Business Development Assistant—A Review

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Business development jobs for assistants are a newly emerging occupation born from the need businesses have to grow. All businesses start out doing business development to get customers and then to keep those customers and turn them into repeat business. In current business the use of databases gives owners the capability to track every new customer. Online technology gives businesses abilities to market through e–mail and contact customers with information. These new venues created a new need for help in many businesses. Here are some job descriptions for that newly developed occupation.

Description 1
''The business development assistant will support the business development team (both the sales associates and the customer relationship managers). The assistant will be responsible for lead generation, handling client inquiries, scheduling client meetings, working extensively with our database including helping to generate and send e-newsletters and uploading new contacts, maintaining marketing materials, and general team support. This position offers the opportunity for growth and additional responsibilities.

Ideal candidates will be or have:
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized.
  • Team player with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • A bachelor’s degree and one to three years’ work experience, preferably in the financial services industry'' (1).
This job advertisement is directly in line with the newly defined occupation of business development assistant. The assistant will be working with the database to track existing customers and add new ones. Sending emails as well as communicating with customers about scheduled meetings are frequently necessary. This job requires a bachelor’s degree and experience. The preference for experience in finance indicates the products the company represents. This is a very representative employment advertisement.

Description 2
The business development assistant will keep a database of new clients contacted, use phone to call new clients, and sell product to build list of clients. This job could work into handling the client accounts.

  • Compensation: Commission
  • Telecommuting is ok.
  • This is a part-time job.
This is a different type of position for a business development assistant, but is very representative of the entrepreneur. It has all the feel of a small start-up business and business development is especially important for entrepreneurs. The major differences in this advertisement are the education requirements, experience requirements, and the compensation payout is commission.

It is also a part-time job from home and the company suggests you might work into account management. No doubt they would be the accounts you generated and won for the company. This sounds like a job that is a cross between telemarketing, sales, and light database management. Bravo to the entrepreneur seeking the commissioned help. It is certainly a creative pitch to use in developing a new business. If the right person is out there, it could work and could be the next million-dollar Gateway Company (which started in a garage).

This advertisement drives home the importance business development has at the grass roots level: it is the life of business. This type of variation on the job title business development assistant is not uncommon with new occupations emerging in the market. Just know this is not the typical assistant job; most pay salary.

Moving on to another advertisement for a business development salary for the assistant, let us look at the following.

Description 3

As a business development assistant you will be tasked with ensuring all client information and proposal intelligence is kept up to date and is entered accurately onto the team database. You will also be actively involved in client management and maintaining all project information files and resources. Report to the strategic development manager.

  • Dealing with telephone enquiries.
  • Updating all client and project information from lead to contract stages.
  • Creating project sheets for all new contracts.
  • Daily post and document control.
  • Circulation of key business development information with the directors and other teams.
  • Preferably have a degree, but this is not essential.
  • Be a good communicator and a team player.
  • Have a good professional and mature approach to work.
  • Be highly organized.
  • Able to plan workload efficiently.
As a business development assistant you can expect a starting salary of between $20,000–$25,000 (2).

This business development job description is in line with the requirements for maintaining the database and being given customer management responsibilities. This assistant will be in charge of managing the files for business development projects and reporting the progress to the strategic manager. Again, the holder of this position is responsible for tracking the projects, recording events and results, and delivering the reports to the appropriate department. Business strategy is very integrated with business development and the two departments often work together. This advertised position does require one to three years of experience, but a degree is not required although it is preferred. The salary is indicative of that requirement not being necessary. The salary with a degree should be closer to $35,000 or $40,000. This is probably a smaller company. Remember, the company and where it is located can influence the salary.

Description 4

Sales/Business Development Assistant

Design firm is currently seeking a sales/business development assistant to join its growing practice. This candidate will be primarily responsible for generating and tracking new business for the firm throughout the Midwest.

As a sales and business development assistant, the employee will be responsible for executing external marketing and sales strategies in the design market. The successful candidate will use their sales and account management skills to identify, qualify, and establish professional relationships with prospective clients to create long-term positive value for the firm. This includes prospecting, lead generation, cold calling, creating presentations, developing strategic relationships with key players, lunching and entertaining clients and target clients, and tracking RFPs. This person will report to the partner in charge of marketing for firm.

  • Organization skills are a must in this role; and strong, effective verbal and written communication skills are paramount.
  • Marketing, business, or communications degree with 5+ years of successful business development experience in a service-related business or marketing role.
  • The required hours may vary, so interested candidates must be willing to work unorthodox hours.
  • Experience with architecture, engineering, construction or economic development fields would be a plus.
  • Specific traits should include, but are not limited to:
    • Leadership: Leading, proactive planning.
    • Relationship Building: Build and manage proactive relationships with targeted clients resulting in a climate of trust, resource reliance, and increased designed commissions.
    • Collaboration and Partnership: Build and maintain deep partnerships with partners of the firm to ensure integrated execution of all marketing and business development activities.
    • Ensure Success: Coordinate overall marketing framework to align all strategically driven company goals. Monitor all marketing and business development successes, lead tracking, and reporting metric. (3)
Salary range is $40,000 to $50,000 annually.

Review: This job for a business development assistant should be the typical advertisement found in the business development job listings. The content that describes duties has more listed without highlighting the key responsibilities. If you were to interview with this company you might find the desired strength of the position would be found in servicing the clients with the internal and external marketing duties which would include a database of customers and the duties to answer client questions. The experience required is equivalent to a degree and so is the salary.

(1) ''Business Development Assistant,'' Oliver Wyman, copyright 2008.
(2) ''Business Development Assistant,'' Monster, February 6, 2009
(3) ''Thingamajob,'' Bethany Perillo, Aerotek CE, February 4, 2009.
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