External Business Development Manager (Essex)

Job Locations UK-London
Job ID
# of Openings
Business Entity
Octopus Investments
Sales/Business Development
Permanent Full-Time


At Octopus we’re transforming the industries we operate in and improving the lives of millions of people. We’ve built market-leading positions in a number of specialist sectors, including smaller company financing, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ 500 people and manage more than £6 billion on behalf of more than 50,000 investors. Our products don’t just help real people solve real life problems, they also make a positive impact on the world around us.


The Octopus Group incorporates Octopus Energy, Octopus Healthcare, Octopus Investments, Octopus Property, Octopus Ventures and Octopus Labs. Our aim is to have an impact in everything we do, and to make a vital contribution to the UK economy by helping people, companies and institutions generate wealth. And we’re always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.


To build and maintain relationships with a selected universe of client firms to maximize Octopus opportunities and business levels across the Octopus product range. To identify both Tax & Trust and Asset Management opportunities and support Marketing and the Business Development Management Teams where appropriate.  Identify opportunities for innovation in product, markets and adviser engagement


Essential Job Functions

  • Build a ‘franchise’ within your region - Essex 
  • Increase inflows through broadening number of supporting advisers and deepening their level of support.  Think creatively about how you can achieve this
  • Identify new opportunities for innovation across the business
  • Challenge yourself and others to improve knowledge, skills and processes
  • Face-to-face meetings with existing and prospective contacts
  • Maintain high levels of service across all aspects of the role, interfacing with other departments, as necessary.   
  • Work strategically with Internal Business Development Manager to maximise opportunites
  • Build structured plan to develop region and selected advisory firms
  • Applies high level of technical knowledge to given scenarios and opportunities
  • Comprehend a complex suite of solutions and translate these into simple solutions for advisers
  • Demonstrates a repeatable sales process to maximize the impact of activityConstantly improve product and industry knowledge 



  • Previous experience in a similar role, building and maintaining relationships with IFAs across the Essex region.
  • Proven results of both incremental growth via existing relationships as well as the ability to attract and cement new business relationships.
  • Drive, ambition and self-motivation.
  • High level of numeracy with an ability to understand innovative and unique financial products.
  • Clear, concise and articulate with an ability to be influential when needed.
  • Presentation skills.
  • High quality interpersonal skills with honesty and integrity in your style.
  • Confident telephone manner.
  • Robust process skills with a flexible work ethic and ability to work effectively from home.


Our Values

Be helpful

Random acts of kindness make the workplace a better place so, go out of your way to be helpful, and give people reasons to smile


Be straightforward

Life is complicated enough. Don’t make it harder for yourself, or for others. Sometimes the simplest approach works wonders.


Be bold

Every great business started with a flash of inspiration. If you’ve got a great idea, don’t keep it to yourself.




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