Sales Manager

The London Taxi Company
From £50,000 to £60,000 per annum
09 Feb 2017
09 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Commercial Vehicle Sales Manager

A unique opportunity to be part of our exciting growth plans.

The London Taxi Company is the manufacturer of the iconic London Black Cab which is utilised in over 40 major cities worldwide. We have an exciting future ahead our parent company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group are investing £325m to manufacture a brand new range extended zero emission capable electric hybrid taxi which will be built in a brand new facility at Ansty Business Park, Coventry. The facility is the size of 8 football pitches and incorporates the latest construction and environmental technologies!


Department – Commercial – Corporate Sales

Reporting to – Head of Corporate Sales

Location - The Ansty Business Park, Coventry

Salary - £50,000 to £60,000 p.a. plus £500 per month car allowance and private medical insurance

Given our ambitious and exciting growth plans for the future we are looking for a Commercial Vehicle Sales Manager to proactively develop and prosecute the Taxi and Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) sales with major taxi/fleet customers in the UK and internationally. The individual will also develop strong relationships with The London Taxi Company (LTC) key dealer partners in order to maximise sales across UK regions and Europe and key leasing companies and ensure strong Taxi and Light Commercial Vehicle residual values by assisting in the management of the relationship with the industry guides.

The successful candidate will need to develop brand new relationships and to prioritise and assess the opportunities, scale and timing. The Commercial Vehicle Sales Manager will be both customer and target focused, with the ability to deliver results in line with LTC’s profitability expectations against volume targets.

The role responsibilities

Prepare for the successful introduction of the new plug-in range extended Taxi and Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) through the development of the corporate marketIdentify and seek out new prospects, formulate account relationships, maintain lasting sales penetration across specific commercial vehicle sectors on an account by account basis. Ending in multiple profitable sales volumes – compliant to all Brand principlesMaximise volume sales, protect brand principles and respond proactively to all sales opportunities in a professional mannerControl advanced sales negotiations to positive conclusion, administrate and develop sales opportunities across key markets and key target accounts/customersProactively manage to completion and submission any Taxi and LCV customer tenders received by LTC, liaising with all necessary departments to ensure a quality response in line with Brand valuesRecord sales activity and prospecting data to an acceptable auditable processMaintain and achieve a strict diary/appointment ratio on a day to day basisAdopt, understand, evaluate and utilise wider automotive organisations/reports to position our products and services ahead of our competitors e.g. SMMT, Insight, CAP and equivalents across Europe (in conjunction with LTC partners in market)Track and identify key conditions/market opportunities aligned to our product offer whilst implementing marketing initiatives that deliver and maximise growth and product exposure to all relevant industry sectorsComplete appropriate sales reports – as required by Line Manager/Management TeamsLead meetings, design and present at senior level as well as attending/co-ordinating events to position products and services. Ensuring participation from targeted customers/prospectsSupport the preparation of the strategic corporate sales development for Taxi and LCV in European cities with:Analysis of city legislation and how the Taxi and/or LCV can exploit these quicklyAssist in the research of markets and the prioritisation of market developmentBuild strong relationships with major Taxi and LCV fleets in the UK and internationallyBuild strong relationships with LTC’s distribution and maintenance Partners across EuropeBuild strong relationships with the major fleet fundersEnsure the maintenance of class leading residual values by building strong relationships with RV guides across EuropeEnsure that Taxi and LCV sales forecasts are accurate and achievableEnsure that market intelligence on legislation, market actions and competitor activity is fed back to the Head of Corporate Sales to enable specification, upgrades and new derivatives to be considered to maximise sales opportunitiesThe person

Ability to be both a ‘Hunter’ opening up new business from cold, and a ‘Farmer’ in retaining and growing accountsA proven ‘people person’ able to quickly build positive relationships internally and externallySelf-starter driven by challenge able to self-motivate and work on own initiative creating opportunities without close supervisionA creative and entrepreneurial thinker who can conceive innovative ‘premium price solutions’ with perceived high value for clients and high margins for LTCA skilled negotiator, able to sell value rather than priceAble to interpret Taxi and LCV and environmental legislation and rules to build a sound case for both LTC vehicles as the best environmentally-friendly commercial vehicle solutions for fleetsResults driven with a proven track record of selling Taxi or LCV solutions to fleetsConfident and resilient able to absorb business pressure and work to deadlinesExcellent interpersonal skills, high level of emotional intelligence, ability to influence and persuadeAbility to manage up as well as down the organisation and to negotiate with others to achieve objectivesLarge company discipline and processes with small company can-do attitudeAbility to assist in the development and implementation of the Taxi and LCV strategy for major fleets and tactically negotiate to optimise the dealHands-on approach with a clear focus on bottom line profitabilityCulturally sensitive and able to build strong, trust relationships with colleagues and clients’/ business partnersUnquestionable personal and professional integrityEuropean language capability (German preferable)Significant Taxi or LCV fleet sales experience, and particularly in selling to fleet customers across Europe or internationallySignificant experience of key account targeting, prospecting and development essentialAbility to adopt a ‘consultative selling’ approachSignificant experience of building new business from scratchInternational fleet operations experience would be an advantageAbility to influence and manage a complex stakeholder environmentAbility to communicate and present effectively to a senior audienceAwareness of international commercial business legislation and anti-corruption lawsCorporate selling experience essentialMust be able to demonstrate successful and consistent achievement of sales volume and profit targetsMust be able to demonstrate significant business growth with new to market high value productsExperience of successful market launches would be idealInternational market experience would be an advantage, although European experience would be highly desirablePrevious product management experience would be an advantagePrevious multi-market responsibility would be an advantageReporting Structure

The role reports to the Head of Corporate Sales and will have no direct reports, but an extensive matrix of colleagues who will support as part of the team.

Primary Relationships and Interactions

The role will require the successful individual to lead relationships with major Taxi and LCV fleets across the UK and Europe and with LCV contacts at major leasing and daily rental companies.

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We reward our people with 25 days’ holiday p.a. plus UK statutory days, £500 per monthly car allowance, a healthcare cash-plan scheme, private medical insurance, a salary sacrifice pension scheme, access to a childcare voucher scheme, cycle to work scheme. We develop our people through our own training academy and external sources.