What does a Business Development Associate do?

Business development associates help companies seeking to boost their growth and sales by conducting market research, developing business strategies, building client relationships, and identifying new business opportunities. They strive to attract new clients and build solid relationships while maintaining existing relationships. As experts in a company's vision and its mission, they seek to accomplish set goals and objectives by cultivating strong relationships with new clients and maintaining existing client relationships.

Business development associates conduct market research to identify potential new clients, and work closely with staff across all departments to implement agreed-upon growth strategies. They develop and implement sales strategies, client service and retention plans, and analyze sales data to inform or update the company’s marketing strategies. They draft business plans, sales pitches, presentations, reference material, and other outreach documents if needed and identify new business opportunities and partners through their research. Business development associates need a minimum bachelor's degree in business management, marketing, related fields, and one-to-two years of relevant work experience in business development or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Business Development Associate jobs?
  • Follow up with tax, accounting, and others on new structure and new product opportunities.
  • Track the results of and collect feedback for new business pursuits.
  • Responsible for timely and accurate audits, expense tracking and budget management.
  • Oversee final production and delivery of proposals, pitches, and presentations.
  • Provide insight and input on planned giving marketing initiatives.
  • Work closely with philanthropy operations to develop strategies for stewardship of planned gift donors.
  • Stay up to date with marketing content and sales messaging.
  • Develop and present proposals tailored to each individual client's specific needs.
  • Ensure outstanding customer service through regular client follow up.
  • Maintain a schedule of professional training in the areas of estate planning and gift planning program trends.
What are the typical qualifications for Business Development Associate jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business, engineering, or computer science.
  • Strong command of English language and good communication skills.
  • Strong leadership, time management, and critical thinking skills.
  • Requires careful attention to detail.
  • Able to maintain a strong work ethic and positive attitude.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Business Development Associate make?

Confident
$88,074 /yr
Total Pay
$55,604
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$32,470
 /yr

Additional Pay

$88,074

 / yr
$43K$318K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Business Development Associate Career Path

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L2
Business Development Associate
$88,074/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
29%
2 - 4
53%
5 - 7
6%
8+
12%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Read what Business Development Associate professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
RepeatMDRepeatMD
Business Development Representative
Nov 16, 2021

“First and foremost this is the most positive and personal development driven company I have ever worked for.”

AvesdoAvesdo
Business Development Representative
Feb 10, 2022

“Establishing and maintaining a good work/life balance is critical there is never a shortage of work and projects”

TerraCycleTerraCycle
Business Development Associate
Jul 30, 2021

“Pay isn't great and they didn't let me negotiate my salary when I interviewed”

StordStord
Business Development Representative
Jun 11, 2021

“I have enjoyed my experience and would recommend STORD to any professional looking to grow their career.”

Auvik NetworksAuvik Networks
Business Development Representative
Mar 31, 2020

“Director level in this department is unable to take constructive criticism and is simply unprofessional.”

Managed Markets Insight & TechnologyManaged Markets Insight & Technology
Business Development Representative
Aug 20, 2020

“There is constant encouragement and recognition for good work and that is what helps to inspire others.”

Partnerships for Finance and Development Group
Business Development Associate
Sep 15, 2021

“Good opportunity to build your experience advising clients and learn more/get exposure to international development.”

Bridger Consulting GroupBridger Consulting Group
Senior Business Development Associate
Jun 27, 2022

“Great place to grow and I got to choose the path that was best for me.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Business Development Associate

When working as a Business Development Associate, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Microsoft Office Suite, Prospects, CRM, and Time Management.

The most similar professions to Business Development Associate are:
  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Developer
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative

The most common qualifications to become a Business Development Associate include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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