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Programme Manager, Entrepreneur Development

Royal Society of Chemistry
Cambridgeshire (GB); London (Greater) (GB)
£42,995 - £47,772 per annum plus benefits
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We currently have a fantastic opportunity to join us as a Programme Manager, Entrepreneur Development, forming an important part of the wider Change Makers team and the Change Makers for Ventures programme. As the Programme Manager, you will be responsible for the development and operational delivery of a portfolio of high-quality Masterclass events for founders and founding teams of deep tech chemistry ventures. 

Our flagship venture programme, Change Makers for Ventures, offers a unique package of support for founders and founding teams of eligible deep tech chemistry ventures. This offer includes access to the following core elements of support: 1. deep tech chemistry mentors, 2. masterclasses, 3. peer networks, 4. investment support and 5. professional services support.


  • Develop, deliver and continually improve a portfolio of high quality Masterclass events for founders of deep tech chemistry ventures.
  • Engage with Change Makers ventures to understand their challenges and needs, and plan Masterclasses accordingly.
  • Ensure the Masterclass programme is relevant, impactful, and inclusive.
  • Build relationships with leaders in the Change Makers ecosystem i.e., entrepreneurs, investors, innovation partners and identify the best-in-class thinkers as Masterclass speakers.
  • Create proposals for new Masterclasses programmes
  • Negotiate, schedule and contract individuals to deliver the pipeline of Masterclasses that address the entrepreneurial needs identified.
  • Contribute expertise to our joint agendas with the Policy and Influence, Inclusion and Diversity and Strategic Partnerships teams.


  • Educated to degree level or higher in chemistry or a science-related field.
  • A good understanding of the needs of STEMM-based innovation-led startups and scaleups, ideally gained through working within such companies or in an incubator, accelerator, or scale-up support environment.
  • Demonstrable business development and engagement skills.
  • A good understanding of the UK’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including startups, investors, funding bodies, industry, science parks and other stakeholders.
  • Experience of planning and delivering online and in-person events, including training events.
  • An ability to prioritise, cope with pressure and ambiguity, self-motivated and well organised.
  • Good collaborator; willing to share ideas and offer solutions to problems

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we will support you in your career and reward your contribution with an excellent pro rata benefits package. This role is advertised until 31st July but we will be reviewing candidates regularly.

Download the full job description here.

About the RSC

The Royal Society of Chemistry is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to advance chemical sciences. As a not-for-profit publisher, we reinvest surplus funds back into the global scientific community, supporting our purpose to help the chemical science community make the world a better place.

The RSC strives to continuously innovate its product and services to adapt to market and customer needs, maintain relevancy and diversify revenues from print journals. This requires a market-led and ‘outside-in’ thinking approach to product and service innovation.

At the RSC we embrace flexibility and offer hybrid working, which means our teams come together when they need to collaborate.

Although this role is contractually based at our Cambridge or London office, however we are currently embracing hybrid working, and therefore you will have the opportunity to also work mostly from a UK location other than this, as agreed with your line manager. Applicants should be aware that there is an expectation that employees will attend our London (and sometimes Cambridge) offices and travel as required in their role.


At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we promote a healthy work/life balance and flexible working options across the organisation. We offer a comprehensive benefits package to all employees including:

  • 26 days paid holiday per annum
  • 35-hour working week with flexible options
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • Paid volunteering days
  • Pension plan with up to 12% employer contributions (depending upon your contribution)
  • Life assurance at four times basic annual salary

If you are interested in this role, please apply before the end of the closing date. When applying, you will need to provide an up-to-date CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) indicating how your skills/ expertise match the competencies outlined in the Job Description. 

Visit our Work For Us website to learn more about us, our benefits, equal opportunities statement and inclusive culture pledge.

At the RSC, we recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce and welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply. We particularly encourage applications from disabled and ethnic minority candidates.

As a part of the Disability Confident Scheme, we endeavour, where possible, to offer an interview to candidates meeting the essential criteria of the role, who has a substantial physical/mental impairment which impacts their ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

We are committed to making our recruitment processes accessible to all and as part of this, we are flexible in the ways we give and receive information. If you would like to apply using a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or on +44 (0) 1223 432229 and we will do our best to put any reasonable adjustments in place.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

No agencies, please. All recruitment enquiries from third-party recruiters will not be considered.


The Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, our activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.


The RSC has a broad range of diverse career opportunities. Our teams are highly motivated and successful with our employees citing 'the people' as the best thing about working at the RSC. Working for the RSC provides a great opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments in science without working in a lab.

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