Senior Business Development Manager

Job Locations JP-14-Yokohama



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Role: Senior Business Development Manager

Location: Japan

Role ID: 2024-2360


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


Automotive and Industrial is one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units and is a trusted global engineering services partner for clean and efficient integrated propulsion and energy systems. Our experience and history over more than 100 years at the forefront of mobility innovation enables us to deliver solutions to the most complex challenges, allowing our customers across all global transport sectors to achieve a sustainable zero-carbon future.


We are currently looking for a Senior Business Development Manager to join our team with a focus on Commercial Vehicles, Off-Highway, and Industrial Market Sectors.


We encourage you to apply for this role if you have the following key competencies and significant and demonstrable experience:

  • Significant sales experience in Business-to-Business engineering services.
  • Deep understanding of the Japanese automotive and/or industrial markets, products and OEM/Tier1 requirements
    (automotive in that context meaning on-highway commercial vehicles; industrial meaning off-highway, stationary power, marine, mining, agriculture…)
  • Good understanding and experience of engineering offerings across automotive and industrial propulsion and energy systems including Engines, Transmission & Driveline, HV Batteries, Fuel Cell systems, Power Electronics, Motors and Drives systems.
  • A degree in an engineering discipline would be a valued plus.
  • Driven and self-motivated, leveraging an extensive portfolio of existing contacts in relevant industries and markets.
  • Able to work in autonomy, and happy to accept leadership when required, including regular monitoring and reporting of activities.
  • Used to work with a CRM (customer relationship management) tool, and understanding the importance of it for the success of the wider business.
  • Innovative, creative, client-focused and commercially aware.
  • Interested in proactive business development and in engineering services.
  • Excellent listening and communication skills.
  • Happy to travel (mostly within Japan and occasionally abroad) and visit customer sites as and when required.

We are actively looking for applicants with a range of experience and specialised knowledge to help us strengthen our team. Your unique expertise and perspective are highly valued, so we encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all the listed requirements or preferences.


Your role will involve:

  • Developing (often from scratch), growing, and maintaining client relationships and close contact with engineering procurement champions at selected client accounts and target prospects, to identify, qualify and communicate their needs to the appropriate Practice leaders and Engineering Capability heads in Ricardo.
  • Coordinating and managing the sales process, from prospecting to contracting.
  • Proactively supporting the successful implementation and further development of the sales strategy and go-to-market plan, to deliver pipeline volume objectives.
  • Working with the Ricardo teams (Practices, Engineering, and Legal/Finance), to develop and promote attractive value propositions, sales presentations, and bids.
  • Driving sales actions plans, in line with regional order intake (OI) objectives.
  • Presenting or supporting presentation of value propositions and bids as appropriate, with active follow-up and intelligence gathering to drive and champion successful closure.
  • Producing high quality client-visit and trip reports, capturing and growing leads and opportunity within the Ricardo CRM system (customer relationship management)
  • Building and leading capture plans for specific opportunities.
  • Negotiating with client purchasing/finance stakeholders to close OI/cash.
  • Ensuring best practice tracking and forecast of sales to selected clients.

Working here

You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place.


We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on.  Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.


Work life balance 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential.



We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health. 


Next steps

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date. Please complete your application in English.


Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via recruit@ricardo.com if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.



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