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Job Description

The Business Development Manager is responsible for improving a company's market position and financial growth. They will identify business opportunities, build customer relations and will negotiate and close deals.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You could study a college course in sales or business.

The following local colleges offer courses in Business:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.


You can work towards this role by doing a business to business sales professional or retail leadership degree apprenticeship.

You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship.

Direct application

You could apply directly to become a business development manager, as there are no formal entry requirements. Employers may ask for:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in maths, English and IT
  • sales, marketing or business management experience
  • a degree in any subject

Career tips

In some jobs you could travel around the world to meet customers, so it may be helpful to speak a second language.

You could join the Institute of Sales Management and The Managing & Marketing Sales Association, for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could progress to senior development manager, business development executive or marketing director. 

You could also use your skills in sales, marketing and project management to move into other areas of business.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Business analyst
  • Business adviser
  • Sales manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Bid writer

Required Skills

  • Excellent communication and sales skills are essential for this role
  • you will also need a good understanding of business and marketing principles
  • good negotiation skills
  • self motivation
  • able to work on your own initiative
  • leadership skills

Salary Range

£25,000 to £60,000

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