JOB SUMMARY:  Responsibilities include assisting with the management of all sales and marketing related activities to servicing Key Accounts, including brokers, growers and young plant raisers in an assigned territory.  Assists in developing marketing and sales plans, sales strategies, and action plans for identified targets of opportunities that clearly define company objectives and goals. Assists in all aspects of support to Key Accounts & growers, including Customer Relationship Management (CRM), product knowledge and technical support, leading to increasing market share of Sakata proprietary genetics and products (seed, vegetative and Solutions Substrates). Works closely with Ornamentals Key Account Sales Managers, Product Managers and Marketing Communications Manager and Retail Category Managers in reaching targets and objectives.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES*:

  • Primary Objective: through focused Customer Relationship Management (CRM) processes and skills, works closely with Key Account Managers and Key Accounts to understand their business needs and requirements, analyze and measure usage of Sakata products and make recommendations resulting in an increased penetration of Sakata genetics.
  • Accountable to develop and control (validate) sales forecast in assigned territory by variety/customer.
  • Establishes and maintains business relationships with Key Accounts to attain sales goals.
  • Offers advice, ideas and new business concepts in areas of production and marketing to enhance relationships, establish trust and provide customers with solutions to their production, sales and marketing needs.
  • Follows up quickly and thoroughly to solve customer’s issues.
  • Promotes sales of Sakata products to achieve maximum market penetration and to attain both short and long-term objectives for sales growth.
  • Works closely with Key Account Managers, Product Managers and Technical-Support Specialists, Marketing Communications Manager and Retail Category Manager, in order to inform and offer support to Key Accounts. Provides a conduit from growers and customers to Product Managers and Technical-Support Specialists.
  • Assimilates crop and market information from customers back to Product Management and Technical-Support Specialists and Marketing Communications Manager.
  • Attends (in person, through video conference or conference call) meetings with Head of Ornamentals Business Group, Key Account Sales Managers, Marketing Communications and Retail Category Manager, Customer Service and the Technical Support Specialist to quickly and efficiently inform and be informed of current grower and product situations.
  • Industry Events: represents the Company at industry seminars, engagements, trade shows and conventions.
  • Special Projects: Performs any directly related or other appropriate duties as assigned.
  • Assists in implementing field trials and coordinating various sales programs for assigned zone or for assigned Key Accounts.
  • Manages OPEX account with prudent judgment.
  • Acts within the scope of authority and consistent with Ornamental objectives and policies.

SUPERVISORY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Assures a positive employee and customer relations position is maintained.
  • Directs, monitors, and appraises the performance of department and employees and provides the necessary coordination between activities.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABBILITIES:

  • Must have excellent product knowledge, strong selling skills and possesses the ability to build lasting relationships.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills including excellent working knowledge of the ornamental industry.
  • Must have the overall ability to use tact and discretion to achieve goals through others.
  • Must be knowledgeable of the fast-moving developments in sales as well as the flower seed and vegetative cutting industry, including having an excellent working knowledge of the flower industry.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and creative approach required.
  • Must possess strong work ethics and a high level of integrity.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, One Note.
  • Creative, strategic and conceptual thinker able to translate concepts into practice.
  • Able to effectively work and interact within a multi-cultural environment.
  • Must be persistent, humble, grateful and credible.
  • Ability to handle stress especially when encountering necessary projects, deadlines and/or high workload.
  • Must be able to work under strict time constraints and requirements.
  • Strong character traits required including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, and honesty.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Minimum 2-years’ experience in sales of horticultural products or as a grower of bedding plants and/or pot crops.
  • Experience in production of seed raised greenhouse grown crops is desirable.

EDUCATION REQUIRED:

  • An undergraduate college degree in crop science, horticulture, business or its equivalent in training and experience required.

LICENSES REQUIRED:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and excellent driving record.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Must be able to work long and/or irregular hours.
  • Must be able to travel, via airplane, car, bus and other mass transit.
  • Must be able to travel extensively, for long periods of time throughout the year.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time.

*To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty (as described above) satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.   

To apply, send resume to HR@sakata.com.