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Business Assistant

Job Reference: UPSU22153

Remuneration: £9.50 per hour

Term: Until July 2023

Closing Date: Midday, 30th September 2022

Interview Date: 13th October 2022

We are looking for an enthusiastic student to join our Business Team!

Applicants for this position must be available to work out of term time to support busy periods such as but not limited to Freshers (August/September) and Graduation (July).

We are looking for a student to support the daily delivery of the Business Development function across all three of its areas

Job Role

Commercial Partnerships: The post holder will be the first point of contact for all commercial partners and will be liaising with them on a daily basis to maximise their spend and ensure all aspects of their advertising contracts are being delivered. To maintain and build new and existing partnerships and provide a lasting positive experience. Support where required the delivery of the reception service and the University corporate merchandise provision.

Commercial Events: The post holder will support the planning, on the day delivery and running of our commercial events, as well as administering the booking of the Union’s spaces. Working with the Business Team implement new and develop existing events seeking out beneficial commercial partnerships with local and nationwide partners.

This is a varied and engaging role which allows the post holder to gain valuable experience in a range of areas of business, whilst supporting the development of the Union’s business as a whole.

Skills you’ll need:

  • The successful candidate will be a confident individual with outstanding communication skills, including face to face, email and telephone communication.
  • They will have experience of completing administrative tasks and be self-motivated in their approach to work.
  • The ideal candidate will be resilient and flexible in their approach to work, as well as being capable of independent decision making.
  • The candidate should be able to evidence excellent organisation skills and the ability to prioritise a varied workload.
  • The successful candidate will have the ability to work well in collaboration with partners and colleagues.

What’s in it for you?

  • The chance to work with a passionate team of staff and student volunteers
  • Real-world valuable experience alongside your studies
  • Access to free training opportunities
  • It will look great on your CV, job applications or to future employers

The Organisation

As a charity led by its values and guided by its students, the Union does this by providing wide-ranging services and learner support to the 20,000 + students of the University of Portsmouth. The Union is based in the centre of Portsmouth and turns over £1.7M per annum, employing approximately 35 career staff and a further 35 casual staff. The organisation also works with over 1000 registered student volunteers and over 100 student groups.

Further Information

Please note, candidates must fill in an application form. CVs will not be accepted.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Ket Strang, Business Development Lead on 023 9284 3859 or at

Deadline: Midday, 30th September 2022
Interviews: 13th October 2022

The Union is a MINDFUL EMPLOYER® and will ensure that its recruitment activities are mindful of equality and diversity matters.

How to Apply

Completed application forms should be emailed before the closing date to:

Please quote the job title or reference number in the subject.


Please note

  • CVs will not be considered as applications
  • Due to the high number of applicants, if you have not heard from UPSU by the interview date you should assume you have been unsuccessful in your application
  • Applications must be received before the stated closing time/date
  • Applications may also be submitted by post, addressed to: Job Applications, University of Portsmouth Students' Union, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth PO1 2EF

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