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Business Development Director - Sales - Education Services

at ABM Industries Inc

Posted: 6/27/2019
Job Reference #: 56020
Keywords: sales

Job Description


We are looking for a Business Development Director to join our Education Solutions team to continue the growth of our business in the K-12 and Higher Education markets. 

Position Summary

The Business Development Director’s objective is to demonstrate ABM’s unique value to potential customers and provide them with assessments and proposals that address funding gaps and provide creative solutions to operating budget shortfalls. This is done through C-suite level interaction / customer advocating within an organization to understand their needs, and then turn that into a vision for a comprehensive solution.  You will play the role of the team quarterback between the customer’s team and ABM’s operations team. The ideal candidate will be able to "paint a picture" of success and become a consultant to the "needs" of the customer. Our company is driven to develop successful business relationships by making a difference, every person, every day. This position requires the Business Development Director to be well versed in public finance and financial acumen and to demonstrate an ability to navigate a complex selling environment.  Special emphasis is placed on building advanced financial strategies that overcome gaps and pressures within the client’s operating budget.

Job Responsibilities

Secure appointments with K-12 and Higher Ed – C level decision makers.

Drive sales process from start to finish including initiating contact, developing the sales strategy, driving the team to the right solution, and maintaining the relationship with the client.

Perform the necessary research to qualify and develop a sales strategy for a specific territory marketing plan intended to secure sales at or above annual quotas.

Secure key opportunities through financial agreements.

Identify, qualify, develop and sell complex, bundled financial, facility and technical solutions.

Assist in developing the right solution/need for the customer.



Proven success in selling complex multi-million-dollar facilities and/or performance contracts.

Experience selling into markets such as K-12 Education and Colleges/Universities is highly preferred.

Extensive knowledge of proactive prospecting at the financial decision making level of K12 and HED.

Four-year college degree, but additional years of experience in the Facilities or HVAC / Energy industry can be a substitute.

Must have strong written and oral communication skills, presentation skills, and computer skills.

Must be comfortable speaking to large audiences.

Ability to understand operating budgets.

Ability to collaborate with an Operations Team, meet firm deadlines and quarterback the team so they do the same.

Drive sales process, from start to finish, prospecting the opportunities and clients and developing sales strategies.

Ability to master ABM financial tools; Capital Generation Tool, ECM Matrix, Excel Pro Forma models with little management support.

Must be an outstanding presenter and therefore possess a complete understanding of MS PowerPoint & Excel.

Must be able to produce a persuasive proposal through exceptional writing skills as required for all RFP’s, RFQ’s, contracts, and all other forms of written communication to the client.

Must have exemplary MS Word skills.

Must consistently implement Salesforce.com as the primary means of managing sales pipeline and activity.

Must be the advocate for 100% referenceable clients relating to the value proposition. 

Stable employment record in HVAC or Energy Industry preferred.

Ability to communicate, council, and sell at all levels of an Education organization but with extensive acumen at the “C” suite: Superintendents and business managers (K12) Presidents, CFOs, COOs, VPs of Finance, Treasurers (HED).

Thorough understanding of energy conservation and energy governing laws/regulations.

Good understanding of client finances and ability to read and understand client financial statements.

Clean MVR / motor vehicle report.