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Merck Account Executive (Strategic Account Manager) in Jackson, Mississippi

Job Description

This position implements the strategic account sales execution of our company's Animal Health and technology portfolio of products and services. The Account Executive creates and executes account plans and the overall key account approach. They are also responsible for revenue delivery and must develop a deep understanding of account goals, needs, and pain points to generate joint business plans. The Account Executive supports a best-in-class sales organization by establishing and contributing to a culture that promotes innovation, continuous improvement, a customer focused mindset, and professional development. The account executive must drive performance in their assigned customer groups in alignment with the sales management team and commercial operations groups. Additionally, this position will stay abreast of the external environment and support the contracting process. They must also align with our Distribution, Marketing and Channel Management teams. This position must possess negotiation skills, financial acumen, a proficiency in marketing, excellent mathematical and analytical skills, be an expert relationship builder (internal and external) and project a natural executive presence. The ideal candidate partners with cross-functional peers to gather internal resources that meet customer needs, provide value, and improves our company's industry position.

Contracting/Negotiation : (35%)

  • Must execute strategic pricing plan for contracts, incentive packages and other agreement elements

  • Collaborate on the approach for major customers and execute the defined process

  • Use financial tools and ensure compliance/performance to the agreements (hold customers accountable to their commitments)

  • Communicate and action the sales opportunity created by the contracts at the centralized level, as well as to our field sales team

  • Increase share of wallet, revenue and profitability

Marketing Plan Execution : (30 %)

  • Coordinate the involvement of company personnel, including support, service, and management resources, to meet key account performance objectives

  • Align with go-to-market strategies from all category/functional areas responsible for demand creation

  • Serve as resident expert for key value-generators for customer groups

  • Work with strategic account activation leads (SAALs) to rollout initiatives at the regional and hospital level

  • Share best practices and client trends with internal and field based team members

  • Maintain an understanding of external factors and emerging trends impacting customers

  • Design and collaborate on a marketing plans to drive growth

  • Lead presentations, project kickoff meetings and execute promotions

Relationship Building/Sales: (20%)

  • Build long-term trusted relationships with customer leadership

  • Manage strategic accounts with the greatest complexity, opportunity and/or challenges

  • Direct and engage with customers before, during and after the contracting process.

  • Monitor client engagement levels, conduct periodic business reviews and choose projects with the highest ROI

  • Understand key customers’ long-term business goals, associated pain points and identify suitable upselling and cross-selling opportunities

  • Discover and partner with vendors who add unique value to our customers organization. Drive the relationship and collaboration

Analytics: (15%)

  • Optimize internal data to develop strategies, monitor customer compliance, maximize ROI, identify growth opportunities

  • Maintain accurate financial and structural customer information to ensure correct incentive calculations and to build trust

  • Provide feedback to our internal team to build tools and models that describe our current state, and can be applied to develop strategies to share with our customers

Internal Key Contacts:

  • Marketing, sales, salesforce enablement, global key accounts, customer experience, technology and monitoring, distribution, channel, finance, learning and development, communications, HR, legal, compliance, professional services, medical affairs

External Key Contacts:

  • Key industry opinion leaders

  • Customer executives

  • Non-competitive industry stakeholders/leaders

Background & Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (technical or business degree)

  • Minimum 5 years of both sales and marketing experience

  • Must have at least 5 years of account management experience at the national and/or global level

  • Managed a customer generating $10M of annual revenue

  • Experienced with negotiating and writing corporate account level contracts

  • MBA preferred

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Demonstrated negotiation abilities and share of wallet outcomes with key accounts

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written, including highly effective presentation skills

  • Must have knowledge of companion animal markets

  • Business minded acumen with science and technical balance

  • Strong veterinary medical acumen

  • Strong communication, influence, and collaboration skills

  • Strategic capability to successfully plan, source and manage portfolio of products at various lifecycle phases

  • Balanced ability to collaborate and influence across multiple internal and external stakeholders

  • Demonstrated technology proficiency including Customer Relationship Management software and web applications

  • Skilled at developing strong networks and relationships across functions and other organizational boundaries

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite



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Expected salary range:

$149,400.00 - $235,100.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here ( .

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Job Posting End Date: 05/29/2024

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Requisition ID: R294109