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  • Posted: Jan 27, 2022
    Deadline: Feb 5, 2022
  • Nextier Capital Limited is an investment and multi-competency advisory firm with a primary focus on agriculture, power and petroleum. With offices in Abuja, Enugu, and Lagos, we provide a full range of services to our clients with a goal of becoming their most trusted advisor. We achieve this goal by providing counsel to our clients in the areas of policy d...
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    Business Development Manager

    Department: Commercial
    Reports to: Chief Commercial Officer
    Term: Permanent
    Start: Immediately


    • Nextier requires a Business Development Manager to support Nextier’s sales and business development activities.
    • The role focuses on proactive lead generation and B2B sales with a focus on Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, DRC, Ghana, Liberia and Senegal.
    • This person is responsible for market research; networking; making first contact with potential customers and decision makers; qualifying the business opportunities and future scale for volume sales; validating the financial viability of customers to meet those scale-up plans; and establishing new relationships and partnerships that will enable Nextier to achieve its market penetration and revenue growth goals.
    • This person will report to the Chief Commercial Officer and work closely with the Commercial team to grow the customer base and establish profitable, volume sales relationships with new customers.
    • The role offers the opportunity to progress into a key account management role or remain focussed on business development as suits this person.
    • The ideal candidate has strong hunting instincts, ability to seek out new sales opportunities, learn and understand customer requirements and match to our product benefits and value.
    • Experience with technology sales (hardware and software) is invaluable.
    • It will be advantageous to demonstrate relationship management skills, ability to negotiate complex sales and contractual terms, and the ability to get customers to commit to future sales.
    • They enjoy being part of a tight-knit, fast-moving startup team.
    • The role is based in Abuja in Nigeria.


    • Lead Generation & Business Development

      • Researching new potential customers and contacts
      • Researching and qualifying the sales opportunity potential for new countries and/or market segments
      • Researching major funding projects for electrification initiatives
      • Qualifying leads according to set criteria to establish new customer accounts
      • Strong focus on KYC and obtaining financing information on customer projects
      • Presenting product demonstrations
      • Travel when required to visit customers, attend trade shows and conferences
      • Preparation of quotations and invoices.
    • Customer management:

      • Managing small scale customer accounts as allocated by the Chief Commercial Officer
      • Strengthening customer relationships, increasing sales, seeking opportunities for upselling new features
      • Potential to own and grow the new customer accounts you create.
    • CRM:

      • Utilising CRM to manage all sales activities
      • Updating customer, organisation, lead and sales pipeline information within CRM continually
      • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date CRM records
      • Adhering to CRM policies and processes.
    • Sales Assistance:

      • Assistance to Sales Manager and Key Account Manager when required
      • Working with the Accounts Administrator.
    • Process improvement:

      • Suggesting and implementing new sales and CRM processes to improve efficiency.

    KPIs (to be confirmed)

    • Monthly targets for new leads added to CRM
    • Monthly targets for qualifying leads into new customer accounts
    • Quarterly targets for order bookings and revenue payments (billings)

    What you can expect in this role:

    • Nextier is a high-commitment / high-performance team where bosses work just as hard as their reports.
    • Your work assignments will be fast-paced, varied and agile.
    • Sub-organisations are self-managing, decision making is decentralised, internal communication is rapid and collaborative.
    • That said, the organisation is well structured and well managed and work-life balance is highly encouraged.Nextier takes the well-being of its staff seriously.
    • Nextier is a place where your role will grow with the company.
    • You will have direct exposure toexperts and senior decision-makers.
    • You will also have regular opportunitiesfor learning, responsibility and advancement and we expect you to take them.
    • This is a unique opportunity to shape the journey of a high-growth technology startup and contribute to the adoption of vital IoT and distributed energy services in Africa and Asia.
    • Join if you are looking to be part of a driven, proficient team and you wish to see the impact of your work in the company and in the world at large.

    Skills / Qualifications

    • Interested candidates should possess relevant qualifications with at least 3 years relevant work experience.
    • Experience working in hardware and software systems sales, with a B2B focus
    • Experience in business development and/or lead generation
    • Experience with consultative selling and value-based sales
    • Laser focussed on exceeding targets and outperforming expectations
    • A flexible, fast learner who can manage multiple works streams to tight deadlines
    • Clear communicator with good writing, listening, presentation and demonstration skills
    • Consummate networker with good people skills, a relationship creator
    • Meticulous about accurate record keeping and learning everything possible about a customer


    • Experience with selling SaaS products
    • Experience with roadmap selling and validating product development and/or feature requests
    • Understanding of relevant technologies (energy, metering, radio communications, IoT, cloud software)
    • Sector experience: Grid/Off-grid energy in Africa, Asia.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send their detailed CV and Cover Letter to: using "Business Development Manager" as the subject of the mail.

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