Hi from Apptension, Poland-based quality software craftsmen who mix outstanding tech skills with a solid dose of creativity. We partner with the world’s leading brands, disruptive start-ups, and ingenious investors coding their ideas into reality!
We flavor our client’s projects with the secret sauce which, taking dozens of awards they received into consideration, the industry finds delicious. But don’t take our word for it - join us and see for yourself what the Apptension vibe is all about.
Now, we’re looking for a brilliant Sales Manager to join our team.
What's this position about?
Build pipeline from leads armed by our Sales Specialist, Marketing counterparts, as well as activities you will be leading yourself that aim at recognizing the right situations, places and people within our network and turning them into leads
End-to-end ownership over the process of responding to the RFPs: securing the resources and coordinating the work of your colleagues in terms of getting accurate estimations and technical approach. You will be responsible for the final offer and will have to make sure that Apptension’s approach is competitive, of high quality, and feasible
Making a call on the best approach to a given situation when you should provide early-stage proposals independently, based on previous experience or with minimal consultation from other team members in order to efficiently steer the initial conversation with a lead in the right direction before engaging more resources
Back-office coordination of the contracts and formal documentation (NDAs, contracts, SOWs), terms negotiations with new accounts and coordinating legal consultation if needed
Coordination with colleagues from the Office team in matters like invoicing that may require communication between Apptension and the client
Using and improving the existing measures to ensure client’s positive experience and happiness at every stage of the project cycle
Direct collaboration with Apptension project teams and client’s representatives to ensure clients vision and needs are met along the way, mitigate potential conflicts or help in solving them if already present
Identifying and pursuing upsell opportunities with your accounts
Managing and supporting less experienced colleagues within the growing sales team, filing in the role of a team lead
Supporting the Head of the department in implementing the sales strategy by executing plans at the team level
Taking a lead role in recognising and implementing small improvements within the department.
How will your typical workday look like?
Your days will often be filled with client calls. Some of those might be about pitching an offer you had been creating with the production team and have an overall ownership over. Other calls might be a very early exploration of requirements for some of the most prospecting leads and you will be deciding on the best strategy to move them forward.
Other times you will be working with closing the deals: negotiating collaboration terms e.g. making sure the payment schedule is aligned with company’s practice or that we have a clear scope outline; having internal conversations about the best team to handle this project.
There will be times when you will be asked to seek new business opportunities and we will rely on your idea of best actions and effort to pursue prospecting contacts within the network we created.
You will often help less senior colleagues with some advice and consultation regarding their leads and accounts. Part of your responsibility will be to always recognise and advocate best practices for our team to carry out their work and you will recognise when those should be turned into a formal process that we may be yet missing.
You will support the Head of the department in executing long term plans, understand the financial forecasting and help implement actions that are aligned with those.
Gsuite tools - for email, working with documents, presentations and spreadsheets
You will also have an opportunity to get to know other tools that our teams use in project delivery like Jira or Figma - but its is rather unlikely that you will use them on daily basis
What do you need to have to join us?
We value proactive approach and strong working ethics. Here’s a list of the skills that we would like you to have:
min. 2 - 3 years of experience working in sales for a an IT company, with a sales process similar in nature to that at a software house or technology consulting company
practical experience of working at different stages of the sales pipeline - lead generation, lead qualification, offering, account management - strong understanding of how to successfully move leads between those stages
experience with consultative, value-based selling and a proven track record of exceeding your quota
love for chasing opportunities that may not be immediately obvious or clearly structured when first emerge but require initiative and drive to be pursued
understanding of how to determine the ‘ideal client’ and ability to recognise situations that are not worth a full time investment
experience in conducting discovery calls and gathering clients requirements
proven track record of closing deals - strong understanding of what makes a good offer and how to get client’s ‘sign off’
working with targets (monthly, quarterly, etc.) a good track record of accomplishing them and understanding of how those targets must translate into your daily work
experience of collaborating with project and technical teams in responding to clients’ requirements - owning and leading this process even though you may not have a full technical knowledge
understanding and ability to manage multiple layers of the sales process, especially those less obvious but interlinked with our daily work e.g. resource availability, technical feasibility and profitability
experience of coordinating and negotiating contracts understanding of basic legal requirements
understanding the need for efficiency within the sales process and what is the good practice to achieve it
theoretical knowledge of different methodologie, practices and standards in software development that helps you to claim an expert position with clients
some experience of managing or supervising other team members
impressive written and verbal communication skills ability to translate communication into an actionable plans
interpersonal skills and versatility of using them - ability to recognise situations where you may need to claim an assertive position, be more persuasive or lenient
excellent command of written and spoken English (C1).
We also value a lot:
Things that will help you stand out from the other candidates:
ability to operate in an unstructured, self-starting environment
experience of working within the sales team that was going through a major transition
some understanding of financial forecasting and how it should translate into sales team priorities and everyday work
some experience of building internal processes or improving the existing ones
experience with an OKR-like system or another goal-oriented methodology
experience of managing teams
experience selling highly technical products/services and/or selling to technical persons (CTO, Head of Product, (Technical) Founders)
Here's what we have to offer:
The Apptension Vibe is our favorite perk: we’re really into laughs, high fives and comfy clothes. Other benefits include:
salary: UoP: 4500 - 7200 PLN net B2B: 7500 - 12000 PLN net + VAT
flexible form of employment
flexible working hours
work in well-oiled Scrum teams; we enjoy spending time together not only in the office
possibility of working remotely or from an office conveniently located in the center of Poznań
private health insurance
co-financed trainings and conferences
internal crowdfunding - each month our employees receive their own budget they can use to execute different ideas - our Wishlist was awarded with an "EB Kreator 2016" prize for the best internal employer branding campaign
a wide choice of beverages and fresh fruits
a well-equipped chill room with PlayStation and board games
Do you want to join Apptension?
My name’s Dominika and I’m the Head of Sales here, at Apptension. We already have a small but mighty team, working along our current and prospective clients. Now, it’s time for a new talent to join us and help Apptension reach even further. Working with our Biz team means meeting some of the most creative people across the industry as well as collaborating with colleagues internally to secure future projects for the company.
If you’re a people person with a can-do attitude, Apptension is definitely a place for you.