International Business Development Manager – Aerial Delivery

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  • CF1, Cardiff, South Glamorgan View on Map
  • Post Date : September 8, 2022
  • Apply Before : October 22, 2022
  • Salary: $0 - $6500000
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  • Career Level Manager
  • Experience Fresh
  • Industry Development
  • Qualifications Certificate

Job Description

Aerospace & Defence

Flexible Location – site based or hybrid with travel to site in south Wales as required

Circa £65K, bonus & benefits

Our client, part of a highly successful international parent has been at the forefront of design, manufacturing and technology for an innovative and diverse range of products to worldwide customers within the demanding Aerospace and Defence sector.

As a result of rapid growth, they are seeking an ambitious business development professional who will assume responsibility for delivering the sales growth of the Aerial Delivery portfolio, which includes the air drop of cargo, vehicles & equipment utilising modular delivery platforms for Land & Marine applications as well as rescue, safety & survival and emergency escape systems. You will also be expected to familiarise yourself with other segments of the business as part of a product agnostic strategy for the business development team that includes personnel parachute systems, naval decoy systems, services and through life support.

Reporting to the Business Unit Manager, you will also develop commercial strategies that support the company’s planned strategic re-alignment objectives for re-positioning the business to be less reliant on historical contracts by developing new strategies and routes to market that will enhance margin and profitability whilst still proving exceptional value to the user community and the customer base.

This will require the undertaking of wide ranging “pro-active” business development activities with a core emphasis on establishing, developing, promoting and positioning the Aerial Delivery offering in order to achieve new international sales for the business unit.

The Role:

* Develop a “winning strategy” for achieving new international sales by identifying, developing, negotiating and closing new business opportunities in order to generate profitable new business

* Play a leading “outward facing” role in developing new routes to market, including the collaborative opportunities that could be available with many of the leading aerospace & defence primes

* Manage existing and new business relationships with customers, users and partners; in order to secure growth opportunities

* Travel regularly across core international markets, assist customers to shape their requirements in order to develop a strong position for winning new and lasting business

* Be involved in all steps of new business capture including identification of user needs, opportunity assessment, product positioning and closing negotiation

* Drive added value to the customer offering, including the identification of all opportunities for the provision of a wide range of services and through life support

* Work closely with an established network of agents to increase visibility, “grass roots” market intelligence, support commercial activities and validated opportunities

* Build on the company’s competencies, brand and expertise in the Defence Aerospace market to continue to seek new opportunities that generate profitable new business

* Review the market and competition, gather intelligence to facilitate the development of new products, services and solutions

* Keep updated with customer procurement and replenishment cycles; liaise with the user community, draw upon the vast technical expertise and resources available within the business to evolve the product offering, but without losing sight of the need to win new business

* Support the engineering team with the development of new ideas and concepts to meet current and future customer needs

* Provide support to the Business Unit Manager, take pro-active ownership of the sales business development of the portfolio including identifying key milestones and capture plans to involve, drive and communicate with the supporting team

* Produce and maintain an accurate list of prospects and opportunities; regularly contributing to the updating of sales forecasts and booking plans

* Attend at military trials, defence trade shows, conferences & PR events as required

The Person:

Strong ethical and moral compass: able to work across functions within a non-political, open and honest business culture that has an overarching commitment towards “value creation” and the on time delivery of consistently reliable engineered products

Must be able to identify, develop, negotiate, capture and close opportunities in order to generate profitable new business

Possess a strong track record of international business development success (ideally including Aerial Delivery experience) from within an Aerospace & Defence related environment (military/civilian aerospace/maritime/survivability)

You may also be an exceptional current /ex-military user (PJI / JADTEU) who is well networked and has an in depth understanding of Aerial Delivery. It might be beneficial if some success in a commercial/ business development role has already been obtained, but this is not essential

Degree qualified in a business, marketing or engineering discipline

An ambitious professional with a “hunter/go-getting” approach who is ready for the “next step up”

An understanding of the complex procurement process that nations adopt within a defence environment

Able to work pro-actively within in a fun, close knit, agile, highly responsive team based environment that specialises in low volume, highly complex products with long lead times

Be self-sufficient and able to quickly grasp sales and technical knowledge of the company’s products, capabilities and branding. The company have strong “in house” technical expertise which can be drawn upon as required

Experience of managing of overseas agents/ representatives: – display cultural sensitivity

Strong presentation, financial & commercial skills and have a natural flair for developing strong customer relationships, combined with the intellect to fully understand their current and future needs for new capability or the replacement of existing equipment

Able to understand wider market opportunities, competitors, technologies and trends

Strong commercial understanding of customer budget plans, procurement process, bid management, contractual terms, pricing and gross margin analysis

Able to generate the respect of others and operate effectively and remain focused on “winning business” within a matrix organisation with competing demands on time and priorities

Familiar with a formal sales operating process which also captures and develops emerging opportunities into defined and qualified prospects

A strong influencer who can demonstrate attention to detail and display a logical and disciplined determination to capture new business

Able to prioritise information:- ensure internal colleagues and the customer is always up to date

Key personal attributes sought include, drive, determination, team work, creativity, good communication skills and a winning mentality

An accomplished negotiator, who is responsive to the needs of customers, can close business and adhere to high ethics and codes of conduct

Proficient in the use of MS Office tools

A willingness and ability to travel within the UK and overseas at short notice

Hold or be able to hold UK Security Clearance

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