Signs a Career as a Business Development Manager is for You

Signs a Career as a Business Development Manager is for You

A Business Development Manager is responsible for sourcing and negotiating new business opportunities. Here are the signs you’d make a good business development manager:


You have…


  • self-motivation and determination to meet or exceed targets
  • strong verbal communication and relationship management skills to initiate and maintain professional relationships
  • strong written communication and presentation skills
  • IT literacy, including the use of spreadsheets
  • teamworking skills and a collaborative approach to work
  • negotiation and decision-making skills
  • the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • the ability to plan and think strategically
  • good numeracy skills and the ability to analyse sales figures.


You want to…


  • research and source new business opportunities – including new markets, growth areas, trends, customers, partnerships, products and services
  • generate leads and cold call prospective customers
  • meet with customers/clients
  • initiate and maintain relationships with customers/clients
  • set goals to develop the business
  • draw up client contracts
  • advise customers on the business’ products and services
  • collaborate with the marketing department on promotional strategy
  • keep abreast of trends and changes in the sector.


You don’t mind…


  • mostly office-based work
  • occasional working outside of office hours on short-term projects
  • a pressured environment with a need to meet targets on time
  • frequent travel
  • Business attire 


Getting started

This career path is open to all graduates but a degree in one of the following subjects may be advantageous:

  • Accountancy
  • Business studies
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • International relations
  • Marketing.

A degree would also give you access to graduate schemes.

Otherwise, apprenticeships are available at various levels, combining studying with paid work.

Another route into this role is through entry-level positions in sales for example or marketing and then completing training in the workplace.


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