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Working As An Indirect Account Manager

  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Indirect Account Manager Do

Sales managers direct organizations' sales teams. They set sales goals, analyze data, and develop training programs for organizations’ sales representatives.

Duties

Sales managers typically do the following:

  • Resolve customer complaints regarding sales and service
  • Prepare budgets and approve expenditures
  • Monitor customer preferences to determine the focus of sales efforts
  • Analyze sales statistics
  • Project sales and determine the profitability of products and services
  • Determine discount rates or special pricing plans
  • Develop plans to acquire new customers or clients through direct sales techniques, cold calling, and business-to-business marketing visits
  • Assign sales territories and set sales quotas
  • Plan and coordinate training programs for sales staff

Sales managers’ responsibilities vary with the size of their organizations. However, most sales managers direct the distribution of goods and services by assigning sales territories, setting sales goals, and establishing training programs for the organization’s sales representatives.

Some sales managers recruit, hire, and train new members of the sales staff. For more information about sales workers, see the profiles on retail sales workers and wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives.

Sales managers advise sales representatives on ways to improve their sales performance. In large multiproduct organizations, they oversee regional and local sales managers and their staffs.

Sales managers also stay in contact with dealers and distributors. They analyze sales statistics generated from their staff to determine the sales potential and inventory requirements of products and stores and to monitor customers' preferences.

Sales managers work closely with managers from other departments in the organization. For example, the marketing department identifies new customers that the sales department can target. The relationship between these two departments is critical to helping an organization expand its client base. Sales managers also work closely with research and design departments because they know customers’ preferences, and with warehousing departments because they know inventory needs.

The following are examples of types of sales managers:

Business to business (B2B) sales managers oversee sales from one business to another. These managers may work for a manufacturer selling to a wholesaler, or a wholesaler selling to a retailer. Examples of these workers include sales managers overseeing sales of software to business firms, and sales managers overseeing wholesale food sales to grocery stores.

Business to consumer (B2C) sales managers oversee direct sales between businesses and individual consumers. These managers typically work in retail settings. Examples of these workers include sales managers of automobile dealerships and department stores.

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How To Become An Indirect Account Manager

Most sales managers have a bachelor’s degree and work experience as a sales representative.

Education

Most sales managers have a bachelor’s degree, although some have a master’s degree. Educational requirements are less strict for job candidates who have significant work experience. Courses in business law, management, economics, accounting, finance, mathematics, marketing, and statistics are advantageous.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Work experience is typically required for someone to become a sales manager. The preferred duration varies, but employers usually seek candidates who have at least 1 to 5 years of experience in sales.

Sales managers typically enter the occupation from other sales and related occupations, such as sales representatives or purchasing agents. In small organizations, the number of sales manager positions often is limited, so advancement for sales workers usually comes slowly. In large organizations, promotion may occur more quickly.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Sales managers must collect and interpret complex data to target the most promising geographic areas and demographic groups, and determine the most effective sales strategies.

Communication skills. Sales managers need to work with colleagues and customers, so they must be able to communicate clearly.

Customer-service skills. When helping to make a sale, sales managers must listen and respond to the customer’s needs.

Leadership skills. Sales managers must be able to evaluate how their sales staff performs and must develop strategies for meeting sales goals.

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Average Length of Employment
Account Manager 2.9 years
Top Careers Before Indirect Account Manager
Manager 2.5%
Top Careers After Indirect Account Manager
Manager 3.5%
Owner 3.2%

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Indirect Account Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

56.1%

Female

36.0%

Unknown

7.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

Russian

12.5%

German

12.5%

Indirect Account Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.4%

Bellevue University

6.8%

Radford University

5.4%

Ball State University

5.4%

University of Florida

4.1%

National Louis University

4.1%

Liberty University

4.1%

Western Washington University

4.1%

Friends University

4.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.1%

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

4.1%

Mississippi State University

4.1%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.7%

Montclair State University

2.7%

Austin Peay State University

2.7%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

2.7%

Arizona State University

2.7%

Atlanta Metropolitan State College

2.7%

University of South Florida

2.7%

Miami Dade College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

40.6%

Marketing

13.3%

Communication

6.7%

Management

6.0%

Finance

3.5%

General Sales

3.5%

Human Resources Management

3.2%

Political Science

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Education

2.5%

Psychology

2.2%

Economics

2.2%

Accounting

1.9%

Public Relations

1.6%

General Studies

1.6%

Computer Science

1.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.3%

Business Communications

1.3%

Advertising

1.3%

Medical Technician

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.0%

Other

22.4%

Masters

15.3%

Associate

7.9%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for An Indirect Account Manager

  1. Customer Service
  2. Sales Floor
  3. Verizon
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed commission resolutions, contract negotiations, customer service complaints and resolution.
  • Budget daily cash sales and closing cash reports for sales floor of 7 Sales Representatives.
  • Coached Verizon distribution reps in account support and conflict management.
  • Recognized as top performer in key metrics, such as customer growth, retention, and company revenue growth.
  • Focused on account growth, business development project management, and collaboration across all departments to create revenue-generating accounts.

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