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Showroom Sales Manager

Family-owned and operated Italian appliance producer SMEG, known for blending technology and art, is looking for an independent, self-motivated individual to manage its Manhattan showroom and lead product training and designer outreach programs. While based in New York City, responsibilities will require periodic travel in/around the City to engage and train target groups. Additionally, some national travel (10% of time) will be required to provide product and brand training to retail sales associates.

Significant Responsibilities:

  1. Showroom Management.  This includes all facets of maintenance, merchandizing and operations in order to create and execute activities that attract and engage clients, specifiers and retail sales associates;
  2. Product and Brand Training.  To evolve as the brand product expert working to inform, inspire and engage prospective / existing clients, trade specifiers and dealer sales associates (on and off-site). Requires the ability to create training program presentation materials and confident public speaking skills in small and medium group settings;
  3.  Trade Channel Engagement.  Serve as the lead trade channel liaison introducing and reinforcing brand values with New York City kitchen designers, residential architects and interior designers to increase sales conversion opportunities.

Qualifications:

  • High degree of organization, efficient time management and superior interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently, this is a solo position with no subordinate roles;
  • B2B / B2C experience in the luxury sector with proven sales ability, preferably in the appliance or kitchen design industry;
  • Previous showroom management / training experience and trade contacts in the NKBA, ASID, AIA network is a big plus;
  • Technical aptitude and product knowledge in the appliance industry are preferred;
  • Culinary passion with an ability and desire to conduct client facing product cooking presentations;
  • Demonstrated capabilities using Microsoft suite (especially Powerpoint);
  • BS / BA degree required with a minimum of 5 years professional experience in relevant categories.

Application:

A cover letter is mandatory with resume.