Business Development Manager (DACH)

Business Development Manager, Industrials DACH

Job Summary

  • Responsible for managing and growing business relationships with industrial corporations in DACH (Germany/Austria/Switzerland).  The DACH Industrials team is a high-revenue growth group, and this role will be expected to accelerate this growth by establishing, deepening and expanding relationships with new and existing client firms.
  • The Business Development Manager will be responsible for driving new business with diversified industrials, automotive, automotive suppliers and chemical companies in Gerson Lehrman Group’s (GLG’s) DACH region and will be based in the Munich office.

Successful candidates, once hired, will:

  • Have a thorough understanding of GLG’s value proposition
  • Be trained and supported in selling knowledge services to executives at industrial corporations
  • Identify, meet with, and close deals with executive clients


Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

The Business Development Manager will:

  • Develop a business plan and sales strategy for the region that executes against a high-revenue growth imperative and increased profitability;
  • Plan for and execute against a revenue target for a portfolio of clients and prospects;
  • Engage key constituents at clients as a thought partner, with a heavy focus on senior-level decision makers, in order to understand these clients’ work, differentiate the company’s brand, and tailor value proposition to these critical influencers;
  • Coordinate closely with colleagues across company teams, particularly with stakeholders on client servicing teams;
  • Provide real-time analysis of account activity, usage trends, and company development of new products
  • Key performance metrics for this role include performance to closed deals and revenue target, personal performance to target, effectiveness of senior-level client engagement, and adoption by clients of new products and systems. Candidates for this position should have a demonstrated ability to manage sophisticated B2B relationships.  Candidates should be comfortable articulating the value of our network, professional services, and client-facing software systems to clients.

An ideal candidate will have the following:

Qualified candidates will have:

  • 5-8 years of demonstrated success selling consulting or information services and solutions to corporations
  • 2-3 years’ experience in one of the top tier consulting companies
  • A Master’s degree, PhD is plus
  • Native German , Fluency in English Language
  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • A demonstrated ability to manage sophisticated B2B relationships
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively across teams and business units to achieve success
  • A willingness to travel and work among a global team of professionals
  • A demonstrated interest in the manufacturing or chemical industry; professional experience working with those firms is a plus

  • Candidates for this position must have a clear track record of excellence in several categories, including:
  • Leadership
  • A strong passion for persuasion – especially around complicated and intellectually challenging issues
  • A demonstrated ability to understand people and communicate clearly
  • Resilience / strength of character: the willingness to take risks and overcome failures
  • Teamwork and professionalism


More broadly, we seek bright, positive and flexible people who:

  • Are a strong team player
  • Act with the highest integrity and professionalism in all their endeavors
  • Lead others to do the same
  • Have creative and entrepreneurial mindset; are interested in helping to build a business and to be compensated according to performance
  • Have demonstrated ability and initiative to handle increasing responsibility over time

About GLG / Gerson Lehrman Group

GLG is the world's leading platform for professional learning. Business leaders, investors, consultants, social entrepreneurs, and other top professionals rely on GLG to learn in short- and long-term engagements from a membership of more than 500,000 experts. Clients partner with GLG to address their most complex strategic challenges, make better business decisions, and advance their careers through conversations, mentorships, small group convenings, surveys, and other interactions—all within a rigorous compliance framework. Global, technology-driven, and nimble, GLG’s 1,300 employees work in 22 offices in 12 countries.


We believe strongly in our mission- and values-driven culture. Our core values drive our success. They are: learning & curiosity, responsibility, courage, judgment, fresh perspective, service, and integrity.


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