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Account Director - Financial Services & Public Sector*

Location: Genève, GE.
Company Description:

We Dream. We Do. We Deliver.

As a full-service, data-driven customer experience transformation, we partner with Top 500 companies in the DACH region and in Eastern Europe. Originally from Switzerland, Merkle DACH was created out of a merger Namics and Isobar - two leading full-service digital agencies.

Our 1200+ digital enthusiasts are innovating the way brands are built, through providing expertise in Digital Transformation strategy, MarTech platforms, Creativity, UX, CRM, Data, Commerce, Mobile, Social Media, Intranet and CMS. We are part of the global Merkle brand, the largest brand within the dentsu group, who shares with us a network of over 66,000 passionate individuals in 146 countries.

Job Description:

Role Outline:

The Client Director will manage a portfolio of accounts in a specified vertical jointly with your team of Account Directors. You will maintain and grow the business by promoting the full range of services in the lead to active clients and jointly with the growth team to passive clients, hot / cold prospects. The Client Director is reporting directly to the Head of Client Leadership for the region or country.


Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the P&L of a portfolio of existing clients in the region / vertical
  • Jointly with the sales team responsible for establishing new clients in the region / vertical
  • Working in close collaboration with the client you are responsible for defining the account targets from a strategic, functional and financial perspective
  • You are leading the account team from a commercial perspective and are working closely on achieving the aforementioned targets
  • Driven by a high level of Customer and Employee satisfaction you are positioning yourself as a trusted advisor internally and externally
  • Build and manage the growth pipeline for the portfolio
  • Responsible to achieve the monthly growth and revenue targets and thus progress towards activity targets and KPI’s set by the manager
  • Creates, negotiates, and closes commercial agreements
  • Organizes, prepares, and conducts business review meetings to ensure clients are satisfied
  • Achieves client relationship targets and KPI’s
  • Escalates and resolves areas of concern as raised by clients
  • Carries out client satisfaction surveys and reviews
  • Liaises with internal departments to ensure client needs are fulfilled effectively
  • Manage financial closing activities (invoicing)
  • Updates the CRM on a daily basis

Qualifications and Experience:

  • +5 years of relevant experience as a sales manager in IT Services
  • Profound experience in account management, B2B sales, preferably in professional services, enterprise software solutions, cloud space, IT sector and has the ability to develop a good understanding of customer and market dynamics and requirements
  • Optimally an in-depth experience / knowledge on the relevant vertical (e.g. NPO/NGO, CPG, Retail, Financial Services, Insurance, Public, etc.)
  • Profound track record in delivering on cross-/up-/newbusiness sell opportunities
  • A proven track record respectively experience in digital topics and delivering digital projects.
  • Background in Marketing, IT or Business Administration or comparable qualification
  • Networking mentality with a winning and friendly personality
  • Ability to deal on an Executive- / C-Level
  • Ability to successfully develop client relationships and deliver on financial targets
  • Willingness to travel
  • Has built strong relationships with client, meeting regularly to review business challenges
  • Proficient in managing the pipeline using CRM systems, preferably Salesforce CRM
  • Can evidence a track record of increasing revenue by hitting or exceeding personal targets
  • Languages: Ability to negotiate in French and English (written & orally)

Core Competencies:

  • Articulate presenter, with the ability to present to senior clients and internal agency teams, comfortable with showing what data means and how we can act based upon it
  • Passionate about and engaged with the fast-changing world of digital
  • Highly literate with a good understanding of how language is used to communicate to different audiences
  • Commitment to deliver first class work every time, and never leave a quality issue unchecked
  • Highly commercial - selling value, negotiation, client relationship management skills, how to be a trusted business advisor
  • Excellent planning, analytical and organisational skills alongside high attention to detail
  • Ability to analyse numerical data and pull out reasonable and rational conclusions to underpin innovative strategic plan
  • Strong understanding of holistic digital concepts, propositions, digital services
  • Strategic rigour and viewpoint
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