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Strategic Account Manager
Tennant Company | Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Job Description

*Please note this is a national role with the only requirement to live near a decent sized airport.



If as a sales professional you enjoy collaboration with colleagues across all functions of the company in pursuit of a goal that has significant impact on one of Tennant’s Key Strategies, this may be the Tennant career move for you.  You MUST be self-motivated, results-oriented, highly-curious, and an effective communicator to do well in this role.  The top performers in this role are able to connect with people quickly, build relationships, gain trust, and grab a seat at the customer table to help drive the decision-making process and not simply respond to it.  Candidates for this role should embrace mindful strategic planning and possess the leadership skills to drive others toward excellent execution on those strategies.


On our team we “dive deep” with our customers to uncover their needs and then solve for those needs by the power within our existing value proposition, or by working with our colleagues to bring innovative solutions to the table.  We are a team of individual contributors who have latitude to set direction, develop action plans, and  deploy resources in areas that we identify as growth opportunities.  We understand that alone, we accomplish little, but with the power of our field and corporate partners we can achieve great things.  We are a fun-loving, hard-working team that celebrates success, tears down obstacles, and brings significant results to our company. 



  • Drive profitable growth in assigned strategic customer segments and vertical markets.
  • Develop and execute strategies that analyze and reflect an understanding of the customer’s needs, emerging trends, critical opportunities, and metrics that will increase sales, expand market share, and improve profitability.
  • Maintain a strong business relationship with all key strategic account contacts. Conduct regular reviews with each account that focus on business progress and development, changing customer needs, problems, obstacles, new partnership opportunities, and improved measures.
  • Provide accurate business and market forecasts.
  • Communicate effectively with management and the various sales channels, keeping all levels informed on the progress and impact of strategic accounts.
  • Maintains strong knowledge of all products, services and applications.
  • Is mindful and judicious in the consumption of company resources including their time, expenses.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, MBA or advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of overall business experience, to include a minimum of 7 years selling into high-level accounts.
  • Demonstrated experience selling to executive levels and business owners
  • Takes initiative and ownership to identify and achieve goals and objectives
  • Thinks and acts strategically and at the appropriate level
  • Examines issues from multiple perspectives to develop effective and sustainable solutions
  • Establishes a clear line of sight between customer needs and organizational objectives
  • Effectively integrates and manages the interface between groups
  • Confidently and positively adapts to changes and challenges
  • Continually expands technical expertise and integrates best practices into his/her work
  • Solicits and is receptive to feedback and coaching
  • Exceptional organization and prioritization skills
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Strong presentation, training and facilitation skills
  • Proficient at interacting with people at all levels of an organization


About Tennant Company

Tennant Company (Tennant) is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that create a cleaner, safer world. The Company’s floor maintenance and outdoor cleaning equipment, specialty surface coatings and related products are used to clean and coat floors in factories, office buildings, parking lots and streets, airports, hospitals, schools, warehouses and shopping centers. The Company sells its products domestically and internationally. On March 28, 2008, the Company acquired Sociedade Alfa Ltda. The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary is Applied Sweepers. (Source: 10-K)

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