A business development professional has three primary responsibilities: Identifying new sales leads. Pitching products and/ or services. Maintaining fruitful relationships with existing customers. Business Development Executive Skills To be an effective business development executive, an individual must be socially adept. Good with numbers. Able to provide quality leadership to a large team of sales people. The skills you need to excel in this position include: Strong communication and IT fluency. Creative talents and the ability to solve tough problems. In- depth knowledge of the industry and its current events. The ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines. Skill in prioritizing and triaging obligations. Attention to detail. Excellent time management and organization.