Vacancy Business Development Manager Planet

Are you an enthusiastic business developer with a passion for biotech and the drive to grow our open innovation campus?

Planet at the Biotech Campus Delft is growing rapidly, and we are looking for a Business Development Manager to further grow our community of start-ups, scale-ups and grown-ups in the biotech and foodtech sector.

We offer:
- a versatile, independent and challenging position as the business builder in our team;
- great colleagues in an ambitious, fast growing, purpose-driven organization.

About Planet

At Planet we believe that modern biotechnology offers unique solutions for the transition from a depleting, polluting, fossil-based economy, into a sustainable, bio-based and circular economy. Planet is creating a fast-growing community at the Biotech Campus Delft, not only offering workspaces, but also building a valuable network of a wide variety of experts that support innovation from research up to commercialization. The motto of Planet is Collaboration for Impact. Our activities range from building and renting out labs and offices, organizing events, providing financial support (subsidies and investments), scientific and technical support (from lab to industrial scale), and a variety of business support activities.

About the Biotech Campus Delft

Since 1869, the Biotech Campus Delft (BCD) has been the Dutch center of excellence for industrial biotech. Today, DSM is the biggest company on campus, owning 40 hectares of land that offers a workplace for ~1200 people working in biotech R&D, business, scale up or production. Since 2019 the BCD has gone through a transformation to develop into an open innovation hub for biotech and food tech. DSM, TU Delft, Municipality of Delft, Province of South Holland, and InnovationQuarter jointly founded Planet as a foundation dedicated to building a thriving biotech hub on the BCD. In just 3 years, the community on the BCD has grown from 3 to 19 companies. In the upcoming years, several new buildings will be added on campus requiring further expansion of Planet’s activities. 

About the position

As a Business Development Manager your responsibilities include:

- Developing and executing an acquisition and business development strategy;
- Building relations with relevant (start-ups, scale-ups and larger) companies in the industrial biotech/foodtech space;
- Acquisition of companies to settle on the campus and preparation of rental contracts;
- Account management for existing residents and handling their real estate and business needs;
- Identifying and implementing new services and business models for Planet;
- Promoting Planet at (nationally and international) conferences;
- Identifying and securing financing opportunities for Planet;
- Initiating and maintaining a good relationship with all partners in our network, not only tenants and leads, but all Planet’s stakeholders.

Planet is a flat and informal organization consisting of a team of highly motivated professionals. The Business Development Manager reports to the Managing Director and collaborates closely with the technology director, the communication manager and the facilities manager.

Your profile

- HBO or academic level in relevant field;
- Good level of understanding of biotech or foodtech (business and technology);
- A minimum of 3 years of experience in business development, sales or innovation management;
- Affinity with property management and contract management;
- Existing network in the field of biotech or biobased business;
- Fluent in English and in Dutch.

Your personality

- You are customer-oriented and a good communicator;
- You are precise and you finish what you start;
You have high energy, collaboration and networking comes naturally to you;
You spot and capture opportunities;
- You are an independent thinker and worker, but you also understand the importance of keeping colleagues and stakeholders well-informed;
- You fit in best if you bring a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.


A 0,8 - 1 FTE job. Initial contract will be for one year, which can be prolonged upon mutual agreement. Partial working from home can be discussed. Salary in line with the job description and experience of the candidate.

Interested? Send your curriculum vitae and motivation, stating the job title ‘business development manager’, to Cindy Gerhardt, managing director:

We look forward to receiving your application before October 15th, 2022.