Business Development Manager

business development manager career opportunity
  • •  Exciting career opportunity
  • •  Competitive salary plus company profit share
  • •  Global travel opportunities
  • •  Company Car

We have an exciting opportunity for a Business Development Manager / Sales Manager to join our market-leading Synchrotec business unit.

Our offices and impressive production facility are located at the heart of Mid Devon, offering a highly supportive environment that promotes training and development.


Company Overview

Heathcoat Fabrics has been a pioneer in textile manufacturing for more than two centuries, specialising in the development and production of highly engineered technical fabrics. Our market-leading solutions keep emergency service workers safe, help renewable energy industries combat climate change, protect military forces globally, safeguard the environment, enhance the lifespan and efficiency of road, rail and air transport, and even safely deliver a soft landing on distant planets.

Introducing the department

As the market leader in fabrics for timing-belt applications, our dedicated specialist team make Heathcoat Fabrics’ Synchrotec products and service a step above competitors. Our deep knowledge of belting applications has allowed us to create fabrics for next-generation timing belts, green urban mobility solutions, belt-in-oil applications and high-performance accessory drive belts. Our markets include any application where an engineered stretch fabric is required.

As a Business Development Manager, working as part of the wider sales team within the Synchrotec business unit, you will be ensuring sustainable commercial growth by maximising profitable sales, targeting and achieving new business, and providing world-class customer account management.

The role is fully supported by a globally respected technical development team and vertically integrated manufacturing facility.


Sales Manager role is backed by a dedicated technical team.   Role backed by our dedicated technical team

  Supportive product training and development

    Modern office environment
Based locally preferred, with occasional remote working


Examples of our expectations within this role

  • To effectively manage existing accounts, successfully increasing profit margins and growing business opportunities.
  • Accountable for actively seeking new business.
  • Maintain frequent contact with customers, organise customer visits (globally) and submit detailed visit reports to the Business Manager and colleagues for review.
  • Attend targeted exhibitions and conferences to consider relevant opportunities to develop sales in existing and new markets in line with business strategies.
  • Responsible for ensuring that customers are continually informed regarding new product information, & market launches etc.
  • Produce sales reports and collect KPI data for management.
  • Respond effectively to any customer grievances to achieve a satisfactory resolution.

Essential Skills and Experience 

  • Previous experience in a sales/business development role
  • Experience in textiles and or material sciences
  • Proven experience of successful customer relationship management
  • Proven ability to liaise across the business from suppliers, manufacturing and customers
  • A flexible and logical approach
  • Accurate numeracy, literacy & computer skills with the ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team
  • A desire for self-development and taking a pivotal role in the business
  • Understanding of 5s lean manufacturing principles


How to Apply:

If you are excited about the opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of the Synchrotec business, please complete our application form and attach your CV, outlining your relevant experience and accomplishments. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

What you can expect from us

  • Engaging work culture
  • Environmentally conscious company
  • Company profit share scheme
  • Company contribution pension plan
  • Personal learning and development
  • Leadership development and mentoring programmes
  • 34 days holiday per year
  • Canteen
  • On-site car and cycle parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Enhanced maternity benefits
  • Health & dental plans
  • Company sick pay and life assurance
  • Tech and Cycle Schemes
  • Discounts with participating local shops and businesses
  • Contribute to high-profile textile projects
  • Privately owned, debt-free company

For further information on this vacancy please contact:

Human Resources Team
Heathcoat Fabrics Limited,
Westexe, Tiverton EX16 5LL UK