Head of Business Development

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Job Description

Head of Business Development at X (a full-service CRO)
Location: Europe | Remote (Ideally base in the: UK, France, Germany)
Reports To: Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)
Prior experience leading a team, at a CRO is necessary for this position! This role will include the build out of a new business development team.
Job Summary:
As the Head of Business Development, you will oversee both strategic and operational functions within the business development department within our organisation. This position demands a dynamic leader with extensive CRO industry experience, capable of driving growth, establishing strategic partnerships, and strengthening client relationships. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, coupled with a proven track record in business development.
This role will include managing a set of strategic accounts, so sales and account management skills are just as necessary as having a strategic/governance skill set. As we are a new organisation formed through the merger of smaller entities, onboarding and combining the existing sales teams into one entity will also be paramount to secure the future of the business.
Interpersonal skills and fluency in multiple European languages are therefore attractive additions to an ideal candidate.
Key Responsibilities:

(Strategic Leadership)

  • Develop and implement the business development strategy aligned with the company’s goals and objectives.
  • Identify and pursue new business opportunities to expand the company's market presence.
  • Formulate long-term strategies to enhance competitive advantage and market share.
(Client Relationship Management)
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key clients and stakeholders.
  • Oversee the development of tailored proposals and presentations for potential clients.
  • Ensure client satisfaction and retention through exceptional service delivery and support.
(Team Leadership and Development)
  • Lead, mentor, and manage the business development team to achieve targets and objectives.
  • Foster a culture of high performance, collaboration, and continuous improvement.
  • Provide training and development opportunities to enhance team skills and capabilities.
(Market Analysis and Business Intelligence)
  • Conduct thorough market research to understand industry trends, competitive landscape, and client needs.
  • Analyse data to identify opportunities for business growth and innovation.
  • Prepare detailed reports and present findings to the executive team.
(Sales and Revenue Generation)
  • Develop and manage the sales pipeline from lead generation to deal closure.
  • Achieve or exceed sales and revenue targets.
  • Negotiate contracts and agreements with clients to secure new business.
(Brand Promotion and Networking)
  • Represent the company at industry events, conferences, and trade shows.
  • Enhance the company’s brand visibility and reputation in the market.
  • Develop marketing strategies and campaigns to attract new clients.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, Life Sciences, or a related field; MBA or advanced degree is preferred. A scientific background or training would align with our culture well.
  • At least 10 years of experience in business development, with a minimum of 4 years in a leadership role within a life science CRO or related company.
  • In-depth knowledge of the CRO industry, clinical trials, and drug development processes.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement successful business development strategies.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Analytical and strategic thinking abilities.
  • Ability to travel as required to meet clients and attend industry events.
  • Leadership and people management
  • Strategic planning and execution
  • Market analysis and business acumen
  • Client relationship management
  • Sales and negotiation skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
Application Process:
Interested candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter detailing their relevant experience and achievements to. The process will be 3 stages, 2 over video call and 1 in person.
Due to us being a new organisation we are exclusively partnered with Barrington James and therefore will not disclose our name unless we would like to arrange an interview. This is to protect both us and potential candidates as we would like to discreetly hire the best talent possible.
Company Overview:
We are a full-service Clinical Research Organization (CRO) dedicated to providing innovative and high-quality solutions to clients in the pharmaceutical, and biotechnology sectors.
Our services include clinical trial management, regulatory consulting, data management, biostatistics, toxicology & Pharmacovigilance studies, and more. We are committed to advancing healthcare and improving patient outcomes through excellence in research and development across Europe and have a strategic plan laid out to achieve these goals.
Through the merger of several smaller niche CROs, we have formed a group entity that can comprehensively cover clinical trials from phase I-IV at our in-house laboratories – all specialised in different areas of the drug development process. We are a European team based across multiple countries and many of us possess a scientific background and training.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity being a multi-national entity. As we are a new group we see this as an opportunity for the right individual to join our team and exciting project and help build an amazing future.