How to become a business development manager
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- a graduate training scheme
You can get into this career by doing a degree. Most degree subjects are acceptable though relevant subjects include:
- business management
- business development
- international relations
Employers will also usually want you to have experience in sales, marketing or business management. Work experience, internships or year in industry placements can help you gain commercial skills.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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:
- Level 3 Award in Business Development Skills
- Level 3 Certificate in Sales and Account Management
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You can gain useful skills and work towards this role through apprenticeships like:
- business to business sales professional degree apprenticeship
- retail leadership 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 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, marketing or business management experience
- a degree in any subject
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.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the The Managing & Marketing Sales Association, for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.