Business Development Manager (SE2/23.MS)

Location:  SAMS Enterprise, Malin House, Oban

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Pattern:  Full Time (37hrs, Monday to Friday)

Salary Range: £42,155 - £47,423 per annum - starting salary will depend on experience.

Closing Date: 25th September 2023


Leading on generation of commercial income for Scotland’s leading marine research institute.


The Role

Lead and manage the commercial business development portfolio within SAMS Enterprise: to identify, pursue, win and deliver a range of commercially oriented projects for public and private sector clients.

This role will also feed into the Enterprise management team and Enterprise strategy, business plans and budgets.

The role is based on-site at our offices near Oban, with the requirement for travel across the UK and internationally. There is also scope for some flexible working over the working week Monday to Friday.


Our Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a proactive business generator, who will lead and manage the commercial business development portfolio within SAMS Enterprise: identifying new business opportunities in house, collaborating with our research/academic community, as well as develop new markets, growth areas, trends, clients and partners externally, including internationally. 

You will build a good understanding of our products and services, attend meetings, events, exhibitions and conferences, creating interest and new business opportunities for SAMS Enterprise activities.  You will meet with customers/clients face to face or online, understand the needs of your customers and foster a plan of meeting expectations. 


What do we offer in return?

Looking for a change in lifestyle or location? We are based on the beautiful west coast of Scotland – within Argyll & Bute. In addition to your salary, we offer flexible working, a generous remuneration package including pension, holiday allowance, structured career development path, free on-site parking as well as occupational health & wellbeing support. In addition, our employee benefits package includes purchase of additional holidays, technology & smartphones, payroll giving, discounted shopping vouchers and a cycle to work scheme. 

Additionally, SAMS encourages and recognises excellence among staff through various recognition and reward arrangements. We constantly develop and expand the benefits and offers for our colleagues.

SAMS offers a generous salary and pension as well as employee benefits package.  We also have supportive policies to assist absence, family and other leave types.



We would love to hear from you.  If you have queries on the job and would like to talk these through before applying, please email these through, in the first instance, to Mike Spain –

Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to quoting Job Ref ‘SE2/23.MS’ in the subject heading. Your cover letter should outline your experience to date as well as what you can bring to the role.

For more information on SAMS Enterprise and the work that we do, please visit:

Closing date for applications is 25th September 2023 – Interviews will be held in October 2023.

*Candidates must have the rights to work in the UK already in place when applying.


For full details on this vacancy can be found here: Business Development Manager - Job Description