Free Business Development CV template in MS Word

This very attractive business themed CV template uses a bold introduction with a huge focus on skills, before splitting into a two column breakdown of work history, education, professional memberships and interests. We've used the highly creative Sports TFB font to illustrate the interests section, although this is of course optional. A very clean and stylish template that's easy to customise, no matter what job role you're applying for.
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  • CV ref: #177
  • File size: 22kb
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: Business-Development-CV-template.docx
  • Fonts required: Open Sans, Sports TFB (both free)
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Andrew Smith | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

11, Old Street, The Town, City, NG1 234
(01949) 123456 – andrewsmith@aol.com

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I am an experienced Business Development Executive with a proven track record of increasing sales for some of the UK’s leading brands. I am competent in preparing and executing business action plans to ensure that every opportunity to promote the products and to increase sales and profit has been maximised. I am looking for a Business Development post within a growing SME.

KEY SKILLS

  • Proven sales experience.
  • Motivated, tenacious and excited about development and progression.
  • Commercially minded.
  • Fantastic communication skills and relationship building.
  • Commercially astute with previous ownership of P&L.
  • Proven ability to work independently and to deadlines.
  • Excellent time-keeping.
  • Great organisational skills
  • Proven strong work ethic, simply passionate about doing a great job!
  • Full UK Driving Licence.
  • Well-presented and well spoken.
  • Native English speaker, fluent in French and German.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, multi-task and prioritise.
  • Goal-oriented, entrepreneurial, proactive.
  • Experience of Salesforce and other CRM systems.
  • Key account management training and experience.
  • Microsoft office 365 proficient
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups.
  • Demonstrated teamwork, communication (written and verbal), and organisational skills.
  • Meticulous with excellent attention to detail.

WORK HISTORY

2014 – Date Business Development Executive

XYZ Motors Ltd, Nottingham Road, Derby

  • Leading the discussions with new clients to understand their requirements, managing client expectations, optimising client relationships;
  • Developing and coordinating efficient commercial transaction processes including proposals, pricing and contracting;
  • Identifying and contacting prospective customers and building positive relationships to generate future sales and repeat business. Using different modes of contacting including emails, telephone and skype calls, personal visits;
  • Contacting clients with standard inquiries (i.e. clarifying baseline price / quote information, proposal delivery logistics, etc);
  • Actively participating in achieving annual sales targets;
  • Reviewing price/quote requests to ensure initial understanding of client requirements and assisting CEO with managing various aspects of quote, proposal and RFI (request for information) development for assigned opportunities;
  • Ensuring timely and consistent delivery of assigned proposals to clients.

2011 – 2014 Business Development Executive

ABC Foods Ltd, Nottingham Road, Derby

  • Participating in the development of marketing tools;
  • Participating in specific industry trade shows and meetings;
  • Actively participating in business intelligence: keeping awareness to any new relevant information allowing to optimise the company competitive edge;
  • Responsible for designing and delivering key elements of the promotional plan to strengthen the company’s position in a highly competitive market;
  • Ensuring timely and consistent delivery of assigned proposals to clients;
  • Performing data entry into databases, as appropriate (e.g. updates, proposal number requests and generating both regularly scheduled and impromptu reports).

EDUCATION

2007 – 2009 Degree in Business Studies (Upper Second Class Honours)
Lincoln University

2005 – 2007 A Level English (B), Maths (C), Computer Science (C), Art (C)
Lincoln College

2001 – 2005 9 GCSEs grade C and above including English (B) and Maths (B)
Lincoln Comprehensive

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Since 2017 Institute of Sales Management (ISM)
Full member

Since 2015 National Business Development Association (NBDA)
Full member

INTERESTS

When I am not at work, I love visiting the gym, rowing, running, hiking, abseiling, playing tennis and spending time with my family.

REFERENCES

Jim Bowen
XYZ Motors Ltd, Nottingham Road, Derby
Jim.bowen@xyzmotors.co.uk
(01332) 123456

Tim Smith
ABC Foods Ltd,
tim.smith@abcfoods.co.uk
(01332) 123457

Template details:

This is a super smart two page CV template perfect for a business development executive, manager or assistant. As always, the content is simply an example and the template would suit a very wide range of roles and industries.

Here’s page two of this business development CV template:

Business development CV template - page 2

Fonts used:

The Sports TFB font is optional, but is required if you would like to add the icons over the ‘interests’ section for this CV – https://www.dafont.com/sports-tfb.font – you can change up the sports characters for each section by choosing different letters from the font.

The worst mistake you can make on your business development CV

In today’s competitive job market you can’t afford to make any mistakes on your CV if you want to hear back from the employer. But we all know that spelling and formatting errors are a no go – so what’s the worst mistake you can make on your CV?

One of the main reasons why an employer rejects a candidate is because they have exaggerated on their CV. This can be in any number of ways from their work history, skills, and even qualifications.

Although the employer wants you to showcase your very best attributes, some candidates go too far and embellish most of their achievements.

When it comes to writing a CV, honesty is always the best way to go. An employer may be easily impressed with your embellished skills and work experience, but in most cases you’ll be caught out resulting in wasting both yours and the employer’s time.

There is nothing wrong with putting a positive spin on everything you’ve achieved and making sure your skills and talents are showcased in the very best possible light, but there is difference to creating an accurate and honest CV and actually telling falsehoods and deceiving the employer.

What can go wrong? 

If you make it through to the interview stage you are still not home and dry when it comes to fibbing on your CV. Now faced with being grilled about how you’d like to work for the company and what you have to offer, your falsehoods will now be put to the test and an employer will easily catch you out.

It’s very easy to make the interview flow when you are talking about your real skills and achievements, but when attempting to answer questions about aspects of your career that are not true, you are likely to stumble and fail.

Having such an impressive CV will leave the employer feeling disappointed when not able to deliver the goods in the interview, and everything up until this point has been a waste of time – and you’re now back to square one!

What if I get the job? 

If you manage to deceive the employer and get the job, you are now even more likely to get caught as your claims are now going to be put to the test. If your performance is poor it will only be a matter of time before you’re job hunting again, and when the manager assumes you are going to work to a certain level, you could leave them very disappointed.

Will honesty get me the job? 

Yes, if you put faith into what you’ve achieved and write a fantastic CV to showcase your talents, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. There is never a need to embellish, exaggerate, or even lie on your CV to get a job. Honesty and integrity is more important to an employer and will benefit you both in the long run.

Rather than look for ways of embellishing your CV you should focus all of your attention into making it look professional, easy to navigate, and relevant to the employer.

Always tailor your CV to the role to ensure the hiring manager sees exactly what they’re looking for at a glance.  Here’s how to tailor your CV to the role.

Top tip: include a professional membership on your business development CV

Being a member of a professional organisation can help demonstrate a passion for your industry. For business development professionals, the following organisations may be of interest:

About Jen Wiss-Carline

Jen Wiss-Carline has been a Senior Manager and Consultant for several sizeable companies which included dealing with all aspects of staff management and recruitment. She is also a Solicitor and Chartered Legal Executive, having been admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.

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