Job Title: Business Development & Account Manager (Full or Part Time )
Location: Highams Park, London with flexi-work requests open to review
Close Date: 22/12/2017
Salary: £25-32k OTE per annum

CLARITY is a not-for-profit organisation with a long history that empowers people with disabilities to build skills, confidence and independence. We are passionate about the Social Enterprise sector, and alongside selling high demand, consumer facing products, we feel a responsibility to help grow the 'Buy Social' industry.

In London, we manufacture and market a range of quality soaps and toiletries under three core brands – CLARITY, The Soap Co. and CLARITYECO+ (launching Jan 2018), alongside a small physical retail brand, The Soap Co Keswick. The more products we sell, the more people with disabilities we can train and employ. We have multiple routes to market, strong product brands, a loyal consumer base and a blossoming business client base. With our new strategy and our big plans for the future, we need a highly capable Business Development team to play a key role helping us to achieve these ambitious goals.

In this newly created role you will work within a small, highly motivated team which is informal, open for new ideas and passionate about doing good. Through this role you will be able to implement our ambitious strategy and shape the future of the organisation. We’re at an early stage of building new routes to market so there’s a lot to do and a great opportunity to help us increase the social benefits that we can provide.

Our key customers are the co-working spaces, design agencies, retailers, hotels, bars and restaurants across major cities that pride themselves on creating a great customer and/or employee experience.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Actively and tirelessly seek opportunities for business development with distributers and retailers - Selling our luxury soap and various products - Identify, research, seed, secure and then build a new customer base of your own
  • Grow and develop highly successful commercial relationships with new and existing clients to increase their current business
  • Assist in creating, negotiating and closing commercial agreements
  • Act as a trusted interface between the client and the business
  • Prepare regular progress reports and forecasts using business development metrics
  • Communicate key account information, resolve challenges and queries and report relevant success measures to the Head of Commercial
  • Attend events, conferences and trade shows, to network and speak and learn more about the various industries we operate in (cosmetics, HORECA, disability and SE)

We are looking to for a keen professional to join our business development team mostly based at our offices in East London (E4 9JD).  You must be motivated by working in a business with a strong social purpose and completely driven to achieve excellent results and make a big difference.

**You are likely to have 3-7 years’ experience in a corporate client facing role, or a similar number of years of experience in a sales focused role. We recognise the value you will bring based on either of these routes into CLARITY. What is most important is a desire to use the skills you have developed for good.**

To be a successful applicant you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Significant drive, ambition, passion and determination
  • An outgoing and confident approach when talking to new people
  • Great organisational skills and an ability to prioritise your own work within tight deadlines
  • Natural aptitude for numbers, problem solving and thinking on your feet
  • Ideas and knowledge of how to identify, approach and achieve new high value sales and reseller deals
  • Strong at building professional mutually beneficial relationships
  • Highly self-motivated and excellent communication skills
  • Commercial and pragmatic approach, with drive, enthusiasm and determination
  • Passion for social change and feeling of urgency to act today rather than tomorrow.
  • A keen interest in areas such as sustainability, ethical consumerism and/or inclusive workplaces.
  • Experience in FMCG (or a keen interest to learn)

A bit more about the role and us:

We welcome applicants with and without disabilities and are able to offer individualised working arrangements with flexibility around working hours (part or full time) and working locations (home office, though there will be some travel expectations as part of this role).

The Soap Co.-CLARITY is a great place to work with a young commercial team of ambitious committed people. We are an equal opportunity employer and are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

We want to hear from you if you think you have an ability to sell* and you can say YES to the following:

  1. Are you outgoing and confidenttalking to groups of people?
  2. Are you ambitious, hard-working and drivento achieve?
  3. Are you organisedand able to prioritise your own work within deadlines?
  4. Are you keen to work in SocEntand use your brain and time for social good?
  5. Are you good with numbers, problem solvingand thinking on your feet?

*selling is easy when the product is awesome and you believe in what you are doing. Its not the average sales job!

Please email Camilla Marcus-Dew at [email protected] for full job description.