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Business Development Manager

Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Job ID: R0024147
Date Posted: Jan 31, 2024
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Energy
Profession (Job Category): Sales, Marketing & Product Management
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: Yes

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General Information: 

The Business Development Manager role is responsible for broadening the Network Control (“NC”; SCADA/EMS/GMS/ADMS) customer base through the identification and pursuit of new sales opportunities at non-established NC customers for the United States region.  The focus for this person is IOUs, Rural Electric Cooperatives, Municipalities, and other strategic opportunities as assigned.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:                                                          

  • Think strategically and own your business plan.
  • Apply a step-by-step selling process and report progress along the way.
  • Identify target opportunities for NC with new customers through:
    • Evaluation of market research reports
    • Aggressive and organized networking internally to Hitachi Energy and externally
    • Visits to all potential leads and prospects utilizing established networks
  • Evaluate and analyze leads through applied screening criteria to convert from leads to prospects and opportunities
  • Meet and proactively report on quota for leads, prospects, opportunities, and bookings
  • Maintain information in the Salesforce CRM tool for:
    • Tracking sales including contact reporting
    • Reviewing sales process, status and forecast
    • Building player maps
  • Ensure appropriate Capture Team Strategy is in place for pursuing leads
  • Introduce technical staff into account/opportunities at appropriate point in process
  • Ensure all decision makers and key executives in customer organization are involved in the customer/supplier relationship prior to issuance of bid:
    • Set up minimum one CXO level meeting with the VP Sales
    • Set up minimum one meeting with the ultimate customer decision maker and
      NC senior management
  • Coordinate sales efforts with the Marketing, Proposal and Operations groups by proactive communication/updates throughout process of pursuit
  • Engage and coordinate other Hitachi Energy sales channels in the sales strategy ensuring all parties fulfill appropriate roles throughout the process
  • Partner with customer during the RFP process and take lead with all internal Hitachi Energy departments to develop a bid that is responsive to the customer requirements. 
  • Take the lead in completing RFP, RFI and budgetary submissions including identifying and establishing any partner(s) required for the opportunity.
  • Keep track of competitors’ selling status, tactics and strategies
  • Take the lead in outlining and communicating a winning sales strategy against competitors
  • Ensure customer requirements are documented prior to hosting demos

This role normally requires approximately 40% travel.  Customer site visits are an integral ingredient to success which may be enhanced through virtual contact. 


  • Strong knowledge of the electric utility sector and the associated technology and business landscape
  • Continual attention demonstrated to seeking new sales opportunities
  • Proven success in identifying and capturing new customer opportunities resulting in a broadening of the customer base in an organization
  • Proven success in selling against competition and driving the value of the offered system(s) to the customer needs resulting in new customers to an organization
  • Strong sales management skills demonstrated through a defined planning process that is consistently applied to pursuit of opportunities
  • Strong communication skills
  • Solid understanding of software offerings and market needs
  • Experience with building strategy for pursuing a non-installed base customer with defined short, mid and long-term goals and action plans
  • Experience with engaging across businesses (multi-divisional etc.)
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Proven track record in managing, influencing and motivating project team members to achieve project objectives.
  • Experienced business traveler


B.S. degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or Business Management or a related discipline.


Minimum 5 years professional experience with proven success in expanding customer base and aggressive exploration and pursuit of new opportunities with new customers(empty)

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)-Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Protected veterans and qualified individuals with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access Hitachi Energy career site as a result of your disability. You may request reasonable accommodations by calling a Hitachi Energy HR Representative at 1-888-504-2007 or by sending an email to: [email protected]. Resumes and applications will not be accepted in this manner.

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