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Sales Manager - Chemicals

Zone Industrielle du Buxérioux, chateauroux, France

Job Reference 1180232

Location Zone Industrielle du Buxérioux, chateauroux, France

Industry Process - Chemicals

Function Sales

Job Type Permanent

Date Added November 18, 2022

Company Summary:

We are glad to be retained by a global leader in supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. Due to ambitious growth, they are looking for a motivated Regional Sales Manager (France-based) to join one of their divisions and grow their business. This division provides services to the Chemicals, Environment, Mining, and Minerals, and Food and beverages Industries.

Job Summary:

The Regional Sales Manager will focus on developing the quickly growing customer base for chemical separation equipment. You will be responsible for developing sales for the Division`s Products in the following areas: France, French-speaking Belgium, Spain, Portugal, and some parts of North Africa. In addition, you will be prospecting and developing the customer portfolio in a specific region to achieve a predefined volume of orders each year.



  • At least 5 years in the B2B industry, ideally in the chemical or mining and minerals sector, environmental engineering.
  • Good knowledge of the range of equipment, industry environment, and processes (chemical industry)
  • Experience in a company related to the chemical industry (Sales of Industrial Equipment in the sector, activity in operations, etc)
  • Educational Background as a Process Engineer, Mechanic, or Generalist
  • Good knowledge of the internal constraints (SCAP / Quality / CRM /…)
  • Ability to ask questions to identify and understand customer needs
  • Ability to use internal tools (CRM, online approval, etc.)
  • Know how to size equipment
  • Ability to develop and maintain customer relations
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Fluent English and Fluent French is a must
  • Ability to travel 30% - 40% (Mainly to France, French-speaking Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Western Sahara)



  • Identification of market needs
  • Prospecting new customers
  • Regular visits to the client portfolio
  • Presence at specialized fairs


  • Transmission of technical and commercial offers for the supply of products and services in line with customer needs as well as their follow-up


  • Collection from customers of all the elements necessary for the realization of offers
  • Transmission of elements to the Backoffice for the preparation of offers and follow-up of the delivery of the offer on the date agreed with the client
  • Follow-up on the status of offers during visits and/or telephone calls to customers
  • Update the CRM and reporting (Orders and margins)


  • Technical and commercial negotiations of contracts in line with the contractual impositions of the company
  • Identification of the beginning of the purchasing decision period
  • Preparation of the negotiation strategy (Cost sheet, price, and margin negotiation range, technical argument
  •  Mobilization of resources when needed (Product manager, process manager, or business engineer)
  • Technical and commercial negotiation in meetings or by phone. -Realization of requests for approval in case of deviation from the company’s taxation
  • Validation of contract drafts from clients
  • Organization of order launch meetings with business engineers in the case of important and/or complex cases


  • Competitive intelligence

Collecting competitor information from customers


  • Contact Persons


Backoffice (creation of offers)

Product manager (product information)

Head of processes (validation of guarantees)

Quality manager (transfer of non-conformities and follow-up)

Business engineer (pre-project phase and negotiation)

Production manager (planning and deadlines)

Group legal manager (contract negotiation support)



-Clients (manufacturers, etc.)

-Suppliers (specific consultations



The next steps

We have an exceptional team in place, and we are pleased to be able to appoint a further person to our growing business. We are aware that you may not ‘tick all the boxes’, but if you believe you can genuinely offer some valuable skills and experience to our business, please in the first instance then please contact our recruitment partner Airswift, and the account manager Felicia Brown, felicia.brown@airswift.com




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