Relationship Manager
Do you enjoy working in a dynamic start-up environment? Are you motivated by the opportunity to build a world-leading incubator and strengthen collaborative learning across all BII programs? And do you want to be part of a fast-paced international life science environment and help create the best opportunities for our early-stage life science start-ups?

If so, we might have the perfect job opportunity for you. The BioInnovation Institute Foundation (BII) is looking for a Relationship Manager who will be responsible for managing our Residence Program and our network of private sector Collaborators.

BII is an independent commercial foundation with a not-for-profit objective. We have established a collaborative workspace in Copenhagen to bring together entrepreneurial researchers and company creators from different disciplines. BII workspace currently hosts more than 40 life science start-ups and company creation projects. Being founded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation we still maintain close ties to both the Novo Nordisk Foundation and Novo Holdings.

The Residence Program enables BII to host companies that have managed to raise VC or other forms of financing and hereby are at a more mature stage than companies participating in BII funding programs. These companies diversify the BII ecosystem and contribute to creating the most attractive life science hub in Europe. The Relationship Manager will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Residence Program.

In addition to interacting with start-ups in its ecosystem, BII collaborates with various organizations including service providers (e.g. law firms and contract research organizations), investors and larger life science companies. This Collaborator network is of high priority for BII and it enables best-in-class advice and services to BII and the start-ups participating in BII programs. The Relationship Manager will be responsible for developing and maintaining the contracts for our network of Collaborators to ensure that they provide value for the entire organisation.

The Job
In the role of Relationship Manager, you will be responsible for anchoring BII’s relationships with two primary types of external stakeholders:

  • Companies that want to apply to or are already in BII’s Residence Program, and
  • BII’s network of Collaborators.

Our working environment is dynamic and diverse. Partnering with key internal stakeholders such as legal, finance and facility management in the BII organisation is key to managing the tasks professionally and proactively.

For the Residence Program you will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating communication and outreach to recruit new Residence Program companies to BII.
  • Handling applications and conducting interviews with program applicants.
  • Ensuring that the necessary legal documents and rental agreements are in place and kept updated.
  • Ensuring a smooth on- and off-boarding process for each company in the program.
  • Integrating program companies as an active part of the BII ecosystem.
  • Financial planning, forecasting and reporting for the program.

For the Collaborator network you will be responsible for:

  • Anchoring our collaborations so that they deliver high value to BII and our start-ups.
  • Coordinating end-to-end execution of collaboration agreements to ensure successful delivery of intended collaboration outcome.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of collaborations.
  • Developing an Alumni network for start-ups that have participated in BII Programs.
  • Integrating collaborations as part of BII’s organization and program offerings.
  • Reporting for Collaborator network status and impact to BII leadership.

Your Profile
We are looking for a team member with a minimum of 5 years of experience in a coworking space/incubator  management, relationships management, operations or consulting. You have a background within a relevant support function and are experienced with the administration and handling of leasing operations and/or commercial collaborations and partnerships.

Most importantly, you thrive with stakeholder management and are motivated by driving processes and projects. As a person you are professional and quality-conscious, with a proactive approach to your tasks. You enjoy building strong relationships, are a team player, and are resourceful. You don’t need extensive experience within life science, but it is key for us that you find BII’s purpose and vision meaningful and motivating.

Your Qualifications 
We are looking for a service-minded and business-oriented colleague with excellent commercial understanding, and with:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Expertise in process coordination, development, support and optimization
  • Strong abilities to interact across different functions and many stakeholders at all levels
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Danish and English
  • Knowledge of financial planning, forecasting and reporting
  • High integrity yet a pragmatic approach to development and problem-solving
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and empathy
  • Ability to work independently with several workstreams simultaneously
  • A proactive mindset for long-term planning

Working at BII
We offer a committed and professional workplace in which we emphasize ensuring that our colleagues thrive, are challenged and have opportunities to develop their potential. A career at BII gives you the opportunity to work:

  • on building the largest innovation and incubation initiative within the Life Sciences in Denmark;
  • with key actors within research and development; and
  • as part of a dedicated team that is passionate about creating value for society.

BioInnovation Institute provides you with an opportunity to become part of a vibrant and professional workplace with a chance to bring ideas to life and science to market for the benefit for society and human welfare.

Application and Information
For more information, please contact Thomas Hoffmann, Chief Operating Officer on e-mail: thh@bii.dk or phone: +45 4172 7907. We encourage you to send your application as soon as possible and no later than 07/08/2022.

To apply, please send your CV, cover letter, and university transcripts by clicking on the “Apply now” button via this links https://novo.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/5/home/requisition/427?c=novo.

About the BioInnovation Institute Foundation
The BioInnovation Institute foundation (BII) is an international commercial foundation with a nonprofit objective supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. BII operates an incubator to accelerate world-class life science innovation that drives the development of new solutions by early life science start-ups for the benefit of people and society.

BII, located in Copenhagen, Denmark, offers start-ups and early-stage projects within health tech, therapeutics and bioindustrials state-of-the-art labs, vibrant office facilities, business development, start-up business incubation, access to high-level mentoring and international networks, plus unique funding opportunities of up to 1.3 million euro per start-up and 2.4 million euro per project.

Since the inauguration of BII in November 2018, BII has awarded 35 million euros to 68 high-growth start-up companies. Read more on www.bioinnovationinstitute.com