GE National Account Manager - Hardware in Chicago, Illinois

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Current & GE Lighting

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Current & Lighting GE Lighting

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AtGE Lighting, we’re leading a global lighting revolution. In developing innovative energy-efficient lighting products, systems, and solutions for today and the future – such as world-class LED, fluorescent and ceramic metal halide light sources -- GE Lighting teams around the world are dedicated to leading a global lighting revolution to deliver innovative solutions that change the way people light and think about their world. Join us and you’ll find yourself in a dynamic atmosphere working with the most talented people in the industry in an open, developmental environment with abundant opportunities to learn, grow and advance within the organization. At GE, developing people is embedded in our culture and integral to our growth. If you’re a driven, independent problem solver who brings leadership and enthusiasm to everything you do, then join GE in creating the next generation of products that will improve the lives of consumers for generations to come.

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Posted Position Title

National Account Manager - Hardware

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Function Segment

Client, Account and Affiliate Origination and Management

Location(s) Where Opening Is Available United States

U.S. State, China or Canada Provinces




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Role Summary/Purpose

GE Lighting’s Consumer Sales Organization has an exciting opportunity for an experienced sales account manager to be on the forefront of GE Lighting’s efforts to generate demand in the Hardware channel segment with a focus on solution-based selling and new account attainment in the territory. The selected candidate will be responsible for not only maintaining but growing the account base to deliver on business financial goals and objectives.

Essential Responsibilities

The National Account Manager is responsible for managing the execution of sales, marketing, and operational programs for the Hardware Channel in North America.

In addition you will :

  • Plan and implement sales strategies to drive growth at both the headquarters and directly with the independent hardware stores

  • Develop strategic, long-term relationships with key decision makers at multiple levels of the customers and work cross-functionally with several functions within GE

  • Identify new product opportunities and drive growth throughout the member stores

  • Provide training, joint sales calls and product support

  • Conduct technical presentations to create awareness of new products among the member retailers

  • Clearly articulate value proposition and influence the customer decision making process

  • Work closely with the customer and GE marketing to execute national marketing initiatives and to manage the customer’s promotional plan

  • Develop forecasting and sales estimates and clearly communicate to senior leadership

  • Maintain customer product listings, coordinate planogram resets and oversee implementation of new product introductions

  • Demonstrate GE values


  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Sales, Finance or other business or commercial discipline from an accredited university or college

  • Minimum of 3 years of consultative sales experience (including strategic selling and negotiation)


  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the U.S.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Desired Characteristics

  • Minimum of 3 years of consultative sales experience (including strategic selling and negotiation, preferably in consumer goods or related field)

  • Minimum of 5 years of sales experience in the lighting industry and understanding of the value proposition

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

  • Experience working in a team environment where the performance of others affects personal success

  • Highly customer centric and service oriented; self-confident & creative thinker

  • Motivated self-starter, with strong leadership and problem-solving skills

  • Identify, understand, and communicate customer CTQs, market trends & buying strategies to GE management

  • Strong presentation, PC and negotiation skills

  • Strong technical aptitude and proven ability to sell a technical solution

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)

  • Results-driven with a sense of urgency and strong follow up skills

  • Self-confident &creative thinker

  • Strong executive presence