This is a strategic sales position requiring an in-depth knowledge of how technology is used to enable business goals or overcome business challenges with clients in the Service Provider market.
The position requires strategic thinking / planning coupled with tactical execution of identified business opportunities.
The successful individual will be responsible for managing all facets of the relationship with named or large key SP accounts while ensuring revenue goals are being met.
Maintains contact at relevant levels in the accounts focusing on strategic nature of the relationship. Must be able to build and maintain relationships effectively and communicate at all levels.
Develops opportunities across the F5 solution portfolio while effectively selling solutions and services using technical, organizational and customer knowledge to influence and build trusting relationships.
This role is an individual contributor role.
Primary point-of-contact for major account / (s) regardless of account’s geographic location. Maintains contact with account at a high, executive level, focusing on the strategic nature of the relationship
Sells the organization’s products or services to and maintains relationships with existing national named accounts. Responsible for expanding and retaining named accounts while ensuring ongoing customer service.
Responsible for identifying and qualifying long-term and short-term business opportunities and pro-actively identifying and addressing competitive threats
Prepares formal proposals and presentations, presents to all levels of the organization including executives, leads negotiations, coordinates complex decision making processes and overcomes objectives to closure, and closes sales in a professional and effective manner
Responsible for significant key partner relationship management and development. Facilitate executive-level relationships between the customer, F5 and its partners including;
facilitating communication on strategic and tactical issues and maintaining continuity
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of industry trends, technical developments and government regulations that effect target markets
Must understand organization’s business needs, develop application of products and services and communicate how F5’s technical value added solutions will address those needs
Research and develop lists of potential customers within an organization; regularly follow-up on leads and developing leads, and act to close deals
Determine market strategies and goals for each product and service; understanding the strategies, goals and objectives of named accounts
Assume a leadership role in coordinating account strategy and tactics for sales support team (inside sales, systems engineering, sales management)
Assume full responsibility for accurate sales forecasting by demonstrating in depth knowledge of sales cycles from initial contact through the procurement process, ensure SalesForce is utilized appropriately and maintained on a regular basis
Develop and maintain detailed account profiles including organizational charts for all accounts to be reviewed by management on a quarterly basis
Develops strategy for sustained management and success of business and coordinates resources to ensure goals are met
Provides regular updates to senior sales and operations staff concerning account issues, financial status
Meet and exceed sales quotas and revenue goals
May be a team leader and provide leadership to the sales team focused on the strategic global or national account(s)
Considered a trusted resource by customer base and an expert in the field
Has credibility to influence at senior levels within named account e.g. Senior Executive / Board / Chair
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Significant direct work experience related to high value solution selling in the Service Provider market
Bachelors degree preferred or relevant work experience
Requires specialized knowledge in Security, Networking and Cloud solutions, preferably those of F5 or related competitors
Experience with Internet related software or systems
Excellent negotiation and closing skills
First Class solution selling and presentation abilities
Excellent client interfacing and customer-focused approach
F5 Networks, is an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports diversity in the workplace