Communications and Grant Manager

Deep Branch

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The Deep Branch team is currently looking for a Communications and Grant Manager:

  • Candidates must be self-driven and have a proven track record of project management and communications
  • The role will be responsible for the administration of multi-million-pound grants led by Deep Branch and will involve regular communication with key stakeholders for the business
  • This job can be performed remotely, however, it will involve travel within the UK and mainland Europe, therefore candidates are expected to be based in the UK


Company background:

Deep Branch is a carbon recycling biotechnology company. We use microbes to convert carbon dioxide from industrial emissions into high value products. We’re a fast growing and agile startup with commercial activities both in the UK and the Netherlands.

Sustainability of animal farming and broader concerns regarding reduction of emissions are two of the biggest problems of our time. By 2050 the world’s carbon emissions must be net-zero to avoid environmental catastrophe, yet by this point our planet’s population is predicted to increase by a third. With average consumption of animal products increasing, it’s thought that the output of animal farming will have to double to meet demand.

Of the total emissions associated with the average person, approximately one quarter comes from diet and the majority of those emissions are associated with animal products. Although at Deep Branch we recognise the best way to reduce dietary carbon intensity is to reduce meat consumption, we’re pragmatic in recognising that not everyone sees it this way. At Deep Branch, we’re tackling this problem through the development of Proton™, our single cell protein.

We have partnered with two multinational animal feed producers to co-develop Proton™-based feeds for use in aquaculture and poultry. Over the next two years, we’ll be scaling our output and working together to finalise feed formulations for an anticipated 2023 market launch. Rather than relying on the conventional protein sources of protein, fishmeal and soy, which are often shipped from South America, Proton™-based feeds can be produced from locally sourced ingredients with 90% less carbon intensity. Proton™ is not just dramatically more sustainable, it’s also cost-competitive, making the transition to Proton™-based feeds an easy decision to make.

Recruitment process:

  • We’re an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity of thought and know that this often comes from a diversity of life experiences.
  • All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status
  • We request that applicants provide a cover letter and CV to and following assessment of these, candidates may be invited to an online interview
  • The interview process may have multiple stages, but we will endeavour to be as transparent as possible and let you know as soon as we can if we think that there will not be a good fit

COVID-19 impact:

  • In light of COVID-19, Deep Branch is following government guidelines on travel and working arrangements
  • This may require an extra degree of flexibility from both parties both during the recruitment process and the beginning of the role


Job Title: Communications & Grant Manager

Start date: 1 September 2020

  • Work Locations: Remote (UK); Nottingham (office based)

Division/Department: Commercial Team

Reports to: Head of Business Development

Time commitment: 0.8 – 1.0 FTE

Conventional working hours: Any 8 hours per day between 8AM and 7PM, Monday to Friday. Evening and weekend work may be required.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Project management of Deep Branch grant activities and coordination with other parties within Deep Branch-led project consortia (ensuring compliance with financial and reporting requirements)
  • Identification and validation of new grant opportunities based on the business activities of Deep Branch, and taking a lead role within internal/external stakeholders to coordinate the grant application
  • Regular contact with commercial and academic partners, including in-person meetings
  • Communication with established Deep Branch partners across industry and academia, with the ability to seek out and develop new partnerships based on commercial opportunities
  • Public-facing activities and events (e.g. industry-specific conferences), communicating the work of Deep Branch to a broad range of audiences
  • Creating and delivering integrated and effective communications activity with a primary focus on driving positive thought leadership content
  • Thinking creatively and innovatively to increase awareness across numerous digital channels
  • Managing specific communications projects from start to finish
  • Drafting material including press releases, blogs, and social posts
  • Following and analysing industry news, taking advantage of opportunities to generate good PR and identify emerging risks
  • Being a highly responsive press spokesperson for media enquiries relating to Deep Branch
  • Building and maintaining relationships with key journalists and media outlets


Essential Skills, Education and/or  Work Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of three years working experience in a similar role
  • Candidates must have experience managing or administrating grant-funded projects with good financial competency
  • Self-driven, super organised and full competency with basic software (e.g. Microsoft Office)
  • BSc in a related field to Deep Branch’s business activities
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to understand and explain complex concepts to a range of stakeholders

Prefered Skills, Education and/or  Work Experience Requirements:

  • Experience in the food and agriculture industry, particularly aquaculture
  • Grant management experience of large projects with multiple partners
  • PhD or MSc in a related field to Deep Branch’s business activities
  • Strong public speaking capabilities with a track record of delivering workshops and/or talks


Gross annual salary: £38-42K

Holidays: 33 days inclusive of national holidays (national holidays falling between Monday and Friday contribute to total holidays, regardless of working schedule for employees above 0.6 FTE. All employees can choose for these to contribute to holiday allowance and work national holidays subject to approval)