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Sales Representative, General Industrial Coatings

Company: Sherwin-Williams
Location: Wheeling
Posted on: May 15, 2024

Job Description:

Sales Representatives initiate and manage relationships with customers and serve as the point of contact for the Company. This position will be responsible for developing General Industrial sales. In this position, you will secure new accounts while maintaining existing customer accounts. You will utilize professional selling tools for pre-call planning and documenting sales calls. You'll develop a territory market strategy, as well as conduct product demonstrations and competitive product comparisons.
Here, we believe there's not one path to success, we believe in careers that grow with you. Whoever you are or wherever you come from in the world, there's a place for you at Sherwin-Williams. We provide you with the opportunity to explore your curiosity and drive us forward. Sherwin-Williams values the unique talents and abilities from all backgrounds and characteristics. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, including individuals with disabilities and Protected Veterans. We'll give you the space to share your strengths and we want you show us what you can do. You can innovate, grow and discover in a place where you can thrive and Let Your Colors Show!

At Sherwin-Williams, part of our mission is to help our employees and their families live healthier, save smarter and feel better. This starts with a wide range of world-class benefits designed for you. From retirement to health care, from total well-being to your daily commute-it matters to us. A general description of benefits offered can be found at Click on "Candidates" to view benefit offerings that you may be eligible for if you are hired as a Sherwin-Williams employee.

Compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case and will impact where actual compensation may fall within the stated wage range. The wage range listed for this role takes into account the wide range of factors considered in making compensation decisions including skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs. The disclosed range estimate has not been adjusted for the applicable geographic differential associated with the location at which the position may be filled.

The wage range, other compensation, and benefits information listed is accurate as of the date of this posting. The Company reserves the right to modify this information at any time, with or without notice, subject to applicable law.

Sherwin-Williams is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, pregnancy, genetic information, creed, marital status or any other consideration prohibited by law or by contract.

As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, Sherwin-Williams requests state and local employment services delivery systems to provide priority referral of Protected Veterans.

  • Achieve or exceed sales budget.
  • Achieve or exceed margin contribution budget.
  • Maintain expenses at or below budget.
  • Increase gallon growth.
  • Grow opportunity account sales.
  • Collect reliable customer/territory information and estimate individual customer potential.
  • Conduct competitive product testing and comparisons to S-W and identify current competitors' strengths and weaknesses and S-W's competitive advantage.
  • Develop territory market development plan and obtain approval.
  • Develop a strategy to sell target customers, and identify items or product categories that require specific attention in support of this strategy.
  • Develop weekly selling plan and conduct sales calls accordingly, occasionally in conjunction with servicing Store/Facility Manager.
  • Determine where customer is in the overall selling process and what steps are necessary to move the process along.
  • Conduct product demos to support the selling process.
  • Obtain information necessary to open a new account and communicate to credit office.
  • Access product/technical information to support customers' application requirements.
  • Complete required call and expense reports on a timely basis.
  • Identify sources of sales leads and follow through on leads provided by store/Facility personnel as appropriate.
  • Refer appropriate sales leads to Wood Sales Reps.
  • Understand servicing store/Facility's strengths and weaknesses and communicate effectively with staff members to ensure that commitments made are within the store's capabilities.
  • Identify products and quantities that must be carried in inventory to support customer needs and communicate this to store/Facility.
  • Identify potential problems and work with Store/Facility Manager to resolve.
  • Handle customer complaints within lines of authority and manage process to resolution.
  • Assist Store/Facility Manager in resolution of product supply problems.
  • Conduct customer surveys.
  • Assist in servicing stores/Facilities' physical inventory.
  • Service existing accounts to insure continued loyalty.

    • High school education or equivalent is required.


      • Bachelor's degree in a business-related field.


        • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work with all levels of internal and external contacts. Ability to interface effectively with sales, technical and manufacturing management required. Training and utilization of project management techniques, value selling, and six sigma tools required.


          • Knowledge of the metal and plastic coatings market.
          • Ability to identify specific metal and plastic coatings users, knowledge of liquid and powder coatings used in this marketplace, and applications of these coatings as well as surface preparation used on these substrates.


            • Must be able to sit, stand, hear, and see on a constant basis.
            • Must be able to walk, write, and type on a frequent basis.
            • Must be able to lift and carry up to __50__ pounds.
            • Must be able to climb and descend stairs.
            • Must be able to bend, carry, reach, push, and pull on an occasional basis.
            • Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing.
            • May work indoors and outdoors as needed. Exposure to heat up to 120 degrees and cold to 0 degrees.
            • May work in areas where noise level is such that hearing protection is required.
            • May work in areas where toxic, flammable, and hazardous materials are present.
            • May be exposed to varying amounts of dust and dirt.
            • Work surfaces may include concrete.
            • Employee must be able to tolerate non-toxic paint odors and be able to wear a respirator as required.
            • Employee must be able to operate a computer and communicate via telephone.
            • Some travel to other locations, meetings and/or seminars is required.


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Keywords: Sherwin-Williams, Chicago , Sales Representative, General Industrial Coatings, Sales , Wheeling, Illinois

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