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Business Development Manager

Develop and diversify a business to ensure its future growth and attract new customers.

What's it like to be a Business Development Manager?

The primary objective of a Business Development Manager is to bring on board new customers. What form this takes will depend on the nature of the company. You’ll likely be looking to identify new markets, new partnerships, and new ways to reach existing markets.

Business Development Manager

Tasks and duties

  • Developing growth strategies and plans, by identifying and mapping business strengths and customer needs.
  • Managing and nurturing relationships with existing customers.
  • Attending networking events and hosting stands at exhibitions and conferences.
  • Researching prospects, cold calling potential customers and responding to incoming leads to increase your client base.
  • Writing business proposals and presenting these to potential customers.
  • Providing specialist advice on the products and/or services you’re selling.
  • Following industry trends locally and internationally.
  • Negotiating, drafting and reviewing contracts.
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As a Business Development Manager you may also be responsible for developing new product or service offerings to better meet the needs of new and existing customers.

What can I earn as a Business Development Manager?

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How to become a Business Development Manager


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You’ll need a combination of education and experience to become a Business Development Manager.

  1. Complete a Bachelor degree in business, economics, finance, marketing or a related field.
  2. Gain at least 3-5 years of experience in sales and marketing. Hiring managers will be specifically looking for a strong sales track record and a proven ability to hit targets and win new business.

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Latest Business Development Manager reviews

Latest reviews from 90 Business Development Managers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
BDM in Technology is very rewarding because it touches everyone’s life at work and at home and i can make a real difference
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Commerce
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Sales skills
The good things
Autonomy, work life balance, constant learning and development
The challenges
Limited opportunity to increase total earnings potential
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May 2021
It is a job that is tough and doesn’t suit everyone. But it can be rewarding if you’re the right type of person.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Business
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Sales
The good things
Being a business Development manager offers a great and varied career
The challenges
You must be able to deal with people who are difficult to deal with
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