Business Development Manager

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Business Development Manager

Full-time / Part-time · Utrecht

You are entering an exciting time as a Business Development Manager at CLEVER°FRANKE as we build our client base around the world.

You will work closely with management and senior members of the team and have experience in selling complex consulting, design and development solutions to a professional audience. Are you driven by the excitement of finding prospects, making new connections and building long-term relations with clients to drive business growth? Apply and see if it is a match. We are curious to know more about you.

Explore more about our business here.


CLEVER°FRANKE is an enthusiastic, multi-disciplinary team of 50+ people with 15+ nationalities from across the world. We are interaction designers, visual designers, developers, project managers, data analysts, and others. All with a passion for what we do. We are curious about the world around us and apply the same curiosity to our work and projects.

As a Business Development Manager, you have a genuine interest and curiosity in complexity and data, especially in our core business of (interactive) data visualization. You'll be responsible for finding new clients and closing new deals, guiding clients from the first conversation to signing contracts. With your experience, you'll build trust with potential clients and shape possible collaborations, helping the company grow.

As a Business Development Manager you will contribute to the following:

  • Bring in the work: Shape and qualify leads, take charge of finding new clients and closing new deals, transforming cold leads into sustained client relationships, initiating and responding to client communications to identify valuable collaboration opportunities, gather market intelligence, guiding the process from the first talk to signing contracts.

  • Deal shaping: With your agency or consulting background, you can earn the client’s trust through understanding their needs and walk them through unfamiliar territory. You shape winning deals that match our company's expertise and serve as the foundation for successful partnerships. 

  • Proposal writing and contract formation: Craft compelling proposals that win over clients and seal the deal. In later stages you will create sales contracts, manage expectations and ensure smooth transactions.

  • Project team hand-over: You will create a briefing, with an accurate scope of client requirements, for the project team to set them up for success and align expectations. 

  • Account management: Keep an eye on the long-term relationship with the client, identify opportunities for new projects with existing clients, and revive old  engagements. Smooth transition between account management, on-going advisory engagements and increase the likelihood of repeat business.


As a Business Development Manager, your responsibilities include client acquisition, deal closure, proposal writing, and nurturing client relationships to foster collaborations and company expansion. With your expertise, you will build trust and foster potential collaborations to drive company growth.

As a Business Development Manager, you will bring:

  • Proven track record of success in proposal writing and negotiation.

  • Commercial heart, skills in (cold) acquisition, assertiveness in pursuing opportunities while maintaining professional and respectful

  • Hands-on approach to business development, seamlessly transitioning between strategic planning and operational execution

  • Entrepreneurial mindset, you are ready to seize opportunities, innovate and drive growth

  • A hunter mentality, driven by the thrill of securing new opportunities rather than tending to existing accounts

  • Detail oriented and demonstrated success in sales contract formation

  • Comfortable with ambiguity, as clarity may not always be present, flexibility is essential

  • Agency experience, particularly in the creative sector is a plus

  • Strong affinity for domains like Financial Services, Mobility, High-tech, and Innovation is a plus.

  • Leveraging your (international) network of prospects 

  • Experience in deal sizes ranging from €100.000 to €2 million

  • Knowledge of working with sales workflow tools like Pipedrive and Sales Navigator.

  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.


You’re welcome at CLEVER°FRANKE regardless of your appearance, identity, or background. It’s not a place you have to 'fit in' but somewhere everyone can feel themselves and be their best to do their best.

Studies suggest that women, and others, tend to hesitate to apply for a job if their CV isn’t a perfect fit. Here, we look for talent and potential — not just formal experience and expertise. So if you like the role and think you could be awesome at it, go ahead and apply.


  • Full-time/part-time role (32-40 hours per week);

  • A competitive salary, based on your background and experience;

  • Guidance from a friendly, passionate, down-to-earth team;

  • Trainings tailored to your personal and professional growth;

  • A personal development coach and time to explore your interests;

  • Hybrid working from our studio or home – (at least 2 days per week in the studio);

  • A healthy, abundant lunch every day in the studio;

  • Paid train expenses from your home to the studio;

  • A collective pension plan;

  • A MacBook and all the peripherals you need;

  • Inspiring team events; such as our annual team prototyping day, team trainings, sport events and conference visits.


We find it important that you grow and challenge yourself and want to ensure that you are supported in this. We offer training courses tailored to your experience level and needs, personal development planning and feedback, and an HR coach. About 3 times a year, we organize a CLEVER°FRANKE Development week where the entire studio fully focuses on personal and professional growth, outside of client projects.


Hit the button below. Send us your CV (portfolio) and we'll ask you some questions to get to know you a little better.

If you successfully pass through our screening, we’ll invite you to the interview process, which entails three further conversations to ensure you get to know our culture and the role better, and to identify whether there is a fit from both of our sides.


Please contact Charlene Benjamins for more information about this job opening at

Acquisition based on this job opening is not appreciated.