Client Account Manager

March 4, 2024
R25000 - R30000 / month

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Job Description

To build and grow the client base by being proactive with our clients, ensuring they get superior service and added value. Building and strengthening client relationships to achieve long-term partnerships. Partnering with the technical team to deliver expert technical support and advice. Drive customer capability, building awareness initiatives across, products services, and new technology trends. Deliver a superior customer experience by managing clients’ needs and expectations.

 

Job purpose The role of the Account Manager is to:

  • Build and maintain client relationships
  • Deliver a superior customer experience by proactively managing client needs and expectations
  • Partner with the technical team to deliver expert technical support & advice
  • Drive customer capability building and awareness initiatives across products, services, and new technology trends
  • Build & grow the client base through proactive business development in target segments.

Key responsibilities Account Management:

  • Generate and act on client leads, calling on clients, conducting audits, generating SLA agreements and present proposals
  • Convert leads into sales & generate appropriate SLAs leveraging best practice sales methodology
  • Conduct client audits to provide quotations as well as with existing clients for SLA renewal / SLA review / IT recommendations.
  • Build and maintain client relationships post-sales
  • Develop and Implement call cycles, processes, and routines to proactively engage & maintain client relationships.
  • Partner with clients strategically by demonstrating exceptional client & IT knowledge and providing business-relevant advice & support in advance of the need.
  • Anticipate client needs based on business growth and technical expertise and support their IT infrastructure development including supporting preventative maintenance to ensure business continuity& competitive advantage through IT enablement – long-term.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of client business needs, develop proposals for Westech products and services, and communicate how these technical value-added solutions will address those needs (strategically partner with clients proactively)
  • Partner with the IT support team leaders in ensuring proactive support of client IT infrastructure and transitioning all clients to stable environments
  • Conduct business development and account management ethically ensuring the integrity and reputation of the company and or the client are not compromised (provide only what clients need/is relevant, ensure ethical business practices with client sand suppliers, etc.)
  • Partner with the technical team to create and document innovative, business-relevant solution specifications for all clients (new and existing) based on needs analysis and audits.
  • Act as the point of contact for all key account customers and coordinate technical team response through the appropriate channels.
  • Partner with technical teams on installations & new clients, ensuring client integration is effectively and continuously monitored for the first few months of service provisions.
  • Generate sales reports and present metrics and critical/key business information to clients for their business decision-making.
  • Actively research and monitor the market and competitive landscape providing recommendations for company differentiation & strategic decision-making.
  • Develop accurate sales forecasts demonstrating strong market (sales cycles, market potential, competitor activity, and industry trends) and customer-specific knowledge.
  • Meet and exceed sales targets and goals (direct & indirect channels)
  • Meet and exceed customer experience goals and objectives
  • Actively build partner and supplier relationships that are a source of leads and clients and or enable superior customer service to clients
  • Business Development
  • Beyond call-ins and web-generated leads, proactively identify sales growth opportunities across segments and industries and convert them into operational sales plans on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis
  • Create a business development plan for the active pursuit of new clients through networking, cold calling, and other methods identified.
  • Proactively network and attend relevant forums/events as agreed to generate client sales (e.g. small business forums, industry forums, technical conferences, etc.)
  • Act as a brand ambassador for building brand awareness at every opportunity and promoting products and services.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of industry trends, technical developments, and government regulations e.g. POPI that affect target markets.
  • Research and develop lists of potential customers; regularly follow up on leads and developing leads, and act to close deals.
  • Determine sales strategies and goals for each product and service. 

    Key performance Indicators of this position are:

  • Responsiveness, problem-solving, customer satisfaction, and building long-term relationships that lead to additional revenue.
  • Promoting client growth, and bringing in long-term streams of revenue.
  • Maintain accurate client records, keeping track of any contract updates and renewals.
  • Work with sales and other internal teams to develop strategic marketing plans and ensure KPIs are being met.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of our products and service offerings to better upsell and cross-sell to clients.
  • Creating referenceable clients and customer lifetime value.
  • Sales
  • Achieve sales targets (indirect selling)
  • Achieve lead generation & proactive selling targets (direct selling)
  • Customer & Supplier (where relevant)
  • Satisfaction & service quality
  • Retention
  • Acquisition (through proactive cold calling/lead generation)
  • Attrition (regrettable based on poor quality service/turnaround times)
  • Collaboration & Internal team satisfaction
  • Turnaround times

Required Proficiency Levels on Competencies

Qualifications /Knowledge

  • Minimum Matric qualification with a strong background in sales and account management within a technology environment including – IT software/hardware knowledge.
  • Sales / IT or office administration qualification would be an added advantage.
  • Experience A minimum of 3-5 years experience in sales within a technology environment.
    Experience in dealing with customers & relationship management

High Level Competencies / Capability requirements:

  • IT hardware & software including products, services & advisory
  • Computer literacy & proficiency
  • Influencing
  • Networking
  • Sales & Account Management
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Customer Service
  • Customer Insight
  • Business writing/report writing
  • Organizational Skills & prioritization
  • Attention to detail including accuracy
  • Systems knowledge
  • Administration
  • Numeracy