Business Development Manager

  • Job Type:
    Direct Hire
  • Category:
    Marketing - Generalist
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Job Code:

At Paladin, we help connect talented marketing, creative, communications and digital professionals to businesses throughout the country. We don’t just dabble in these fields; we live in them, work in them, and evolve with them, making us a trusted partner to candidates and clients alike. 

We know that every opening is more than a job and that every candidate is more than a resume. We work closely with candidates to understand their needs and apply our industry expertise to make matches for clients that drive business results. Our ability to dynamically balance your needs with the right solutions gives both clients and candidates the right fit to achieve success. 

The Business Development Manager role is responsible for the development and maintenance of branch accounts. This is achieved through outside sales activity, qualification of prospective clients and the development of existing client accounts. This role may also be responsible for interviewing, screening, and testing applicants to determine their skill set in order to assess appropriate placement opportunities. 


Execute effective business development activities including: sourcing and qualifying clients, identifying decision makers, establishing client relationships, completing company and department profiles/org charts, building relationships with internal recruiters, marketing candidates, identifying cross-selling opportunities and scheduling client visits. 

Responsible for selling staffing solutions to prospective clients in need of Finance/Accounting and/or Office professionals for temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire assistance. 

Effectively create daily call plan or action plan to help accomplish activity expectations. 
Maintain accurate and current profiles in COSMOS on all current and targeted potential clients. 
Participate in daily information sharing with branch management and staff to ensure account maintenance and maximum revenue development. 

Manage territory effectively; maintain current competitor/ market knowledge. 
Consistently monitor candidate pool relating to competitive salaries in local market. 
Negotiate bill rates to maintain GM%. 

Maintain minimum standard performance measures including weekly activity requirements for connects, interviews and leads, as well as established monetary productivity requirements. 

Assist in the recruiting efforts of the branch per management direction. 
Ensure company policy, as well as federal and state employment law compliance. 
Exhibit the Accounting Principals/Ajilon Professional Services core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and integrity in all working relationships with clients, candidates, vendors and coworkers. 

Apply the Adecco Group NA core values and beliefs of team spirit, customer focus, responsibility and entrepreneurship to provide the maximum benefit to our workforce. 

Solicit opportunities to speak before professional organizations and business groups. 
Prepare and appropriately document sales reports for all weekly sales activity, market and competitor information and business and market trends. 
Define targeted companies and forecast semi-annual projections. 

Tour client facilities in order to gain full understanding of clients’ goals and objectives. 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business, Communications, or a related field with a minimum of two (2) years of experience recruiting top tier, mid- to senior-level candidates or relevant industry experience is required. Combination of post-high school education and related professional work experience equivalent to six (6) years may be considered in lieu of a degree. 

Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing. 

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. 

Ability to adapt to changes in the business environment quickly. 

Ability to focus on client needs with a commitment to quality and customer service. 

Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work assignments simultaneously while meeting deadlines. 

Ability to identify and resolve problems through recommending and implementing creative solutions. 

Ability to demonstrate business acumen and market insight. 

Knowledge of and the ability to utilize Customer Relationship Management Systems and/or related tools. 

Knowledge of current sales trends, best practices and methodologies within the staffing and workforce solutions industries. 

Proficient with Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. 


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