Sales Representative / Account Manager - General A,

United States, Illinois, Waukegan

Business unit: Speciality Coatings

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


Discover the opportunity to join an international, dynamic, and responsible company that fosters the development of our people around the world. We want to be the best – to use our leading market positions to deliver a leading performance – and for that, we need YOU! Find out how our values make AkzoNobel the employer of choice.

AkzoNobel Aerospace - General Aviation has an outstanding opportunity for a Sales Representative. This Sales Representative will be the frontline person responsible for assigned sales area by acquiring new business and maintaining exiting customers. In addition, this position will be responsible for the execution of agreed sales and profitability targets established by the division.

This is a remote position and can be located in any major city in Georgia, Kansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina or Illinois.

This role will be responsible for growing the Aerospace market and also for maintaining current accounts to uphold our market share. This individual will be a team player and be responsible for their defined geography and business targets, including sales numbers, margins and expenses.

• Manage a portfolio of Aerospace customers, in a designated area, to execute sales plan
• Systematically screen customer base for new opportunities, generates leads and maintains pipeline
• Identify, plan and develop new Aerospace customers in line with business development plans/targets
• Provide appropriate and agreed levels of contact, service and support to ensure sales targets are met
• Monitor sales against agreed targets on a regular basis to ensure they are met and where necessary the need for remedial actions are identified, reported and implemented
• Plans own visit schedule in line with agreed customer service levels for that customer segment
• Manage sales support activities in designated area
• Collects, reports and analyzes the customer feedback / information on present as well as future market trends in the context of possible further market penetration
• Identifies, targets and implements the approved sales strategies in the assigned marketplace
• Coordinates own visit schedule with the assigned Technical Representative
• Plans, executes and reports on the sales activities in the assigned sales area
• Promotes the positive company image and develops long-term relations with the customers
• Identifies business opportunities, pinpoints and tries to resolve existing and/or potential problems and requests support from the upper management
• Delivers periodical progress reports and proactively submits recommendations regarding the improvements in the approach to the marketplace
• Proactively informs the upper management about the required sales support level (including marketing, technical, logistics and control) and cooperates in and coordinates the implementation of the defined activity
• Systematically up-dates CRM with valid, accurate and complete customer-related information
• Has expert knowledge on the features and benefits of available products/services
• Cooperates with Technical Representative in educating customers on technical requirements of available product lines, IT support tools and non-paint assortment
• Advises upper management on training types, recruits participants for relevant courses and gains commitment for customer attendance
• Monitors and reports on the status of formal customer complaint procedure handling
• Travel required throughout territory, typically upwards of 75% with some overnight stays

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States





Business unit

Speciality Coatings

Sub business unit

Speciality Coatings_North America

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile

• Bachelor degree or relevant work experience will be considered
• Minimum of 5 years Aerospace (General Aviation) experience required in a Sales or Technical job function
• Prior coatings or chemical materials experience required
• Able to travel over 75% of time and work a flexible work schedule including nights and weekends
• Solid communications skills; writing, IT presentations, public speaking and one to one negotiations
• Strong project management skills and self-starter
• Strong interpersonal skills - communicate effectively with all customer levels (business owners, purchasing personnel, engineering, product users, and internally at all levels)
• Must possess a valid Driver's License
• Must be able to fly on commercial aircraft to customer locations

As a leading coatings and specialty chemical company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).