Skillforce – Business Development Manager (London & South East)


SkillForce – home of The Prince William Award
Full time / Permanent

SkillForce is a charity that works in partnership with schools in the UK, drawing upon the skills of predominately but not exclusively ex-services personnel, to deliver our unique and innovative Prince William Award to young people aged 6-14 years. The award programme is the only one of its kind in the name of our Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT and is a character and resilience programme that provides children and young people with knowledge, skills and experience and most importantly the self-belief that they can achieve.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, credible and entrepreneurial Business Development Manager to join our team in the south of England.

Reporting to the Director of Operations and Compliance you will focus on the development of new business opportunities; sourcing, and gaining new business through sales to schools in London and the South East, specifically; Sussex, Surrey, London, Luton, Kent, Essex and Hertfordshire. You will also assist managers in your area with the retention of current customers. This role will demand the development of commercially viable and long term relationships with customers in the education sector.

The ideal candidate will;

  • have experience in sales and/or business development roles with a proven track record of achieving sales targets (personal target of >£150k in this role)
  • have well developed full-cycle sales skills
  • have experience of building and maintaining a robust pipeline of opportunities
  • be experienced and confident in the presentation of sales proposals for prospective customers
  • be experienced in developing business and sales in London & South East
  • have a proven ability in developing and maintaining successful, long term client relationships
  • experience of closing sales with schools

Special role requirements:

This role will operate regionally and you must be willing to travel within the south east region.

Occasional overnight stays can be expected.

Monthly travel to the SkillForce Central Services office in Nottinghamshire will be required.

London and Inner London allowances plus London Allowance, London Travel Card and Market Premium Payments for key areas of the UK including Surrey, Leatherhead and the South East are appropriate for this position.

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on 31st January 2018 . SkillForce does not accept CVs.

If you would like more information about this role, please contact Rosalind Vahey on 07962 621676.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, if you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful in your application.

SkillForce is committed to safeguarding/child protection and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

SkillForce is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

All staff are expected to maintain high standards of customer care in the context of SkillForce core values, to uphold the Equal Opportunities Policy and Health and Safety standards and to participate in relevant professional development.

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Closing date: 31st January 2018

Interviews: Early February 2018

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