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Primary Location: 

Canada - Halifax (Dartmouth), CA

Function:  Sales & Marketing
Job Category:  Sales & Marketing

Business Development Manager, Marine

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2018, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.1 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.


Position location is flexible within Canada, may also include Vancouver, Victoria , Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal.



Position Description:

  • Reporting directly to the General Manager Marine Sales USA & Canada, the Business Development Manager (Marine)’s primary focus will be to effectively establish and execute a sales strategy to secure opportunities within the Marine sector to include but not limited to shipyards, designers, owners and operators, procurement teams, within the Canadian Government and commercial marine industry



  • Develop and manage account plans/profiles and actively participate in account strategy sessions.
  • Strong focus on uncovering customer needs and communicating those needs across the organisation.
  • Frequent visits to customers in conjunction with Wartsila vessel segment and technology experts, market Wartsila current and emerging technologies in the Canadian Government and commercial marine market
  • Lead and manage (often virtual) project sales teams within the company to build compelling value propositions based on customer needs.
  • Negotiate terms and conditions of contracts
  • Lead the development of Request for Proposal responses for Government and commercial opportunities
  • Develop Canadian Industrial Technology Benefits strategies


Education & Experience:

  • Ideally the Business Development Manager Marine should have completed a BSc or MSc in Engineering, MBA and have at least 10 years of relevant Marine industry and/or Government service within the Marine sector
  • Ideally this individual is relevant in the Canadian Government marine industry and possesses an updated contact list of influencers and decision makers and knowledge of navigating complex government channels
  • Canadian Government contracting and Industrial Offset program knowledge and experience.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Marine industry, contractual environment, understanding customer’s operations and financials, understanding the tradeoffs in CAPEX, OPEX and life cycle approach


Additional Requirements:

  • Visionary who can also align the organization to work towards vision
  • Strong sales, contract negotiations, planning and exceptional presentation skills and experience in selling high value – long term projects on a value and or consultative basis
  • Excellent communication skills (exercises active listening, builds trust in networks and relationships and gives feedback in constructive manner), including the ability to understand and communicate technical concepts.
  • Eager and competent to engage in Chief Executive-level discussions
  • Leadership and management capabilities and experience. While this position will not have direct reports, the role will successfully lead teams through exceptional communication, influencing and recognition skills to create a sense of team, cohesiveness, buy-in and commitment. Experience leading (virtual) teams is considered a major asset to being successful in this role.
  • Target-orientated and entrepreneurial drive, self-disciplined, a self-starter
  • Project management skills
  • Team player attitude (internally and externally)
  • Willingness to travel and work in a global team of professionals
  • Language: Fluent written and spoken English, second language is a plus



What we offer you:

The opportunity to further develop your talents and competencies within an international working environment, in an ambitious, growth orientated organisation. We offer excellent terms of employment including a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We foster an environment of openness, respect and trust, and our workplace culture can be described as down to earth and decisive.


We drive an inclusive corporate culture by respecting diversity. Success requires a mix of employees - diversity in nationality, gender, age, personality and educational background.


If you feel excited about being part of this dynamic working environment and you think your personal skills and qualifications match the job requirements, we look forward receiving your job application.



Wartsila Canada is an equal opportunity employer under the Government of Canada's Federal Contractors Program. Please note criminal record checks are required for all positions.