Business Development Manager

Why aql?

At aql, we believe a connected society is a better society. A career with us will place you at the heart of a thriving workplace community, (em)powering people across the world.

We’re a group of techies, creatives and everything in between, and we’re always looking for talented people to join our growing team in the heart of the thriving South Bank, Leeds. We’re soon to be surrounded by a 6 acre city park and our HQ will become the focal point.

We innovate and break things; doing things other companies don’t do – details of which you can find on aql.com/blog. In other words, aql isn’t your average company and our people aren’t average either.

We want to be excited about coming to work and we want to make a difference. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Key values:

  • Collaboration: Above all, we believe in and succeed through collaboration. It’s at the heart of who we are, we support each other in order to succeed.
  • Knowledge: With collaboration comes a sharing of knowledge. We are always learning, growing and evolving in order to continue to deliver the best possible service for our customers. As one of the team, you will have the opportunity to work alongside leading experts in their field, with a wealth of experience to share.
  • Innovation: We strive to accelerate progress by taking an imaginative and original approach to all we do.
  • Trust: We have a culture of transparency, communication and respect, ensuring our relationships with employees, teams and customer partnerships are built on trust and integrity. We embrace change, diversity and the opinions and ideas of others.
  • Impact: Not only are we driven to innovate, but we are mindful of doing this in a way which gives back to our planet and environment. From protecting ancient woodland to designing heat-sharing schemes for our datacentres – we believe in being “more good” rather than “less bad”.

Job role, duties & responsibilities:

We provide services to many UK telecommunications operators and to thousands of other organisations, such as retail and government, from our sites in central Leeds.

As our Business Development Manager, reporting to the Customer Experience Director, you will be responsible for identifying, engaging and securing new business opportunities, in line with the Company’s strategic and financial targets.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Spotting and procuring new business in line with aql strategy.
  • Establishing, maintaining and nurturing effective relationships with new clients.
  • Creating and delivering professional, high-quality presentations, proposals and negotiations.
  • Accurate analysis and reporting of progress, profitability and prospects to senior management.
  • Ensuring the timely and successful delivery of our solutions according to customer needs and objectives.
  • Forecasting and tracking key account metrics.
    Assisting and owning customer requests or issuing escalations as needed.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

The successful candidate will be ambitious and target driven, and able to demonstrate exceptional achievement in business development and sales. You will be skilled at turning prospects into long-standing, loyal accounts, and possess excellent influencing and negotiating abilities. As well as a first-class communicator and relationship builder, you will be customer focused and able to work collaboratively across the business. You will have outstanding negotiating, presentation and networking skills, with a background in the tech/telecoms industry.

Stuff:

  • Convenient location in South Bank, a five-minute walk from the station
  • Free on-site gym
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free fruit
  • Free payday company breakfast
  • Free table tennis and table football
  • Free monthly socials
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Annual travel pass scheme