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Account Manager - Engineering Adhesives

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We, at H.B. Fuller embrace a shared set of beliefs and competencies that direct the way we operate and express our fundamental principles about how we will achieve success. We strive to hire talent that demonstrates our beliefs and our competencies.


The Account Manager Position is based out of Chennai OR Delhi (Flexible in base location) & expected to grow and retain HB Fuller's market share and customer base in Automotive Interiors & Automotive lighting business for PAN India.

Account Manager will be responsible for handling direct sales in base territory & PAN India business development role for Automotive Interiors & Automotive lighting.

The Account Manager is expected to:
• Demonstrates an ability to communicate and influence at all levels with customers.
• Technically competent and independently able to manage demonstrations and technical problem-solving;
• Focused on growth (larger opportunities), and optimizing price and profitability;
• Accountable for delivering results; and
• Ability to train & mentor entry / new sales roles


• Accountability for results
• Customer focused – creating value
• Demonstrates functional excellence
• Demonstrates business acumen
• Embraces change and innovation

• Accountable for delivering annual business results, aligned with business plan, sales, CM and volume
• Growth – focuses effort on delivering growth and maintains existing business to deliver plan
• Negotiates pricing and margin (aligned with the business) using value selling and the flip pricing tool to capture the optimum price and margin for HBF

• Drive customer intimacy by delivering HBF’s value proposition tailored to meet the needs of the customer
• Promote, quantify and expertly sell value, which differentiates HBF in the market and adds value to our customers
• Consistently deliver value to our customers to realize customer loyalty and minimize erosion
• Provide insight to the customer through expert application of knowledge in the industry Anticipate current and future needs of the customer through deep understanding of the customer’s business
• Promote and sell latest HBF products and technology thereby enhancing our position in the market as an innovative leader
• Begin to demonstrate the ability to teach the customer on current market trends and issues, and is able to be a strategic partner to our customers on key issues such as raw material trends

• Consistently manage activities to ensure all EHS requirements are followed
• Leverage all sales processes, including, consistently applies the HBF sales process
• Independently technically support the customer for standard needs, including running a product demonstration
• Identify, develop and close new business opportunities and communicate forecasting needs to the business
• Intimately know the territory/industry, including developing new business pipeline
• Manage time by balancing effort between existing business and new business pipeline
• Provide timely monthly reports and all necessary internal/external communication, and collaboration with other stakeholders
• Understands competitive landscape and how to position HBF for advantage

• Implement business pricing strategy based on business guidelines, expertly delivers price increases thereby enabling prices to stick
• Promote HBF products and technologies to optimize profitability
• Allocate own resources in a planned and consistent way with the business strategy
• Manage impact on profitability from terms and conditions, supply chain, days outstanding and other aspects
• Manage T&E expenses to budget

• Provide voice of the customer feedback into the organization
• Promote and sell innovative HBF technologies that create competitive advantage and optimize value for customers
• Adapt easily to a dynamic environment and maintain high levels of motivation and engagement

• Negotiating: Negotiates more complex situations within and outside of the organization. Thoughtfully develops creative solutions that satisfy all parties.
• Growing a sales territory: A solid understanding of business, financials, products/services, the market and the needs of assigned accounts; may help to develop colleagues' understanding of business and other development needs.
• Presenting: Comfortably presents to a broad and diverse group, maintaining group focus and appropriately responds to unrehearsed questions. Progresses agenda.
• Questioning / Listening: Actively listens to others; asks appropriate questions indicating interest in customers’ business with broad knowledge of the subject; focuses without interruption; evaluates verbal statements and nonverbal behavior to gain insight; responds appropriately in a non-judgmental manner.
• Communicating: Delivers accurate, clear, and concise messages. Presents an open persona that encourages even the most reluctant person to express his/her views. Demonstrates the ability to recognize when others are having difficulty understanding his/her messages and adapts style appropriately.
• Prospecting: Applies effective techniques, promptly establishes connection with key contacts at new prospects with relevant messaging, assesses needs / interest and prioritizes in own pipeline activity.
• Being a team player: Seeks to work with teams. Encourages people with opposing viewpoints to express their thoughts. Assumes accountability for team goals.

• Technical knowledge of products & services
o Applies problem-solving skills using technical knowledge, and is able to independently, technically support customer
• Sales Process & Sales Tools
o Creates advantage through deep understanding of customer needs and accelerates sales process by selecting the right opportunities
• Trends in market & industry
o Has a broad understanding of markets and industry, and frequently weaves knowledge into conversations with customers
• Supply chain
o Is able to optimizes offer for the customer and HBF by creatively using supply chain knowledge
• Equipment & application process
o Able to recommend basic improvements to customers' processes
• Substrate
o Has broad working knowledge of multiple substrates with advantages and disadvantages of each
• Business Acumen
o Consistently applies pricing strategy to achieve margin goals
o Has broad understanding of all key business concepts

Required Skills

• 4 year engineering college degree, in chemical/mechanical/Polymer stream
• Sales, marketing & application development with chemical products is preferred
• 5+ years of relevant sales & business development experience;
• Handling Automotive OEM’s & ancillaries with Adhesives, Specialty chemicals etc. is preferred.
• Have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel.
• Travel time depends on size/geography of the territory.
• Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

Job Location
Satara, Maharashtra, India
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