This position offers opportunities in B2B (business-to-business) software sales to large companies, specifically tools for “predictive and prescriptive analytics”: data mining, text mining, simulation and risk analysis, and mathematical optimization. You’ll contact new leads -- typically people who have "opted in" on our website -- by phone and email, qualify their interest, and make appointments for the most-qualified prospects with our account executives. You may also contact former customers to qualify them for a "reactivation" offer of our newest products.
Frontline Systems (www.solver.com) is a leading vendor of analytics software -- we developed the Solver in Microsoft Excel, the most-used tool for mathematical optimization. We’ve licensed our software to over 9,000 organizations – typically Fortune 1000 or Global 2000 companies – and more than 500,000 students have learned about advanced analytics by using our software in business or MBA courses taught around the world. Our cloud-based platform AnalyticSolver.com is unique in this field, and we have exciting new developments coming in Q1 2019.
A “sales development rep” or SDR focuses on leads – people likely to be interested, or who recently expressed interest in a product, but are at the early stages of learning more and deciding if the product is right for them. An SDR’s role is to help these people move towards their goals, by (i) proactively contacting them by phone or email, (ii) asking questions to “qualify them” (determine “where they are” in their decision process), and (iii) helping them take the best next step: for example, attend a live webinar, start a free software trial, or speak with an account executive.
An SDR also becomes expert at using a customer relationship management (CRM) system to capture the information he/she gains about leads and prospects, which enables him/her and others to stay in sync with people as they move through their own buying process, delivering the most appropriate message at each step.
This role has a growth path in sales (account executive) and in customer success (customer success manager).
Skills Required or Preferred
A BS or BA degree is strongly preferred, but your skills, experience, energy, attitude, and ability to learn are most important. You should be success-oriented with a disciplined approach to daily activity planning, setting and achieving goals. You must be experienced working with web-based software using a browser, willing and able to learn new software, and able to use email, word processing, and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Office preferred).
Your written and verbal communication skills are very important – you’ll be dealing with business analysts, engineers and other professionals in large companies, so you must be able to write clear and professional emails, and speak as a business professional on the phone. You should have a strong work ethic and team player mentality, and be able and willing to be coached and mentored. Experience with inside sales and cold calling is a definite plus (though most of our leads are “warm” rather than “cold”).
You will need to gain familiarity with Frontline’s software, and become conversant with (not necessarily a technical expert in) data mining, text mining, simulation and risk analysis, and mathematical optimization. Equally important, you must learn to use our CRM (a web-based system called Infusionsoft) very effectively. We will provide skills training in both of these areas. Finally, you’ll need to learn the right questions to ask to qualify our leads: to understand the problem they’re trying to solve, determine what kind of software can work for them (e.g. data mining versus optimization), and assess their interest level, financial ability to buy, and timeline. You’ll spend time with Frontline’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and with our President as you learn these qualification skills.
How to Apply
Email your resume and/or your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.