Business Development Manager – Job Description
A business development manager does exactly what the job title suggests – develops a business to help it to grow.
The role is all about identifying leads, pitching to new clients and ensuring that customers both established and prospective enjoy a good working relationship with you and your company.
Day-to-day duties involve recognising possible new clients and setting up meetings, writing reports and preparing presentations and keeping senior management in the loop.
It’s a job for great communicators who understand business and marketing, can demonstrate initiative, have negotiation skills and a real can-do attitude. These attributes (and any sales and marketing experience you have) count for far more than academic achievement.
Having said that, you’ll need GCSEs, and a relevant degree could propel you on to graduate programmes that some bigger companies will run.
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