Business Development Manager

Opportunity in short: Early entry into ambitious Nordic scale-up, well positioned in the booming global esports industry. Highly experienced core team in place, NOK 150 million funding secured, and top-ranking elite teams acquired. Competitive compensation incl. equity.

Esports - a popular revolution

Do you want to work in a hyper-expansive industry with 500 million fans, professional teams battling for millions in prize pools, and annual revenues exceeding $1 billion? How about managing a global sports organization where the athletes, crowds, and stadiums are as real as they get, while the game itself is virtual? Esports has rapidly emerged from the underground and is now hitting the masses. In parallel venture capitalists, private equity, and other investment communities are fighting for the best opportunities, with esports businesses growing at record speeds. Sounds interesting?

We are accelerating our growth agenda with an ambitious business developer

As Business Development Manager / Lead in Heroic, you will play a central role in our strategy and expansion initiatives, side by side with our management team. You will be leading some of our most exciting projects, together with cross-functional internal teams, also with several of our strategic partners. We hope to attract an ambitious management consulting profile, with a +3-year proven track-record working in a high-performance environment. The candidate should have experience from managing teams, be proactive and self-driven from planning to execution, and be a strong conceptual and analytical thinker with a strategic mindset. Experience from esports or adjacent industries (media, traditional sports etc.) is considered positive, but most importantly we are looking for a strong spark and genuine interest for shaping the esports industry - with all the amazing opportunities that lies ahead for Heroic. We also foresee to expand the business development function over time and are therefore looking for this position to develop into a functional leader within future business areas currently being developed.

Key responsibilities

  • Contribute to overall strategy and direction for Heroic
  • Actively support CEO and management team on the overall business agenda
  • Manage key projects and initiatives, end-to-end, to realize our growth ambitions
  • Work commercially with existing partners and contribute to adding new ones
  • Help develop internal structures and processes to support the organizational expansion
  • Proactively identify and propose high impact business development opportunities
  • Contribute to fundraising rounds and M&A processes
  • Help expand and eventually lead our business development team
  • Contribute to building new business areas as potential track to more senior role
  • Strengthen our ways of working form your professional services experience

Academic and professional background

Required:

  • Master’s degree or MBA in business or engineering from top tier university
  • Min. 3 years of working experience in leading management consultancy with strong development track and proven ability to lead teams
  • Strong consulting toolbox incl. strong communication, analytics, and strategic capabilities

Preferable:

  • Esports or adjacent industry experience
  • International exposure and ambitions
  • Strong personal / professional network relevant for Heroic
  • Reached manager level or higher

Personal qualifications

  • Ambitious and result oriented, with passion for growth and value creation
  • Strong business acumen and ability to learn new industries quickly
  • Comfortable in leading teams and great at facilitating effective collaborations
  • Conceptual and strategic thinker with solid business understanding
  • Creative, energic, and hard working
  • Proven ability to establish successful business relationships on senior levels
  • An engaging personality and a natural ability to create positive rapport with people
  • Excited about the growth, opportunities, and dynamics of the esports industry
  • Clear ambition to rapidly develop into key leadership positions in Heroic
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English, additional languages (e.g., Nordics, German, French, Chinese) desirable

What Heroic offers

  • Early entry, hereunder the ability to impact our long-term direction
  • Secured funding, competitive salary, and equity incentives
  • Ambitious and competent colleagues with diverse personal and professional backgrounds (hereunder management consulting)
  • Dynamic and fun work environment, with people and culture as the pinnacle for growth
  • Opportunity to gain unique esports competency from “the inside”
  • International environment; Nordics as our base and the world as our playground
  • Opportunity to position the Nordics at the top of a global competitive arena
  • Big screens, powerful computers, ergonomic gaming chairs, and free flow of energy drinks

About Heroic and Omaken Sports

Heroic was founded in 2016 as a promising challenger in the professional esports scene. Since then, through hard work and commitment, we have succeeded to position as one of the best elite teams globally. Heroic was acquired by Omaken Sports this February, providing a strong platform for additional growth and expansion. Omaken Sports was founded in 2020, and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Our founder, Joachim Haraldsen is Norway’s most profiled gamer with an impressive industry network and a vision to position Heroic and the Nordic region at the top of the global esports scene. Omaken Sports recently raised NOK 150 million in capital, enabling the acquisition of Heroic and several other growth initiatives currently in the making. Heroic now has the second best professional CS:GO team globally, a world-leading PUBG and Rainbow Six rosters, and a very promising SimRacing set-up. With rapid growth as our main objective, we are quickly entering new games, signing new elite teams, positioning for franchise stakes in top leagues, and attracting world-class commercial partners. The timing is now, and the opportunities are many. Initially, our main target is to conquer the elite esports segment under the Heroic banner. With the recent expansion and the growing brand recognition, Omaken Sports will be rebranded to Heroic Group. Over time, Heroic Group will grow into other gaming verticals.

#BeHeroic

Our company values are #BeCompetitive, #BeProfessional, and #BeBorderless. These three values are all captured in our #BeHeroic caption and intends to speak to and inspire current and future esports fans. We aim to motivate people to adopt heroic characteristics such as being a role model, showing courage, acting noble, or achieving greatness. Being heroic is showing respect for others and promoting human equality. Standing up for yourself, and those in need. From an organizational point of view, we want all our employees to represent #BeHeroic through our joint ACHIEVEMENTS, the PERSONALITIES we represent, and our RESPONSIBILITY towards our fans, our communities, and through our social impact work.

How to apply?

  • Submit your application by email to: [email protected]
  • Include your CV and a short cover letter / motivational letter in two separate attachments
  • Include your name and the role you are applying for in the e-mail subject field (Example: Application for Business Development Manager / Lead - John Hancock)
  • Deadline: as soon as possible

For any questions regarding the application process please contact:

Daniel Engeset – People & Talent Manager

Email: [email protected]


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