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Work with SDP: Business Development Officer Wanted!

Supplier Development Programme logoAre you a self-motivated and enthusiastic team player, who has in-depth knowledge of business development, B2B service sales and customer service, project management and co-ordination skills? We want to hear for you! The Supplier Development Programme is looking to expand our micro team with a new Business Development Officer.

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) is a Local Authority Partnership Programme established to offer small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to grow and diversity through procurement. SDP aims to assist SMEs performance in winning contracts in the public sector by providing information, support and training events to help unravel the tendering process - and we are much more than a training programme.

In the new Business Development Officer role, your main responsibilities will be to work with the Programme Manager to engage and introduce new public sector organisations and primary contractors in the private sector to paid, official membership of the Supplier Development Programme, as well as taking up sponsorship and exhibitions in SDP’s largescale annual Meet the Buyer events.

In addition to building contacts with potential organisations, sectors and projects to create new business opportunities, you will write business membership proposals, maintain knowledge of all service offerings and workings of SDP, arrange and conduct meetings with prospective organisations and existing stakeholders and partners, and provide on-going membership services to new and existing SDP membership organisations in conjunction with the full SDP team.

Are you the right candidate for the job?

The candidate will have well developed and comprehensive IT skills, with the ability to create and produce reports on activities delivered and ideally experience of using a website content management system. You will be a good communicator, able to support the Programme Manager by networking effectively to further develop strong working relationships the Local Authority partners, Scottish Government, Business Support Agencies and procurement bodies. You must clearly demonstrate the ability to manage multiple stakeholders of varying seniority.

Where will you be based?

The Supplier Development Programme is hosted by South Lanarkshire Council on behalf of all 32 Scottish local authorities. During the pandemic, the SDP Team has been working remotely and therefore, consideration and support on flexible working arrangements will be given to the successful applicant.

Next Steps

If you are interested in applying for the position of Business Development Officer with the Supplier Development Programme, please apply by 18 August 2021 on the myjobscotland website.

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