We’re hiring!

Business Development Intern for the Netherlands

business development intern

Whom are we looking for?

To grow FutureproofedCities, we are looking for people who are the most talented, curious, fun dedicated, right across the organisation — from sales to customer support, from product development to accounts receivable.

We don’t want to be hiring just the smartest people, it’s also about developing the most flexible people, to form the highest-performing teams. At Futureproofed we are also committed to creating an Asshole-Free-Zone.

You have skills, knowledge, energy and time and we realise there's many offers to contemplate... So why should you devote these precious resources to FutureproofedCities? Here’s the deal we have to offer: you will have to work hard to catch up with a large and growing list of ideas; things may be more chaotic than elsewhere; our plan might even fail. But the quid pro quo is that you will have more responsibility, it will be more fun, you will learn and grow more, you will do meaningful work, and if things go well, you might participate in the upside.

About Futureproofed

Why?

At Futureproofed we see climate change as one of the greatest threats to humanity — on par with nuclear warfare, in fact — but also as an unprecedented opportunity for people, cities, and businesses to thrive.

We believe our ability to reverse the climate crisis and build a fossil-free, circular and biodiverse society will determine our fate in the coming decades. Either we become the fools who let the climate change tragedy unfold, or we become the superhero generation who speed up and scale the transformation to attractive cities and a fossil-free future.

Vision

When it comes to climate change, cities are where the action is. Yet whenever we talk to civil servants responsible for climate in municipalities, we realise it’s the same thing all over Europe: more often than not it’s a one-(wo)man show, with very little time available for helping drive climate action. And every municipality seems to be reinventing the wheel

FutureproofedCities is a web-app to help solve that. It helps cities develop, monitor and manage their climate action plan in order to implement climate action more effectively. Cities can learn from other cities and engage their citizens to better transform their climate plan into action.

Goals

We launched in early 2017 and have about 65 municipalities, or more than one municipality out of five in Flanders running on FutureproofedCities, including Antwerp, Ghent, Kortrijk, Hasselt, Ostend, Vilvoorde, Bonheiden.

In addition we are currently running a pilot project in the region of Valencia, Spain and about to take on the next step of this project in the Nordics. Other than that, we are engaged with several cities and regions across Europe.


Job description

Futureproofed is expanding and is looking for a young, positive, creative and driven intern to drive the Business Development in the Netherlands. As part of a growing team, her/his mission will be to develop, implement and take the lead on the Dutch market and strengthen Futureproofed’s presence as an essential actor for cities in their transition towards a fossil-free future.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop the launch of FutureproofedCities in the Netherlands

  • Identify local target markets based on data and relationships

  • Develop the sales network and channels and fill sales pipeline

  • Identify sales bottlenecks and deal with support of other teams

  • Understand landscape and identify key actors

  • Provide feedback to product and customer success teams to better meet regional customer needs 

  • Participate in design sprints with customers regarding next-generation developments

  • Maintain sustainable customer relationships with the support of account managers 

Requirements

Must have

  • Motivation to tackle climate change and interest in the opportunities it brings for cities

  • Background in business, economics and management (business engineering, economics, …) and/or naturally business-driven

  • Understands the ins and outs of business in general and able to build a strategic plan

  • Knows how to build and expand networks and find channels 

  • Loves sales and has drive, resourcefulness and perseverance for it

  • Has a client-driven personality with the ability to understand need, worry and motivation

  • Self-motivated able to handle responsibility and to work independently 

  • Eager to grow and learn

  • Outspoken and constructive

  • Native in Dutch from the Netherlands (Dutch accent is very welcome 😉)

Bonus points for

  • A network within Dutch municipalities (and academics)

  • Affinity with the culture of local authorities (municipality, city, province, ‘Het Rijk’)  in the Netherlands

What’s our offer?

  • The opportunity to learn a lot, develop yourself with the help of one of the company partners  

  • Cost reimbursement: laptop, foldable Brompton bike, public transport, car sharing, representation costs, internet, phone  

  • Flexibility in working hours and location (we're literally located next to Leuven Station). You can work from a shared office or at home in the Netherlands 

  • Growth and mentoring by experienced colleagues

  • The opportunity to grow and learn within a fast-growing startup

  • Have fun doing your job

  • Be part of team with a mission and vision that is Futureproofed

Contact

Interested in the position? Are you the wonderful intern we are looking for? ⚡️

Please address your application to Steven Van Praet at steven@futureproofed.com with Tarek El Azzouzi tarek@futureproofed.com in cc. Your application must contain your Curriculum Vitae putting forward your most relevant experiences and qualifications for the job as well as your Cover Letter (in Dutch) explaining why you are suited for the position. 

Already looking forward to meeting you! ☕️