ years of experience accomplishing and overseeing project management tasks with documented ability to prioritize work streams and track progress across multiple teams.
  • 2+ years of experience in business development, including end-to-end execution of capture process(es).
  • PhD in Chemistry, Biology, Materials Science, or related disciplines.
  • Experience in the human spaceflight industry.
  • Laboratory experience.


Highly Desired Qualifications:

  • A creative, independent problem solver, and energetic self-starter with a roll-up-the-sleeves mentality; desire to innovate, and work in a hands-on and fast-paced environment.
  • History of publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or demonstrated research/development leadership in the private sector or academia.


EEO Statement

It is our policy to select, place, train and promote the most qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience so as to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and without regard to non-work related factors such as race, color, religion/creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran stats, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, genetic information, or other protected status. When applicable, our policy of non-discrimination applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, placement, lay-off, compensation, termination, reduction in force and benefits.


ITAR Requirement

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. person as defined by ITAR (Title 31, Subtitle B, Chapter V, Part 579 Subpart C §579.313) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general content and requirements for performance of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter the scope of work within the framework of this job description at any time without prior notice.

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