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Business Development Manager, Economist Impact

Company Name: The Economist Group
Employment Type:Full Time
Location: Dubai
Experience: 2-5 years
Degree: Bachelor
Nationality: Any
No. Of Vacancies:1
Job Description:
Economist Impact combines the rigour of a think-tank with the creativity of a media brand to engage an influential global audience. We partner with corporations, foundations, NGOs and governments across big themes including sustainability, health and the changing shape of globalisation to catalyse change and enable progress.
 With the power of The Economist Group behind it, Economist Impact crafts bespoke partnerships using a potent portfolio of capabilities including:
policy research and insights
branded content
media & advertising
design thinking and data visualisation
global and bespoke events
Currently we are seeking a Business Development Manager to join our Impact Sales team in Dubai.  In this role you will grow incremental revenue across the portfolio and develop relationships with client and agency stakeholders to understand their marketing needs and identify opportunities for The Economist Group.
How you will contribute:
Have a deep understanding of, and experience with major media trends, including but not limited to Advertising, Content Marketing, Thought-Leadership, Public Policy, Digital Apps and Video
Ability to confidently and persuasively convey the merits of Economist Impact capabilities to clients and prospects in all written and verbal communications while maintaining the high quality and professional image of The Economist Group.
Have a deep understanding of senior-level business decision-makers and their media and purchasing habits 
Identify and build Impact Partnerships with key accounts (multi-year programmes)
Be adept at building strategic programs for clients and agencies
Focus on growing Economist Impact market share across media, content and research solutions
Develop and foster strong relationships with key accounts and enhance focus on advertising agencies to maintain Economist Impacts position as a high quality and valued brand partner
Foster effective teamwork with local and global sales and marketing teams
Effectively manage all aspects of your given business (territory) – understanding your clients business, building & managing relationships, and understanding the competitive set
Develop a client strategy for select key accounts, meeting and exceeding quarterly, and annual revenue targets across all platforms
Maximize revenues/share from existing accounts while pro-actively seeking out and converting new business on a consistent basis
Report and forecast sales revenue on a regular basis, revenues against quarterly and annual targets, market share, and managing expenses & travel budgets
Adhere to business directives required by management as well as maintaining an accurate and up-to-date sales database
Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for this role are:
Proven sales and/or media agency experience along with BS / BA degree
A demonstrated understanding of how integrated marketing can support corporate communications, strategy and advertising campaigns
An ability and willingness to cold call and secure meetings with prospects and a strong consultative sales approach
Ability to be a change agent and adapt positively to changes in strategy, methodology, and responsibilities
Learning agility and confidence to take responsibility for your own development and support the development of others through the sharing of knowledge and expertise
Strong collaboration skills and the ability to build and maintain productive business/professional relationships
Understands market trends, business drivers, and changing customer preferences 
Experience in structuring integrated programs including research and custom content
Strong knowledge of Excel, Word, Power-Point, contact management Software (Salesforce)
A results driven, motivated and enthusiastic commitment to succeed, and passion for The Economist Group brands
Creativity and ability to generate advertising solutions with a strong attention to detail
Ability to influence and communicate with colleagues in other offices, both nationally and internationally
Strong written and verbal communication skills

The Economist Group values diversity. We are committed to equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome applicants regardless of ethnic origin, national origin, gender, gender identity, race, colour, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation , age or marital status.