• College Sales Representative, SE Pennsylvania based

    Location US-PA-Philadelphia
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/20/2019 12:43 PM)
    Req #
    # Positions
    Sales (US) - Outside Sales
  • Overview

    The Sales Representative - College visits colleges and universities within a designated geographical territory and conducts sales interviews with faculty members to assist them with matching our textbook and technology products to their course requirements. The territory will be located in Southeastern PA/South Jersey and will require approximately 15-20% overnight travel during key selling seasons. Key responsibilities include: conducting well-structured consultative sales calls, editorial prospecting, establishing relationships with faculty members and bookstore personnel, being able to manage and systematically work a large territory, successfully work sales opportunities resulting in course adoption for SAGE and CQ Press titles as well as maintaining our sales database (MSCRM).


    Anyone who has junior sales experience and who wants to grow in sales would be a great fit!           

    Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities


    • Reps will travel to college campuses within assigned territory for the purposes supporting sales efforts to close adoptions. Daily travel to assigned campuses is expected during the peak selling seasons. Reps are expected to conduct high-quality sales interviews using consultative selling techniques.
    • Calls are made via well-planned campus visits, telephone, and e-mail.  Plan and execute sales plan under the direction of sales management. This position requires extensive travel during peak selling seasons.  
    • Identify sales opportunities in assigned territory each semester. Proactively sell to those identified targets in order to meet your annual sales goal. Set follow-up commitments on your part and the customer’s and complete necessary follow up.
    • Respond to customer queries related to textbook selection, ancillary materials requests, and adoption servicing from your customer base.
    • Track all pending adoptions and report on your progress towards each sales opportunity weekly. Update the CRM with results of sales interviews and follow up calls.
    • Meet and exceed yearly sales and editorial goals at the territory and key title level
    • Position demands in excess of 40-hour workweek regularly.


    Product and Market Knowledge

    • Gain and maintain product and market knowledge for assigned product lines through editorial, author, marketing and customer communication.
    • Communicate market feedback and product information with editorial and marketing staff, authors, and customers.
    • Provide Editorial and Marketing Department leads for reviewers, ancillary preparers, and potential textbook authors.


    Planning, Reporting and Database Maintenance

    • Complete campus planning (identifying courses, decision-makers, enrollments, and text-in-use information) for targeted course markets at accounts identified within assigned territory
    • Track sales opportunities in the CRM so that you can prioritize your pipeline and maximize your revenue during sales campaigns
    • Provide daily, monthly and yearly progress reports on performance as well as customer feedback to sales management, marketing, and editorial departments.
    • Plan travel to accounts on a semester basis, complete expense reports on a timely basis and manage annual travel and expense budget effectively.


    Conference Attendance/Business Travel

    • Overnight travel will be needed to make campus sales visits to more remote accounts within the territory
    • Travel may be required to assist at National or Regional Conventions.
    • Required to attend bi-annual sales meeting and other company-wide meetings as required by Management.


    Customer/Author Relations

    • Provide excellent customer service when dealing with potential or existing customers by providing requested exam copies, desk and instructor resource materials, and information in a timely manner
    • When communicating with customers and authors, take appropriate actions to ensure they have a positive experience with an image of the company.

    Qualifications & Education


    • Bachelor’s degree required with evidence of high academic achievement.
    • Demonstrated record of success in academic and professional background
    • 2 to 4+ years of sales experience required.
    • Strong work ethic (workload regularly exceeds 50 hours/week during peak selling seasons and must be willing to work hours needed and to travel based upon assigned geography)
    • Must be equally adept at working independently and within a team environment
    • Proficient in a PC environment and must possess working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, database applications and PowerPoint. Excellent written and oral communication skills including excellent public presentation skills and ability to demonstrate technology/print products in person or electronically
    • Superior time management and organizational skills with strong attention to detail
    • Creative, persuasive, competitive, strategic and persistent sales demeanor




    • Field-based sales experience strongly preferred for remote based sales positions.
    • Sales experience in the publishing industry a plus
    • Familiarity and comfort in working with CRM systems is preferred


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