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Role Summary: To position GE Life Sciences within the selected customer segment & be recognized as the provider of a complete scientific workflow solution focused around protein separation, purification, identification, characterization through to kinetics and cellular impact and thus to develop opportunities for the business to obtain maximum synergy from the company focus & structure.
Essential Responsibilities: The financial objective is to deliver expected sales growth and profit objectives within a defined number of critical customer accounts – likely to be top ten. This will be achieved through focusing and developing in depth business plans capable of demonstrating a return on investment against clearly understood external customer goals and objectives.
The development of these business plans will clearly link GE Life Sciences as a preferred partner for both the scientific solution within our sphere of excellence (proteins) and also demonstrate availability of differentiated services around the provision of complete commercial excellence. Through a close working partnership with the sales and application specialists you will help drive exceptional team work within a complex matrix sales environment in line with the agreed business plan to provide effective execution and desired results.
Key Responsibilities and Functions:
To actively position GE Life Sciences within the market with respect to the company vision of becoming known as the gold standard scientific supplier for protein separation, identification, characterization through to cellular interaction
Primarily to agree, develop and manage business plans that will position GE Life Sciences as a trusted scientific partner around protein science, but also commercial excellence and by so doing exceed growth and profit targets, delivered within the most cost-effective route and time-frame possible
Engage sales specialists in both the design and execution of account business plans and to undertake a key role in driving effective team work (supporting the Sales Leader – Life Sciences) within a complex matrix sales environment. To take personal ownership to drive and manage the commercial positioning of GE Life Sciences, whilst also supporting the scientific positioning and capabilities of the company and in so doing actively lead find and develop new business opportunities to accelerate growth
Develop a sales strategy/plan for the key accounts to differentiate position and protect Life Sciences business, towards a sustainable competitive advantage. Know key decision-makers, sources of funding, credit-worthiness, competitor ‘SWOT’, and market trends
Identify progress and manage major contract negotiations and renewal of business opportunities, plus assist in effective management of the tender process working to improve the professionalism of our company responses and ultimately improve our conversion rate of awards
Foster long-term business relationships and, where appropriate and approved drive collaborative projects with key individuals or groups within these key accounts and our marketing / R&D teams
Maintain a high level of technical and commercial competence on relevant Life Sciences products, techniques and applications to support the scientific positioning in line with our company strategy. Maintain training and understanding to have the knowledge to be able to position and differentiate the company on a commercial excellence footing
Accurately forecast sales and growth opportunities within designated territory, using sales tools and applications. Prepare and participate in business reviews/forecasts for Sales Leader – Life Sciences, thus ensuring a constant flow of information relating to the territory/key accounts, and the requirements of the Company
Organize / support the sales and marketing organisation at exhibitions, focus panels, conferences, etc. Develop and maintain good communications with key scientific opinion and relevant business leaders
Education - University level degree in protein sciences or related discipline or an equivalent qualification and experience gained working in the Life Science Industry. Additionally, experienced in selling in the Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Academic or R&D markets
Training in sales, the management of key accounts, and communication techniques
A proven track-record of achieving and exceeding sales targets, and a desire to grow new business
Advanced background/training in and understanding of Life Sciences products
Experience understanding customer needs and business drivers and using this knowledge to develop account plans and strategies (knowledge of the existing account areas would be advantageous)
Excellent interpersonal skills including, team working skills and good communication skills
Persistence and tenacity in developing prospects and customers, and able to close business
Strong presentation, analytical and customer service skills
Self-starter able to manage time and organize and prioritize workload, especially as an Account Manager is expected to be in the field most of the week (80 % of work time) making customers calls and recording contacts
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