Director, Business Development (Emerging Markets Group)

Herndon, VA
Work Type: Hybrid
  • Job Category: Sales, Business Development & Related
  • Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
  • Clearance: Not Applicable
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Req ID: AKI04958

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Job Summary:

Akimais seeking a dynamic, innovative, experienced IT Business Development Executive in support of its Emerging Markets Group (EMG). Reporting to the Vice President of Business Development for EMG, the candidate will be responsible for formulating and executing strategy, developing and qualifying the pipeline to support the pursuit of new information technology and related business services, adhering to the Akima, LLC corporate policies and procedures. The candidate must have demonstrable experience generating new business opportunities and forming new business relationships, knowledge of the contractual requirements of the industry, and a track record of proven results. Responsibilities include full opportunity lifecycle management to include identification and qualification of opportunities, development and maintenance of the opportunity pipeline, development of customer-focused solutions, development and maintenance of customer relationships, and working with executive staff to obtain opportunity pursuit approvals. Additional responsibilities include supporting the development of strong proposals and driving revenues that exceed assigned revenue targets.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Formulating and executing strategy, pipeline development, and other activities to win new business across accounts.

  • Ensuring that Akima is viewed as a key partner across multiple markets and helping position Akima favorably in the eyes of both the customer and teaming partners.

  • Owning the development and execution of an account strategy and pipeline while making recommendations for modifications when necessary

  • Identifying opportunities with high Pwin potential, qualifying opportunities and working with our capture and delivery teams to win

  • Leading teams to develop and deliver on a pipeline of opportunities that align with Akima’s growth market of IT Solutions and Technology Services such as DevSecOps, Cloud Engineering, Cybersecurity, AI, and Data Analytics

  • Overseeing the development and execution of customer call plans for opportunities, assessing the competitive landscape, and applying knowledge of leading competitors to foster the development and implementation of an effective and differentiated win strategy.

  • Coaching others and providing business development advice to delivery leads as necessary.

  • Aiding in the negotiation of teaming agreements, contracts, and proposal development

  • Developing and briefing bid/no-bid recommendations, pursuit and capture strategies for new business opportunities; and associated business cases for advancing opportunities that will grow the business base.

  • Using strong client management skills, including the ability to develop and maintain lasting relationships with government and industry partners through daily interactions across all PMO markets to gain valuable intelligence and insights and subsequently position Akima as a trusted partner to customers.

  • Managing responses to government market research inquiries (e.g. RFIs, Sources Sought Notices, etc.), attend industry events and participate in thought leadership initiatives.

  • Shaping acquisition strategies by leveraging client relationships, company capabilities and experience, partners, and contracting vehicles

  • Delivering presentations and communicating to internal and external audiences

  • Supporting the Capture Manager for large strategic bids ($50M to $200M in Total Contract Value) including the development of solutions and win strategies; developing and executing capture plans based on established internal processes and tools; and advancement of pro.

Minimum Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree required with a preference for scientific, engineering or business discipline; advanced degree highly desired.

  • 10 years of government business development and capture experience with demonstrated success developing a qualified new business pipeline and winning new business.

  • Strong familiarity with federal acquisition regulations, policies, and contract vehicles strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated success in identifying, qualifying and helping organizations win contracts >$50M.

  • Ability to identify key growth areas and develop new IT business aligned with the company's growth strategy and campaigns.

  • Ability to lead interdisciplinary teams with varying levels of experience.

  • Knowledge of Government contracting and current IT acquisition trends and customer buying behaviors

  • Knowledge of competitors and the ability to model competitor behaviors in the market.

  • Strong contract management, negotiation & influencing skills.

  • Ability to present and communicate effectively at senior levels.

  • Problem solving & decision making.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to manage customer relationships to maximize business opportunities.

  • Ability to travel as business dictates.

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