Director – Business Development

In this key sales role based in Chicago, you will contribute to Fonon Corporation growth and profitability by developing sales opportunities through existing and new direct customers.  The position will focus on building out new business within commercial and business communities. In this direct sales role, the main function is to generate and close sales of Fonon Corporation products and services. 


  • Grow commercial and industrial sales of FONON products and services with responsibility for business development within the US.
  • Develop and recommend a comprehensive sales plan regarding area growth, market share, and key target accounts. Develops sales forecasts based on government focused sales strategy.
  • Meet with key industry partners building senior level relationships that can be used to target new business.
  • Provide opportunity identification and assessment: lead opportunity reviews and decision steps that consist of: identification; qualification; opportunity development; and bid/no bid.
  • Identify prospective opportunities using relationships with existing federal or defense customers, market assessment, industry sources, partners, and customers.
  • Qualify prospective opportunities by evaluating past performance, competition, relationships, and incumbents.
  • Develop opportunities by positioning with the customer, assembling an approach and team, identifying customer hot buttons, defining the elements to win, and identifying key personnel.
  • Position FONON capabilities with new prospective customer through frequent customer meetings and targeted messaging.
  • Manage sales pipe line and reporting through sales reporting and tracking tool. Forecast monthly sales/revenue and report monthly sales results and proof of sales through sales reporting tools.
  • Lead generation, both from the existing customer base and new prospects; including activities generated by cold-calls, ideas and intelligence from projects, running sales campaigns, and conference attendance.
  • Develop sales proposals and lead business negotiations.
  • Maintain accurate sales pipeline, forecast and opportunity updates via our CRM system.
  • Effectively manage pipeline funnel to sufficiently attain quota objectives.
  • Manage customers though the customer engagement lifecycle i.e., discovery phase, decision phase, execution phase, and continuous business improvement phase.
  • Gather market information that will contribute to marketing strategies and plan. 

Required Skills:

  • 7 to 10 years of experience in sales or business development
  • 7 years of successfully winning project and service contracts
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business, Marketing, or related discipline.
  • Understanding of sales process and business development experience within Fortune 500 companies
  • Track-record of identifying, qualifying and winning project engagements.
  • Familiar with medium to large-scale requirements type contracts.

How to Apply: Submit your resume in confidence via e-mail to