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Business Development Manager

Business development managers are responsible for driving business growth by developing contacts, identifying market opportunities and increasing sales.

Average salary*




How to become a Business Development Manager

There are no formal academic qualifications necessary to get into business development management but the role does require a good standard of numeracy and literacy.

So anyone considering this as a career should aim for GCSE Maths and English grade C (or their equivalent, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals) as a minimum.

In terms of further education, a degree or equivalent in subjects such as finance, marketing or business management would certainly be an asset.

What does a Business Development Manager do?

  • Creating development plans and growth projections
  • Identifying market opportunities through meetings, networking and other channels
  • Meeting existing and potential clients
  • Liaising with colleagues to develop sales and marketing strategies
  • Preparing financial projections and sales targets
  • Attending events such as exhibitions and conferences
  • Preparing sales presentations
  • Participating in sales meetings
  • Producing reports for management
  • The typical working week for a business development manager will be standard office working hours, Monday-Friday. There may be times where you would need to work in the evening and at weekends, if you're attending events or exhibitions.


  • Newly trained business development managers can earn in the region of £28,000-£30,000
  • Trained with experience business development managers can earn in the region of £30,000-£45,000
  • Senior, chartered or master business development managers can earn in the region of £45,000-£70,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


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