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Indigo Ag is a mission-driven company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. We innovate across a breadth of technology and science disciplines to help enhance agriculture’s long-term sustainability and profitability and mitigate the climate crisis. We seek to positively impact the world through the digital and biological solutions we bring to the market, creating a more resilient earth, healthier economies, and thriving communities. Our people build partnerships, explore the science, and engineer the technology to help grow the future of sustainable agriculture. The only way to achieve it is through a unique combination of expertise – from Fortune 500 to academia, soil science and agriculture, to tech start-ups.
The National Sales Executive (NSE) works with Indigo’s Carbon Supply Business Development team to expand market share and drive new partnership opportunities The NSE is responsible for understanding the target market segment, potential partners’ business objectives, and how Indigo can create mutual value through a partnership. The NSE needs to possess a combination of general business acumen, salesmanship, curiosity and urgency, strong project management skills, proven ability to close, cross-functional account team leadership to drive growth across a range of industry participants.
Strategically Partner with assigned accounts to build their businesses
Align the Carbon Partner value proposition with the needs of targeted crop insurance accounts across the United States
Lead the development of a detailed plan/strategy to document how Indigo will engage, scale and support each account
Carry Customers through the sales process from internal/external discovery through signed contract, onboarding, and renewal as well as mediate any contract delivery discrepancies that occur after onboarding.
Understand objections and where there are blockers/detractors; create a plan to mitigate them
Be seen as a trusted partner who can create value for the Indigo and its partners
Facilitate collaboration in the sales process with the Partner Enablement team and Key Account Manager to ensure a smooth and coordinated handoff.
Spearhead customers’ escalations/issues and collaborate with team to drive them to an expeditious resolution
Lead contract renewals and negotiate new agreements that will benefit both parties
Provide leadership across the Carbon commercial team, and project this leadership externally to our customers and partners
Within 30 days, build a thorough understanding of Indigo’s brand, solutions and products
Be able to understand and articulate the Indigo Sustainability message, the details of the Carbon by Indigo Program and the value they bring to crop insurance (and as a nice to have – ag finance) partners and their customers at the corporate and local level.
Have a solid understanding of the ag ecosystem of agribusinesses, customer acquisition challenges and carbon opportunity for the industry at large.
Within 45 days, develop a sales funnel and execution plan to demonstrate 60-90 day sales pipeline progress
Be able to successfully pitch and/or resell Indigo to a partner.
Be able to speak to the end to end grower journey of the program as well as the go to market collaboration that a future partner will experience with our partnership.
Report out on early pipeline progress and development plans.
Within 60 days, close and begin onboarding with initial partnerships
Work collaboratively with the onboarding and enablement teams, Key Account Manager and the local support functions to establish localized support structure that will drive trust and sales success with partner sales representatives.
Begin cross selling other Indigo Programs and Products to expand the relationship.
Show progress on customer pipeline across the team’s targeted account lists.
Within 90 days, demonstrate that all accounts are on a trajectory to grow their relationship with Indigo
Be able to forecast closed partnerships in alignment with annual targets.
In collaboration with the Key Account Manager, ensure onboarded accounts are meeting early engagement KPIs and achieving partnership objectives. Re-evaluate partnerships as needed to ensure commercial resources are being utilized to support meaningful progress.
Understands and embodies our mission & core values
Excited by Indigo’s mission; believes that Indigo can fundamentally change the agriculture industry; can clearly articulate passion for our mission and values
Optimistic and innovative; solution-oriented; shows no signs of cynicism
Will be widely viewed as someone who personifies our core values, is committed to them, and leans on them when making decisions. Specifically:
Demonstrates a track record of high integrity – doing the right thing, owning mistakes, conducting oneself honestly
Values, communicates and interacts with others with high levels of transparency and respect
Collaborates well across functions; creates an inspiring and collegial work environment
Ability to understand various ag businesses that make up our targeted partners and engage in high level conversations with customers about their challenges and opportunities.
Can demonstrate crop insurance industry knowledge and experience
Can demonstrate ag finance industry knowledge and experience (nice to have)
Strong problem-solving and communications skills
Able to clearly articulate thoughts
Strong EQ skills
Can build and maintain relationships with Ag Businesses at all levels of the organization and expertly handle objections or roadblocks
Entrepreneurial mindset that is collaborative and works across the organization and customer segments to leverage expertise to support customers
Sales-passionate; able to follow and contribute to sales processes, coordinate cross functional customer enablement, and drive toward strong ROI for customers and Indigo.
Comfortable with software tools as part of everyday job particularly CRM (salesforce preferred)
Flexible to support customers after hours to resolve time-sensitive matters, to travel for customer engagement and industry events.
Aggressively wants to win, has a vision, and can articulate an action plan, proven ability to motivate a cross functional team to achieve goals.
Ability to create and execute and account plan in addition to credible forecasting.
Minimum of 8 years working with strategic/complex accounts or consulting experience
Crop Insurance industry knowledge
Ag Finance industry knowledge (nice to have)
B2B sales, key account management
Demonstrated consistent success in achieving quarterly and annual targets in a fast-growing business
Strong consultative sales or business development background required
Ability to travel 50%
Understand farming as a business – from grain trading to inputs to banker/insurance through trading and pricing decisions & expansion (land & people), a huge plus
2-3 years of management or cross functional leadership experience
Proof of prior success driving growth and convincing partners to adopt new approaches/technologies
At Indigo, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and team members. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), national, social or ethnic origin, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, marital status, family or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, family medical history or genetic information, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Indigo believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion among our team members are critical to our success. We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.
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