Business Development Assistant

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 15 June 2018
  • Arlington, Virginia, United States
  • Closing on 15 July 2018

Job Description

The Assistant, Business Development (Assistant, BD) supports all aspects of the business development lifecycle from opportunity identification through proposal development by supporting specific pursuits and maintaining the infrastructure of Blumont’s new business apparatus. These responsibilities include a significant amount of coordination, collaboration, and timeline management in a dynamic team environment.

This position requires a high degree of organization with the ability to engage with colleagues across departments and at all levels of the organization, including senior leadership, to support business development systems, processes, and pursuits. The Assistant, BD is responsible for maintaining the customer relationship management (CRM)/BD database, preparing related reports, developing/maintaining content libraries, serving as coordinator on BD pursuits supporting the BD manager and technical lead, and proofing/formatting content of proposals and other deliverables prior to submission. This is an ideal opportunity for an entry level staffer to learn industry business development processes and practices while also developing a working knowledge of specific international development technical sectors.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Business intelligence gathering:
    • Conduct daily and weekly monitoring of business opportunities according to a define methodology, taking responsibility for data integrity and continuously improving efficiency and comprehensiveness
    • Conduct research on topics of interest that advance Blumont’s business and mission, including clients, thematic work, competitor and partner analyses, and geographic areas.
  • BD databases and reporting:
    • Support Blumont’s BD function to ensure that the CRM database and pipeline of opportunities are reviewed regularly, and that new information and notifications are updated in CRM
    • Monitor potential opportunities, update go/no-go reporting and ongoing project status
    • Support routine and ad-hoc BD reporting and meetings
    • Coordinate CRM database administration and change requests with IT; enact changes and data uploads; support end-user training
  • For specific BD opportunities:
    • Act as coordinator on specific opportunities, supporting the designated BD manager and technical lead during pre- and post-proposal phases to:
      • Compile and/or conduct assessment data or desk research, collect preliminary documentation, support recruitment, and other pre-proposal preparatory activities
      • Prepare proposal calendars and help monitor progress in meeting deadlines
      • Support analysis of solicitation requirements and creation of compliance matrices to ensure proposals meet all requirements and scope defined by clients
      • Serve as point of contact for subcontractors and teammates, including preparing and compiling data calls and other materials
      • Support writing of proposal sections, including staffing, past performance, and other supporting documentation; perform quality-control editing and proofreading
      • Help maintain proposal content library so that documentation and learnings are captured for future use
  • Successfully complete required corporate trainings and certifications including Risk Management and Security Policy and Protocol, Ethics and Compliance, and other required areas
  • Actively manage risk by identifying and reporting risks and incidents through Blumont’s Risk and Incident Management System
  • Understand and adhere to Blumont’s Ethics and Compliance standards
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university, or at least 2 years of related experience in marketing/sales/proposals, or some combination of relevant education and experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of other editing and publication software

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 1+ years of experience working in business development, specifically as a proposal assistant or coordinator
  • Exposure to relevant technical sector(s) in the field of international development
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse and multicultural teams
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Visio

Success Factors:

  • A persistent, positive attitude to problem-solving and proactive approach to tasks
  • Function well in a fast-paced, informal, team-focused environment where constant change is the norm and the bar for quality is set high
  • Detail-orientation with superb organizational skills and strong follow-through
  • Great ability to prioritize and manage schedules
  • Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works ethically and with integrity; upholds organizational values

Travel Requirements:

  • Potential for up to 10%

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work in normal office conditions.

About the Organization

Blumont, a charitable, non-profit, non-governmental organization, focuses its operations in regions of the world that present social, political and technical challenges. Blumont specializes in facilitating and supporting assistance that is tailored specifically to those most in need. Blumont works in collaboration with a wide range of organizations in the design and implementation of humanitarian relief and development aid programs, including U.S. and foreign government agencies, bilateral and international donor organizations, international finance organizations, faith-based organizations, advocacy groups, international and local NGOs, and U.S. corporations. Blumont's mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and provide tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. We accomplish our mission by implementing targeted cost-effective relief and development programs that improve the lives of these vulnerable groups

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