Successful businesses don’t run themselves, and clients can never be taken for granted. It is for these reasons that business development is an ongoing discipline in successful companies. While sales teams tend to seek out new leads, and account managers deal with existing clients, a business development team, usually run by a business development director, straddles the two jobs.
The main task of the role is to maximise profitability by keeping abreast of new openings both in terms of finding potential clients and getting more out of existing clients, a task that clearly requires diplomacy and subtlety!
Reporting to senior management, the business development director will be in charge of making sure budgets are kept to and targets met. In larger firms, the position might oversee business development managers who in turn are in charge of specialist marketing, sales and development staff.
Successful business development directors will have great interpersonal skills, in particular a highly professional approach to sales. They will need to be able to quickly understand potentially complex business strategies and targets as set by senior management and communicate them to the team under their control.
As companies vary in size, the specific skills required of the business development director will also vary, so whereas he or she might be talking to particular clients daily for one firm, the role might be more of a co-ordination one in another, so skill sets required will be quite diverse for the career business development director.
Cast UK’s recruitment consultants work with many employers around the UK to ensure positions are filled by the best people, and many of them approach us to create a shortlist rather than advertising jobs nationally or locally. We have specialists for every UK region and all the major cities, so wherever you are, we could have a position for you.
Whether you're moving house, looking to change employer or are simply seeking a change in career, get in touch with Cast UK. Our own staff are all source from within procurement, logistics and supply chain, and these are the backgrounds of our founder members, so we fully understand the needs of the industry.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Business Development Director for your business or find you a job as a Business Development Director then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.
As the most populous region of England, the South East stretches from Oxford to Southampton and from Reading to Dover, comprising some parts of the Greater London Urban Area and a number of the Home Counties, such as Buckinghamshire , Kent and Surrey.
The largest city in the in the South East is Brighton and Hove, while towns like Chatham, Gillingham and Strood make up the Medway conurbation, which has a similar population.
Over the years, the area has been an important part of the UK's economy and has been a centre for innovation - from the Enigma machine and Alan Turing's breakthroughs in computer technology, through to the development of Britain's space programme at Westcott.
Those looking for Business Development Director jobs in the South East will have a range of options to consider, as the region is home to a number of large companies specialising in everything from car manufacture to pharmaceuticals, food and beverages to petrochemicals and packaging to retail.
The main branch of Amazon.co.uk is based in Slough, while other top-name brands in the South East include PepsiCo, Harley-Davidson UK, Vodafone, Hovis, Ben & Jerry's, Blackberry, Panasonic UK, HP UK, Virgin Media and ExxonMobil UK.
Of course, transport is also a major part of the South East's economy, with Gatwick Airport, South Eastern Rail and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the Port of Dover all important elements.
If you're looking for a new Business Development Director job in the South East, or elsewhere in the country, the team of regional experts at Cast UK can help you find the perfect position.
Our team of recruitment specialists have significant experience in filling vacancies in logistics , procurement and supply chain management, and we will work with you to find the right match for your skills and qualifications.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within the South East or source a new job in the South East then contact one of our consultant team on 0161 825 0825.