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Business Development Manager

Kansas City, MO New York, NY
Req ID: 8228


Position at VMLY&R

About Us: VMLY&R

VMLY&R is a global brand and customer experience agency that harnesses creativity, technology, and culture to create connected brands. But what does that mean? It means we're a creative agency that is built on the promise of collaboration and human connection. Creating connected brands isn't just what we do — it's what we're known for and who we are. We empower our clients to excel at the intersection of "brand" and "customer experience," starting with simple goals: Create work that becomes part of people's lives; promote value for our clients; and, in the best of cases, help the world.

We're committed to building a united global network of creators and thinkers, regardless of their age, race, skin color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. With over 12,000 employees across the globe, our influence is made stronger by applying our collective experiences to tell stories that not only sell products and experiences, but also guarantee positive representations of all communities.

Our unique culture is rooted in a great deal of care for you and your success. Above all else, we are committed to strengthening your experience by ensuring your inner potential continues to be discovered.

We also offer about a dozen employee resource groups (ERGs) that allow you to tap into your personal identities, interests and passions. Our ERGs celebrate ethnic diversity, life as a working parent or caregiver, neurodiversity, the LGBTQ+ community, wellbeing, and more. Regardless of your interests, there is no shortage of opportunities to get involved, so tap into our global network and find where you can make your ideas come to life.

The Business Development Manager is a key member of the VMLY&R global new business team. You support all aspects of the pitch process for the agency, inherently driving the growth of our business. You will be essential to the continued success of our New Business team and the agency itself.

You are self-motivated, team-oriented, and thrive in an entrepreneurial environment. You are able to bridge gaps across organizations and promote open and free communication between peers. You are able to get things done, keep appropriate people in the loop and ensure multiple stakeholders are bought in.?You are excited by the opportunity to work across many industry categories and specialty skills, including health, B2B, commerce, CX, etc.


  • Drive VMLY&R business development efforts with all levels of communication, owning strategic and day-to-day management of various internal and external projects.
  • Collaborate on, and support the development of, RFIs and RFPs, across all categories and capability areas.
  • Aid in the development of pitch background materials, including prospective client contact and business background research.
  • Spearhead organization throughout the process, from initial kickoff meetings and development of content to ongoing touch bases and final presentation creation and logistics.
  • Organize creative work; assist in project management of client outreach deliverables follow-up with respective teams to ensure on-time delivery.
  • Schedule, create agendas and follow-ups for team meetings as needed.
  • Develop and oversee thoughtful, enticing client outreach, including meetings, presentations, digital communications and films.
  • Coordinate category knowledge – research, analysis, compilation of new business communications.
  • Maintain and edit business case histories with?up to date?references and data.
  • Collaborate and build trust amongst all internal stakeholders, from creative teams through office services and beyond. 

Skills & Experience

  • BA/BS degree or commensurate experience required
  • Two or more years of previous communications/advertising agency experience preferred
  • Understanding of how an agency operates, and passionate about immersing yourself in all things VMLY&R
  • Insatiably curious and a supportive team player
  • Interest in social and cultural trends and stay up to speed on emerging digital technologies

Our Benefits

As the world leader in communications services, we rely on the creativity of our people to deliver the best work for our clients. In return, we invest in our employees by offering them a diverse suite of benefits from best-in-class carriers, with enough choice and flexibility to keep them and their families healthy and happy today and tomorrow.

  • Corporate gift matching program
  • Paid time off for volunteering
  • Paid parental leave
  • Ranked No. 1 in advertising for our adoption assistance program
  • Corporate discounts
  • VMLY&R Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team, which guides, celebrates, and promotes cultural literacy; increases employee engagement; recruits and retains a diverse workforce; and builds internal opportunities for people to learn and grow.

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical or mental disability. We believe in creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion and strives to recruit a diverse slate of candidates to help us achieve that goal.


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