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Key Account Manager- Crop Science -Northern Illinois


Residence Based, IL, Midwest United States, USA



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Plant & Soil Sciences, Seed & Biotechnology

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Key Account Manager- Crop Science -Northern Illinois 




As a  Key Account Manager (KAM) for Bayer you will have ownership of the entire Bayer agriculture product portfolio with key account leadership in the Northern half of Illinois. You will facilitate business plan activities in cooperation with the local Illinois Bayer sales team. While ideal candidates will be residence based inside the geography, we will potentially consider applicants in neighboring geographies. This role reports to the Key Account Lead. 


The primary responsibilities of this role, Key Account Manager, are to:


  • Provide strategic direction and support to the leadership (owners/Home office/GM, Agronomy Lead, Sales Lead, Precision Lead, Seed Lead, Crop Protection Lead, and Proprietary Brands Lead) at key accounts in the field.
  • Align account strategic goals with Bayer strategic goals to create a win/win partnership with the account;
  • Work closely with the account to identify business opportunities while utilizing national marketing programs and creative approaches where feasible to capitalize on those opportunities;
  • Ensure that strategic direction/tactics flow through the account organization by working closely with Area Business Managers and Field Sales Reps to coordinate agreed upon 'push' and 'pull' strategies and ensure that direction gets down to the accounts regional, division and location levels;
  • Collaborate with Regional Account Managers, Area Business Managers, Marketing, Product Management, and Customer Operations to ensure win/win partnership is executed. Manage & execute Business Plans, CCO s, forecasting, budgets, inventory, and multi-year agreement.






Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our life values, more specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:


Required qualifications:


  • BAchelor's degree and eight (8)+ years relevant experience OR Master's degree/MBA and six (6)+ years relevant experience;
  • Proven success in building effective business relationships across large divisions of organizations;
  • Business acumen, strategic thinking, negotiation and leadership skills;
  • Ability to balance both Bayer and customer needs to achieve mutually beneficial business results;
  • A high degree of leadership and collaboration existing between Bayer internal field teams and the accounts;
  • Strong communication & influencing skills to drive execution of the account plans with stakeholders;
  • Account management skills that include big picture understanding and creative solutions;
  • Possess a valid driver's license and clear/ maintain appropriate company Motor Vehicle Driving and safety expectations;
  • Willingness and ability to travel 50%-70%.



Preferred qualifications:


  • Direct selling experience preferred.



Domestic relocation assistance may be offered for this role. 




Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and want to impact our mission Science for a better life, we encourage you to apply now. Be part of something bigger. Be you. Be Bayer. 
To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.
Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans
Bayer is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s) using the contact information below. 

IMPORTANT NOTE for POTENTIAL US CANDIDATES: Bayer expects its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Bayer active employees are also expected to disclose their vaccination status and if fully vaccinated, provide proof of vaccination status to Occupational Medicine. Bayer defines fully vaccinated in alignment with CDC which is two weeks after completing the two-dose vaccine regimen or two weeks after completing the one-dose regimen. Additionally, Bayer employees are also required to comply with state, local and customer requirements.  
Location: Residence Based     
Division: Crop Science    
Reference Code: 661403     
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Job Post Date: 07/01/22
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