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Key Account Manager

Location: [[Remote Sales Position]] 
State: [[Remote Sales Position- Midwest]] 
Country: [[United States]] 

Do you dream of a global work horizon where you can be part of setting the agenda?

At Chr. Hansen, we work to improve food and health, and our natural ingredients are consumed by more than 1 billion people every day. As a global market leader in bioscience, we have the opportunity to address important global challenges such as food waste, healthy living, sustainable agriculture – and we need the brightest and most passionate people on board to succeed. Want to join us?

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What would your role look like?

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Who are we looking for?

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What we offer you?

Working at Chr. Hansen, you will get the opportunity to work in a multinational and multicultural environment where unfolds your career in a truly global setting. We regard our employees as the most valuable asset and constantly look for new talent to strengthen our team. Chr. Hansen values people who can take charge, come up with new ideas and who want to form their own work practice and methods.

Since 1874, we have been at the forefront of innovation and constantly expanded into new areas for a more sustainable future. We believe that engagement matters. In each of our 32 global offices, we offer you an agile organization with a short way from idea to implementation with inspiring work environment and a collaborative culture.

Join us and take part in making a meaningful difference!

General Summary

This position works under limited direction and is primarily responsible for driving substantial sales growth, business development activities, and relationship management with assigned key customers.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities (* = Essential Functions)

  • *Prepare, update and drive a comprehensive sales plan for the assigned key accounts by engaging strategically with customer’s org. to understand their needs, and identify and quantify value propositions.
  • Responsible for the formulation and execution of sales strategies for key accounts as assigned to enhance the company’s market position.
  • Develop and maintain (Key Account Sales Excellence, SFDC integrity) a deep understanding of each assigned key customer’s structure, corporate direction, market position, and product portfolio to prepare a detailed mapping of the account.
  • Responsible for coordinating communication of customer priorities withing CHR Hansen by actively engaging SteerCo, and Core Account Teams
  • Maintain and support closing CSR’s, submitting TSR’s and communicating customer forecasts
  • Responsible for coordination with key internal stakeholders, including the sales representatives in local markets, and where relevant global markets
  • Works with local and global resources to support superior performance and customize service to key customers.
  • Works with global colleagues, providing leadership in the establishment of policy and help in planning, setting and/or revising strategic objectives.
  • Develops sophisticated level of understanding of the marketplace in terms of market size and product categories, growth rates, emerging trends and technology, competitive positioning as well as the business ability to expand into niche/emerging markets
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Capable of quickly gaining the trust and credibility of internal and external stakeholders, based on integrity, competency and the honoring of commitments.
  • Possess commercial skills and technical understanding in a B2B environment required to sell value added technology-based solutions and benefits to end users.
  • Has a high energy, dynamic commercial professionalism with strong organizational skills. Should be hands-on, have a sense of urgency, mature judgment, and conduct business and personal actions reflective of the company’s core values
  • Possess entrepreneurial instincts, but must also be capable of delivering a consultative/value added approach to the sales development process with customers using Miller Heiman tools.
  • Communication, personal presentation, and interpersonal skills must be at the level required for interaction with customers at the senior executive level
  • Possess a working knowledge in Microsoft Office programs and SalesForce. SAP experience is preferred.
  • Requires travel up to 70% of working time.
  • These characteristics are normally acquired through a Bachelor’s degree in a food science discipline and a minimum of 10 years’ experience and a demonstrated track record of accomplishment in the functional ingredients, specialty chemicals, FMCG or other value added products and services related to the nutrition, industrial food or pharmaceutical markets.
  • Working Conditions

    Working environment is an office setting about 20% of time and travel about 80% of time (this could vary depending on territory). This position requires a valid driver’s license and good driving record. The employee must be able to meet the travel requirements of the job.

    Physical Demands

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear, use hands to finger, handle or touch objects, keyboard and occasionally lift up to 10 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

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    About Chr. Hansen

    Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements and even animal feed and plant protection. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for over 140 years. We are proud that more than one billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day.

    Social responsibility is an integral part of Chr. Hansen’s vision to improve food and health. In 2019 Chr. Hansen was ranked as theWorld’s Most Sustainable Company by Corporate Knights thanks to our strong sustainability efforts, our talented employees and the many collaborative partnerships that we have with our customers.

    If you need more information?

    Read more about a career at Chr. Hansen here:

  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
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  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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