What does a Business Development Associate do?

Business development associates help companies seeking to boost their growth and sales by conducting market research, developing business strategies, building client relationships, and identifying new business opportunities. They strive to attract new clients and build solid relationships while maintaining existing relationships. As experts in a company's vision and its mission, they seek to accomplish set goals and objectives by cultivating strong relationships with new clients and maintaining existing client relationships.

Business development associates conduct market research to identify potential new clients, and work closely with staff across all departments to implement agreed-upon growth strategies. They develop and implement sales strategies, client service and retention plans, and analyze sales data to inform or update the company’s marketing strategies. They draft business plans, sales pitches, presentations, reference material, and other outreach documents if needed and identify new business opportunities and partners through their research. Business development associates need a minimum bachelor's degree in business management, marketing, related fields, and one-to-two years of relevant work experience in business development or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Business Development Associate jobs?
  • Follow up with tax, accounting, and others on new structure and new product opportunities.
  • Track the results of and collect feedback for new business pursuits.
  • Responsible for timely and accurate audits, expense tracking and budget management.
  • Oversee final production and delivery of proposals, pitches, and presentations.
  • Provide insight and input on planned giving marketing initiatives.
  • Work closely with philanthropy operations to develop strategies for stewardship of planned gift donors.
  • Stay up to date with marketing content and sales messaging.
  • Develop and present proposals tailored to each individual client's specific needs.
  • Ensure outstanding customer service through regular client follow up.
  • Maintain a schedule of professional training in the areas of estate planning and gift planning program trends.
What are the typical qualifications for Business Development Associate jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business, engineering, or computer science.
  • Strong command of English language and good communication skills.
  • Strong leadership, time management, and critical thinking skills.
  • Requires careful attention to detail.
  • Able to maintain a strong work ethic and positive attitude.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Business Development Associate Salaries

Average Base Pay

$3,750 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$3K
Median: $4K
$5K
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Business Development Associate Career Path

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L2
Business Development Associate
$61,500/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
29%
2 - 4
53%
5 - 7
6%
8+
12%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Business Development Associate Insights

Read what Business Development Associate professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
RepeatMDRepeatMD
Business Development Representative
16 Nov 2021

“First and foremost this is the most positive and personal development driven company I have ever worked for.”

TerraCycleTerraCycle
Business Development Associate
30 Jul 2021

“Pay isn't great and they didn't let me negotiate my salary when I interviewed”

AvesdoAvesdo
Business Development Representative
10 Feb 2022

“Establishing and maintaining a good work/life balance is critical there is never a shortage of work and projects”

ProcurifyProcurify
Business Development Representative
5 Jan 2020

“You get to work with great people who genuinely want to get to know you.”

Auvik NetworksAuvik Networks
Business Development Representative
31 Mar 2020

“Director level in this department is unable to take constructive criticism and is simply unprofessional.”

StordStord
Business Development Representative
11 Jun 2021

“I have enjoyed my experience and would recommend STORD to any professional looking to grow their career.”

IroncladIronclad
Business Development Representative
12 May 2021

“One of my favorite things about working at Ironclad is how connected and friendly everyone is.”

AndelaAndela
Business Development Representative
6 May 2022

“I enjoyed working here because they provide you with a laptop and the compensation is good.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Business Development Associate

When working as a Business Development Associate, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Microsoft Office Suite, Prospects, CRM and Time Management.

The most similar professions to Business Development Associate are:
  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Developer
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative

The most common qualifications to become a Business Development Associate is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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