Business Development Manager

  • Location:
    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Area of Interest
    Business Development
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
  • Job Id

Who You'll Work With


Cisco’s Corporate Strategic innovation Group (CSIG), part of CSO, is a high-energy, motivated team that shares a passion for all-things innovation. This includes our Innovation Centers, which are located around the world. At the centers disruptive talent comes together to explore, discover and develop groundbreaking solutions to solve customers’ toughest challenges. The centers are fast-paced, high-energy hotspots, where the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well—in fact, thriving.

What You’ll Do

The Center Leader will operationalize and manage a functioning Innovation Center. This includes the following:


·       Leads the Innovation Center Istanbul

·       Leads, manages and guides a team of high performing professionals

·       Manages overall Innovation Center IStanbul portfolio of Innovation programs, enabling and delivery of local and corporate ecosystem programs. (developers, startups, universities, ecosystem partners, current Cisco customers, portfolio companies).

·       Responsible for Co-Innovation identifying customer needs and working with ecosystem to develop solutions and implement

·       Defines and executes the strategy for ecosystem engagement in the region, in partnership with local and corporate team

·       Works with Sales and Technical Leadership to identify trendsetting business and technology partnership opportunities

·       Closes new business partnership deals by coordinating requirements, developing and negotiating partnerships

·       In partnership with Sales and wide stakeholder base translates opportunities into revenue impact (solutions development, co-innovation, go-to-market plans, etc.

·       Works with stakeholders to build and design programs that have an impact on Cisco’s revenue growth, market leadership and strategic innovative direction

·       Partners with local sales and general leadership on internal and external needs

·       Builds strong partnerships with other Global Innovation Centers in order to share best practices and quickly execute on global opportunities

·       Drive business center targets and metrics

·       Support country Government strategy and execution within the Center


Who You Are

·       12+ years working and delivering results in the areas of Technology, Sales Business Development, Venture Capital and Innovation.

·       Strong technology strategy skills with specific focus on digital disruption and the impact it is having in the economy.

·       Excellent Business acumen skills and successful track record in managing operations, building and launching new programs and scaling business/products from ground up.

·       Exceptional organizational & leadership skills and ability to coach and quickly develop a high performance team that will execute, track and manage complex programs.

·       Ability to influence multiple stakeholders and at all levels to close gaps in conflicting priorities and to gain alignment to achieve common goal.

·       Confidence and successful track record of charting a path and making decisions with ambiguity and limited information.

·       High energy and sense of urgency. Self-starter and self-motivated. Thrive in a pressured environment. Exhibit drive and tenacity.

·       Excellent communication skills: written, verbal and presentation.

·       Exceptional stakeholder and change management skills. 

Desired Skills


·     Ability to quickly pivot and execute on required outcomes

·       Executive presence, proven success in executing complex programs and working with all levels of stakeholders – from senior executives to individual contributors

·       Start up, incubator, entrepreneurial and innovation experience and mindset is essential

·       High energy and sense of urgency

·       Self-starter and self-motivated

·       Thrive in a pressured environment

·      Exhibit drive and tenacity 


Why Cisco


We connect everything people, processes, data, and things. We innovate everywhere, taking bold risks to shape the technologies that give us smart cities, connected cars, and handheld hospitals. And we do it in style with unique personalities who aren't afraid to change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns.

We are thought leaders, tech geeks, pop culture aficionados, and we focus on your individual strengths to create best teams. We celebrate the creativity and diversity that fuels our innovation. We are dreamers and we are doers.

We Are Cisco.



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