Business Development Manager / Director

Reporting to our Managing Director, your responsibilities as a Business Development Manager in Preston will include leading pitches, supporting the conversion of prospects, and helping to drive our digital agency towards significant revenue growth.

If you’re ambitious and enthusiastic, this is an ideal opportunity to take your career to a new level. You’ll be working with some of the biggest brands in the UK at one of the most respected digital agencies.

This means we’re looking for an exceptionally well organised person who has B2B experience and a proven track record in sales. If you think you’re up to the challenge, please send us a copy of your CV.

Who You Are

  • You are an ambitious and driven new business development person, committed to overachieving your target and progressing your career.
  • Experienced in working with medium & large B2B & B2C brands, with a track record of success in professional sales environments.
  • You’re able to think strategically throughout the sales process; from deciding how to make an approach & engaging with the prospect.
  • A networker, excellent on the phone, active on social media and with experience of attending events.
  • You will understand the importance of a CRM, planning your activity & working efficiently.
  • You will enjoy working closely with the wider business, partnering with Marketing, Operations & Finance teams as appropriate to maximise results.
  • An awareness & understanding of the digital landscape / digital strategy would be preferred but is not mandatory.

Business Development

  • Generate leads through networking, business contacts and attending events, as well as following upon leads generated internally
  • Thoroughly researching and qualifying prospects
  • Proactively nurture allocated prospects and your existing network of contacts
  • Production of robust proposals and ROI modelling
  • Timely and accurate maintenance of the CRM system
  • Keeping abreast of developments within the digital marketing industry
  • Considering innovative ways of improving our business development approach
  • Regular pipeline reporting to the Managing Director
  • Research prospective accounts in targeted markets, pursue leads and follow through to a successful agreement
  • Understand the target markets, including industry, company, project, company contacts and which market strategies can be used to attract clients
  • Maintain relationships with current clients and identify new prospects
  • Possess a strong understanding of our products, our competition in the industry and positioning
  • Follow the latest industry developments and stay up to date on competitors
  • Conduct a needs analysis and discover prospects pain points to determine how our solutions will deliver on those needs.
  • Build and cultivate prospect relationships by initiating and following-up to move opportunities through the sales funnel.
  • Strong pitching ability – you will enjoy communicating your ideas to clients, winning their buy-in, then getting your vision across internally to ensure successful delivery.
  • Attend key client meetings, offering strategic guidance and advice. Share insight with delivery teams to ensure objectives are met.
  • Be directly responsible for the overall strategy on your accounts and the profitable retention and growth of our existing business.
  • Plan approaches and pitches and support the development of compelling proposals that meet with the client’s needs and objectives.

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Good understanding of all digital channels.
  • Passionate, energetic and proactive attitude.
  • Strategic and creative and have the ability to think out the box.
  • Exceptional presentation skills.
  • Experience of negotiating commercial agreements and have the capability to take a lead through to completion.
  • Managing relationships with senior clients and with managing a team.
  • Excellent people management skills and experience of KPI reviews, performance management and human resources with demonstrable success in managing a multi-disciplined team
  • A proven track record in client-facing roles, having been responsible for running multiple projects and campaigns in a digital or creative marketing agency environment
  • Excellent ability to take briefs and turn them into campaigns and activations that clients – and their customers – will love, drawing on the strengths of in-house and external teams
  • Calm, motivated people person who thrives with responsibility and always sets the example in putting clients first and finding new and exciting ways to use digital content and communications to reach audiences
  • Highly organised, with amazing written and verbal communications skills and a love of working with and being around people.

Why Choose Soap Media?

  • Competitive salary, commission, bonus and structured career development plan
  • Company car or car allowance
  • Car parking at the office
  • Regular training, workshops and presentations
  • Regular training, workshops and presentations
  • Quarterly team building activities
  • Employee pension scheme
  • Employee perk and benefits scheme
  • Fresh fruit and as much water, tea and coffee as you can drink
  • Breakfast is on us.

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