Battelle Memorial Institute Director, Business Development for Health in Crystal City, Ohio

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail, and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

We are currently seeking a Director, Business Development for Health. This position located in Arlington, VA. Strong candidates located in a major U.S. city will be considered.


The Business Development Leader will support Battelle’s Health and Consumer Solutions (HCS) and Life Sciences Research (LSR) Business Units to drive sales growth within the National Institute of Health (e.g., NIAID, NCI, NCATS, NHBL) and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

The successful candidate will have extensive experience, expertise, and relationships in these organization as well as demonstrated performance in leading a business development team and identifying, capturing, and winning large, health-related opportunities in a wide range of domains supporting NIH and BARDA clients. The candidate must be able to highlight opportunities and strategic aspirations in the NIH and BARDA markets based on professional insights, network, and broad-based customer situational awareness.

Major Responsibilities

  • Developing, maintaining and growing an extensive network of relationships, with both existing and potential Battelle clients, with emphasis on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutes and centers and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), to grow current and future medical business, as well as, cultivate relationships with partners – small and large business and academia, as appropriate.

  • Leading a sales organization with responsibility for achieving $250M+ in annual sales

  • Shaping, identifying, capturing, and managing strategic opportunities that support HCS and LSR Business Unit strategies.

  • Identify and structure opportunities where unmet client needs can be satisfied by internal research and development investments, thereby allowing Battelle to bring new capabilities or offerings to both government and commercial clients.

  • Providing market and competitor intelligence on market segments where the BUs are engaged, as well as insights on competition specific to individual opportunities, with particular emphasis on BARDA and the NIH (NIAID, NCI, NCATS, NHBL, NHLBI, NIBIB, NIDA, NINDS, and Office of Strategic Coordination (SPARC)). Awareness and insights on other NIH components/institutes would be considered a plus, but not required.

  • Actively contributing to business-related activities at the senior-executive level, to include participation on applicable Boards, Industry Associations, and other relevant activities

  • Collaborating/leading capture teams to establish overall proposal strategies and themes which clearly differentiate Battelle from other potential providers of service. Coordinates the selection of proposal team member organizations (strategic partners, sub-contractors, universities, etc.) and the efforts of the proposal team; assist in formulating an offering that persuasively presents the project approach that meets the client needs and documents the value created for the client by this approach at a competitive price.

  • Assisting the Business Unit General Managers in the efficient and effective use of marketing resources across multiple client organizations to achieve growth and maintain margins.

  • Building and maintaining a robust funnel of leads and opportunities capable of meeting or exceeding established Business Unit sales goals.

  • Contributing to the development of effective legislative initiatives to support business strategies and plans


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Biomedical, or Science-related technical field and 15+ years of experience, including experience in National Institute of Health (NIH) and/or Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) organizations and policy.

  • Existing network of contacts within the National Institute of Health and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and the ability to leverage these into qualified business opportunities.

  • Demonstrated ability to win contract opportunities in the Federal space.

  • Demonstrated ability to run a sales organization or a major portion of one ($250M+ annual sales).

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and motivate a business development/sales team.

  • Knowledge of competitors in this market space and experience in competitive assessment; experience in developing large government proposals.

  • Demonstrated ability to present technical presentations to internal and external clientele and the ability to participate on proposal teams.

  • Must be a US citizen with ability and willingness to obtain Secret Clearance. Current Active Clearance preferred.

Legal Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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