Business Development Executive Roles

Think you've got what it takes?

With bonus-related pay, direct contact with clients, and fantastic exposure, the role of the Business Development Executive can offer lucrative opportunities for any graduate in the world of sales. Interested in playing a vital role in driving business growth? Taking charge of pushing organizations to the next level in their market? Discover how you could launch your career as a Graduate Business Development Executive below.

What's involved?

At the most basic level, the Business Development Executive is in the driving seat for sourcing, generating, and building new business for their organization. This means you are responsible for identifying sales leads, sourcing new opportunities, and potential clients. You will build on excellent communication skills and product knowledge to pitch to new and prospective clients.

You will need to be creative with the ability to think outside the box, proactive in pursuing new opportunities, and strategic in your thinking and approach. As a BDE you'll frequently liaise with the likes of marketing and finance, so commercial awareness and good business sense are essential.

Producing pitches and presentations, identifying, qualifying, and speaking with business opportunities, and tracking your leads will be daily tasks. Building business relationships with clients will also be essential. 

The ideal candidate

It's personal attributes that count over experience for graduates looking to launch a career as a Business Development Executive. Those considering the role will need:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Drive and confidence
  • Commercial awareness
  • An interest in the world of business and marketing
  • Presentation skills
  • Initiative and a proactive attitude to driving new business
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • The ability to speak publicly and interact with a diverse range of individuals and organizations, at all levels of business

The Benefits

BDEs are considered an extremely valuable and highly-prized asset, essential for the success and growth of businesses across all markets and industries. A successful BDE can look forward to:

  • Commission-based pay, with competitive starting salaries
  • Fantastic exposure to a range of different industry sectors
  • Networking and travel to visit clients
  • Clear progression routes with opportunities to move up to Business Development Manager, Senior Development Manager, or even Marketing Director
  • The likes of a company car, company phone, and travel opportunities, depending on the size of the organization

The invaluable skills and experience in project management, negotiation, communication, and networking you will gain as a BDE will also give you the tools you need to side-step into any area of business: for the right graduate, the opportunities are endless.

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