A business development assistant attracts new customers to buy a product or service from a company or organisation for sales and to increase company revenue. Business development is created through opportunities such as telemarketing, walk-in sales, existing client sales and networking.
A business development assistant may visit clients on a periodic basis or participate in trade shows and business development functions such as a chamber of commerce or a procurement network. The objective is to introduce products and goods to customers and “close” the deal with a sale.
Job Features and Functions
The business development assistant supports a business development team while performing mandatory tasks. This includes office administrative tasks, such as correspondence and capturing client information, and communicating with management concerning new development ideas.
A business development assistant typically works 40 hours per week in an office environment. Travelling to meet a client is performed on a frequent basis. The business development coordinator may also partner with other coordinators on special occasions such as promotions or new product line advertising.
Education and Salary
Employers seek candidates with a bachelor's degree in business, marketing or experience in direct sales. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that overall employment of advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers is expected to increase by 13 per cent through 2018. The average salary for a business development assistant with less for a year was £23,275 to £46,471 as of July 2010, according to salary survey website PayScale.