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Partnerships Specialist at OQC

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  • Reading
  • fulltime

ABOUT OQC

At Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) we build quantum computers to enable life-changing discoveries: from new drug modelisation to longer-lasting battery technology and portfolio optimisation. We have launched Europe’s first Quantum Computing as a Service (QCaaS) – to bring quantum to our customers’ fingertips and help them improve their operations and trailblaze new commercial and scientific approaches.

Our team is composed of 45 people with various backgrounds in quantum physics, nanotechnologies, hardware, software and business operations from marketing to intellectual property. We are all bound by the desire to put OQC at the forefront of the quantum revolution and help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

 

ROLE OVERVIEW

As OQC’s Partnerships Specialist you will be responsible for nurturing our pipeline of commercial opportunities with large global companies, research institutions (including universities) and governments, and helping with contract negotiations. You will be interface between our customers and our technical and product teams and will boost OQC’s visibility and credibility across quantum communities in Europe, actively speaking at conferences and events to articulate the benefits and use cases of our technology.

We are looking for a self-starter who thrives on delivering technical conversations in a simple and effective manner, and who has stakeholder engagement experience.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

As OQC’s Partnerships Specialist you will:

  • Implement sales plans, strategies and goals with the Business Development Lead
  • Contribute to the sales life-cycle, from identifying business opportunities, to developing commercial offers and closing deals
  • Develop and foster relationships with customers and stakeholders (incl. academia and government)
  • Maintain extensive knowledge of development, trends and changes in the quantum industry to ensure OQC’s competitive advantage
  • Network and present at conferences (incl. prepare decks)
  • Liaise with colleagues to scope projects, prepare detailed and compelling funding proposals and/or business cases, support marketing goals
  • Maintain contracts and an up to date database of all leads and relationships

 

REMUNERATION

We offer competitive remuneration based on experience.

We also offer multiple benefits, from private medical insurance to Employee Assistance Cash Plan, from cycle to work to gym and fitness memberships. All our employees also participate in our ESOP. For more info, visit our website.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

      • Ability to understand and communicate the benefits from the development and application of quantum computing, and OQC’s technology in particular
      • 4+ years of B2B experience in a deep tech or ‘as-a-Service’ environment
      • Strong experience in sales account management, account or territory planning, pipeline building and opportunity management
      • Experience closing deals, including with government agencies
      • Ability to influence various stakeholders into using, partnering, or promoting OQC’s technology
      • A passion for emerging and or deep technology and a strong desire to communicate technical elements in a simple, effective manner
      • Ability to multi-task and work on several projects / customers simultaneously
      • Confident in presenting to multiple levels of management and to large technical audiences (incl. with excellent track record of designing technical presentations, white papers and support tools for customers)

 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

    • Knowledge of quantum theories, quantum technologies, international quantum computing landscape (including the key stakeholders, prospective applications, use cases and/or market opportunities)
    • Previous experience in a high-growth environment
    • Understanding of IPR management
    • Knowledge of UK and international investment and research funding structures
    • Knowledge of other major European languages (eg. French, German)

 

LOCATION & TRAVEL

OQC’s office is located in Shinfield, Reading. There will be a requirement for travel worldwide for conferences, meetings and engineering visits.

 

At OQC we are not just hoping you’ll fit in our culture. We aspire to thrive, as a company and as people, thanks to your diversity of thought and background. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to providing our team members with a work environment free from discrimination, where everyone is treated with respect. Our employment decisions are based on business needs, talent and merit and all our colleagues share in the responsibility for fulfilling our commitment to diversity. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, or if you think we can do better with our recruitment process, please contact us.

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