Business Development Manager

Vacancy for a Business Development Manager
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  • •  Exciting Opportunity
  • •  Competitive Salary
  • •  Company profit share
  • •  Global travel opportunities
  • •  Company car


We have an exciting opportunity for a Business Development Manager to join our Queen’s Award-winning, expanding technical fabric business team.

Our offices and impressive production facility are located at the heart of Mid Devon. We offer 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 part of our sales team, you will be joining an ambitious and fast-growing department which is responsible for some of our most exciting high-profile projects, including space missions and green energy generation.

We are proud winners of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation and as part of the team, joining us means you will contribute to some of the most innovative technical fabric-making projects in the world.

Our highly engineered technical fabrics include composites, coated, laminated and adhesion-activated products.

Other products, manufactured through our integrated production department are destined for diverse end uses. These include recreation and military parachutes, electric vehicle and aircraft components, firefighter and other emergency services uniforms, body armour and chemical protection for military personnel globally and healthcare fabrics for medical applications.

Role overview

We are looking for an individual to play a key role in new business development, driving sustainable, profitable growth within the business unit; developing and executing sales strategies and, most importantly, providing World-Class customer support.

As Business Development Manager, you will be expected to actively seek new accounts and business opportunities, having the vision to pursue your own initiatives and ideas. Maintaining frequent contact with our well-respected customers, producing sales reports and collecting KPI data for management reviews are also a requirement within the role.


Sales Manager role is backed by a dedicated technical team. Role backed by our dedicated technical team
(textile design knowledge is not essential)

Supportive product training and development

Modern office environment
Based locally preferred, with occasional remote working


Examples of our expectations within this role

  • Develop and implement sales strategies to achieve revenue targets and drive market penetration for the business unit.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with existing clients to successfully increase profit margins while actively identifying and pursuing new business opportunities.
  • Collaborate with internal departments, including the technical team and production, to ensure seamless coordination and exceptional customer service.
  • Prepare and deliver persuasive sales presentations, proposals, and contracts to potential clients.
  • Attend industry trade shows, conferences, and networking events to represent Heathcoat Fabrics and stay abreast of industry developments.
  • Stay informed about emerging technologies, innovations, and trends.

Essential skills and experience

  • Proven experience as a Business Development / Sales Manager or in a similar role
  • Science/materials/engineering qualification or experience
  • Ability to forge strategic partnerships
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong client relationships as well as liaising with suppliers and manufacturers
  • A results-driven mindset with a proven ability to achieve sales targets and drive revenue growth
  • A flexible and logical approach
  • Willingness to travel as required to meet with clients and attend industry events
  • Ability to work on your own initiative as well as part of a team

How to Apply:

If you are excited about the opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of the Heathcoat Fabrics Team, 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
  • Enhanced holiday entitlement
  • 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