Business and Corporate Development Manager (Data Licensing and Partnerships)

  • DeepMind
  • New York City, New York, US
  • Feb 22, 2024
Business Development Data

Job Description

At Google DeepMind, we value diversity of experience, knowledge, backgrounds and perspectives and harness these qualities to create extraordinary impact. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, or related condition (including breastfeeding) or any other basis as protected by applicable law. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, please do not hesitate to let us know.


Google DeepMind is at the forefront of artificial intelligence research and development. Our diverse team pushes AI boundaries for positive impact, collaborating ethically and safely on real-world challenges.

The Business and Corporate Development (B&CD) team is vital to achieving DeepMind's mission. We cultivate strategic partnerships to further research priorities and maximise impact.  This highly collaborative role leverages a deep understanding of Google DeepMind's strategies to identify partners and execute groundbreaking projects.

Data is fundamental to DeepMind’s advancements. Our work often involves sourcing and managing unique datasets to drive cutting-edge research.

About Us

Artificial Intelligence could be one of humanity’s most useful inventions. At Google DeepMind, we’re a team of scientists, engineers, machine learning experts and more, working together to advance the state of the art in artificial intelligence. We use our technologies for widespread public benefit and scientific discovery, and collaborate with others on critical challenges, ensuring safety and ethics are the highest priority.

The Role

The Business and Corporate Development team enables Google DeepMind's mission by identifying, supporting, shaping, negotiating and managing strategic opportunities to partner externally. We work in direct collaboration with our world-leading AI researchers and GDM’s leadership to develop an understanding of GDM’s research and business strategy and connecting these to business development needs. Together with GDM’s cross functional teams and Partnerships teams across Google we enable and accelerate GDM’s mission by identifying, shaping, negotiating and managing strategic opportunities to partner externally.

Data is playing an increasingly crucial role in research innovation, with improvements in data quality largely responsible for some of the most significant research breakthroughs in recent years.

Google DeepMind’s research crucially depends on a wide range of internally-generated and externally-sourced data, including datasets specific to particular technical and scientific domains, and custom datasets generated by human interaction with our models, environments, and agents.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop a deep understanding of Google DeepMind’s research, product and business strategy and connect them to B&CD needs
  • Serving as lynchpin between internal teams and external partners. Partnering with team leads and internal stakeholders to proactively identify new opportunities, explore options to accelerate impact, assess risks and ethics and initiate or further engagement.
  • Leading on inward-looking assessment to identify potential gaps/assets that could be filled/exploited by opportunities external to GDM and working with other GDM and xGoogle teams to identify external opportunities, key partners and emerging trends.
  • Negotiate agreements with external partners to carry out joint research, licence technology and datasets, acquire assets etc.
  • Lead cross-functional teams on key transverse strategic initiatives, managing coordination with teams such as Research, Product, Legal, Operations, Finance, Strategy and Operations, Policy & Program Management.
  • Tracking and analysing GDMs partnerships, establishing internal connections and maximising impact - PoC for key external partners/GDM areas
  • Working with colleagues across Google to pursue partnership opportunities

About You

In order to set you up for success as a B&CD Manager at Google DeepMind we look for the following skills and experience:

  • Professional experience in business development, strategic negotiations and partnership management in a high growth tech environment.
  • Proven track-record of commercialising datasets and/or related technologies and/or developing and negotiating research partnerships in a Research setting (Academic or Corporate)
  • Excellent relationship-building, communication, and interpersonal skills, confident in engaging researchers and engineers.
  • Proven negotiation skills, problem-solving and analytical skills, with excellent business judgement, thought leadership and innovation.
  • Strong analytical and reasoning skills to structure deals and handle technical, contractual and financial issues.
  • Experience working with large scale datasets and/or machine learning.
  • The ability to effectively influence and communicate cross-functionally with all levels of management including senior executives.
  • PhD in a relevant subject  (or equivalent work experience)
  • Excited by our mission and AI / Machine Learning

In addition, the following would be an advantage: 

  • Experience using a CRM (Salesforce) 

The US base salary range for this full-time position is between $126,000 - $192,000 + bonus + equity + benefits. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your targeted location during the hiring process.



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