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Account Director, Data Center

General Information:

The Account Director has overall responsibility for a specific account including growth in orders, share of customer spend, and customer satisfaction. The manager leads an account team including direct reports.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Become a valued, long-term strategic partner with the customer’s senior executives. 
  • Execute the strategic account process.
  • Engage with the business units to deliver the strategic account value propositions.
  • Leverage Hitachi Energy’s rich technology to help solve the customer’s business issues in order to achieve competitive advantage and grow their bottom line.
  • Be the window into Hitachi Energy for the customer and mobilize Hitachi Energy through access to both senior Hitachi Energy management and worldwide resources.
  • Assure that all transactions and relationships are carried on with high and unquestionable ethics and integrity. 
  • Make it easier to do business with Hitachi Energy.
  • Achieve or go beyond order targets for the account.
  • Execute the strategic account process, including the delivery of business unit value propositions.
  • Maximize customer satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Maximize the share of customer’s wallet for Hitachi Energy.
  • Assure that all transactions and relationships are carried on with high and unquestionable ethics and integrity. 
  • Serve as a lynchpin within Hitachi Energy for the resolution of major customer issues.

Manage the Total Customer Relationship:

  • Manage the total customer relationship with Hitachi Energy.
  • Develop the relationship between Hitachi Energy and the Strategic Account at all levels both within Hitachi Energy and within the customer. Initiate and maintain C-Level relationships.
  • Apply a high level of business acumen, including an understanding of the customer’s business drivers, industry, economic trends, issues and competition.
  • Act as focal point for problem resolution and monitor the Customer Complaint Resolution Process.
  • Maximize the consistency of customer experience throughout all contacts with Hitachi Energy.

Account Planning and Management:

  • Lead the development and implementation of the account plan and coverage plan including: executing an executive relationship strategy, prioritizing the opportunities, identifying a target for each solution element (project) and identifying the key personnel required (account and technical/project).
  • Leverage channels to maintain and improve customer satisfaction and to maximize revenue. 
  • Plan, facilitate and conduct complex negotiations.
  • Drive growth in assigned account.
  • Develop and maintain detailed knowledge of the customer’s strategy, past purchasing behavior, organization including decision makers, influencers, sponsors and anti-sponsors.
  • Develop and maintain detailed knowledge of Hitachi Energy’ strategy, current and emerging solution capabilities and strategic direction for solution capabilities.

Leadership and Coaching:

  • Assume a people leadership role and facilitate team selling within a virtual organization.
  • Identify local/specialist sales resources and ensure they are properly trained on the strategy and status of the account.
  • Manage resources to ensure successful enactment of the strategy and operational plan.
  • Execute and coach using expert understanding of sales processes.
  • Active Projects Participation
  • Lead the formation of capture teams and the development of Sales X-Ray.
  • Direct account solution projects and keep current via project communications / steering committee participation.
  • Monitor and maintain an awareness of all key Hitachi Energy/client activities, including the representation of client issues, needs and concerns throughout Hitachi Energy.
  • Consistently deliver solutions that are considered high impact, complex, strategic and high value by both the customer and Hitachi Energy.

Teamwork and Communication:

  • Provide regular reports, briefings and reviews as required using the agreed processes.
  • Actively participate in the Account Director community to share ideas, expertise and lessons learned with other Account Directors and teams, to promote cross-Hitachi Energy learning and to identify new solution possibilities.
  • Create and maintain internal relationships with key business partners at all levels of the organization.
  • Maintain a proper balance of Customer advocacy and support of Hitachi Energy Business Units in this role; supporting their business objectives, reaching financial goals, and advocating for all business units and internal stakeholders is a must.
  • Living Hitachi Energy’s core values of safety and integrity, which means taking responsibility for your own actions while caring for your colleagues and the business.

Your Background:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical (engineering) or business discipline required. MBA preferred. 
  • Candidate must already have work authorization that would permit them to work for Hitachi Energy in the United States.
  • 12+ years of experience preferred. 
  • Diversity of experience – multiple products, customers, countries, market segments, etc.
  • Proven ability to work in a matrixed team environment. 
  • Must be able to motivate and influence others. 
  • Experience with customers including sales, problem resolution, relationship building.
  • Strong business acumen.
Location Santa Clara, California, United States of America
Job type Full time
Experience Experienced
Job function Sales, Marketing & Product Management
Contract Regular
Publication date 2024-05-13
Reference number R0046537

About Hitachi Energy

Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 40,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of approximately $10 billion USD.

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