Business Development Director


Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are reshaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to the future we want for all people for all time. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversations, a robust e-learning library and internationally known conferences and regional events, along with peer-to-peer membership groups, unique market intelligence, tools and advisory services all facilitate community education and transformative action throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Joining our team offers you the opportunity to gain first-hand awareness into what is happening at the forefront of innovation for sustainability. You'll meet the people who are making it happen and will help us keep our organization healthy and growing.

Position: Business Development Director

Reports to: VP of Sales 


  • Sell the full Sustainable Brands product lines (membership, events, digital, and sustainability tools) to major corporate brands
  • Deliver annualized sales of $1.5 - $2.0 MM from assigned Key Accounts, through expanding relationships with multiple divisions, departments, and levels at assigned accounts, especially Marketing, Sustainability, Operations, and Innovation.
  • Using a consultative approach, develop client-focused packages to include the appropriate products, including membership level, additional tickets and licenses, advisory service add-ons, event sponsorships, and digital engagements
  • Use multiple approaches to find additional contacts in Key Accounts, using networking, LinkedIn Sales Navigator, and mining the internal database to engage with Global 1000 companies horizontally and vertically, finding the decision makers and crafting custom engagement opportunities
  • Grow revenue both nationally & internationally
  • Actively contribute to SB’s mission and growth opportunities across all business / product suites
  • Seek out opportunities to up-level clients to include additional products from multiple budgets
  • Listen proactively to clients, learning their strategy, objectives, budgets, etc. in order to best serve them 
  • Provide strategic insights from interactions with client base to management and to the content team
  • Manage leads and accounts in Salesforce, documenting all interactions
  • Create and maintain account plan and strategy for each assigned account

About You

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in strategic-level business development and sales environment
  • Comfortable presenting to Senior Executives, CEOs, CMOs & CSOs
  • Proactive, engaged & innovative thought leader
  • Prefer subject matter expert in Sustainability
  • Demonstrated track record of solid sales performance driving revenue growth
  • Results driven & customer centric
  • Position requires excellent written, communication & presentation skills
  • Encourages teamwork
  • Accountable in all actions and displaying unquestionable integrity and trust
  • Ability to communicate openly & encourages feedback
  • Collaborative in nature
  • Expert client service experience and proven ability to inspire and motivate teams
  • Entrepreneurial experience a plus
  • Innovative & creative a natural out-of-the-box thinker
  • Proven track record of cultivating relationships & developing proposals