Commercial Furniture Account Executive 9/3/2016

Staples Saint Louis, MO

Company
Staples
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
29545816
AJE Ref #
576087589
Location
Saint Louis, MO
Job Type
Regular

JOB DESCRIPTION

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Business Interiors by Staples provides comprehensive furniture solutions for customers of all sizes. Our furniture professionals work with customers to understand their business objectives and then create furniture solutions that support those objectives. It takes a team of talented associates to develop projects from concept to completion. Our sales professionals, interior designers, project managers, and furniture sales support associates are the best in the business - because we know that when it's all said and done, talented teams win! Thanks for your interest in Business Interiors by Staples.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Account Executive, Furniture is responsible for initiating and closing profitable furniture sales. The Account Executive, Furniture serves as the primary contact for the client during the sales process and works with the other furniture support functions (design, project management, furniture sales support, etc.) to ensure that client needs are met and client satisfaction is achieved. As part of an integrated selling team, the Account Executive, Furniture collaborates with sales professionals from other Staples product categories to develop comprehensive sales plans for Staples accounts in an effort to maximize sales of all product categories. The Account Executive, Furniture reports to the Sales Director, Furniture.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

* Prospect in the local marketplace for new furniture opportunities
* Develop local business relationships with various influencers (A/D community, commercial real estate brokers, moving companies, etc.) in order to identify potential opportunities early
* Manage the day to day relationship with existing clients for which the Account Executive, Furniture is assigned
* Lead the development of creative and innovative solutions to meet client needs in a differentiated manner. Collaborate with Interior Designers to provide solutions that meet client functional, aesthetic and budgetary requirements
* Lead the project strategy process. Involve stakeholders in the development of a winning sales plan to capture targeted accounts and/or opportunities
* Work in a team selling environment to collaboratively develop account plans for existing accounts that maximize penetration and retention
* Work with other Staples lines of business to provide cross-selling opportunities

BASIC:

* Three years of direct selling experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience

PREFERRED:

* Prior experience in the office furniture industry, general knowledge of systems furniture, and experience in customer interaction
* Bachelor's degree
* Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
* Computer literate (word processing, spreadsheets, project applications)
* Working knowledge of furniture product applications
* Advanced verbal and written communication skills
* Ability to work with mathematical concepts
* Must be detailed oriented
* Ability to work in an unstructured environment
* Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
* Demonstrated analytical, negotiating, and problem-solving skills
* Ability to work in a team environment
* Advanced selling skills
* Candidate should be competitive and self-motivated as well as possess the ability to balance their needs with the needs of the company