Business Development Manager - International Development Research and Survey Company

EDI Global (UK) Limited
£30,000 - £34,000
Depending on experience
Closing date: 18 December 2019
Job Type: Paid
Location: HIGH WYCOMBE - 30 minute commute from London
EDI Global is an international development data collection and research company. We are now seeking a passionate, dynamic and experienced professional to lead our business development activities and support the growth of our company.

EDI Global is a dynamic international development research company.  We have operations in the UK, Tanzania and Uganda, and since 2018, have been an independent operating subsidiary of  Mathematica Inc.   

We work with high profile international development partners including the World Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, IFAD and DFID in developing and implementing large scale socio-economic surveys around the world.  At EDI Global, we provide our clients with world class services, tools and innovations that enable the collection, analysis and use of high quality data.  The EDI Global team continually works to push the frontiers of information provision by combining academic rigour, local knowledge, commercial acumen and flexible cutting-edge design and technology utilising methodologies that ensure value for money for our clients.  At EDI Global, everything we do is focussed on the collection of the highest possible quality data to inform programme and policy to address critical development issues.  

EDI Global is a leader in electronic data collection through our data collection software suite, Surveybe, which was specifically developed to handle complex socio-economic multi-language surveys.  Through our Surveybe team we support clients all over the world with the preparation and implementation of surveys using CAPI technology.

We are currently seeking an experienced Business Development Manager (BDM) to play a lead role in facilitating, supporting and accelerating the continued growth of  EDI Global. The BDM will report to the Operations Director and will work closely with and support the EDI Global management team and board to identify and bid for new business, identify and plan our entry into new markets, whilst also working to build lasting relationships with clients and partners.

The BDM’s responsibilities will include:

  • Market Intelligence: Through a variety of means, obtain market intelligence to identify market trends and business opportunities to feed into business development planning; 
  • Bid Management:  Manage and coordinate all project bids for clients who include academic and research institutes, government agencies, philanthropic trusts and multilateral donors:
    • Identify and document potential bidding opportunities;
    • Coordinate and manage core standard proposal content;
    • Lead the preparation and submission of Expression of Interest documents;
    • Lead and coordinate the preparation of proposals in collaboration with the research team; and,
    • Track all active bidding opportunities and provide regular updates to EDI Global team members.
  • Business Development Training and Support:  Provide training and support to members of the EDI Global team in the UK and overseas in core BD related skills – from creating engaging outreach content to the preparation of winning proposals; 
  • Outreach Programme:
    • Manage and coordinate the development of engaging content for inclusion outreach materials (leaflets, newsletters etc);
    • Coordinate social media activities in partnership with the Mathematica/EDI Global Social media team; and,
    • Plan a programme of targeted outreach activities to current and potential research partners in order to build stronger relationships, better understand their specific needs and gain insight into their longer term plans.
  • New Markets:  Play a leading role in growing EDI Global’s business which will include the provision of a broader array of services as well as expansion into new countries and regions.  Identify potential new markets through in-depth research and client/competitor landscaping.  Having identified new markets for growth you will also play a leading role in the operational planning of each growth initiative;
  • Marketing: You will join the EDI Global marketing working group which coordinates all company wide branding, websites, social media activities and other marketing activities to ensure that all of these activities support the growth EDI Global.

The overall objective of the BDM will be to grow a secure and steady pipeline of business opportunities to support the growth of EDI Global and ultimately to have a positive impact on the company’s financial performance.

The applicant must possess a minimum of a Bachelor's degree preferably in related Social Sciences (but open to other fields), and:

  • 3-5 years relevant professional experience in a similar role, including experience in socio-economic research and international development, marketing and/or bid writing;
  • Experience working in the international development sector would be preferable;
  • Bachelors degree preferably in related Social Sciences;
  • Experience of using social media in a professional context and in the preparation of engaging content;
  • Proven organisational abilities and the ability to work effectively within teams with minimum supervision;
  • Maintain the highest levels of confidentiality;
  • Ability to manage multiple work streams;
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills;
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office; and,
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.

Working Arrangements:

The position is full time. The candidate would be based at EDI Global’s offices in High Wycombe town centre, a 30 minute commute from central London. 

In addition to all UK national holidays, we provide 20 days holiday per annum plus 3 additional days off over Christmas.  We also provide a cycle to work scheme, auto-enrolment pension, eyecare vouchers, regular social events and discretionary bonus.  In addition, we encourage flexible working arrangements for all staff after completion of a probation period.  The successful BDM candidate will also have the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally.  


Region: London and the southeast
Location: HIGH WYCOMBE - 30 minute commute from London
Sector: Consulting Funding Monitoring, evaluation and learning

Application notes

To apply please send an up‐to‐date curriculum vitae highlighting your relevant experience (of no more than 2 sides of A4) and a detailed statement (of no more than 1 side of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you suitable. Please indicate in your detailed statement when you are available to start work and where you heard about this vacancy.


Please send applications to [email protected] no later than 18th December 2019 at 9am (UTC).  Please make sure you include the title of the post you are applying for in the email subject. 

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