Country Account Manager – Germany

Our client, a leading STM Publisher requires a new Country Manager to cover Germany, based from their London office. We are looking for a consultative sales professional, with a good balance of account management and new business skills. 

The post holder will be responsible for managing a defined ‘book of business’ in DACH Region. This will involve building strong relationships with customers in order to both retain and upsell the product portfolio

There will be a focus on net new business and this could include selling to new prospects in the region, as well as existing customers. The customer mix is typically a blend of research-intensive universities, government research institutes and research funders. You will ideally have an understanding this scientific and academic research ‘ecosystem’.

The Country Account Manager will have a comprehensive understanding of any federal or state-level research agenda in order to drive and develop a productive sales strategy in their region. A requirement is to be competent with solution selling principles and practices and demonstrate a high level of professionalism to both clients and work colleagues. Previous experience of managing consortia relationships is a plus. Candidates will have a proven ability to develop new business and revenue streams within their territory and will have further developed existing accounts for new business opportunities in new buying centres.

Sills & Experience. 

  • Degree required
  • Prior academic sector experience preferred
  • Fluent in English & German
  • Minimum of 5 years sales experience in a consultative selling environment.
  • Ability to manage and generate revenue from existing customers.
  • A customer-driven approach and good customer management skills.
  • Commercial acumen, with a proactive and creative approach to looking after the needs and concerns of customers
  • Excellent written verbal, interpersonal, presentation and training skills. Excellent telephone manner and face to face customer skills.
  • The ability to deal with a wide range of customers and adapt value prop accordingly
  • A good team player/self- starter with the ability to work using own initiative.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical information to both small and large groups and to handle questions in a commercially astute and sensitive manner.
  • Well organized and disciplined with regards to policy, procedure, and standards.
  • To demonstrate individual drive and determination to succeed
  • Effective decision-making skills
  • Good organizational skills with the ability to set priorities and be flexible to change
  • Experience of working under pressure and with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to identify problems and apply creative solutions.
  • Able to Travel