Jobs in Sales

Sales professionals are a unique breed. Dedicated, driven, hell bent on smashing targets and hungry for success. We like salespeople. So whether you’re a sales executive, ready for your next rewarding sales role, or an employer in need of target-torching business development dynamos… we’re going to want to meet you.

The People Pod are a specialist recruitment firm that does things differently. Like a great salesperson, we take the time to understand what you want, and how it will make your life so much better. Then we use our fine tuned skills to find the perfect match.

We won’t come on too strong, or try to sell you a role you don’t want… and we won’t fill your growing sales team with anything less than high quality, hand-picked talent. Because that would make us terrible salespeople… and we happen to know what a great one looks like.

To speak to our team about how we can help you, call 01204 589 555 or complete our online enquiry form.

Alternatively, browse our sales jobs below or upload your CV - it only takes a few seconds.

Our Experience

Why would you choose to work with us for your sales recruitment needs?

With decades of experience placing top-performing salespeople in exciting roles across the country, we are here to match the best sales professionals with the best brands out there.

We know the sales sector inside out, and we combine this expertise with innovative ways of working that result in us placing one in every three candidates we put forward for consideration. Not bad when you consider the industry average is one in seven…

  • From single strategic placements to high volume sales campaigns, the People Pod have been supporting high growth sales driven organisations for over a decade. We believe no-one truly understands what makes a great salesperson like we do. Our specialist sales recruiters have years of industry knowledge, we talk your language and know what true sales talent is made of!
  • ‘The People Pod consistently deliver results’. We do this through firstly understanding your business and its culture, then by offering a hassle-free process with clear and concise communication throughout. The People Pod’s candidate attraction techniques ensure that we always present the best sales candidates from our impressive talent pool. We continually aim to challenge outdated recruitment methodologies. Our recruitment specialist go the extra mile to find the best talent in the marketplace through headhunting, networking, strong recommendations and powerful online and offline advertising campaigns. We take the time to understand the sales market and uncover our candidates’ aspirations to ensure we always find the perfect career opportunity and culture fit. You can be sure that The People Pods’ recruitment process will challenge the norm and always deliver results.

Latest Sales Jobs

Sales Roles We’ve Placed

Sales

  • Sales Director
  • Head of Sales
  • Sales Director
  • Divisional Sales Manager
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Area Sales Manager
  • Channel Sales Manager
  • National Account manager
  • Key Account Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Key Account Executive
  • Corporate Business Development
  • Business Development Manager
  • Field Sales Executive
  • Internal Sales Executive
  • Inside Sales Consultant
  • Client Relationship Manager
  • Call Centre Manager
  • Field Sales Trainer
  • Sales Trainer
  • Sales Consultant
  • Sales Executive
  • Sales Representative
  • Sales Development Consultant
  • Call Centre Consultant
  • Inbound Sales Consultant
  • Outbound Sales Consultant
  • Sales Retention Specialist
  • Lead Generator
  • Sales Associate
  • Sales Promotor
  • Sales Support

Internal / Contact Centre Sales

  • Sales Director
  • Head of Sales
  • Sales Director
  • Business Development Manager
  • Call Centre Manager
  • Sales Team Leader
  • Sales Trainer
  • Internal Sales Executive
  • Inside Sales Consultant
  • Inbound Sales
  • Outbound Sales
  • Sales Retention Specialist
  • Call Centre Consultant
  • Lead Generator
  • Sales Support
  • Sales Director
  • International Sales Director
  • Head of Sales
  • National Sales Manager
  • Divisional Sales Manager
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Territory Sales Manager
  • Area Sales Manager
  • Channel Sales Manager
  • National Account manager
  • Key Account Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Business Development Director
  • Business Development
  • Global Account Executive
  • Business Development Manager
  • Field Sales Executive
  • National Sales Trainer
  • Field Sales Trainer

Sales Sector Insights

The state of play in the sales sector

The sales game is no longer simply about transactions. Increased competition and globalisation have led to increased competition in all corners of the sales stratosphere, giving the buyer a wider choice and greater power.

66% of sales teams track customer satisfaction as their top KPI. Sales is more about relationship building and a consultative approach than ever before, and it’s this finely tuned, personalised service that keeps the repeat business coming in. A far cry from the days of reliance on strong (and slightly pushy) negotiation, resilience and persistence tactics to clinch deals.

The birth of social media has brought with it a huge impact on how sales are conducted in the modern world. Whether you’re selling low cost throw-away fashion or luxury high end gadgets, thanks to social media, the customer is now in the driver’s seat. We turn to social media for research, reviews, public opinion… and to air our grievances on the public stage. For the modern-day sales business, this means a need for a tighter customer service process, slicker communication, and salespeople that can vouch for the product they’re promoting. Get it wrong, and a brand’s reputation is on the line. Get it right, and the public will be your product champions!

Today’s sales professionals spend just 34% of their time selling, says ‘Salesforce’. Sales teams struggle to keep up with administrative time-stealers such as data entry, quote generation, and other tasks that take their attention away from the customer. So, brands are now expanding their search for skills other than the ‘gift of the gab’ or ‘killer closing technique’. They need meticulously organised, self-sufficient task managers who can independently and confidently manage their workload in its entirety.

60% of sales people report an increase in virtual meetings since 2015 – ‘Face to face’ doesn’t mean driving 300 miles for a meeting over a lukewarm coffee. Thanks to modern technology, sales pitches have become virtual and business development meetings swap the boardroom for the broadcasting platforms. Video calling has made the sales process slicker, more efficient, less time consuming and more productive than the traditional face-to-face sit down.

With these developments in mind, it’s crucial that high growth brands attract talent based not just on sales ability, but on an evolving understanding of fresh technologies and slicker systems that will make them even more productive. As they say… time is money.

What are the biggest issues impacting recruitment in the sales sector?

What are the biggest issues affecting recruitment in the sales sector?

Every sector has its hurdles when it comes to recruitment. Though the fast-paced world of sales is an ever-changing, fiercely competitive market. Brands must be more generous with their rewards, passionate about developing their people and savvy about the talent they bring on board.

A Needle In The Haystack

Technology has changed the way recruiters track down talent. Great sales professionals are available to all who know where to find them. The trick is, finding them and engaging them before someone else does. This is where many brands fall at the first hurdle, using mainstream methods of searching the talent base, then battling for their talents’ attention with another sales powerhouse. By commissioning a team like ours to seek out the sales elite, brands open themselves up to many new, undiscovered areas to track down their next big recruit. It’s about knowing where to find them, and how to get their attention when we do. Fish in the same pond all the time, and you’ll just catch the same fish...

Sussing Out The Sales Talent

The challenge with great sales people is, they’re great at selling themselves! So recruiters need to work smarter and do their homework to distinguish between the excellers… and the embellishers. Many HR departments don’t have the time or resource to do the extra digging required in order to spot true talent. Basing a hire on that glowing CV and impressive list of smashed targets isn’t enough. This is why many in-house recruiters find themselves throwing more money at their recruitment campaigns, to backfill those ‘sales legends’ that turned out to just have ‘the gift of the gab.’

Time Is Money

Great salespeople don’t stay available for long. If a truly impressive salesperson is sat in front of you in the interview room, you can probably be sure they’ll be drinking coffee in someone else’s interview room in a few days from now.

Competition is fierce, and businesses are creating more unique ways of engaging and enticing great talent, in order to tempt them on board. This means a swift interview and selection process is essential. Not only do brands need to make their recruitment process stand out, they need to conduct it efficiently enough not to end up losing their 24karat sales pro to the competition. Snooze and you lose. It pays to enlist expert sales recruiters to grab a great hire whilst they’re hot. And we know just how to do it.

Retention and Reward

Getting that official acceptance of your sales role from your dream candidate is just the beginning. Keeping them happy, rewarded and motivated is a whole other hurdle. Sales professionals worth their salt know they are in demand. Treat them well, and they’ll reward you with unwavering loyalty and big revenue. Treat them like a number, and they’ll happily move on to a more promising proposition.

In a sales environment, it’s more crucial than ever to keep your hires happy. Which is why we offer a full retention strategy as part of our recruitment process. Because sometimes, it takes much more than free snacks and a dress down Friday to keep great talent fighting your corner.

What skills are in demand in the sector?

Keeping the client happy has never been more important for sales professionals, and not just because customers complain on social media.

Some 66% of sales teams now track customer satisfaction as their top KPI, which means constant consulting and relationship building is vital.

And this has led to a significant change in the skills required from our salespeople today in order to perform in this new landscape.

Rather than relying on strong negotiation, persistence tactics and resilience, soft skills that are now in demand in order to build long-lasting relationships include empathy, listening skills, patience and strong interpersonal skills.

It’s also essential these days to be a strong team player. Lone wolf sales professionals are starting to become a thing of the past - in fact, according to SalesForce, 77% of sales professionals say that selling collaboratively is extremely important.

That means making sure the sales function is aligned perfectly with other departments such as marketing and service teams at all times.

A good salesperson creates a sale. A great salesperson creates value. As a leading salesperson, you'll know it's not about the product or service itself, it's about the benefits it will offer to your client... the headaches it will relieve, the problems it will solve.

But that’s not all - some other key skills you’ll need include being competitive, passionate, highly driven, positive and good at working under pressure.

What kinds of roles are in demand?

Just some of the roles and sectors that are in short supply of good salespeople and can, therefore, provide a rewarding career in sales, include:

  • Financial advice - companies that manage and invest money on behalf of their high-net-worth clients can generate some significant revenues, which often means some serious commission for salespeople
  • Tech sales - Many wealthy companies need help selling their software, applications and programmes to worldwide corporations and organisations - and that comes with a high ticket value.
  • Luxury items - As you’d expect, there’s money to be earned - think commission-based salaries starting at £50,000 - by those of you who can sell extravagant items to the rich and famous.
  • Digital media - With the exponential growth of the digital sector and the huge sums of money invested by companies in digital media and services, this industry is potentially very profitable for good sales pros. Know your PPC from your SEO? You might well have a job for life in the digital sector.

How is recruitment for the sales sector likely to change in the future?

The recruitment sector is continually evolving, as businesses grow and require a more finely tuned skillset from the teams that keep them at the forefront of their game. The sales sector is up there amongst the most rapidly advancing arenas, thanks to the emergence of new technology, more selective consumer tastes and globalisation. Meaning that employers are now seeking those with the specialist skills needed to move with the ever-changing times.

What advice would you give to those looking for a role in the sector?

Want to get a leg up to the next level of your career in sales? Here’s some free advice we would give to all candidates in sales:

  • Choose to sell a product or service to sell that you are passionate about - or at least interested in!
  • Do you live by the motto ‘2nd place is the first loser?” if you’re a naturally competitive character, sales could be right up your street.
  • Do your research and develop an in-depth understanding of both your product/service AND your target market.
  • Ensure you have a sales process - get the fundamentals in place and you’ll be on to a winner.
  • Set yourself financial goals or objectives that are realistic yet challenging to motivate you to perform.
  • Be patient - hitting your targets won’t necessarily happen overnight - you have to be consistent, persistent and above all WORK HARD and the rewards will follow.
  • Understand the type of sales environment you will be working in – is it consultative or more direct? You’ll need to be adaptable and tailor your approach depending on your answer.
  • Do you struggle with rejection or being told ‘no’? If you don’t bounce back easily from disappointment, maybe sales isn’t the best route for you...

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