Business Development Manager

Ref: REC201 Harpenden Hybrid Permanent Role


We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced and systematic B2B Business Development Manager to work with a dynamic sales team. You will be responsible for new sales in the UK and Europe by building new business sales divisions, developing opportunities in target markets to complement our substantial current clientele in order to safeguard Plowman Craven’s continuous growth in future.

Primary Purpose

To lead the new sales and growth activities of Plowman Craven, by identifying and evaluating new companies and markets suitable for our broad surveying and consultancy services; from area referencing, property surveys, and BIM modelling to utilities, rail, environmental and monitoring surveying services. You will be responsible for the prospecting and connecting with potential clients, as well as researching and presenting to the prospects.

Ensuring prospect qualifying, research, proposal writing, bid responses, presentations and other client engagement are of the highest standard with a deep understanding of what the client’s needs and expectations are.

To build strong relationships with potential new contacts, to develop and win new business. To work closely with the Sales & Marketing Director to grow the sales income through the next stages of its growth and deliver on the sales strategy and KPIs.

To create a proactive approach to engaging with prospects that’s empowered, hungry for success and demonstrates a continuous focus on growth and client- centric passion to succeed.

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing new business from companies not yet familiar with Plowman Craven in the Construction, Engineering, Architecture, Rail & Infrastructure and Real Estate sectors
  • Responsible for growth in line with our values – Consult, Trust, Innovate
  • Using an entrepreneurial approach to identifying new opportunities and generating new leads
  • Qualifying prospects by analysing and cold calling
  • Working closely with the Marketing team to achieve an effective account-based marketing & sales approach
  • Achieving individual annual sales targets (KPIs)
  • Conducting all sales activities to the highest standard; ability to hold compelling and engaging presentations
  • Ensuring clients are proactively led through each stage of the sales process
  • Reviewing and understanding project specifications, client requirements and expectations
  • Advising and consulting clients on most suitable ways to undertake projects (value-based selling)
  • Ensuring every upselling and/or cross selling opportunity has been identified and offered
  • Seek input of other sales and technical expertise within the sales and operations teams as and when required to ensure the levels of communication are always matched
  • Account management including growing and nurturing existing and past client accounts

Person Specification

Positive attitude - business sense:

  • Will see challenges as opportunities and develop a positive image of us to all prospects and the market
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and confidence to pursue opportunities independently


  • Will have excellent presentation and communication skills and will convey a positive sense of team spirit
  • Will be a pro-active and effective communicator, both verbal and written and a strong listener
  • Will build a strong relationship with all prospects with a consultative and value-based style of communication
  • Will be able to convey our unique selling points, benefits and competitive advantages in a compelling and clear manner


  • Will have the bigger picture (strategy/ KPIs) in mind and a commercial sense of which opportunities are viable, and which are not.


  • Industry/ Engineering background and technical know-how
  • Will be technology savvy and open to use new sales tools available
  • Will ensure all data entry into CRM is accurate and relevant
  • Familiar with using Social Media and other apps for business development and sales purposes


  • Self-motivated and self-starter
  • Target focused and commercially savvy
  • Well-connected within the target industries and sectors
  • Great listener and used to a consultative approach of selling
  • Client centric focus
  • Resilience and tenacity
  • Adaptable and able to handle several projects at once
  • Comfortable working in a small team
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to meet tight deadlines Confident and engaging presentation skills

If you have any questions about this role please email

Benefits of working at Plowman Craven

Plowman Craven is a great place to work and offers a range of competitive family friendly benefits including:

  • 25 Days Annual Leave - increasing to 30 days plus bank holidays
  • Performance related bonus
  • Professional membership & development
  • Salary sacrifice pension contribution scheme
  • Flexible/remote working (role dependent)
  • Travel loans & travel cards (Zone 1+2) for London-based roles
  • Access to fleet vehicles
  • Life assurance
  • Enhanced family friendly benefits
  • Healthcare benefits
  • Wellbeing & mental health programme
  • 50% discounted gym membership
  • Social activities organised throughout the year
  • Harpenden & London offices
  • Employee owned company held in a Trust for the benefit of employees
  • EOT profit sharing scheme

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