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Business Development Director

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As a Business Development Director at SMAKK, you’ll provide leadership across acquiring new branding and website projects, while keeping up-to-date on daily project activities. You’ll identify a client’s business needs and work independently to understand, define and build effective and innovative solutions that generate new business.


  • Run end-to-end pitch processes, including establishing initial opportunities, interfacing with prospective clients, and creating proposals and SOW responses

  • Manage account profitability by negotiating statements of work, ensuring work is delivered on budget, and working with finance and account team to create billing and invoicing schedules

  • Onboard new clients and brief-in internal team on new projects and their requirements

  • Expand contacts with key client project contacts and maintain strong post-engagement relationships introducing new opportunities accordingly

  • Create and execute on outbound marketing and sales strategy

  • Network and cold call on behalf of agency to secure new business meetings and qualified contacts for partners

  • Research/find relevant RFP’s and initiate relationships with agency search firms

  • Identity networking events for partner participation (trade shows, conferences, events)

  • Represent the agency at events

  • Submit agency work for industry awards

  • Publish content to the agency blog and social channels

  • Find opportunities for partners to present/speak, lead workshops, panel participation, etc.


  • Minimum of 5-10 years of experience working in business development at a creative or marketing agency

  • Experience working with consumer brands and/or DTC brands - with a focus within the Skincare, Beauty, Health & Wellness space

  • Must be comfortable talking with CEO’s, CMO’s, technical leads and marketers about digital marketing needs and branding

  • Must have familiarity with the web design and development process, technical terminology and industry trends and standards

  • Must be aware of trends in marketing and advertising

  • Exceptional Organizational Skills

  • Great Communication Skills - written and presentation

  • Ability to work quickly as part of a fast paced team

  • Fast learner with a great memory for details

  • Aptitude to learn more and grow not just yourself but your team

  • Acute analytical skills and superb attention to detail

  • Work effectively in a team environment including close interaction with clients

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written


  • We are a a close knit team that values empathy and curiosity in our approach to projects and teamwork

  • Collaboration is at our core - we prioritize learning from our challenges, adapt and adjust to consistently improve as a group and individually

  • We don’t just move on from one win to the next - we acknowledge and celebrate

  • We believe investing in our team is our future success. We provide financial assistance for professional development and continued career development support

  • Competitive benefits: matching 401k, fully paid health, vision and dental benefits

  • We value mental health and self care and have policies to support your needs

  • We value having fun and embrace slowing down during the summer months with Summer Fridays and company happy hours year round

  • We truly mean work from where you want to work. We’re based in NYC with a collaboration space in SoHo, but our team works locally and remote from wherever they would like


SMAKK is a branding and marketing agency with a purpose. We use our focused set of capabilities to develop and grow world-changing brands that are better for people and the planet.

Founded in 2011 and based in NYC, we are proudly one of the .1% of creative agencies owned by women. Today, our services include brand strategy and development, website design and development, packaging design, and marketing strategy and execution. We work with brands across a range of sectors including wellness and personal care, beauty, lifestyle, and social impact. Past clients have included The Honey Pot Co., S.C. Johnson, Busy Co, Conscious Step, Shiseido, Two Blind Brothers, and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

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