Sales Specialist Horticulture
At Knauf Insulation, we put people first. We are the leader in innovation of green urban infrastructural products, supplying our solutions to customers throughout Europe and overseas countries. Through perseverance and a culture of constant learning, we take on complete ownership of every project we create, and it shows in the quality of our work. Our mission to create environments where people thrive has always been our top priority. We are the leaders in enhancing built environments and are excited to grow our team.
Challenge, Create, Care is our vision, striving to create solutions to environmental challenges that pester the world, because we care.
Our employees are our strongest asset and their safety, health and well-being our biggest concern. We respect the individual by providing opportunities for professional and personal development. Our principles drive us to create an inclusive workplace where employees share core values, demonstrate dignity and respect toward others and work hard to achieve excellent results.
This position will be responsible for providing support in the development of a range of products and selling of high quality, value-added and patented mineral wool growing media to horticultural distributors and professional users (e.g. horticultural growers) throughout the region as well as to take over international accounts. The Sales Specialist will work to identify and collect new sales leads in business directories, client referrals, at trade shows, during visits to customers etc. in order to grow the sales for the company. The Sales Specialist must be enthusiastic about organizing quality sales presentations (sales pitch), have the technical knowledge and the desire to assist growers in improving quality and yield using Knauf Insulation ECOSE technology products while at the same time ensuring positive business relationships. The individual will be responsible for penetrating the horticultural community within the assigned territory. This territory covers the Netherlands and after some time, the Sales Specialist will take over international horticultural accounts.
Actively supports the central office in the development of proper products for the professional horticultural market
Passionate about developing into a Sales Specialist in horticulture and to develop the market
Ensures positive business relationships and engagement with growers, distributors in the assigned territory
Demonstrates a deep understanding of the market in the assigned sales territory
Exhibits extreme passion, energy and creativity in the sales and support of products and objectives
Constantly sales oriented and focused, resulting in the growth of sales
Demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate/demonstrate/present technical information to technical and non-technical audiences, both in group meetings and face-to-face
Demonstrates the ability to clearly and concisely communicate product, market, competition and customer data
Demonstrates the ability to keep track and deliver on agreed to Key Performance Indicators
Makes agronomic recommendations to customers by presenting products and solutions to maximize customer outcome
Proactively communicates with Knauf Insulation leadership regarding opportunities and obstacles in the selling process
Represents Knauf Insulation as an expert in innovative ECOSE growing media products
Collaborates with colleagues at Knauf Insulation to deliver on customer and KI objectives
Specialized/technical knowledge, sales skills
Bachelor’s degree in agriculture/horticulture and/or sales, scientific/technical field of study preferred, or equivalent work experience
Minimum 3–5 years of experience in specialty agricultural product sales or development and marketing support
Fluent in business English; German an advantage
Extensive knowledge on growing media and horticultural practices
Ability to travel to entire target territory up to 50% of the time
Clean driving record required
Solid computer skills with proficiency in MS Office; must be proficient in Excel, Word and Power Point
Strong knowledge of sales in agricultural growing media
Effective negotiation skills resulting in profitable growth
Familiarity with CRM software and demonstrated ability to use it as an enabling tool to manage and drive sales
Job location: The Netherlands
If you identify yourself with the description, we invite you to apply through firstname.lastname@example.org. Application should include a motivation letter and your CV in English language. For any additional information please contact Barbara Subic via e-mail email@example.com or by phone: +386 4 5114 175.