Business Development Assistant (8-month FTC)

Brand
WGSN
Job function
Sales & Client Services
Job type
Fixed Term
Job location
Istanbul
Salary
Competitive market rate salary
Job ref
R9511

The role

We are looking to hire a Business Development Assistant to join our Sales team in Turkey on a 8-month fixed-term maternity cover contract.

(To be considered for this role, please ensure you submit your CV in English)

 

Working at WGSN

Together, we create tomorrow

A career with WGSN is fast-paced, exciting and full of opportunities to grow and develop. We're a team of consumer and design trend forecasters, content creators, designers, data analysts, advisory consultants and much more, united by a common goal: to create tomorrow.

WGSN's trusted consumer and design forecasts power outstanding product design, enabling our customers to create a better future. Our services cover consumer insights, beauty, consumer tech, fashion, interiors, lifestyle, food and drink forecasting, data analytics and expert advisory. If you are an expert in your field, we want to hear from you.

 

Role overview

We have ambitious plans for the rest of 2023 and are looking for a Business Development Assistant to join our team in Turkey as part of our Sales function, immediately.

If you have a sales background you want to build on, this role will suit you perfectly.  We offer a dedicated training program, and we are looking for candidates who are passionate about the industries we operate in. Nurturing, developing, and training our sales teams is what makes us successful, with the support of our outstanding Sales Leaders.  

You will be a dynamic, motivated, and strategic Business Development Assistant who will be focused on building our sales pipeline within the Turkey, Middle East and Greece market. You will be cold calling for prospecting new clients and you will be using your expertise to help the prospective clients to understand the value WGSN may bring to their business. 

You will be a key member of our fast-growing, high-performing sales team and will be hands-on in building personal relationships and making sure our prospective customers are successful.

Prospecting new clients is key at this stage of the process and you can achieve this by ensuring thorough research is completed in advance.  If you're passionate about the industries our clients operate in (Fashion, Beauty, Interiors, Food & Drink and Consumer Tech), providing a world-class customer experience, and thrive in a fast-paced environment, then we want to hear from you.

 

The team

At WGSN we have high performing sales teams made up of Client Services Coordinators, Business Development Associates, Key Account Managers and Senior Account Managers, who have worked incredibly hard over the past year to achieve outstanding results. 

Our teams are diverse, tenacious, resilient, and extremely dedicated because they truly believe in the value WGSN services bring to our global clientele who operate in Fashion, Beauty, Interiors, Food & Drink and Consumer Tech.  We never compromise on collaboration which allows us to have a strong team dynamic.  

 

Key accountabilities

  • Effectively manage our inbound lead queue, being the first point of contact for prospective clients and feeling confident to reach out by phone

  • Research and identify potential clients for WGSN; develop and execute strategies for outbound prospecting via email, cold calling, LinkedIn Sales Navigator

  • Qualify inbound leads for the sales team, generating pipeline of potential new customers for WGSN

  • Use lead generation tools to routinely extract contacts and a targeted list of prospects across Fashion, Beauty, Interiors and Food & Drink and Consumer Tech 

  • Ensuring that once meetings are booked, relevant research and information is translated to the senior sales team so that they are set up for success in their meetings

  • Learn and maintain extensive knowledge of market/industry trends, developments, WGSN customers, competitors, and products; building expertise towards being able to tell the WGSN story while pitching WGSN value

  • Working closely with the marketing team on lead generation and new business activities, including but not limited to events, email campaigns, social media 

 

This list is not exhaustive and there may be other activities you are required to deliver.

 

Skills, experience & qualifications required

  • B2B sales experience would be useful

  • Collaborative mentality and a team player

  • Results-driven, resilient and a competitive nature

  • Excellent writing, communication, and listening skills

  • Great time management skills

  • Proven ability to make strong connections and overcome rejection to achieve results. We provide you with training, do not fear. 

  • Knowledge of our core industries: Fashion, Beauty, Interiors, Food and Drink, Consumer Tech

  • Previous experience with sales enablement tools such as SalesLoft, Salesforce would be an advantage

  • Fluency in English is a requirement for this role, please submit your CV in English

 

Ascential’s supporting beliefs

  • Focus: we ruthlessly prioritise and always keep things simple

  • All in: once we commit we deliver, with a clear focus on outcome

  • Trustworthiness, transparency & openness: transparency inspires trust & empowers

  • Be creative: we are smart, pro-active innovators

  • Facts: we always use data & insight to inform our work

  • Empathy: we can be relied upon for fairness and consideration

  • No silos: one team, one face, one reputation

 

More about WGSN

WGSN is the global authority on consumer trend forecasting.

We help brands around the world create the right products at the right time for tomorrow’s consumer.

 

Our culture

An inclusive culture is one of our key priorities. We want our people to truly be themselves and thrive. We love having a diverse team of people who bring new ideas, different strengths and perspectives & reflect the global audience we work with.

 

Why choose us?

At Ascential, diversity, equity and inclusion is core to us. We’re a company built around our people - and we’re committed to supporting each and every one of them to be the best they can be. We love having a diverse team of people who bring new ideas and different strengths and perspectives to Ascential. Our employee-led networks, Ascential Pride, Black in Business and EmPower: An Ascential Women's Initiative, help us to create a place where communities and allies can connect and share experiences. In addition, our Early Talent programmes help grow and foster diverse new talent for our sectors. 

We are committed to supporting the environment and sustainability, including ensuring our pension plan defaults to sustainable options and striving to be net zero by 2030.  

Recognising great performance is a key part of our culture. Our Awards schemes recognise and reward the brilliant achievements of our people. 

We have a truly flexible working environment with a wide range of flexible, hybrid and agile-working arrangements. Conversations about flexible working have always been - and will continue to be - actively encouraged here.

We want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to perform their best when interviewing, so if you require any reasonable adjustments that would make you more comfortable during the process, please let us know so that we can do our best to support you.

 

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