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Job Description

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

Entry Requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but employers may ask for:

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

A business-related degree could help you get onto some companies’ graduate training programmes.

You could also:

  • work your way up from a sales or marketing role
  • get a head start by doing a college course in sales or business
  • develop useful customer service and marketing skills by volunteering

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

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

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 and able to work on your own initiative.

Starting Salary

£25,000 to £60,000

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