Successful Skill Sets
January 1st, 2010
Successful Skill Sets
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Skill sets for successful sales executives
As any sales executive worth their salt knows, every business discipline and profession is related to sales in some fashion. The successful sales executive knows how to navigate across these fields with ease.
“No matter how an organization is structured, all the business units will interact with the sales organization or sales professional at some point directly or indirectly to support the sale,” says the United Professional Sales Association.
“Since sales professionals are the focal point for driving the organization’s revenue, proper support (or alignment) of the business functions inside the selling organization is crucial to achieving a competitive position in the marketplace.”
UPSA cautions sales executives to take the time to understand the multiple facets of their corporation:
- Training: Training provides a crucial link in the continued advancement of the sales executive.
- Marketing: When sales works with marketing, an organization will achieve greater profits and drive more revenue.
- Administration: The administration of the internal forms, documentation, and other paperwork are crucial to properly selling the product and or service.
- Customer Service: Customer service professionals work alongside sales executives to create a positive buying atmosphere. Customer service is a value-added service that is often integral to the success of the sale.
- Information Technology: IT and the deployment and support of that technology will often make or break the effectiveness of a sales executive. IT employees will enable the sales process and will often help troubleshoot field sales calls.
- Production: This is the crucial business unit that produces what the sales executive is selling. This could be the production facility, the organization that codes software, the custom database programmer, or the customization team, to name but a few.
- Accounting/Finance: Accounting and finance organizations play a crucial role in helping sales executives build a return on investment strategy that resonates with the buying organization, as well as maintain competitive advantage in the marketplace
- Executive Management: Obviously, the proper executive level leadership is crucial to the overall alignment of the organization to support its sales executives.
- Human Resource: Human Resource functions such as compensation, hiring, and development practices for sales executives must encompass the entire continuum of the sales experience. The right talent must be hired into the best sales positions that fit individual strengths and weaknesses.
- Project Management: Many solution-selling organizations and those organizations selling services rely on project managers to define the requirements, determine the scope, manage communication, and create the service offering. Project Managers work with sales executives to create the right service or product for the customer.
- Cost Accountants
- Procurement Managers
- International Accountant
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