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Make UK – Business Development Manager (Apprentice & Skills)

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Make UK – Business Development Manager (Apprentice & Skills)

Business Development Manager – Apprentice & Skills

Aston, Birmingham
Competitive salaries and excellent benefits including up to one day’s paid leave each year to undertake volunteering opportunities
As part of Make UK’s commitment to enhancing Apprentices & Skill training services for its members and the broader Manufacturing sector in the UK, we are looking for an experienced business development professional to support the expansion of our client base.

The Business Development Manager will play a crucial role in developing and delivering a Sales Plan to increase revenues from both new and existing clients in alignment with Make UK’s existing training facility and future growth plans.

Role and Responsibilities 

  • Establish strong linkages for new business with key internal stakeholders, existing clients, relevant industry and educational bodies, and target companies.
  • Work with the Apprentices and Skills Business Development Team to develop and implement business sales and marketing plans.
  • Develop a sales plan to address local and national requirements.
  • Generate substantial sales growth with existing and new clients.
  • Conduct continuous research to ensure the business unit addresses the needs of its existing customer base and identifies new potential markets, customers, and opportunities.
  • Propose business development opportunities to respond to customer and market needs.
  • Liaise with other employees within Make UK’s customer-facing teams to identify effective new business opportunities, referral, and closure.
  • Achieve targets set within the business plan and report monthly on sales pipeline values and associated KPIs.
  • Manage and target prospect organizations and individuals through methods such as cold calling, marketing activities, sales lead generation, and proposal drafting and submission.
  • Develop strong relationships with key influencers and stakeholders.
  • Undertake any other duties as may be reasonably requested.

About you

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Proven business development professional with experience in a service/solutions-based role
  • Experience in the Apprentices & Skills sector in the UK, ideally in a Manufacturing/Engineering context (Desirable but not essential)
  • Sales and commercial skills to drive sales revenue


  • Actively implements productivity and continuous improvement activities
  • Treats others with respect and recognises others contribution
  • Anticipates problems and possible solutions
  • Good listener and reflector
  • Displays high professional standards
  • Ability to influence and communicate with a range of contacts and wide group of stakeholders
  • Excellent presentation skills and confident seller to all levels

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