Business Development Manager

Job Description

The primary objective of a Business Development Manager is to bring on board new customers. What form this takes will depend on the nature of the company. You’ll likely be looking to identify new markets, new partnerships, and new ways to reach existing markets.

Careers Ladder


You’ll need a combination of education and experience to become a Business Development Manager.

Complete a Bachelor degree in business, economics, finance, marketing or a related field.

Gain at least 3-5 years of experience in sales and marketing. Hiring managers will be specifically looking for a strong sales track record and a proven ability to hit targets and win new business.


  • Adaptability
  • Ambitious
  • Charismatic
  • Competitive
  • Devoted
  • Eloquent
  • Friendly
  • Inquisitive
  • Open-minded
  • Organised
  • Persuasive
  • Punctual
  • Resourceful
  • Team player

Key Skills

  • Developing growth strategies
  • Managing and nurturing relationships
  • Networking
  • Researching
  • Writing and presentation
  • Advice
  • Negotiating

Future Prospects

Across different companies and industries, there are countless opportunities for strong candidates to be hired on to serve a leadership role within a business development team. The job titles themselves may vary, but common examples include;

  • VP of Business Development 
  • Director of Business Development