Business Development Analyst

Department: Boston
Location: All
Job Code: 128
# of Openings: 1


Title:   Business Development Analyst                                     Date:   April 2017

Business Unit:   Corporate                                                      Location:   Boston, MA (Preferred)      

Salary:   Competitive                                                               Website:

Benefits:   20 days PTO, Medical and dental insurance, 401(k)             Contact:



Next Street: Where teamwork and entrepreneurship meet

Next Street is a for-profit firm founded to enable growth of high-performing, high-potential small and mid-size enterprises in a challenging and stimulating environment. Our clients are successful businesses and nonprofits with annual revenues up to $100 million, as well as the anchor institutions, social investors, foundations, and government agencies that foster economic development in our cities and underserved communities. Through our work, we have a direct impact on wealth-creation and employment in America’s cities.

With offices in Boston, New York City and Chicago, Next Street provides a unique mix of integrated advisory services in strategy, finance, operations, and organizational effectiveness. We connect the dots at every level, and across multiple industries and geographies, to create a network that advances business growth and economic development. We are a for-profit B Corporation, and were named a “2014 Best of the Best for Community Impact” by B Lab.

We look for professionals who combine significant experience in their fields with a passion for building successful, high-impact organizations in underserved markets: people who love cities, love business, and thrive on challenge. Next Street offers our team members an unparalleled opportunity to work at the intersection of “doing well and doing good,” having the potential to meaningfully impact organizations and their communities on a daily basis.  We are committed to providing our professionals with development across areas of expertise, and advancement based on individual goals and performance.

Next Street Client Solutions

Whether working with small businesses and non-profits or large institutions and government and economic development organizations, we deliver solutions to clients that advance organizations’ strategy, growth, and impact.  Our multidisciplinary team approaches delivery with a generalist model, where all members participate and contribute their expertise to a variety of client solutions, including strategic and financial planning, operational improvement, organizational and effectiveness, and economic development strategies.

As part of our delivery team, you will work closely with our clients to drive tangible impact, serving as a trusted advisor at all levels of their organizations. As a small firm we offer opportunities to stretch into new leadership roles with our clients and across the Firm. 

Position Summary:

The Business Development Analyst will play a critical role in supporting, developing, and improving Next Street’s business development and knowledge management infrastructure in partnership with firm leadership and market-based delivery teams. As a small firm, we offer significant opportunity to stretch and we are seeking candidates with an entrepreneurial drive, a collaborative spirit, and an appetite to contribute in building the firm. The Analyst will report to our Director of Strategy, Finance, & Operations, with significant day-to-day collaboration across our Market and Corporate leadership teams.

Your work:

  • Work with Corporate and Market leadership to better build and streamline Next Street’s business development (BD) infrastructure in partnership with the External Relations Manager, such as:
    • Standardizing templates for proposals, pricing worksheets, pitch decks, or other BD collateral
    • Building and enforcing process controls for consistency and streamlining
    • Managing and improving BD systems / reporting (e.g., Salesforce)
    • Systematizing our creation and collection of standard BD needs such as certifications / filings, staff bios / resumes, firm qualifications / experience summaries, etc.
    • Cross-integrating insights gleaned from BD processes and external relations efforts
  • Partner with client relationship leads and in-market office operations staff to ensure that overall business development processes and pipelines are proactively and properly managed, with the goals of:
    • Proper maintenance of all prospect and client data in firm systems (e.g., Salesforce)
    • Accurate and timely reporting of the BD dashboard, pipeline, and/or other related reports
    • Informed BD discussions across weekly management team and in-market meetings
  • Support market leadership and client relationship leads firm-wide as they develop business development-related content for new prospects as well as roll / upsell opportunities, including but not limited to:
    • Brainstorming and pulling relevant ‘best of’ content from past proposals, relevant work, and a growing database of standard collateral
    • Helping to outline first cuts of materials (including proposals, pricing worksheets, RFPs) based on standard templates, ‘best of’ content, and basic prospect knowledge
    • Supporting market teams as appropriate as they iterate from draft to final client documents
  • Work with Corporate and Market leadership to prioritize, develop, and actively utilize knowledge management (KM) infrastructure across the firm, such as:
    • Improving our tools and systematizing our use of engagement kickoffs and closeouts
    • Building repositories of insights gained through these processes and integrating ‘backwards’ into broader BD and KM processes / infrastructure development over time
    • Partnering with market teams on collateral development in priority areas identified
    • Developing solutions to knowledge management ‘pain points’ for delivery teams
    • Supporting the coordination of internal knowledge sharing forums
  • Partner with the firm’s External Relations Manager to establish and coordinate a program for codifying and sharing firm thought-content / knowledge pieces externally, including:
    • Identifying key topic areas for establishing a firm perspective and supporting targeted research
    • Formalizing and streamlining the internal content development process
  • Support the Corporate leadership team in other firm-level strategic business development initiatives or special projects

We are looking for someone with:

  • Bachelor’s degree with strong academic performance
  • Experience working in a professional environment, preferably with direct experience supporting business development activities or similar functions (fundraising, development)
  • Proficiency working with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) as well as an ability and appetite to learn new systems and processes quickly; experience with CRM systems (e.g., Salesforce) a plus
  • Excellent planning, prioritization, and organizational skills, including the ability to effectively manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Experience conducting both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis
  • A desire to build a business and an appetite to take entrepreneurial initiative
  • A demonstrated capacity for collaboration and teamwork at all levels of tenure
  • A strong desire to continuously learn through work across industries, client segments, and communities of practice
  • A willingness to challenge and be challenged, regardless of seniority

Next Street is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status, or any other protected factor.

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