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Business Development Manager at IITA Business Incubation Platform



IITA Business Incubation Platform – AgriServe is part of the Business Incubation Platform of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA-BIP) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Established in 2013 as the business platform of IITA, IITA-BIP links to research for development (R4D), commercialization and capacity development through the establishment of full-scale production facilities, the creation of supply chain models and raw materials processing for various crops, intended for adoption and replication by the private sector. It also serves to stimulate product development, provides expertise and training in commercial agriculture and farm management, and market expansion. Products and services offered by IITA-BIP are developed using IITA’s science and technologies.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Business Development Manager

Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Employment Type: Full-time

Job Description and Responsibilities

  • With a high level of support from the IITA-BIP management team, the Business Development Manager will be responsible for optimizing the performance, productivity and profitability of operations of AgriServe, which includes:
  • Conducting market research and identifying new target market initiatives;
  • Developing and executing a business plan, marketing- and sales strategies;
  • Networking, pursuing and actively following up with (new) clients and market leads;
  • Developing and transforming quotes and proposals into contracts with a down payment;
  • Developing feasibility studies for Agriserve commodities;
  • Developing and delivering on IITA-BIP management team approved annual budgets;
  • Developing and reporting on finances, results and activities to the IITA-BIP management team on monthly basis;
  • Overseeing customers service, support, sales, follow-up processes, invoicing and debt collection;
  • Hiring, training and overseeing a small office team and IITA Youth-Agripreneurs;
  • Attending and participating in conferences, industry events and field visits;
  • Coordinating and working closely together with other IITA-BIP units, especially Cropnuts AgriServe Ltd. to optimise performance and services;
  • Other tasks related to business development.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Higher in Business Development, Sales, Marketing or related fields;
  • At least 5 years professional experience in agricultural business development, sales, marketing or related field;
  • Ability to manage complex projects and multi-task;
  • Ability to set targets and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently, be proactive and handle uncertainty;
  • Willingness and ability to perform on a commission basis;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and IT fluency;
  • Excellent networking skills;
  • Excellent organisation skills;
  • Results driven and goal-oriented;
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Application Closing Date
14th December, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and motivation letter (PDF file) to: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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