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Account Manager, Functional Polyolefins Job

Date: Jun 24, 2019

Location: Bristol, PA, US

Company: Arkema

Req Id 30559 - Posted 03/29/2019 - Sales - Bristol. Pennsylvania. US


The Account Manager for Functional Polyolefins will manage a defined sales territory between $25M and $30M in sales and will be responsible to track sales results and activity reporting to include call reports, monthly and quarter reports.  Price negotiations will also be required within a scope defined in conjunction with the Business Director.


Individuals will also be responsible to develop customer account relationships with purchasing, research/development and operations personnel and monitor overall market segment monitoring and projections. Identification of new opportunities, technologies and market trends is another key responsibility of the position. 




Sales and Territory Management

  • Conduct sales calls to existing and prospective corporate purchasing and research /development personnel to review demand, handling, and use of functional polyolefin products.
  • Build and maintain strong, long lasting customer partnerships.
  • Establish and manage new sales opportunities at existing customers and new prospects. Maintain updated project list monthly for key projects and at least quarterly for all others
  • Write call reports in Sales Force, update and maintain accuracy of the information captured in this database
  • Maintain pricing current in SAP
  • Negotiate business agreements with key customers.
  • Identify and facilitate appropriate high-level contacts between the Functional Polyolefins group and customer and coordinate meetings between both parties.
  • Responsible for forecast accuracy, critical to schedule resin production at the plant locations.
  • Work with our team to control working capital cost: inventory and over dues
  • Develop and maintain a business plan for assigned territory.


Technical Sales Support

  • Provide first-line technical support and coordinate involvement of N.A. Business Development Manager and R&D team in France
  • Identify technical improvements to assist current customer needs, working in partnership with POF team.
  • Provide monthly progress reports, analyze results and identify positive aspects to be driven or areas for improvement/corrective action.
  • Respond to customer’s requests in regards to raw material questionnaires, confidentiality agreement and HES information
  • Participate in conferences and exhibitions to promote our product lines



  • Work in partnership with broader POF team throughout North America in a heavily matrixed work environment.
  • Travel required, up to 50% of the time.
  • Ongoing technical training and education will be a regular aspect of the role.
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements.
  • Participate in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (Behavioral Based Safety, Safe Start, etc.)
  • Support and promote the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incident.



  • BS degree in Business, or a technical field such as polymer science, polymer processing, material science, chemistry or chemical engineering. MBA desirable
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in outside sales
  • Prior experience in industrial segment is a plus
  • Prior experience in SAP, Excel, Sales Force is a plus
  • Experience working in an international environment preferred



  • Excellent communication skills, particularly the ability to hear and understand customer needs.. Ability to write call reports and accurately convey customer information to management team.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimum direction. Self-motivated, drive toward results.
  • At ease with working in a fast pace environment, prioritizing and reacting quickly to changes
  • Good organization skills and attention to details to follow projects and ensure data accuracy (SAP, SF, Sales List)
  • Professional demeanor and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are required as well as the ability to solve problems and present solutions.
  • Ability to influence without formal authority.




A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.8 billion ($10.4 billion USD) in 2018, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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