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Key Account Manager

Job Introduction

To develop and implement the sales strategy for various John Deere locations in North America in order to maintain and drive business growth and profitability, while meeting corporate objectives. 

The territory of responsibility will consist of several John Deere commercial and engineering facilities located throughout North America.


Role Responsibility

 Key Account Sales Development

Utilize resources to attain annual revenue and profit plan targets for the assigned John Deere locations in contribution to the overall Deere global plan

Actively lead the business development process, identifying and exploiting new sales opportunities

Provide input to the long-term (5-year) sales strategy and plan for John Deere and execute agreed upon actions

Establish and maintain appropriate systems for organizing and tracking necessary aspects of sales activity, project development and order management.

Monitor, measure and report on sales opportunities, development plans, project statuses, achievements, issues and obstacles.


Relationship Management  

Establish and maintain excellent relationships with all assigned John Deere locations and roles to support long-term customer satisfaction

Maintain regular and close communication with all internal stakeholders in engineering, quality and commercial roles.  

Develop strong relationships with Key Account and Sales & Marketing leadership through regular feedback to ensure broad internal understanding of strategy for supply and technology development.



The Ideal Candidate

4-year university degree or relevant, professional qualification or appropriate experience

Strong knowledge of hydraulics applications, products and mobile equipment

5 years significant, proven OEM account sales experience within the fluid power, electronics or automation industry

Experience managing both prospective territory and mature customer bases and setting appropriate strategic goals and tactical objectives for all accounts

Collaborative, cross-department project management experience within a technologically progressive operation

Proven record of ability to achieve results based on personal assessments of business potential and commitment to a successful process

Record of participating in and maintaining a quality-focused culture in previous organisations


Professional Skills:

Excellent communication skills with the ability to speak and correspond with people within diverse roles and cultures both internally and from customers.

Able to penetrate and establish relationships within all facets of the OEM organization including financial, supply chain, engineering, R&D and service.

Facilitate all business activities from promotion through product development and production, with both customers and colleagues, leading through consensus to meet needs and goals at each step

Ability to anticipate, understand and cultivate the needs of the customer both technically and commercially, and to provide matching, valuable recommendations and solutions

Capable of professionally challenging existing practices, processes and systems to deliver insights and improvements within both customer and HydraForce businesses.

Detail oriented management technique to maintain a large spectrum of contacts and roles across varying facilities and structures.



Strong leadership potential, with the desire to motivate others by example to achieve exceptional performance

A reliable, team player who engenders trust, respect and confidence in others through action and presence

An innovator who can digest market and customer intelligence to proactively look forward to identifying and create business opportunities

Results oriented, with energy, intelligence, commercial awareness and a positive ‘can do’ attitude

Flexible, not afraid to listen to others and acknowledge the value of their knowledge and experience and act on it where appropriate

Possessing credibility, integrity and transparency in all behavior and communication



Utilization of CRM platform for sales activity and project management and tracking

Practical and creative ability to use Microsoft Office Suite components

Comfort and ability to learn quickly in app driven IT and communication environment

Skill in using on-line communication platforms and effectively moderating meetings to further sales activity and customer communication




Frequent on-site presence at all assigned Deere facilities is required and expected

Regular visits to HydraForce IL facilities as determined

Potential for limited international travel to additional Deere or HydraForce facilities


Package Description

Our employees enjoy a full complement of benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Company Paid and Voluntary Life Insurance, Disability coverage, 401(k) with a generous match, and the opportunity to participate in our ESOP. Paid Time Off (PTO) 10 Paid Holidays and more!

Education Assistance

Our employees are encouraged to further their educations with our Tuition Assistance Programs, Apprenticeships and our on-site English As a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship classes.

On-Site Training

We offer best manufacturing practices training, Six Sigma classes led by our own Black Belts, supervisory and management development courses and basic computer skills classes

About the Company

Our employees enjoy a fast-paced and challenging work environment that provides them with daily opportunities to Power Forward their careers. Through interaction with our global network of employees and customers, our employees provide products and solutions that have a global impact. For almost 35 years, HydraForce has been producing the most innovative electro-hydraulic control solutions for the mobile machinery and industrial equipment markets.

Throughout the world, you can find our products in a broad range of applications:

Agricultural and Turf Care Machinery

Construction and Road-Building Equipment

Material Handling and Personnel-Lift Equipment

Transmission, Engine and Powertrain Controls

Forestry and Resource Management Equipment

Refuse and Waste Handling Equipment

Injection Molding and Press Machinery

Other Specialized Mobile and Industrial Applications



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