Strategic Account Representative

Are you ready to make a difference?
School Specialty is dedicated to changing education for the better. That means working closely with educators, sharing experience, and traveling into unchartered territories together. Are you ready to join us on the journey?
We are looking for a Strategic Account Representative in the Houston area. As a member of the strategic territory team, the Strategic Account Representative (?SAR?) assists in building partnerships across all district departments and uncovering new opportunities for team members (CSM, SME?s, Inside Sales, etc.). Collaborates with the Strategic Account Manager to meet or exceed sales objectives for strategic accounts in the territory. Focusing on achieving balanced growth across all strategic product categories within School Specialty?s 21st Century Safe School value proposition. The role involves consultative selling to execute strategy and increase market penetration. The SAR will optimize knowledge of School Specialty?s offerings and understand financial impact of their decisions. The SAR is expected to build and foster collaboration within the team selling environment to drive sales.
We are looking for highly motivated sales professionals that want to be part of a winning team. We give you the opportunity to work at a company where you can contribute, grow, and make your own path to success. The rest is up to you.
This is a fast-paced environment. We are looking for a fearless competitor with a sales hunter mentality to achieve sales goals within a specified accounts. We seek a high energy professional with integrity who expects to win. You will also:
Essential Functions
Implement the sales plan for an assigned set of strategic customers that will consist of approximately 75-150 public school districts, each with an enrollment greater than 5,000 students ("Strategic Accounts").
For each of the Strategic Accounts, will assist in the development and maintenance of Strategic Account Plan based on relevant information gathered on the district to include among other things, purchasing behaviors, competitive dynamics, district priorities, legislative impact and budgetary factors.
The role will assist in developing Strategic Account Plans, containing specific objectives for each of the Strategic Product Categories within the Company's overall 21st Century Safe School value proposition. The objectives will take into consideration the current level of business with the customer and the estimated overall opportunity for the customer based on a spend per student penetration analysis maintained by the Company.
Understand and promote the School Specialty 21st Century Safe School value proposition thru insight, design and implementation or modification of current plans that provide value to the customer and lead to sales. Utilizing the breadth and depth of SSI?s full product offerings to grow and penetrate accounts by utilizing SSI Category Specialists and vendor representatives.
Understand complexity of customer account. Participate in the design and implementation of a business strategy to address their pain points that will grow the account. This role is expected to develop and maintain relationships with various levels of contacts within the respective Strategic Account from the administrative staff and purchasing personnel to school Principals, Superintendents and School Board members.
It is expected to actively participate in a coordinated Team Sell strategy in furtherance of the Strategic Account Plan objectives. The Team Sell strategy will include engagement with Inside Sales Representatives and Strategic Account Sales Representatives where applicable, and also with Category Sales Specialists in areas, such as: Early Childhood, STEAM, Instruction & Intervention, Student Planners and Learning Environments.
Maximize effectiveness through the use of tools and resources (Stratum & OneForce) to focus efforts on driving business and addressing white space opportunities. The role is required to fully utilize the Company's customized version of Salesforce.com, referred to internally as OneForce.
The role will be expected to manage a travel & entertainment budget and budgets related to other business expenses, such as: samples and trade show / conferences related costs. All of which will done to ensure alignment with corporate strategy and budget.
This role will be required to successfully complete ongoing proficiency and professional development training. This training will consist of various applicable topics and include spending time in the fulfillment centers and within other departments to better understand the operational flow of the organization and other support functions.
Minimum Required Qualifications
2-5 years successful outside sales experience required
Acceptable driving record, valid driver?s license and insurance in a program compliant automobile
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
4-year college degree (Business, Marketing or Education preferred) or equivalent work experience
Bilingual English/Spanish
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with an emphasis on Excel
Proficiency in the use of CRM (e.g., SalesForce.com)
Sales Process Skills ? time management, territory management, financial management and question and probing skills.
Builds networks including social media
Core Leadership Competencies
Thought Leadership Skills
Customer Focus - Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
Decision Quality - Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
Results Leadership Skills
Action Oriented - Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm.
People Leadership Skills
Collaborates - Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
Communicates Effectively - Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
Self Leadership Skills
Demonstrates Self-Awareness ? Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
Physical and Mental Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, hear, use hands to type data, use a personal computer and telephone. This employee will frequently operate a vehicle and occasionally operate business machines. Specific vision abilities required in this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
Mental demands include multi-tasking, decision making, problem solving, comparing, copying, computing, compiling, analyzing, coordinating, and synthesizing data.
Safety Statement
Safety is every employee?s first responsibility. We expect our employees to adhere to all safety practices, have the moral courage to stop other individuals from performing unsafe acts, and immediately report unsafe conditions.
Travel Requirements
Ability to travel 80% of time within territory, may include overnight travel.
Change is part of our daily routine, which means you have the chance to leverage your creativity and imagination every day. You?ll be encouraged to push the envelope, to lead through action, and to innovate regardless of your role. We?re shooting for nothing short of greatness. These aren?t just words, this is how we work. Are you up for it?
We?re determined to positively impact the future, one child at a time. If you share our passion, we need to talk.
Imagine what we could do together.
All candidates must apply online at www.schoolspecialty.com/careers
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
School Specialty, Inc. is a Drug Free Workplace. All applicants are subject to a drug screen and background check as a condition of employment.
EEO/AA including Vets and Disabled
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at Opportunities@SchoolSpecialty.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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