• Business Development/PR
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands


Job description

Are you looking for a position in an international architectural firm? MVRDV is currently looking for a Head of Business Development to lead its globally active BD team and develop and maintaining our strategy.



As our Head of Business Development you will form an integral part of our business development team. In this role, you will be our commercial strategist in Business Development. You are responsible for creating effective business plans to generate more revenue around the world.

As Head of BD you know the market in which MVRDV operates, and you understand the DNA of our company. In consultation with our Partner Strategy and Development you develop a long-term strategy that fits on the expectations and possibilities of MVRDV. You will report to the partner in charge of Strategy and Development and coordinate the BD team collaboratively as primus inter pares whilst doing active work yourself. Together you will form a strong team with a vision and opinion about the future market of MVRDV.

You have the capacity to translate the BD-strategy into concrete actions for your team and evaluate constantly the results. The Head of BD steers and leads a team of six and is part of a larger BD/PR team of 17 in the Strategy & Development Studio at MVRDV’s head office in Rotterdam. You are the leading person of our Business Development team and therefore you need some good leadership skills. In this team, we collaborate to find new projects for MVRDV, including through public tenders, private competitions, active research and pitching.


We offer a position in a dynamic international environment for 40 hours per week. MVRDV uses the salary according to the collective agreement for staff employed by architecture firms (Architecten CAO). In this position you have to travel frequently.



MVRDV is a globally operating firm with a team of more than 225 employees, dedicated to innovative architecture and urban design. It was founded in 1993, has its headquarters in Rotterdam and has subsidiaries in Shanghai and Paris.

MVRDV is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to treat all employees and applicants equally, regardless of gender or marital status, race or colour, nationality or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, sexual orientation, disability or age.



Please fill in the online form and upload your motivation letter, CV, recommendation and portfolio preferably as PDF. For this function MVRDV require to check two references. Let us know your preferred starting date. If you don’t fill in the application form we cannot consider your application.


  • Master degree in a subject of architecture, urban planning degree in combination with a MBA or real estate degree
  • Minimum of 10 years work experience in a similar role in the construction industry
  • Knowledge and experience of project management aspects such as  scope, process, planning, costs, risks, stakeholders, procurement in  architecture, interior architecture and urban planning projects
  • Must have experience in management and have had a commercial role in a larger organization
  • Strong network in commercial real estate and / or cultural real estate, preference USA
  • Has a track record in the generation of leads, business ideas and production of competitive proposals
  • Converts marked feed-back in structural improvements and strategies
  • Is performance driven and has a quantitative and qualitative drive to achieve the MVRDV’s ambitious objectives.
  • Has a collaborative approach and act as coach to bring out the best in others so they can grow and develop
  • Excellent negotiation and pitching skills
  • Excellent command of English language, other European languages such as German and French are also important
  • EU Working Permit