Business Development Executive - fluent in English + one other Eurpoean language

Job Description  

Job title:                    Business Development Executive

Reports to:                Business Development Manager

Location:                 London and/or remote working

Department:             Awards

Contract:                Full Time

Salary band:            £26,000

Benefits include:    Extensive benefits detailed on our website careers page

About D&AD  

D&AD is an organisation that is all about the pursuit of creative excellence within advertising and design - inspiring it, celebrating it and enabling it. A fundamental way of us achieving this is through our world class learning programmes which upskill the current and future workforce.  

Whilst our remit focuses on the advertising and design industry there is a broader goal to demonstrate the positive impact that creativity can have across education, the economy and within society.  

Purpose of the job  

To manage key accounts and actively generate new business opportunities for D&AD: with brands, advertising agencies and design studios. Particular focus will be placed on  D&AD’s Awards. To achieve this you will be expected to take a consultative and thoughtful approach to build relationships with clients.    

Duties and key responsibilities

  • Manage key accounts. Develop and/or grow existing account relationships
  • Maintain and build fruitful business relations built on trust and an understanding of customer needs
  • Provide a holistic account management experience for D&AD key accounts, ensuring companies understand all D&AD activities across departments.
  • With regards awards entry, ensure the entrant is communicated year-round throughout the journey from entry, to credits collection and rankings data if winning, ceremony and then annual.
  • Develop and maintain a pipeline according to targets and provide clear and accurate reporting of sales outcomes and activities
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of in market activity i.e. potential competitors, trends, best market practice, and potential collaborators.
  • Maintain an expert working knowledge of D&AD’s product and service offering, namely D&AD Awards categories and pricing structure
  • Work with the Awards, Marketing teams to ensure the products are communicated effectively to generate incoming enquiries
  • Conduct research to identify award-winning talent and exceptional work from the design, advertising, tech and film industries and convert into new business leads
  • Help to generate interest and engagement in awards events in your region where applicable
  • Engage new business leads to increase participation in D&AD Awards. Co-ordinate new business pipeline to ensure targets are met and participation and awareness has increased
  • Provide regular pipeline reports to management
  • Ensure all relevant client activity, communications and contact information is up to date and accurate in the D&AD CRM
  • The above list is merely illustrative and not exhaustive and you agree within reason to undertake other duties over and above those listed in this job description.

Experience and skills required

  • One of more of the following languages are beneficial for this role: Spanish, French, Russian
  • Experience in a sales role
  • Ability to identify client challenges and develop creative solutions in close collaboration with the Awards team
  • Account management experience
  • Clear and concise communication skills, both written and oral
  • Be able to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • People skills with the ability to establish and develop key business relationships in a variety of situations
  • Clear and concise communication skills, both written and oral
  • Effective influencer and persuader
  • Committed and motivated to succeed and meet objectives, both personal and business related
  • Pro-active, self-motivated, with an ability to problem-solve
  • A keen interest in Design & Advertising
  • Good networking skills
  • Excellent influencing and negotiating skills
  • Good Presentation Skills
  • Good industry knowledge preferable

D&AD is committed to diversity, equality, equity, inclusion and respect for all.  Providing a work environment in which all employees are treated with fairness, respect and dignity and which is free of discrimination, victimisation, bullying and harassment.   At D&AD we are interested in every individual bringing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! Please email to let us know if you need any reasonable adjustments to be made for any part of the recruitment process.

In order to comply with the Prevention of Illegal Working, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act, you will need to provide appropriate documentation that proves that you are eligible to work in the UK.  

Due to the number of applications we receive, we regret that you will not be contacted unless you are shortlisted for an interview. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date of your application you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion. 

Our privacy statement can be viewed on the D&AD careers page.

Additional information

  • Remote status

    Flexible remote

We usually respond within three days

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