Director, Business Development (Nordics)

Title: Director, Business Development
Report to: Managing Director
Location: Nordics

Uptime Institute, an independent division of The 451 Group, is an unbiased advisory organization focused on improving the performance, efficiency, and reliability of business-critical infrastructure through innovation, collaboration, and independent certifications. Uptime Institute serves all stakeholders responsible for IT service availability through industry-leading standards, education, peer-to-peer networking, consulting, and award programs delivered to enterprise organizations and third-party operators, manufacturers, and providers. Uptime Institute is recognized globally for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction, and Operations, along with its Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval, FORCSS® methodology, and Efficient IT Stamp of Approval. Uptime Institute, Data Centre Risk Assessment, Hybrid Resilience Assessment, Tier Ready Award —The Global Data Center Authority®—has office locations in the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, U.K., Spain, U.A.E., Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, Dubai, and Malaysia.

Position Description:

Uptime Institute is now seeking a business development professional with experience developing consulting business in the data center industry. This position will help expand the company’s global sales activities across the current and developing service portfolio. This position will be responsible to promote concepts and services, and close contracts (per company policies) for Uptime Institute services.

The focus of this business development professional will include data center industry organizations and professionals for both existing and new accounts in the region. The Director of Business Development will generate new direct and indirect/third-party sales opportunities for Uptime Institute’s Tiers, Operational Sustainability, Data Centre Risk Assessment and M&O (Management & Operations), Hybrid Resilience Assessment, Tier Ready Award, and Other professional services in their region.

The professional services include certification and consulting on both infrastructure (Data Centre Risk Assessment, Preliminary Reviews and Tier Certification) and operations (Tier Certification of Operational Sustainability Management & Operations Stamp of Approval) and strategic support in the development and implementation of a robust Facilities Management Programs (Facilities Management & Operations ([FMO] Advisory), Hybrid Resilience Assessment, Tier Ready Award.


  • Work closely with the regional sales team, as well as with the global executive team, to identify all strategic, long-term, or portfolio-wide opportunities.
  • Develop and manage incoming leads and ongoing industry outreach, including education of the industry regarding these offerings and the IP upon which they are based.
  • Manage maturing leads, supporting scope and price negotiation culminating in a proposal, and initiating the contract phase.
  • Maintain timely and accurate sales information and tracking through Uptime Institute's CRM (Salesforce).
  • Facilitate follow-up and provide roll-up reporting to senior management.
  • Travel in support of Uptime Institute events and on-site business development efforts both domestic and select overseas destinations are requisite for this position.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • 5 -7 years’ experience in Business development and market development background with demonstrable success in identifying new prospective customers, building a pipeline, and closing consulting agreements.
  • Experience and knowledge of the global data center market.
  • Capability to recognize, explore, and scope consulting services consistent with the focus and mission of Uptime Institute and its service offerings.
  • Proven sales track record exceeding goals with an emphasis on securing and expanding profitable customer relationships.
  • Preference will be given for candidates with an Intimate knowledge of data center planning, design, construction, and operations—and a track record of selling services in this data center consulting discipline.
  • Strong verbal and written skills with proven experience in the technical subject matter.
  • Strong networking, negotiating, and interpersonal skills.
  • A customer-centric approach.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send your CV, salary requirement with “Your Name-Director Business Development (Nordics)" on the subject line to