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Business Development Director of Higher Education

  • Job reference: NA-001629
  • Sector: Buildings, Education
  • Location: Austin
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Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

Globally, Atkins is the largest UK-based engineering and design consultancy and one of the world's largest design firms with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Austin, TX Office as a Business Development Director of Higher Education.

Major Function/Role:

Develops and implements local marketing, sales, and public relations activities to maintain and expand the firm's participation in business opportunities at a local level, focusing on their specific group company responsibility but also working across group companies to advance the firm in the local marketplace; establishes a local presence and a positive company image within the assigned communities where the firm operates or wishes to establish its services; creates business opportunities that ultimately result in meeting the established sales targets for the assigned area of responsibility.

Job Duties:

- May serve as a Client Service Manager (CSM) for key clients in their respective area. Responsible for working with Client Service Managers in their area to oversee development of appropriate CSM plans and execution of said CSM plans.
- Provides input to marketing and technical groups on marketing and sales plans. This includes recommendations for product and territorial opportunities, participation in specific conferences, promotional literature, and/or unique client relationships.
- Develops and implements territorial sales plans consistent with sales and marketing plans, assisting in achieving sales targets within assigned territory. Plays a major role in new work selections.
- Establishes, submits for approval, and monitors the operating budget for the assigned territory’s marketing activities; develops annual projections of revenues/costs and updates/monitors monthly status reports.
- Explores business opportunities with new clients and areas, through cold calls or letters of interest; identifies prospects, screens project opportunities, and schedules contacts, visits, information gathering and follow-up.
- Coordinates and reviews all aspects of proposal development with marketing personnel, including proposal strategy, marketing strategy and team composition.
- Develops presentation strategy, support materials and visuals; coordinates and critiques rehearsals and presentations.
- Maintains/enhances territorial contact network (both public and private) through regular calls and/or visits to lead the local sales effort in both primary geographic target areas and specific client targets.
- Assists in the resolution of local marketing issues.
- Participates in the development, planning and implementation of public relations programs at the assigned communities; develops press releases and participates in selective industry associations and community/civic activities in a leadership role.
- Facilitates coordination, cooperation, and communication within and across the firm.
- Performs such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree, preferably in Business Administration plus 10 years' relevant experience and proven track record in sales. Without a degree, 20 years of relevant experience is required in addition to appropriate knowledge and skills. Technical knowledge of the services provided in assigned area is preferred.

Special Skills:
Excellent interpersonal skills plus written and oral communications skills are essential. Outgoing, self-starter with innate sales orientation, optimism and drive; good organizational skills.


Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability. Please view Atkins

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