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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.

The role

  • 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.

Qualifications and training

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 4 (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.



  • 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.




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