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Fort Lauderdale, FL, US

Function:  Business Development
Job Category:  Sales & Marketing

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager


We are looking for a Business Development Manager to join our dynamic, fast-paced Sales team for Energy business. The preferred location for this position is Fort Lauderdale FL.


What will you be doing

As a Business Development Manager, you will proactively develop a pipeline of sales opportunities relevant to Projects to be sold with associated Long Term Service Agreements and develop/maintain customer relationships with the objective of securing new business or power plant extensions.


The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Business, with five or more years of experience in major capital project sales, including a demonstrated success winning contracts greater than $20 million. Specific reciprocating or turbine engine-based Power Generation industry experience is a must.


As a Business Development Manager, you will focus on these responsibilities:

  • Proactively develop a pipeline of sales opportunities relevant to Projects to be sold with associated Long Term Service Agreements
  • Develop and maintain customer relationships with the objective of securing new business or power plant extensions.
  • Work collaboratively and proactively with both North America and Finland based leadership and Project support staff to ensure the maximum leverage of Wartsila strengths, relationships and resources in the development of new power plant opportunities
  • Work closely with our US Lifecycle Agreement BDMs and Agreement Managers to ensure long term customer support for new projects and extensions
  • Respond to customer requests for preliminary and firm pricing, technical and performance information. 
  • Conduct systematically assessed, risk reduced contract negotiations.
  • Customer presentations and on-site meetings. 
  • Participation in trade shows, including presentations.
  • Ensure a comprehensive handover of all commercial and technical aspects of the project at the time of contract


To be successful in this role, we expect you to have:

  • 5 – 10 years of experience in a Business Development role serving the power industry. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with customers at any level. 
  • Strong knowledge of the power generation market to include renewables and conventional.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English
  • A multi-year track record of major electric utility, municipality or cooperative project sales success (including examples of greater than $20 million USD per project)
  • Previous utility experience and an understanding of the systematic approach to assessing and developing project sales in all aspects, including a demonstrated ability to identify and understand the customer’s buying & funding cycle in order to prioritize opportunities
  • Ability to know when, who and how to influence Project & Agreements and personnel in Wartsila
  • A comprehensive understanding of the North American energy market, the influences of fuel costs and availability.
  • Follows established sales and proposal processes


Why you and us

You will be a part of a global organization with local presence and work in an exciting and dynamic working environment with highly motivated and skilled co-workers. We offer interesting and challenging work tasks, as well as personal and professional development in a great team. 


If you feel excited by being a part of this working environment and think your personal skills and qualities match the job requirements, we look forward to receiving your job application.


Successful applicant must be authorized to work in the USA without sponsorship.


We look forward to hearing from you. Qualified candidates must apply online:


Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.   Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer. 

Vaccination is a vital tool to reduce the presence and severity of COVID-19 cases in the workplace, in communities, and in the nation as a whole. The spread of COVID when working in customer facilities and project sites can lead to costly site shutdowns, for which Wärtsilä could be deemed financially responsible. Many local government authorities require proof of vaccination to enter the state or country, and many of our customers require proof of vaccination to be on a project site. In line with legal regulations Wärtsilä has implemented a COVID-19 policy on vaccination and testing to reduce the risk of transmission on Wärtsilä premises. Wärtsilä strongly encourages all employees to be vaccinated to protect themselves and other employees.


Last application date: 28/02/2023 


At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities. 


This is Wärtsilä 

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