Business Development Manager - Value Led Role
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: London
Reference CGP10

Our client The Soap Co is England’s oldest social enterprise and most ethical beauty brand, they are looking to recruit for their next Business Development Associate / Manager. This is a fantastic purpose led role with a company that creates luxury skincare that does good. Ethical soaps, hand washes and hand lotions made by visually impaired or otherwise disabled.

Manufacturing award winning products, combined with responsible living and social purpose, they employ over 100 people - 80% of whom are blind disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. Their mission to to create social value extends through thier whole organisation, defining our recruitment, financial management, procurement, production and logistic processes.


Purpose of the Role

Enabling social value by fulfilling a vital role to maximise revenue and contribution. This will be achieved by establishing, maintaining and developing relationships with customers to generate income. As you drive us to successfully target new markets and win new customers, we will grow and our social value will increase through providing meaningful work for our 100+ staff.


Key responsibilities

  • Networking with people from a diverse range of industries

  • Creatively preparing for and pitching to new customers including creating assets and documents to support your pitch

  • Strengthening relationships with existing customers

  • Strengthening relationships with distributors and facilities management companies

  • Working closely with other teams to ensure quality customer centricity for your customers

  • Managing, coordinating and working with volunteers and interns

  • No cold calling!

What is required:

  • A commitment to social change

  • Resilience

  • An outgoing and confident personality

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact with people from all levels of seniority

  • Resourcefulness

  • Initiative

  • Enthusiasm 

  • The ability to learn quickly

  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritise workloads and meet deadlines


Person Specification / requirements

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Outgoing and confident

  • Within this role you will be responsible for leading meetings with key decision makers from some of the biggest companies in the world and independent London-based restaurants alike. In addition, a regular part of your role will be to attend networking events to seek opportunities for business development, represent our brands and advocate for our social mission. Confidence and an open-ness to meeting others is essential.

  • Ambitious, hard-working and driven

  • We are a small commercial team with big ambitions. Our team is made up of passionate people with real drive to create social value and help others into employment who otherwise might not have had the opportunity. In order to create these employment opportunities, you will aim to fulfil ambitious targets and generate as much revenue for the organisation as possible. The ability to self-motivate is very important as is a can-do attitude and desire to get stuck in.

  • Organised and able to prioritise your own work within deadlines

  • We are a busy team who are always at events and meetings, so you are responsible for managing your own diary and keeping to deadlines.

  • Keen to work in Social Enterprise

  • Many of our team want to use their commercial-mindedness for good and to support others. You will excel in a role that requires striking a careful balance between operating as a regular business and as a charity. You will be passionate about helping others and protecting the environment and keen to use business as a means to do so.

  • Good with numbers, problem solving and thinking on their feet

  • Your role within the commercial team will involve regular commercial calculations (such as VAT) as well as other pricing-related calculations. As a key member of the commercial management team, you will need to be able to solve problems quickly and effectively.

  • You will work alone a lot of the time so the ability to think on your feet is imperative.


If you would like to apply for this role, please email a copy of your CV to Kate Evans, quoting reference number CGP10 (ideally include a cover letter but not essential) as soon as you can.


We look forward to hearing from you.