Business Development and Account Management
- Build strong understanding of assigned customers and their marketplaces through a broad range of information sources, including direct customer exchanges, networking, publications, market information, tradeshows, sales conferences and industry events.
- Actively solicits existing and potential new customers to gain commitment to our services.
- Lead all new business development activities inside assigned accounts, through proposal and negotiation, culminating in new contract agreements and “program” accounts
- Develop and manage efficient account development plans; track progress against key account development milestones; report out progress in regularly scheduled account review sessions.
- Prepares call plans to effectively manage time spent with customers for maximum sales impact while minimizing sales acquisition costs.
- Ensures that any major conflicts with customers around customer service level and billing issues are resolved.
- Prepares a variety of reports, as needed.
- Calls on all customers and conduct account reviews on major customers on an on-going basis.
- Ensure effective cross-divisional and global coordination of account plans as applicable, including alignment with the global business development team.
- Develops and maintains sales operating plan for territory that includes opportunity map, target accounts, forecast, sales strategies and tactics, resource requirements and strategic plan.
- Perform competitive analysis on top three to five competitors in market segments to identify areas of differentiation or areas of opportunities for improvement in the form of enhancements to existing services, new services or new marketing collateral. Understands the generic strengths and vulnerabilities of major competitors and develops sales strategies to respond effectively.
- Develops profile of sales roles required and the competencies for each role to maximize performance in region.
- Ensures that sales operating plan is consistent with overall business goals.
- Provides input into Annual Operating Plan and participates in planning and review meetings.
- Conducts win/loss reviews to identify and share best practice.
Managing and forecasting sales pipelines
- Assesses global sales opportunities early in sales cycle to ensure sales force is pursuing appropriate opportunities and working effectively.
- Provides realistic sales forecasts to management and communicates any significant changes or developments in a proactive and timely manner.
- Ensures that sales pipeline is filled with opportunities at various stages of sales cycle.
- Ensures that management is provided with realistic sales forecasts and is kept aware of any significant changes or developments
Management of proposals
- Lead all proposal development activities, either in response to a customer RFP or proactively, including value proposition, terms, and pricing; lead pro forma review process to justify business proposal
- Clearly and broadly articulate components of negotiated contracts and ensure strong implementation and execution against customer and company expectations; work with assigned Project Manager to ensure smooth handoff and continued account development
- Ensures pricing proposals that are outside of normal receive appropriate approvals.
- Coordinates efforts with relevant individuals to address non-standard terms and conditions.
- Support the drive of marketing related activities for both with an emphasis on visibility and brand.
- Establish positioning recommendations and guidance to the local organization.
- Specify, plan, coordinate and participate in industry conferences and exhibitions.
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