Innovation Manager / Business Developer Culture & Creativity (0,8-1,0 fte)

Innovation Manager / Business Developer Culture & Creativity (0,8-1,0 fte)

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17 Mar 2 Apr Rotterdam

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In deze rol verbind je de culturele en creatieve sector aan projecten die oplossingen voor grote maatschappelijke thema's en transities creëren

Job description

In the major transitions we face as a society, the cultural and creative sector increasingly plays a crucial role, just think of the digital transformation. Can you convert the big challenges into opportunities for the cultural and creative sector? Do you have a good network in this sector that you can link to research and development at Erasmus University Rotterdam? Do you have the entrepreneurial attitude to develop (research) projects with social impact? And do you know how to secure the necessary funding? If so, you are the Innovation Manager / Business Developer Culture & Creativity we are looking for.

Job description
As Innovation Manager / Business Developer Culture & Creativity, you take a leading role in creating and managing relationships between Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and external partners in the creative and cultural sector (organisations, companies, entrepreneurs, other social, governmental and academic partners). You work outside-in as much as possible. You work proactively with potential partners in the region, in the Netherlands and internationally to identify common interests. With a fresh and innovative outlook, you actively seek opportunities to further develop the Culture & Creativity ecosystem in cooperation with those external partners and with the EUR academic community.

Erasmus University Rotterdam develops a number of large-scale local, regional and European initiatives around Culture & Creativity. These include the Culture & Campus, one of the European Bauhaus initiatives, the recently launched European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) consortium in the field of Culture & Creativity, Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab (RASL) and the arts institute. It is your job to build on the joint strengths of these initiatives and create a coherent ecosystem around education, research and engagement.

As innovation manager/business developer, you have a transdisciplinary focus. Together with partners, Erasmus University strives for an integrated approach to the major societal issues of our time. Erasmus University strongly believes that transdisciplinary cooperation between academic institutions, such as our partners Erasmus Medical Centre and Delft University of Technology, and societal partners will strengthen our impact mission.

Your main responsibilities are:
  • Strategically linking Erasmus University's Culture & Creativity initiatives;
  • Initiating activities that further strengthen the ecosystem in the field of transdisciplinary research, education and engagement on the Culture & Creativity theme;
  • (proactively) connecting organisations, business and other societal partners with Erasmus University; Build and maintain a broad network within the university, with other academic institutions, civil society partners, businesses and entrepreneurs;
  • Finding funding opportunities with social and business partners, where necessary through strategic use of regional, national, European or other grants;
  • Translate knowledge from the EUR community to interested parties into opportunities for entrepreneurship.
our job description should include, in a concise and clear manner, the core day-to-day activities, tasks and responsibilities the role entails. The key rule is that, after reading the job description, a candidate should be able to determine whether they are suitable for the role.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


You have proven experience in working as an intermediary between research & development and implementation partners (organisations or companies). With at least 5 years of experience in relation to the cultural and creative sector, you have a relevant network in the private sector and at public institutions. You can activate and expand this network with a view to creating a public-private ecosystem around Culture & Creativity.

Other experience and skills required are:
  • Academic thinking and working level;
  • Ability to act as a trusted sparring partner for top scientists and decision-makers from social partners and business;
  • Ability to quickly grasp and address complex problems;
  • A proactive, entrepreneurial, hands-on, flexible and open attitude;
  • Good social skills, a keen eye for different interests/motivations;
  • Excellent communication skills (Dutch and English, at least CEFR C1).

Conditions of employment

An internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with good working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The start date of this position is 01-MAY-2023 and you will be based at the Campus Woudestein - Rotterdam, located at Erasmus Research Services (ERS). The position is for 0,8 fte - 1 fte. The salary is dependent on your experience and knowledge and ranges from a minimum of € 5.506 to a maximum of € 6.702 gross per month on a fulltime basis, in accordance with Scale 13 of the CAO-NU. In addition, we offer an 8% holiday allowance, an end-of-year payment of 8.3%, and a very generous paid leave scheme. Furthermore, EUR is affiliated with ABP for the pension provision, and we offer partially paid parental leave, fully paid extended birth leave for partners, a personal career budget, work-life balance coaches, discounted collective health insurance, and more. As an employee, you can also use EUR facilities such as the University library and receive a discount on subscriptions for the Erasmus sports center.

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on payroll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with the nearby universities of Delft and Leiden.

Erasmus University Rotterdam aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community. We nurture an open culture, where everyone is supported to fulfill their full potential. We see inclusivity of talent as the basis of our successes, and the diversity of perspectives and people as a highly valued outcome. EUR provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, functional impairment, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes them unique. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission 'Creating positive societal impact'. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way - Making Minds Matter. We're global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR's distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities.

Faculty / Institute / Central service
Erasmus Research Services (ERS) advances excellent research and knowledge transfer to maximize positive societal impact. ERS creates conditions for transparent, inclusive, collaborative, and impactful research through strategic and operational expertise. We provide pathways for talents to reach their full potential and we advance fruitful collaborations, enabling Erasmus University to be a front runner in embedding excellent research in society. The following areas of support are embedded within ERS: Business Development, Grant Support, Legal Counsels, Open Science, Research Data Management, Ethics Review and Research Intelligence. ERS is a relatively young service department within Erasmus University Rotterdam and is steadily building and extending its service portfolio.

ERS provides support to all faculties of Erasmus university Rotterdam (occasionally to Erasmus University Medical Center).


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Language and culture
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €5506—€6702 per month
  • University graduate
  • 3504


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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