Business Development Manager - Advanced Systems

  • 23500 64th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Who is Shape?

SHAPE is a strategic combination of companies including Flow International, KMT Waterjet, H20 Jet, AquaDyne, Advanced Pressure Systems (APS), Aquarese, TOPS Waterjet; Shape Mined Material; and Shape Process Automation.  Collectively, we provide an extensive portfolio of manufacturing process solutions to customers around the world. The core technology of SHAPE was founded in high pressure waterjet cutting, cleaning, and surface preparation.

We work together to develop intellectual properties that drive progress and raise the bar in service excellence, we set the standard for integrity, professionalism, and inclusiveness to meet the challenges of rapidly evolving industries. Tomorrow’s customers will require more innovative solutions, we continue to push the envelope in developing the advanced technologies and digital tools to solve manufacturing challenges at the pace and scale of the markets we serve.

 Who are we looking for?

As SHAPE continues to develop into exciting new markets, we welcome like-minded professionals who share our excitement and optimism for the future. Operating across multiple disciplines, we have ample opportunity for you to grow your career in our organization.

Shape believes their success lies in the talented people that work in their organization! Our philosophy is of community and a place where people can belong, thrive and succeed! We pride ourselves on being cultural champions of our brand and values.

What sets Shape apart from other companies?

SHAPE is invested in providing constant learning and development opportunities and offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits packages. We are a multinational, highly technical and innovative company that provides global career opportunities.  We seek creative ways to continuously improve. Collaboration and teamwork defines the way we work. We are always looking for team members that want to be ahead of the curve, using latest technologies to apply in every way we do business. Our employees are dynamic, highly talented and enjoy working in a fast-paced work environment.

We encourage you to look into employment opportunities at Shape Technologies Group.  Let’s build something together.  Check out our website at


Job Description

General Purpose:

Reporting to the VP of Advanced Systems Sales, the Business Development Manager - Advanced Systems is responsible for providing a deep understanding of capital equipment requirements in the Aerospace industry in the US West Coast region and identifying key sales opportunities for SHAPE.  Must be well connected in the global aerospace industry.

 Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain detailed understanding of the Aerospace industry related to capital equipment purchasing.

  • Must provide insight on key customer targets, primary competition, barriers to entry, technology drivers, purchasing behavior, organizational structure including, customer needs, regulatory drivers, and economic trends.

  • Drive sales of advanced systems across SHAPE with primary focus on Aquarese systems.  Advanced systems defined as systems having a level impact on the customer part production process and where SHAPE can sell value.  Ideally providing a specific service or solving a specific customer problem.  One where SHAPE can sell a solution and engage the customer in entire life-cycle (process development, pilot production, systems sale, and aftermarket with service contract).

  • Provide insight on vertical business opportunities and associated technical requirements and business targets to feed business justification and ultimately product development.

  • Monitor competing technologies and assist developing appropriate response strategies are formulated and implemented.

  • Deliver new insights, working closely with R&D, engineering, and sales and marketing to ensure new business opportunity targets are met.

  • Additional duties may be assigned, as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Deep connections in the Aerospace manufacturing industry.

  • Ability to grow and maintain strong customer relationships at all levels.

  • Must be highly motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.

  • Strong phone and listening skills.

  • Excellent follow up and problem solving skills.

  • Ability to multi-task in a high-volume environment and is results oriented.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.

  • Thrive in a team environment.

  • Must be proficient in the use of a PC and Microsoft Office Suite (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word).

Supervisory Responsibility:


Education/Experience and/or Training:

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in an Engineering-related field, but Business Administration and other programs will also be considered) or alternative combinations of education and experience.

  • 5+ years of relevant experience with business development or sales / marketing in a related industry.

Additional Information

Shape Technologies Group and our companies operate as an equal opportunity employer.  Per regulations, any reasonable accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities will be provided.  If you require disability related accommodations, please inform Human Resources.  All personal information that is collected will remain private and confidential. 

 We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted

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