Business Development Manager

Job Description

The role of a Business Development Manager is to bring on board new customers by generating new sales leads and increasing its revenue, identifying and developing new business opportunities and building and expanding the presence of the company and its brands. Business development managers work in a variety of businesses across the public and private sectors, or for charities.

Careers Ladder


In this job you’ll need a combination of education, sales experience and excellent communication skills.

If you are starting out or looking to upskill consider courses such as;

  • A Certificate in Business Development
  • Certificate IV in Customer Engagement
  • Certificate in IV Business Sales
  • Diploma of Business
  • Bachelor of Applied Business (Management)
  • A Bachelor degree in business, economics, finance, marketing or a related field.

To gain experience you may like to apply for positions in Sales and Marketing.


  • 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;

  • Key Account Manager
  • Commercial Manager