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Saab Global
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Senior Business Development Manager

Home Office, Massachusetts, United States of America
Closing date: 30 April 2023

Job Description:

Saab, Inc. is seeking a dynamic, results-oriented individual with impeccable ethics and business integrity to fill the role of Senior Business Development Manager. As the successful candidate you will report to the Surveillance & Naval Domain Marketing and Sales Director, and will be recognized internally and externally as a subject matter expert and key business development resource. You will have the opportunity to work closely with Executive Management, Technology, Engineering, and Program Management disciplines throughout the Company and the customer base. You will need to have an understanding of military protocol, hierarchy and internal workings; and responsibility and accountability for the development and capture of new business through primary Government agencies, defense contractors/subcontractors, and partnering, as well as the commercial market.



  • Routinely identify new business opportunities and customers for Saab.

  • Work autonomously to influence and partner with internal and external stakeholders, while leading significant proposal and capture efforts.

  • Understand business area and business unit products and services and combine the ability to work with technical experts to identify solutions which will meet customers' needs and requirements.

  • Provide leadership for the identification, capture planning and capture execution of programs/contracts to support Saab.

  • Develop and implement capture plans and strategies, understand the customer’s requirements and the competition and develop / implement winning strategies that highlight strengths and mitigate weaknesses; establish value added teaming strategies and competitive pricing structures to create a profitable return at a winning cost.

  • Lead collaborative cross-functional teams in the development of capture plans to leverage all organizational strengths at Saab. This includes the development of action oriented capture plans, customer and engagement plans, and providing operational and technical inputs to develop system solution.

  • Develop and maintain excellent relations with customers. Ensure continuing customer relations and an effective flow of information to deliver business objectives.

  • Coordinate with US DoD acquisition and program offices to identify mission needs, capabilities, and requirements in support of technical inputs and concept of operations to develop system solutions.

  • Develop and manage relevant budgets, Bid and Proposal resources, and associated R&D activity.

  • Coordinate and conduct all aspects of business development capture management following all required processes and preparing products for the capture of major pursuits within the military and commercial markets.

  • Support the Marketing and Sales Director in establishing a realistic five-year + capture and strategic pipeline that implements the business objectives of Saab within the military, government, commercial, and industrial sectors to generate sales to U.S. DoD and allied armed forces as well as commercial and industrial customers.

  • Prepare and conduct Decision Gates (Business Winning Process), Sources Sought & RFI responses, Black Hats, Blue Teams, Competitive Intelligence, Price-to-Win, Pink-Red-Gold Teams.

This position requires approximately 20%-50% of travel away from local office throughout the year.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Engineering or related discipline is required. MBA is a plus.

  • 10+ years of Business Development in defense industry and/or relevant military naval operations.

  • Knowledge of DoD acquisition process, and government procurement policies and procedures. Previous DAWIA Level III PM qualification a plus.

  • Must be able to obtain a Secret level clearance.

  • Ability to work well independently with minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment.

  • Proven outstanding leadership, communication, strategic planning, Voice of the Customer and relationship management skills.

  • U.S. DoD experience with Naval/Ground Radars, Electronic Warfare, and C2 systems is preferred.

  • Thorough knowledge of customers within the U.S. acquisition, requirements development, operational, test & evaluation, and research & development communities is preferred.

  • Experience with Foreign Military Sales is preferred.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 18,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in seven U.S. locations.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.