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Business Development Manager

Shannon Group
Shannon Airport
Permanent | Full Time
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Business Development Manager – International Aviation Services Centre

Shannon Group plc

(Ref. SG 04/2016)

Shannon Group plc incorporates a successful and growing commercial property business, Shannon Commercial Properties (SCP), which is responsible for maintaining and developing substantial business parks, most notably in the Shannon Free Zone (SFZ). The SFZ is also the home of Shannon’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC), a growing cluster of over 50 aerospace and aviation companies which already employs over 1600 staff.


The goal of Shannon Group is to develop IASC into a globally relevant aerospace industry cluster and to generate additional revenue for Shannon Commercial Properties, both by attracting new aviation/aerospace firms and by helping existing firms to develop their activities.


Role Purpose:

Ireland’s National Aviation Policy identifies the potential for Ireland to develop its aerospace and aviation industry. Shannon is already the largest aerospace industry cluster in the country and is central to Ireland’s development in this field.


The Business Development Manager is central to the development of the International Aviation Services Centre cluster. She/he will demonstrate to established and emerging aerospace companies that a Shannon location makes business sense, and will have specific responsibility for identifying and developing business opportunities worldwide within the range of activities covered by IASC.


A vibrant and growing IASC cluster at Shannon underpins Shannon Commercial Properties’ property business, and hence this role will report day-to-day to the Managing Director of Shannon Commercial Properties, with a dotted-line reporting to the IASC Managing Director (who is also Group Strategy Director) to co-ordinate strategic initiatives and focus.


Key Areas of Responsibility:

The Business Development Manager – IASC will have the following responsibilities:                               

  • Market intelligence: identification and prioritisation of key aerospace industry sectors and of the prospects within them.
  • Prospecting and relationship development: identify and engage with prospective IASC clients and partners and bring a targeted Shannon sales message to them.
  • Negotiation: along with Shannon Group colleagues and with external stakeholders, identify the prospective clients’ decision factors and build a Shannon offer that makes mutual commercial sense.
  • Execution of business development projects from business case evaluation through to negotiating and concluding legal agreements.
  • Tracking and pipeline management: monitor progress of prospective clients through the sales funnel and provide reports to management team as required.
  • Develop productive relationships with other relevant stakeholders (IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, ADS, etc.).
  • In conjunction with Shannon Group colleagues, provide input to brand building and marketing activity, including trade show/conference attendance.
  • Identify and promote IASC’s strengths and advantages, with the aid of Shannon Group colleagues as appropriate. Where necessary, identify possible enhancements to IASC’s offering, work to gain approval
  • for these, and oversee implementation as needed.


Skills and Experience:

The successful candidate will have the following characteristics:

  • Solid experience in B2B business development and commercial negotiation roles including a demonstrable record of sales and marketing achievement in a competitive international industry
  • Aviation/aerospace industry background required
  • Understanding of the aerospace value chain
  • Ideally a network of contacts within the aviation industry worldwide
  • Excellent communications, networking and relationship management skills
  • Strong project management and time management skills, able to act on own initiative and deliver quality results under pressure
  • High level of commercial acumen and strategic vision
  • Financially literate and experienced
  • Highly proficient in PowerPoint, Excel and Word
  • Experience of international and cross-cultural business negotiation
  • University graduate, potentially MBA
  • Open to regular international travel




Please apply below with cover letter and CV not later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday 18th January 2017.


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