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Business Development Director

Job Ref: AI-RP
Type: Permanent
Sector: Print
Salary: £ 55,000
Location: KENT


Basic Salary:  55000

Commission:  Uncapped

Employee benefits

  • Perk box membership (offering free eye tests, taste card, discounts in high street and online shopping, gyms, cinemas and much more)
  • Non-contractual early finish Fridays (1 hour) – equivalent to 6 additional days holiday per annum
  • Statutory pension scheme
  • Free car parking
  • Complimentary refreshments and fresh fruit
  • Lunch break activities – pool table, kitchen facilities, external picnic areas, recreational games (football, swing ball)
  • Subsidised yoga classes
  • 1 hour late start or early finish on birthday
  • Monthly employee awards
  • Employee social events & activities
  • Christmas closure
  • Uncapped commission scheme

Job Summary

Publishing house based in Kent are on the hunt for a Business Development Director.

Job Description

Our client, an independent publishing house based in Kent, are on the hunt for a Business Development Director!

Demonstrating an excellent understanding of your clients and market:

❖ Industry and market knowledge
❖ Clients and their offering
❖ Client spend in the market
❖ Client spend with us

• Meeting set KPIs for sales activities:
❖ Maintain high levels of scheduled sales calls and visits
❖ Proposals

• Developing new business
• Maintaining existing business
• Overseeing and understanding targets for the brand, product and individual, and implementing plans to achieve targets
• Attending client meetings and presentations
• Undertaking competitor analysis - monitoring competitor strategy, portfolio and media mix, to ensure the RPL strategy is ahead of the competition
• Identifying contra agreements
• Writing proposals and identifying solutions for clients
• Ensuring client expectations are fulfilled correctly and smoothly through the internal processes, resolving issues in a professional manner internally and externally
• Issuing campaign performance reports to clients with summary of performance, identifying potential future opportunities and improvements
• Developing and implementing new products and opportunities which will benefit the brand to support the growth and success of the company
• Attending relevant RPL or external exhibitions/ conferences - international travel may be required
• Attending training and development/ continue to develop sales and technical skills
Administration (including Finance)
• Maintaining accurate company records including but not limited to CRM, competitor analysis and expenses
• Undertaking regular competitor analysis and monitor advertising levels. Reviewing and analysing the competitors spend in each product to devise and implement a win strategy.
• Accurate and consistent personal revenue forecasting
• Reporting of personal performance (prep for 1-2-1s)
• Creating travel plans, meetings and opportunities
• Ensuring the team are effectively utilising the CRM to capture accurate data and managing team reports on the CRM – use the date and information to make informed decisions
• Understanding the brand performance and accurately forecasting the outcome
• Building and leading the strategic direction of the brand with your market experience, knowledge and business acumen
• Engaging with all stakeholders to ensure that targets and business milestones are achieved
• Coaching and guiding team members: sales techniques, internal process, industry, systems, products, planning & approach
• Motivating and leading a positive and professional sales culture
• Leading meeting and discussions when opportunity is provided

Required Skills

Qualifications, Experience and Skills Required:

Qualifications/ Experience

• Proven business to business media sales experience across the full product portfolio: print, digital, events & conferences
• Commercial experience and commercial acumen to drive business/ profit growth

• Excellent IT skills - Microsoft Office (Word and Excel)
• Knowledge and use of CRMs
• Communication (written & verbal) – accuracy and professional
• Building and leading strong and effective relationships to ensure timely and accurate information sharing enables all parties to achieve success

❖ Key Internal relationships: (to ensure fulfilment) marketing, events, content, accounts and business stakeholders
❖ Key External relationships: clients, suppliers, advisory board, industry experts
• Monitor progress against personal objectives and targets
• Technical quality of sales interaction (phone and face-to-face)
• Negotiation
• Time management – punctuality, planning & meeting deadlines
• Learn and develop new techniques and different ways of working quickly and effectively
• Accurately process data and information
• Commercial awareness

• Dynamic, energetic and engaging, with a drive to succeed
• Company and brand ambassador
• Ability to remain calm and measured when under pressure and in challenging situations – be an influence on others and always strive to find a solution
• Set and lead a positive culture – driven, enthusiastic, can-do attitude, determined
• Team focused – lead by example
• Time management – punctuality, planning & meeting deadlines
• Professional attitude and integrity
• Discretion, confidentiality and knowing when it is appropriate to knowledge share
• Self-motivated, driven with the ability to work alone and with initiative, applying strategies to deliver results
• Ability to demonstrate tenacity and persistence in the face of rejection – demonstrate your experience and knowledge through finding solutions to achieve the desired result
• Willingness to learn, show flexibility and adaptability to change
• Keep up to date with new procedures, media, industry knowledge and legislation

Corporate Standards:
• Assist and undertake additional duties as and when required
• Commitment to the success of Russell Publishing and all associated brands
• Adhere and promote the company professional and professional quality standards
• Comply with the behaviours, policies and practices of the company as detailed in the company handbook
• Responsible for own personal safety and that of colleagues by ensuring all safety precautions are observed