Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Department: Support

Location: Austin, TX

Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP, the largest locally owned and managed accounting firm in the greater Austin area, is seeking a relationship-driven self-starter to lead the firm’s business development efforts.

The firm’s business development manager is responsible for amplifying and building upon the firm’s existing market presence, building and sustaining relationships with new and existing centers of influence, identifying and qualifying new business opportunities, and organizing the proposal process.

Highly regarded in the Austin community and the accounting industry at large, the firm has received numerous prestigious awards, including the “#1 Best Mid-sized Accounting Firm to Work For” in the nation by Accounting Today in 2019.

Additional awards received within the last three years include:


  • “America’s Top Recommended Tax and Accounting Firms”

Accounting Today

  • “Best Accounting Firms to Work For”
  • “Best Accounting Firms for Women”
  • “Top 100 Regional Leaders”
  • “Beyond the Top 100: Firms to Watch”

Inside Public Accounting

  • “Best of the Best Firms”
  • “Top 200 Firms”
  • “200 Fastest Growing Firms”

Financial Times

  • “FT 300: Top Registered Investment Advisers”

Financial Advisor

  • “2020 RIA Ranking”

Austin Business Journal

  • “Healthiest Employers in Central Texas”

American Heart Association

  • “Fit-Friendly Workplace – Gold Award”

Watch this video to learn about Maxwell Locke & Ritter’s involvement in the community and check out our Instagram (@maxlocrit) to get a better idea of our day-to-day workplace culture.

Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Benefits Include: 22 days paid time off (increases with firm tenure) plus eight paid holidays and two floating holidays, continuing professional education, 401(k) plan including profit sharing contribution, annual bonus through profit sharing plan, medical insurance, cafeteria plan including medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, dental insurance, vision insurance, term-life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, employee assistance program, paid parental leave and paid bereavement leave.

(Employees must work a minimum of 30 hours a week to be eligible for the following benefits:  Medical, Dental, Vision, Health Savings Account, Limited Purpose Medical Flexible Spending Account, Full Medical Flexible Spending Account, and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, Term Life and AD&D, Long-term Disability and Employee Assistance Program.)

Other Perks Include: Family friendly and flexible work environment, firm-wide wellness program and onsite gym access at Frost Bank Tower, discounted monthly parking or commuter pass, complimentary in-office massages during busy season, formal coaching program, firm-wide community service activities, regular firm socials and team-building activities and much more!


  • Drive the firm’s business and relationship development efforts in collaboration with ML&R leadership and associates
  • Build and sustain relationships with new and existing centers of influence
  • Identify, qualify and help close new business opportunities
  • Proactively reach out to potential sales leads
  • Follow up on incoming sales leads
  • Manage and leverage firm’s CRM system
  • Organize and facilitate the proposal process
  • Participate in internal client and networking events, assisting in coordination as appropriate
  • Attend external networking events (once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted)
  • Build upon firm’s existing business development approach, refining existing processes and implementing new processes as appropriate
  • Facilitate and cultivate a culture of business development within the firm

Required Qualifications:

  • 3+ years’ experience in a relationship-driven role (business development, sales, banking, marketing, community relations, etc.)
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing or related field
  • Exceptional communication and project management skills
  • Ability to strategically and positively influence and lead a team to accomplish desired results
  • Strong business acumen with an ability to understand and communicate ML&R’s business, marketplace and value proposition
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous business development experience is a plus, but not a requirement
  • Previous experience at CPA or professional services firm is a plus, but not a requirement
  • Client relationship management (CRM) experience, preferably Salesforce
  • Experience with video and audio conferencing software

More About Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP

Being a great place to work, where our employees reach their full potential and provide exceptional service to our clients and the community, is a key part of our business vision. Consequently, we have an exceptionally low turnover rate. This benefits our clients by allowing them to develop trusting, longstanding relationships with our experienced accountants. When they request our tax services and other specialties, our clients become an important part of our family, and we become a dependable financial advisor to theirs.

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