Director, Business Development in Port Washington, NY at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 10/26/2018

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At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you would fit in great with us! 

We are looking for a Director, Business Development who will grow at our Port Washington, NY corporate office.

The Business Development Director position is critical to the identification, prospecting and relationship building connection of the Hawthorne Gardening Company to potential large-scale commercial hydroponic facility owners around the country but particularly in the Northeast Region. The primary purpose if this role is to find new business partnerships and future revenue opportunities for the Hawthorne Gardening Company.

We are seeking an experienced Director of Business Development for our Port Washington, NY office, with a verifiable track record of generating leads and establishing new and existing markets. The successful candidate will be a self-starter, have proven experience in a B2B sales role, have excellent relationship building and communication skills and preferably an established network of asset managers, family fund managers and private equity in their location/territory.

As a member of our team you will explain the company’s products in such a way that will lead your contact to consider further discussion. This will be done through industry event attendance, telephone calls and emails. The ideal candidate will build and cultivate prospect relationships by initiating communications and conducting follow-up to move opportunities to a sales ready opportunity. The position reports into the Chief Operating Officer / Head of Sales. 

 In this role you will:

  • Build a portfolio of investors who plan to set up hydroponic cultivation facilities in the future
  • Find new revenue streams and new hydroponic cultivation partners for the company
  • Understand, pitch and sell the Hawthorne Solutions strategy to high value targets
  • Create relevant lists of currently expanding or new target investors (both private equity and public) in the hydroponics cultivation space
  • Work closely with state government groups and lobbyist to connect with potential clients
  • Work across the US and Canada to understand the network web of cultivation investors
  • Outbound lead generation (eg. schedule qualified face-to-face meetings and calls for the Sales Executives) and inbound lead handling / qualification
  • Perform email outreach, prospecting, cold-calling
  • Create and execute lead generation campaigns
  • Follow up on sales enquiries
  • Identifying important decision makers at prospective targets
  • Attending industry events to generate interest in Hawthorne
  • Using digital and business/social media to promote brand values
  • Maintaining data in SAP, including lead and opportunity analysis and reporting
  • Providing feedback to sales and product management
  • Collaborate with law firms who represent clients’ interests and handle cultivation license applications
  • Oversee and execute investor outreach activities such as investor meetings, receptions, holiday gifts, and ad hoc communications
  • Assists with relationship maintenance of new investor partnerships and tracks commitments and money raised by people in the hydroponics cultivation space
  • Provides feedback to organization regarding the investment community’s perception of the company
  • Have a willingness to travel 50% of the time 

The perfect person will have:

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in investor relations, finance and venture capital fundraising
  • Strong client relationship experience preferred
  • Strong knowledge of investment terminology and understanding of financial reporting
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong ability to communicate with broad range of investors
  • A track-record in business development to the investment management market
  • An understanding of new business opportunities, the cannabis market and the investment process
  • Bachelor’s Degree, MBA in Finance or Marketing preferred
  • Working knowledge of the publicly traded Canadian hydroponic cultivation network of growers and US Commercial hydroponic operations

Behavioral Attributes:

  • An open communicator, used to working with managers and peers on a remote basis
  • A resourceful and pro-active nature, coupled with a desire to learn, and to share knowledge within the team
  • Ability to work well independently, and as part of a team
  • Strong, self-motivated, work-ethic

We offer a competitive remuneration package, including base salary and incentive components commensurate with experience.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world. 

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We ensure that our recruitment and interviewing practices are not discriminatory

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

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