Director of Sales – New position

Director of Sales

Detroit, MI

A World Class Manufacturer of Automotive Electronic sensing devices, who is seeking an experienced Director of Sales to lead its sales organization.

The qualified candidate will have 5 plus years’ experience in managing and leading a team of sales professionals that is selling electronic devices to the North American Automotive Electronics customer base and 10+ years of experience in automotive sales. The company is well known for its innovation and manufacturing capabilities in a global market.

The Director of Sales is responsible for all program management, marketing and sales activities for the North American market, and any other specific market which may be assigned.  This includes selection and hiring of team members, achievement of all sales, pricing and A/R targets, operation within approved budgets, and general leadership of all sales and marketing activities. This candidate must have Automotive Electronics experience in order to add value to the team and company. This is a highly visible role within the company. In this position you will be chartered with growing sales, this is critical, as the company is poised to make it happen but needs the leader to get the job done. This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to make their mark, and if successful, be rewarded for their efforts. Listed below are the responsibilities and qualifications for this position; if you are looking for something new and exciting with positive challenges, this offers that and more. We are actively interviewing, please submit your resume as soon as you are able.

Experience:

Complete understanding of all aspects of sales, contracts, terms and conditions, arrangements with OEM customers

Strong relations/contacts within OEM customers purchasing and engineering departments

Proven ability to drive business development activities

Experience with product strategy development and deployment with tangible results

Strong leadership skills

Hiring decision, Performance evaluations

Authorization for expenditures within approved budget, preparation of quotes, and approval of expense accounts

Managing the activities of direct reports which may include local sales representatives, account managers and internal sales support personnel

Establishing the strategic direction, priorities and leading the activities of the global account teams. Internal coordination of all account related activities including sales, marketing and new product/new business development

Responsibilities:

Ensuring that sales forecasts for current and future products are maintained to support manufacturing planning and the annual budget process

Formulate specific customer sales, pricing and product strategies

Responsible for managing and developing strategic alliances with key Tier 1 companies

Cost recovery of engineering design changes, VA/VE proposals

Obtain customer purchase orders for tooling, prototype samples and series production

Degree:  BS in Engineering required

Travel:  Able to travel by all transportation modes

Salary:  Base plus bonus, company car allowance and benefits