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How to be a business development manager

Lennie Higgs, recruitment director at CVUK, tells you how to land a role as a business development manager at an online indie portal such as Farfetch.

“Most business development managers have worked their way up through a company, very often starting out in a broad role. To be successful in this position you need to have exceptional communication and influencing skills to build relationships with new partner boutiques and further develop existing ones.

There is an element of being in the right place at the right time to find yourself in this role, however any qualifications in fashion and or business would certainly benefit, but the best training is on the job.

To really progress in this field you need to demonstrate real resilience, be very organised to plan your busy diary and have a real desire and passion for your brand by being a brand ambassador. Alongside this you will be willing to spend periods of time on the road travelling and be constantly researching new markets and partners.  Hard work and passion for what you do is essential, and a real plus would be any additional languages to help you engage in new territories quickly.

In return you will travel the world, meet a wonderful array of talented people and be a key player in driving your brands presence in their market.

Salary expectations £30,000 to £35,000.”

Click here to read our profile on Farfetch’s business development manager Lisa Blakeley.

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