The Cox Business Outside Sales Manager leads an assigned outside sales team to achieve Cox Business sales goals. Hires, trains, and coaches the performance of outside sales and/or retention representatives in an assigned market to ensure that corporate sales and retention strategies are followed, and goals are achieved.
The position works in an office setting with customer visits and sales ride-alongs. The role is part of a budget-driven, sales organization; pressure to meet ambitious sales goals and will involve people management and complexity. Use of personal or company car to travel occasionally to customers’ locations within the system is an expectation of the role.
Primary Responsibilities and Essential Functions
Essential functions of the role include leadership, planning, communication, administration and self-development. Primary responsibilities within these functions include:
Develops a professional sales culture. Serves as a role model for the sales team in all aspects of the business.
Balances the urgency of meeting budget goals with focus on team success.
Hires and builds a sales team that has the ability and resources to achieve sales and retention goals.
Coaches, develops and manages the performance of the outside sales team to ensure they have the capabilities required to meet targets for revenue growth, service, productivity, quality and optimization of customer satisfaction within assigned area. Ensures that each Sales Representative is using the ASLAN Sales approach and uncovering the needs of each customer to ensure a great customer experience.
Serves as a subject matter expert or advisor on selected customer sales and handles issues escalated by team members.
Collaborates with CB Marketing Manager to assure that effective planning and coordination between CB Sales and the overall marketing objectives of Cox is maintained.
Facilitates segment-specific strategic planning to maximize market share and revenue and maximize the potential of team’s account lists. Assigns accounts to appropriate sales channels and account representatives with consideration to share growth, cost of sale, and client potential.
Sets sales goals (quotas plus key sales objectives) and other defined sales metrics for outside sales representatives, based on corporate/regional sales goals for assigned market.
Develops appropriate territory structures for geographical and/or vertical markets.
Develops account forecasts and manages sales team to achieve maximum revenue while maintaining profitability.
Communicates customer concerns, sales opportunities, implementations and related issues within the sales team, across the local system and across systems. Recommends and coordinates implementation of solutions with various Cox organizations.
Leads sales team meetings to coordinate sales efforts and communicate changes in direction, products, policies, expectations, processes and standards.
Works with the Manager of Inside Sales to ensure customer leads received from their direct reports are passed to outside sales representative as appropriate.
Coordinates and maintains effective working relationships with other Cox Business and Cox Communications departments to ensure high quality customer service.
Reviews and approves sales presentations, ROI assessments, commission reports, and other reports developed by outside sales representatives within his/her approval authority.
Prepares regular expense reports and controls expenses while meeting or exceeding corporate revenue goals and maximizing product margin.
Ensures that direct reports update all required customer information in a timely fashion.
Attends job-related training and informally remains current on technical information regarding Cox’s telephony, data and video products and offerings, and sales through completion of required/recommended training programs.
Creates and participates in opportunities to serve as a public representative and image builder of Cox in the local community in order to network and develop and maintain Cox’s presence; e.g., promotes and/or attends non-profit events, serves as a member of the Chamber of Commerce and other local councils.
7 or more years of experience required in related field; 5 or more years of experience required if candidate possesses a related advanced degree
5 years’ experience in business-to-business consultative sales
Requires 6 months’ work experience using Windows-based PCs, Microsoft Office
Valid driver’s license, good driving record, reliable transportation
Excellent skills in building relationships, building the sales team, business sales skills, champions adaptability, coaches and develops, oral communication, demonstrates business acumen, business advisory skills, business sales skills, continuous learning, making sales operations decisions, PC skills and promotes accountability in order to work effectively with teams throughout organization.
BS/BA degree in related discipline strongly desired
2 or more years of experience in a management role preferred
3 years’ experience in communications sales
Experience in telecommunications industry desired
Knowledge of the local market
Experience compiling, preparing and submitting bid responses to RFQs, RFIs and RFPs
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We're dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.
Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual's age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Statement to ALL Third-Party Agencies and Similar Organizations: Cox accepts resumes only from agencies with which we formally engage their services. Please do not forward resumes to our applicant tracking system, Cox employees, Cox hiring manager, or send to any Cox facility. Cox is not responsible for any fees or charges associated with unsolicited resumes.
Primary Location: 7401 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge,LA US
Division: Cox Communications Inc
Job Level: Manager/Senior Manager
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Shift: Day Job
Requisition Number: 197521
Internal Number: 197521
About Cox Business
At Cox Communications, we believe life gets better with more moments of real, human connection. Cox is known for connecting people to a better future with our cable, internet and home security solutions. As the largest private telecom company in America, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a technology solutions leader offering networking and security services to businesses of all sizes and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.
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