Territory Manager, West Africa at VMware

    VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable our more than 500,000 enterprise and mid-market customers to thrive in the Cloud Era by simplifying, automating and transforming the way they build, deliver and consume IT.

    Job description

    This is a unique opportunity to join one of the most dynamic IT sales organizations in WECA (West East Central and Southern Africa). The Territory Manager (TM) will manage a business based in Lagos, Nigeria, but with responsibilities for the West Africa region. This will involve regular and frequent travel to the region to support the business objectives. The individual’s focus will be to develop business, within the commercial and SMB tiers of customers, and to develop, leverage and expand channel partners to support sales motions and territory coverage across the region. A quota for the territory will be carried and the TM will work with the appropriate support structures both locally and internationally to achieve this goal. The TM will, therefore, be responsible for forecasting, closing and increasing revenue pipeline from their territory.
    Main duties:

    * Develop and lead the go-to-market” plan for the designated territory.

    * This plan will include:

    * activity prioritisation

    * defining of key focus accounts and account plans

    * qualifying and agreeing a key short list of key partners to maximise territory sales coverage (Distribution, Reseller, OEM, ISV, SI/SO)

    * agreeing joint go-to-market plans with such partners

    * involving overlay roles in planning to achieve regional objectives

    * providing quarterly business reviews of plan achievements

    * developing strategic and tactical territory plans

    * Liaise closely with channel and marketing teams to maximize territory coverage and create demand within the territory

    * Own and exceed the territory revenue quota including accurately forecasting to closure of sales within the defined territory. Provide forecasting and update account/opportunity detail in Salesforce.com

    * Engage directly with the end customer during the buying cycle as required and appropriate (depending on opportunity size or strategic importance). Understanding and establishing relationships with key contacts within customers and partners

    * Identify new business drivers that drive transactional territory business

    * Able to sell VMware solution as a ‘platform’ within an account and change the role that IT plays within that account from being considered a ‘cost burden’ to a strategic deployment. This includes aligning sales process with VMware methodologies and understanding the value selling framework and how to sell on value

    * Match the VMware solution to the customer’s business needs, challenges, and technical requirements

    * Execute solution selling to existing customer base and new prospects – become trusted advisor

    * Manage end user relationships and ecosystem relationships throughout the lifecycle of the customer

    * Cross-sell and upsell across existing customers

    * Understand the competitive landscape and be competent in competitive sales engagements

    Required Skills:

    * Successful, proven sales background with solid experience in infrastructure, services or software sales essential

    * The Territory Manager needs to have very good knowledge of the IT ecosystem and competitive landscape

    * Solid end user field sales experience into commercial customers

    * Strong technical and business acumen, ability to engage at architecture and CxO level

    * Strong track record of exceeding sales objectives and targets

    * Experience and knowledge of working with channel partners. Ideally includes established relationships that can assist you in quickly developing your territory

    * Experience of working remotely and proven ability to matrix manage resources in the field and at regional offices

    * Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to effectively present to both technical and executive audiences

    * Ability to maintain high sales activity levels. Adept in managing many opportunities simultaneously, high energy, motivated self-starter

    * Ability to forecast accurately to closure

    * Great relationship skills, tenacity, brand, resilience and inter-personal/presentation skills

    * Educated to Bachelor degree standard is a benefit but can be replaced by sufficient working experience Ad hoc information:

    The role, responsibilities and geographical focus will change and develop over time along with the company’s rapid growth. Before you join, VMware will require you to go through a pre-employment screening process. This means that we will want to verify your details and the information you have given us to ensure your suitability for a certain role considering its nature, seniority and other relevant factors.

    Is this a remote or multiple location position?


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