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Location: Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 8BX
Salary: £50000 - £70000
Sector: Business Analyst  
Type: Permanent
Posted: 03/18/2019
Business Development Director Ronald James Group 2019-06-12

Our client is a product and service design agency focused on the user.

Their creativity, agility and technical expertise combine to deliver digital interactions that work for everyone. They design and build the interaction layer between users and technology.

Headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne, they have offices in Edinburgh, Sheffield and a consultancy in London. Agile teams join client partners on location.

They continue to recruit month-on-month to facilitate ambitious new projects, alongside continued working with organisations such as Racing Point Force India, HMRC, Joules, Barbour, DWP, ChooseCare and the NHS.


Responsible for the qualification, scoping, development and closure of new business opportunities with the value of £750k+. The Business Development Director is the senior lead client contact for client and client stakeholder engagement and cultivates relationships at the highest level. This role is also the key interface between the client sponsor and the internal team - responsible for providing key bid information internally to brief consultants and contributors to the sale, ensuring clarity and clear win strategies.

The Business Development Director has a deep understanding of the clients' strategy, and vision and can quickly immerse themselves in a clients' sector thereby providing relevant, expert consultancy. This role engages with clients to understand needs and issues and develops proposals or bids to address them. It also ensures an understanding of the competitive landscape and ability to influence opportunities and craft winning proposals. There is a requirement to be highly mobile and an expectation that this role works closely with the client on client site as appropriate.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • You will be building a healthy leads and opportunities pipeline and progressing through the sales process whilst following the due diligence process for the qualification of sales opportunities and the progress of an opportunity through the sale lifecycle.

  • Independently or with the support of the Head of Sales, you will set the direction for sales opportunities (where relevant with support from specialist consultants), leading the bid teams to ensure delivery of proposal, and take direct responsibility for the compilation of the engagement summary (estimate) and all commercial aspects of a bid.

  • You'll have a sound understanding of standard delivery models i.e. Agile/Waterfall and can speak confidently with clients on delivery solutions – where relevant with support from specialist consultant.

  • This role currently has revenue targets that will feed directly into a personal commission plan. Our client reserves the right to change commission plans and/or target structures.  

Personal Requirements

  • Demonstrates the behaviour of a professional sales individual every day – sourcing leads, building pipeline and closing opportunities.

  • Excellent client relationship skills. Capable of achieving the confidence and trust of clients.

  • Can evidence successful client assignments and relationships based on client feedback.

  • Can use network to benefit our clients position within new or existing clients.

  • Can co-ordinate a bid team to ensure formal bid timelines are achieved.

  • Has C-Suite client facing consultancy experience across a range of complex engagements.

  • Has an excellent business background, and a strong understanding of how organisations operate from across a range of sectors.

  • Has excellent all-round consultancy led selling capability and can demonstrate evidence of skill or sector specialism and deep skill or sector knowledge.

  • Has broad commercial knowledge and can lead on the commercial modelling of sales opportunities.

  • Understands future trends in line with the value propositions and can confidently articulate these to clients.

  • Works well in a team environment with a focus on managing resources and co-ordinating assets/deliverables.

  • Strong analytical, oral, written and interpersonal skills.

  • Confident sales presentation skills.


A minimum of 5 years' operating as a Business Development Director with evidenced, proven track record of building pipeline, following sales process and strong closing skills. Evidence of working on and closing £750k+ sales.


A minimum of 1 years in consultancy led selling with evidenced, proven track record of strong client relationships and opportunity scoping. Has relevant professional qualifications or accreditations pertaining to the sales environment.


  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Pension scheme
  • Great starting salary
  • Opportunity for progression
  • Flexible Time
  • Home Working

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