Business Development Manager

Valens Global
  • Location
    Rosslyn, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jan 03

Position description

Valens Global is looking for a Manager for our Business Development (BD) division. The BD Manager will be responsible for identifying, qualifying, and securing new business opportunities. The BD Manager will be primarily focused on developing business in the private sector, but will also be responsible for pursuing business opportunities within the federal contracting space. The successful candidate will be expected to manage proposal development and submission for both private sector and government bids. 


About Valens:

Valens Global is a private firm known for its rigorous research and analysis. Valens helps governments, private companies, and non-governmental organizations understand, visualize, and address the challenges posed by violent non-state actors (VNSAs), the adversarial nation-states that sponsor them, and other emerging threats. As an adaptive organization that consistently and confidently produces innovative solutions, Valens seeks to raise the standard for the field.

Our risk assessments, forecasting, training, data collection, and strategic action plans help clients understand and dynamically respond to the challenges posed by terrorists and other hostile actors. Valens Global boasts a stable of clients with whom we love to work, and are proud to associate. They include U.S. government agencies, tech firms, energy companies, academic institutions, think tanks, and others who need to better understand how violent non-state actors are changing the world—and how to safeguard their interests, assets, personnel, and values in light of these challenges. 

Valens fosters an intellectually vibrant climate that emphasizes teamwork, transparency, meritocracy, accountability, and empowerment at every level. Above all else, we produce quality work. We are proud of our record of delivering products that exceed our clients’ expectations and stand the test of time. At Valens, you will be part of a smart, talented, and confident team of people with interesting and diverse backgrounds, experiences, and outlooks. We think Valens is a great place to work, and we believe that you will, too. 


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Generating and closing sales of Valens’s products and services, with an emphasis on commercial sales. 

  • Collaborating with senior management, including the CEO, COO, and Research Division to identify and advance new business opportunities.

  • Managing a small team of two to four staff through delegation and providing adequate guidance. 

  • Managing all aspects of proposal development, including proposal writing, editing, and production efforts from receipt of RFP through delivery for both private sector and government proposals. 

  • Managing partner relationships and building relationships with new partners.


Other Responsibilities:

  • Prospecting for and analyzing solicitations (e.g., RFP, RFQ, RFI) in conjunction with other customer requirements, and determining appropriate response strategies.

  • Coordinating efforts between Valens Global and partner organizations on proposals.

  • Working with the team to gather critical organizational information necessary to develop technical, management, and past performance volumes.

  • Providing detailed guidance to proposal writers/contributors and subcontractors.

  • Support the team’s brand awareness/marketing efforts.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or minor in international relations, political science, foreign policy, Middle East/Africa Studies, etc. We are looking for a clear interest in the fields with which Valens’ work intersects. 

  • Three years of demonstrated experience in sales.

  • Excellent writing skills, including a strong ability to summarize information concisely in an effective and timely manner.

  • Excellent communicator able to convey points persuasively.

  • Authorization to work in the United States.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the government grant-making/contracting pipeline process (from capture to submission) including familiarity with: GovWin or similar federal procurement platform; market and competitive intelligence research.

  • Demonstrated experience carrying out granular analysis either through publications or examples of client-based work. 

  • Management, leadership, and/or project management experience.  

  • Social media marketing and/or brand building experience.

Application instructions

To apply for this position please send the following to [email protected] with the subject title “Business Development Manager - Round 1.” 

1) a cover letter featuring specifics of your sales successes; 

2) a resume;

3) two references: ideally one from a supervisor and one from someone you have supervised/managed (note: we only need people we can contact, and not written letters of reference); and

4) a brief writing sample (of 2-5 pages) 

Applications that do not have all elements will be considered incomplete. 

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