What does a Strategic Account Manager do?
Strategic account managers serve as the liaisons between organizations and their clients. They expand client databases, maintain positive relationships with existing clients, attend assigned quotas, and ensure customer satisfaction. They also manage key account portfolios and work to achieve set account objectives. They establish strong long-term client relationships and communicate with significant clients regularly while responding to specific queries. They suggest solutions and innovative ideas that quickly and effectively meet a client's needs and handle complaints and problems.
Strategic account managers also act as liaisons between key customers and internal teams and identify and approach new potential strategic customers. Strategic account managers monitor sales performance metrics and prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual reports and forecasts. They ensure client satisfaction and identify new opportunities to create increased results and need a bachelor's degree in sales, business administration, or related fields.
- Work with employees, peers and management staff during opening and closing shifts to continually improve, communicate, and execute shift objectives.
- Discuss and develop business strategies with key strategic accounts.
- Prospect new customers using phone, cold calls, networking, etc.
- Manage business pipeline, grow revenue, and develop a strategy for long-term sustained success.
- Complete strategic customer account plans that meet company standards.
- Communicate trends/pricing issues and other unique issues as it relates to sales.
- Develop, implement, and lead the strategy for each assigned strategic account.
- Responsible for the success of the engagement and overall client satisfaction.
- Recruit and manage industry/technology-specific Alliances (contracts, infrastructure, executive relationships, etc.)
- Develop written internal stakeholder communications.
- Establish, maintain, and grow customer relationships at all levels, including the C-suite.
- Proactively assess, clarify, and validate customer needs on an ongoing basis.
- Build deep relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
- Partner with internal resources in order to drive additional value and expertise.
- Lead a team of specialists in supporting financial services accounts.
- Demonstrate the proficiency to monitor and guide compliance of GPO members.
- Assist with achievement of sales goals and profit plans.
- Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, business administration, computer science, or engineering or equivalent experience.
- Experience with C, SaaS, C#, and cloud software and systems.
- Demonstrated time management and problem solving skills alongside sharp business acumen.
- Skilled in business case development and able to take the lead when collaborate for projects and pipelines.
- Experience in solutions selling and dedication to problem-solving.
- Sound negotiation and decision making skills.
- A critical thinker with solid leadership and task prioritization skills.
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