Business Development Manager

· Washington, District of Columbia
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

About Social Driver:
Social Driver is a digital agency, trusted by the world's leading corporations and nonprofit organizations for social media, websites, and digital marketing. We are focused on providing strategic solutions that are based on experience working with almost 300 clients in 13 sectors, world-class expertise and capabilities in digital and social media, and a culture of long-term client partnerships — that’s why our tagline is Experience Digital With Us.

Social Driver is headquartered in Washington, DC with additional teams in Bellingham, WA, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, and Kansas City, MO. Our company mantra captures our mission, culture, and values: “We believe the future is bright, all progress is social, and the drivers make history.” We aim to provide our clients with digital solutions that help them meet their goals and, through that work, make an impact for a brighter future. Our vision is “to be the trusted digital agency partner with all of the strategies and creative to connect with people today.”

In this role, you will serve as the lead proposal and business development manager for a number of different new business opportunities. This role is specifically focused on leading the response to RFPs, inbound leads, and referrals. 

Business Development Manager:
Do you love finding creative solutions to marketing needs and technical problems? Do you love asking challenging questions and working on a variety of fast-moving opportunities? Are you driven to win new business? Then this position is for you. 

In this role, you will be an active member of our sales team responsible for following up on sales opportunities, crafting proposals, gathering internal input, and making sure that the solution meets the client’s goals. This is a team-oriented role—you will work closely with agency leaders, account managers, and subject matter experts. After getting client approval for a new project, you’ll also be responsible for ensuring a smooth hand-off to the project delivery team.  

As a part of this position, you will provide the following:

  • Provide a welcoming experience to new clients. This position is focused exclusively on new clients. We want to make sure they have a partnership-level experience right from the start so, once an opportunity has been identified, you’ll be responsible for setting up the initial meetings with the client and leading the client through the sales process.

  • Craft new proposals and estimates. Writing a new proposal requires answering questions, teaching clients about our solutions, and helping clients and internal teams to resolve any concerns. As part of the proposal process, you will develop new strategies and work with the internal team of subject matter experts to gather additional input and creative ideas.

  • Get client approval. We want clients to be excited about their project. You will be responsible for following up with clients, attending pitches, and getting approval for moving forward.

  • Share what you know. The delivery teams are always looking to better serve our clients so they will be looking to you to share all the information you learned in the proposal process—this will include editing client briefs, transitioning knowledge to account managers, and attending the internal project kickoff meeting.

Skills/Requirements

  • 5+ years of experience working with a digital agency with at least 3 years of experience specifically in account management or sales 

  • Proven ability to act as trusted partner and consultant to Director and C-Level executives

  • Expert-level knowledge of digital marketing strategies across social media and websites

  • Expert-level knowledge of campaign strategy, digital advertising, and SEO best practices

  • Deep knowledge of popular website tools and CMSs, such as Wordpress and Drupal

  • Strong communications and customer service skills with the ability to interact with technical people, business stakeholders, clients, etc. An ability to look beyond face-value conversations; read between the lines and listen for what isn’t being said.

  • Strong presentation and speaking skills, including expert knowledge in Google Slides, Keynote, or PowerPoint. 

  • Ability to adapt to new situations, solve problems on the fly, and communicate with those around you. Teamwork and agility required.

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a sense of perspective.

  • Demonstrated business planning abilities (developing timelines, using CRMs, sharing notes, etc.)

  • Desire to be a leader, providing feedback, identifying growth opportunities and helping to up-level skill sets of your co-workers. 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

Role Location:

Washington, D.C.

 

How to Apply:

Please apply online with your resume and cover letter outlining how you would be a great fit for this position. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.  

 

Social Driver values diversity and inclusivity in our company and is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

 

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level