Business Development Specialist

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 August 2019
  • Arlington, Virginia, United States
  • Closing on 21 September 2019
  • Current

Job Description

The Business Development Specialist (BDS) leads tactical and smaller-scale pursuits, in which s/he is responsible for delivery of full life cycle of business development activities, including capture planning, strategy, and value propositions; and proposal management.

The BDS will refine and execute win strategies through leading capture efforts, effective teaming, staffing and pricing strategies. The BDS advances assigned opportunities through the capture lifecycle to increase the probability of win and develops winning proposals.

The BDS will lead capture and proposal efforts as assigned by the VP of Growth.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Lead capture and proposal efforts to secure new or support re-compete business opportunities as assigned.
    • Lead and integrate an assigned cross-functional pursuit team
    • Develop and manage capture budget; plan resources and schedules for capture and proposal plans; and develop proposals including reviews and submission
    • Develop capture strategy, competitive assessments and competitor analysis, capture plan, teaming, and price-to-win
    • Develop and execute contact plans, including detailed reports for follow-up activities.
    • Meet with customers, competitors, and partners to develop insight on requirements, acquisition strategy, acquisition timing, and contract vehicle choices, in order to develop win strategies for assigned opportunities
    • Coordinate timely production and submission of proposals, concept papers, and related correspondence to funder to include project management plans, basis of effort development, technical volumes, past performance and staffing plans, required forms, etc.
    • Develop proposal timelines, templates, and teams that deliver high-quality proposals on time and efficiently. Assure compliance with timelines, and ensure effective and ongoing communication
    • Draft, edit and synthesize proposal content, ensuring appropriate linkages among programmatic approaches, performance monitoring plan, staffing, management, capacity and past performance statements, work-plan timelines, and branding plans. Incorporate compelling win strategies in proposal narratives, pricing, and other elements. Draw on market and competitor analysis plus thorough knowledge of CRDF Global capabilities and experience.
    • Create and deliver presentations for CRDF Global gate reviews
  • Participate in business development and capture planning activities, to include periodic pipeline reviews, briefing capture status to senior management at specified milestones in the capture process and when material changes occur
  • Meet regularly and collaborate with Growth department colleagues and other non-Growth staff in planning sessions to achieve Growth objectives, to ensure adherence to the capture process, and to represent Growth as appropriate at internal meetings
  • Conduct after action reviews for business opportunity capture participants to document lessons learned and identify necessary adjustments to capture technique, strategy, and actions
  • Record and track contacts, leads, and opportunities in Salesforce
  • 3 to 6 years of experience in business development and contract negotiations with an understanding of the process (Request for Information, Request for Proposals, etc.) to capture grant and contract vehicles
  • 2 to 3 years of experience in international business or a related field
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, preferred in Business or related area;
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Familiarity and experience with U.S. government RFP websites and grant management systems, including FBO,, and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and adapt quickly to new challenges, ability to take initiative and work independently with strong organization and time management skills
  • Excellent critical thinking and analysis, planning, and problem solving skills
  • Close attention to detail and the ability to work under the pressure of deadlines.
  • Excellent and effective written and oral communications skills and the ability to interact with a wide range of individuals from varied backgrounds at all levels within their organizations
  • Ability to prepare and report through concise Powerpoint presentations
  • U.S. work authorization is required

CRDF Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). CRDF Global provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran or disabled status.

CRDF Global offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

About the Organization

Founded in 1995, CRDF Global is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, training, and services. Based in Arlington, Virginia with offices in the Eurasia and MENA regions, CRDF Global works with more than 40 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Eurasia, and Asia. We specialize in bringing isolated scientific communities into the scientific mainstream through a variety of science engagement and capacity-building programs. CRDF Global encourages science cooperation between countries where official relations are strained.

CRDF Global believes that the world’s scientists and innovators must work together to help solve today’s global challenges in such areas as global health; nuclear, biological and chemical security, and water, food, energy nexus. Through collaboration, scientists and innovators also enhance international understanding that can help to improve relations between countries. Our distinction lies in our ability to offer programs that empower grantees at every stage of science and tech innovation combined with our deep understanding of international grant and financial management processes.

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