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Government Sales Manager

The Volvo Penta vision is to be the world leader in sustainable power solutions, and world-leading supplier of engines and complete powers systems for marine and industrial applications. We have a history of innovation and enjoy strong market positions based on our current product and service offer with customers in over 130 countries around the world. Volvo Penta is a world-leading supplier of engines and complete power systems for marine and industrial applications – both at land and sea. Region Americas is responsible for marketing, sales and customer support activities on the American continents. In this position, special focus is given to support our dealers and our growing Industrial segment, besides our already strong Marine segments.

Volvo Penta is responsible for the sales of an entire range of marine engines—both leisure and commercial, to our OEMs and boatbuilders within the North America.

We are now looking for Government Sales Manager to join our amazing Marine Diesel Sales team headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia. Due to the proximity and concentration of Governmental Agencies and prospects, this position is ideally located in Virginia, but it is open for remote locations.

What is the Job?
As a Government Sales Manager, you will be responsible for the lead role focused on all activities related to Government customer engagement, specifically focused on maritime-related boat building and service life extension programs with the US Navy, Coast Guard, Army, US Maritime Administration, NOAA, any Foreign North American and Central American Governmental Agencies, and large municipality/city marine procurement programs.
This is an independent contributor role in which you will work with a matrixed team of regional sales representatives and operational support staff. You will work to develop and maintain a multi-year pipeline of boat building related opportunities, develop and oversee implementation of bid capture strategies, proposal approaches, technical solutions, and assist our regional Power Centers in the proposal processes for RFI/RFQ/RFP/BAA (RFx) and IDIQ Contracts.

Coordinate with regional boat builders and business partners to close new Governmental marine engine business. Lead efforts to improve RFx responses, pre-RFx customer visits, product education events, uncovering program requirements, Industry events and trade shows, and unsolicited proposal initiatives.
As a Governmental Sales Manager, you will be afforded the opportunity to work with some exceptionally skilled colleagues and experience some truly exciting challenges that will benefit you both professionally and personally.
Are you GREAT at relationship building and tenacious at problem solving?
To be successful in this role, you will need exceptional business acumen that encompasses overall knowledge of governmental sales, finance, marketing, and advertising and promotions. We would also like for you to have familiarity with engineering, manufacturing, parts, service support, and inventory control. Being well-versed in the diesel marine industry with a particular focus on governmental activities. In addition, excellent communication and presentation skills are necessary as is the need for fluency in speaking and writing English in order to communicate successfully with internal and external stakeholders at different levels of the organization locally, nationally, and globally.

As you will be out and about traveling for this position, being internet savvy is greatly required as are better-than-beginner skills in Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Word, Power Point, and Outlook.

Education & Experience:
This position requires the following:

  • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, or related field;.
  • 10+ years’ experience in selling/sales in the Governmental arena, preferably marine focused.
  • Experience with diesel marine engines company/boat builders.
  • This position requires that the candidate selected must be a US Citizen
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish), a plus


Are you ready to join a team?
We were recently awarded “A Great Place to Work” certification two years in a rows, and our employees can attest that Volvo Penta is a great place to work! We experience relationships built on trust and respect, change and innovation, passion, exceptional performance, and a strong commitment to customer success!

If you are interested in being part of a team focused on innovation and success, and feel that this opportunity is for you, we invite you to apply to become a Government Sales Manager with our Marine Diesel Sales team. We look forward to meeting you!

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general level of work being performed by persons assigned to the classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of the job. Printed copies may not be the most current. Volvo Group North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action employer. E.O.E./M/F/D/V

The Volvo Group drives prosperity through transport solutions, offering trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase our customers’ uptime and productivity. Founded in 1927, the Volvo Group is committed to shaping the future landscape of sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. Countless career opportunities are offered across the group’s leading brands and entities that share a culture of Trust, Passion, High Performance, Change and Customer Success. 
www.volvogroup.com/career. 

With Volvo Penta, a world-leading supplier of engines and complete drive systems for marine and industrial applications, you will be part of a global and diverse team of highly skilled professionals who works with passion, trust each other and embraces change to stay ahead. We make our customers win.

Volvo Group North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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