What does a Business Development Associate do?

Business development associates help companies seeking to boost their growth and sales by conducting market research, developing business strategies, building client relationships, and identifying new business opportunities. They strive to attract new clients and build solid relationships while maintaining existing relationships. As experts in a company's vision and its mission, they seek to accomplish set goals and objectives by cultivating strong relationships with new clients and maintaining existing client relationships.

Business development associates conduct market research to identify potential new clients, and work closely with staff across all departments to implement agreed-upon growth strategies. They develop and implement sales strategies, client service and retention plans, and analyze sales data to inform or update the company’s marketing strategies. They draft business plans, sales pitches, presentations, reference material, and other outreach documents if needed and identify new business opportunities and partners through their research. Business development associates need a minimum bachelor's degree in business management, marketing, related fields, and one-to-two years of relevant work experience in business development or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Business Development Associate jobs?
  • Follow up with tax, accounting, and others on new structure and new product opportunities.
  • Track the results of and collect feedback for new business pursuits.
  • Responsible for timely and accurate audits, expense tracking and budget management.
  • Oversee final production and delivery of proposals, pitches, and presentations.
  • Provide insight and input on planned giving marketing initiatives.
  • Work closely with philanthropy operations to develop strategies for stewardship of planned gift donors.
  • Stay up to date with marketing content and sales messaging.
  • Develop and present proposals tailored to each individual client's specific needs.
  • Ensure outstanding customer service through regular client follow up.
  • Maintain a schedule of professional training in the areas of estate planning and gift planning program trends.
What are the typical qualifications for Business Development Associate jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business, engineering, or computer science.
  • Strong command of English language and good communication skills.
  • Strong leadership, time management, and critical thinking skills.
  • Requires careful attention to detail.
  • Able to maintain a strong work ethic and positive attitude.
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

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$63,071 /yr
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Business Development Associate
Jul 30, 2021

“Pay isn't great and they didn't let me negotiate my salary when I interviewed”

Business Development Representative (BDR)
Oct 10, 2022

“I've really enjoyed my onboarding process and I think my team and leader are great.”

Business Development Representative (BDR)
Nov 13, 2023

“Working directly with the BDR manager was great and I felt heard most of the time.”

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Business Development Associate
Sept 15, 2021

“Good opportunity to build your experience advising clients and learn more/get exposure to international development.”

Business Development Representative (BDR)
May 2, 2022

“The training is top notch and you feel ready to get to work within your first full month.”

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Senior Business Development Associate
Jun 27, 2022

“Great place to grow and I got to choose the path that was best for me.”

Business Development Associate (BDA)
Nov 9, 2022

“Well the salary is good and the you work with people having the same wavelength as you.”

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