Business development manager apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursea college coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this roleapplying directlygraduate training scheme
You can get into this career by doing a degree. Useful subjects include:
Employers will also usually want you to have experience in sales, marketing or business management. You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree.
- business management
- business development
- international relations
You could study a college course
in sales or business. If you've started work in a junior role, you could think about taking qualifications like a Level 3 Award in Business Development Skills or a Level 3 Certificate in Sales Management.
You'll normally need at least 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3.
You can work towards this role by doing a business to business sales professional Level 6 (degree) apprenticeship or retail leadership Level 6 (degree) apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-Levels, or equivalent, for a Level 6 (degree) apprenticeship.
You could work your way up from a sales or marketing role by taking further training on the job.
You could apply directly to become a business development manager, as there are no formal entry requirements. Employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in maths, English and IT
sales. You could also have experience in marketing or business management. A degree in any subject is normally expected.
Graduate training schemes are offered by some companies and organisations. You'll need a degree or postgraduate qualification to apply. In some jobs you'll have to travel overseas to meet customers, so it may be helpful to speak a second language.
Business development manager apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- the ability to sell products and services
- business management skills
- knowledge of English language
- the ability to use your initiative
- leadership skills
- customer service skills
- persuading skills
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Business development manager apprenticeships - what you'll do
In your day-to-day duties you could:
- research organisations to find new customers
- ‘cold call’ to arrange meetings at customers’ premises
- find out what an organisation needs and plan proposals and pricing
- sell products and services to new and existing customers
- negotiate with customers and build positive relationships
- attend events and conferences
- write reports and make presentations to customers and senior management
- identify new methods and opportunities for sales campaigns
- forecast sales targets and make sure they’re met
- run training for business developers and junior sales teams
You could work at a client's business or in an office.
Career path and progression - Business development manager apprenticeships
With experience, you could progress to senior development manager, business development executive or marketing director.
You could also use your skills in sales, marketing and project management to move into other roles, for example business analyst.