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Responsible for selling the company’s products or services to and maintaining relationships with existing accounts
Working at NTT
A Client Manager is a quota-bearing sales persona and the primary purpose of the role is to take full ownership of named client accounts, retain these clients and find new business.
The Client Manager is assigned a range of development and maintenance accounts and held accountable for the performance achievement of those accounts in terms of revenue retention, profitability management, and growth.
The Client Manager will work directly with clients at a variety of levels as well as internal sales teams such as Sales Specialists and pre-sales architects and post the sale;
the delivery teams. They champion’ the delivery teams’ understanding of the client’s solution requirements, and initiate improvement programs ensuring that the client remains committed to our solutions which leads to more sales opportunities.
Building and developing excellent stakeholder relationships with new and existing clients, fully understanding the client and the industry in which they operate will be a core focus of this role.
A substantial amount of time will be spent on client engagement and engaged selling, but also liaising with internal teams to make sure the client’s needs are attended to.
Client ownership and relationship builder
Take primary responsibility for the client and act as internal client owner within assigned accounts
Manage and grow relationships to drive expansion and renewals across all solutions and services
Responsible for client solution penetration and education, account monitoring and portfolio reporting, and issue resolution ownership
Lead the business conversations at C-level
Become the reliable point of contact to further strengthen relationships
Client and industry expert
Gain insights into client’s most urgent business problems or business opportunities while linking how our solutions and services offerings can add client business value
Maintain a high level of the relevant industry, product, and service knowledge to have meaningful conversations and generally stay ahead of trends
Collect and analyze data to learn more about the client and the industry in which they operate
Owning the sales process
Collaboratively work with extended sales teams, especially Sales Specialists, pre-sales architects, and commercial architects to successfully position the solution and / or service and see the opportunity through to closure
Partner with internal teams to ensure the scope of work and proposals are tracked, managed, and delivered on time
Work closely with other in territory counterparts and matrix teams to achieve the shared goal of growth; yet are held accountable for own targets
Use NTT Ltd.’s sales methodologies and tools such as target plans, opportunity plans and account plans to support the sales process and data-driven insights
Develop and implement an opportunity plan, to provide regular check-ins with the primary point of contact and have an established process for getting buy-in from all stakeholders
Maintain a pipeline of leads on Salesforce.com
Create comprehensive client business plans and engage in complex deal negotiation to build a stable, growing pipeline of current and future business opportunities.
Engage in complex deal structuring and negotiation efforts designed to protect existing business and win new deals.
Lead business negotiations for contracts ensuring deals are risk-free and profitable
Client retention and expansion
Minimize churn and maximize retention in assigned accounts
Land, adopt, expand, renew Identify client business needs with a view to help shape solution development by the wider pursuit teams
Actively search for expansion opportunities
Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes Required
Good knowledge of Managed Services across domains such as Networking, Collaboration, Data Centres, Security and so on
Client-centricity coupled with problem-solving
Strong business acumen and negotiation skills to craft solutions that are beneficial to NTT and the client
Ability to pro-actively and independently identify and qualify opportunities; an entrepreneurial mindset is key
Natural team player ability to coordinate and liaise with delivery teams across multiple business areas
Quick learner to understand any new solutions that are ready to take to market
Customer value management and understanding profitability and ratios of clients
A strategic future thinker who anticipates and considers external and internal factors with the ability to develop long-term plans
Ability to ask the right questions and tell great stories and have empathy with the client’s challenges. Superior communication skills are a given.
You will need to demonstrate an impressive track record of selling solutions and managing enterprise accounts; especially Managed Services type accounts across multiple technology domains.
These typically involve selling complex solutions and services to the C-suite in large enterprise accounts.
Proof of structuring large, multi-year profitable contracts
Demonstrate the ability to build strong relationships with clients across all levels
Strong experience in networking with senior internal and external people in the specialist area of expertise
Experience in managing the entire sales process, contracting process, and legal implications of a deal
Required Qualifications and Certifications
A post-graduate type degree such as an MBA or similar would be advantageous.
What will make you a good fit for the role?