Business Development Manager, International Growth

Jan 30, 2017
Jesse Nieminen Jesse Nieminen

Interested in ramping up the international business of a scalable B2B software start-up? Viima has a proven business model and a product that our customers love, which have helped us enjoy three years of profitable organic growth in Finland. We are now looking to expand to foreign markets and would like to hire key players to strengthen our team!

  • Location: Espoo, Finland
  • Starting dateNegotiable
  • 30+ h/week

Who are we?

Viima is a SaaS tool for companies to engage their employees, customers, or other stakeholders in transparent and collaborative development of ideas. Our goal is to help companies all around the world unleash the unrealized potential in their employees or other stakeholders by transforming the way they turn ideas into new innovations quickly and easily. Our current happy customers, such as If, Varma, Lassila & Tikanoja, United Nations, and HUS are just a tip of the iceberg.

We are a bootstrapped, yet rapidly growing young company with a team of seven and are now looking to strengthen the team to further boost our growth and internalization. This year, we’ll at least quintuple our revenue from last year.

We take pride in the craftsmanship and quality of everything we do. We’re always looking for ways to do things better and grow our expertise, both personally and as a team. However, at the same time, we know that there’s more to life than work and do believe that work is supposed to be fun. We offer a very informal and relaxed atmosphere where you don’t have to worry about joking, or just speaking up. We also like to do extracurricular activities together, such as TV show and book clubs, team sports, or the occasional visit to the gym and sauna at our office.

Job description

We’re now looking for a passionate and enthusiastic business development manager to spearhead our international growth and help our customers succeed. This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious young professional looking to become a key player in a fast-growing international business

Our software can be taken into use within minutes from a technical point-of-view, but our customers often need our help in figuring out the challenges related to cultural transformation and in implementing the right business processes around the software. It’s this expertise that’s one of our key opportunities for creating an international and scalable business, but one that isn’t without its challenges.

In essence, it would be your job to help us figure out and implement a scalable way to acquire international customers and make sure we deliver real business value for them. This is obviously a huge challenge so you won’t be left alone to deal with it but will have the full support of our team for doing that. You won’t be starting from scratch either as we already have a growing pipeline of interested foreign prospects and a steady stream of new inbound leads to work on.

This position will require you to be an analytical thinker capable of quickly solving problems on the fly, be they related to our own growth strategy or helping our customers develop their business with the help of our software. However, succeeding in this job will take more than just thinking about the big picture. You’ll need to be willing and able to do the footwork to make those visions a reality. 

We require you to:

  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, in English. Also, fluent communication in one of these languages is considered a plus: Swedish, German, French or Spanish
  • Not be afraid of taking and carrying responsibility
  • Have a proactive mind-set and relentless drive to make things happen
  • Be an analytical and talented problem solver
  • Take pride in the quality of your work and the value you deliver to customers
  • Be passionate about learning new skills and improving your game
  • Be a true team player
  • Understand and have skills in one or more of the following:
    • Management consulting
    • B2B sales
    • Online marketing or inbound marketing

We can offer you: 

  • An opportunity to grow into a key player in a fast-growing start-up
  • A chance to impact the way we operate and grow as a company
  • Flexibility to shape your role and the way you work
  • Mentoring to help you become an international business superstar
  • An unrivalled start-up company culture in a professional surrounding
  • Brand new office right next to Otaniemi with a gym and sauna
  • Competitive salary and option plans

We believe that the best people aren’t the ones with the most experience but the most burning desire to always learn more and get better at what they do. If you have a passion for making a real impact with your work, we’d like you to join us on our journey to help companies all over the world become more innovative!

Please submit your application letter and CV to careers[at] Please mention your salary request and possible starting date in your application documents.

For more information about the recruitment process, please contact Erkka Isomäki (erkka[at]