Business Development Director – Europe

QS is a global leader in higher education services. We offer student recruitment solutions, data analytics and insight, consultancy, and intelligence to thousands of university clients across the world. QS publishes a range of highly visible and influential rankings of international universities including the QS World University Rankings® which reaches a global audience of hundreds of millions of people, and The International Student Survey, the world’s largest survey of prospective international students.

Our Enrolment Solutions division is an internationally established, market-leading provider of technology, marketing and managed services to higher education institutions in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia.
We provide market research, data analysis and industry benchmarking; lead scoring and marketing nurture programs; enquiry management and application services; application assessment and admissions management. We have strong global assets and growth prospects, and we are currently both enhancing our existing business models and nurturing new revenue streams. QS has grown both organically and through acquisition; and through carefully targeted recruitment of top talent across key regions.


The Role:

The Business Development Director for the UK & Europe business will become a key member of the QS Enrolment Solutions sales team and will be responsible for driving revenue growth through new sales opportunities in Europe.


The key functions of this role:

  • To achieve and exceed new business development growth targets
  • To lead and drive new business growth from new customers and prospects in Europe
  • Execute across the full sales cycle from territory planning, prospecting, opportunity qualification, face to face meetings, presenting and pitching, managing RFPs/Tenders and negotiating contracts.


Key responsibilities:

  • Grow, monitor and maintain an accurate sales pipeline
  • Maintain a network of contacts at various levels including senior positions (director and above including Pro Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor)
  • Assess the competitive environment and define a strategy to maximise growth and profitability within your target prospects
  • Provide accurate and timely reports as required by the Commercial Director
  • Ensure compliance with sales governance processes and procedures
  • Achieve individual sales target and over-achieve financial and non-financial key business objectives set by the company both at an individual level and a team level
  • Execute your sales strategy towards the achievement of those revenue targets and set objectives within your own targeted prospects and territory
  • Accurate weekly, monthly and quarterly forecasting for opportunities by pipeline and revenue figures through Netsuite
  • Create and deliver exemplary tender/new business/sales/pricing proposals and commercial models
  • New prospect generation and follow-up activity, including ‘cold calling’, setting of appointments and meetings, presentations, commercial and contractual negotiation and closure.
  • Ensure all sales activity is recorded within Netsuite
  • Delivery of sales presentations
  • To liaise and work closely with the management team to improve the business’ service by communicating issues and new opportunities identified during client visits
  • Liaise with other QS business units as appropriate including developing and managing cross-functional relationships and virtual teams where necessary
  • Attend conferences, exhibitions and public speaking engagements acting as the ambassador for QS Enrolment Solutions
  • Have relentless focus on customer satisfaction


Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of higher education and the student recruitment sector highly desirable
  • Highly experienced and technically proficient in selling services and solutions
  • Exceptional client liaison skills
  • Strong financial, commercial and contract negotiation skills
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills
  • Ability to deliver results, meet deadlines and manage time effectively
  • Knowledge of Netsuite (or similar) would be advantageous


Personal Attributes:

  • A relentless focus on activity, pipeline, governance and closure
  • A high level of initiative and ability to work independently
  • A high standard of written and communication skills as well as strong attention to detail
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • A high standard of business and commercial acumen
  • Ability to perform well under pressure


Experience Required:

  • Minimum of three years proven history of successfully meeting and exceeding new business sales and growth targets within a dynamic sales environment
  • Experience of selling technology and software services and solutions highly desirable


Education and qualifications:

  • Educated to degree/HND level in a relevant subject
  • Strong Microsoft skills
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Fluency in relevant European languages is highly desirable


This is not an exhaustive list and you will be expected to be flexible in your approach to carrying out your duties, that may change from time to time to reflect changes in the Company’s circumstances. This will include covering for your colleagues as required. The Company therefore reserves the right to vary the job description in consultation with you.


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