Business Interior Specialist (Commercial Furniture Sales)

Solutions Business Interiors - Edmonton, AB (30+ days ago)

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Business Interior Specialist

Basic Function:

Work with Solutions Business Interiors to create and maintain a $2 million book of business. This will be achieved through the executions of leads provided by the House as well as the independent activity. The independent activity should include but is not limited to; generating leads, qualifies potential customers and convinces clients to buy furniture and services from the dealership. This position is responsible for sales volume, margin percent and new business goals on a monthly, quarterly and yearly basis.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:

Lead Generation

  • Networks extensively for leads (business groups, real estate brokers, local community organizations, industry organizations, etc)
  • Researches for leads through business journals, newspapers, industry periodicals and publications, internet, etc.
  • Cold calls potential clients in person or by telephone, or combination
  • Participates in dealership lead generation programs such as telemarketing, open houses, industry events, etc.; follows up diligently on leads provided by the dealership


  • Qualifies leads into potential customers; does thorough needs analysis to understand client’s requirements for furniture products and services
  • Makes persuasive presentations to customers on dealership’s products and services—in person, through written/graphic documentation and electronic means
  • Develops detailed, accurate and professional looking quotes through own effort or in conjunction with dealership personnel (designers, customer service representatives, project managers, etc.) and presents these to the customer in a timely manner
  • Works with service departments to develop service contracts to present to customer when complex services are sold (design, for instance) or for major projects (installation, design, project management)
  • Provides accounting department with timely information for any necessary credit checks

Sale Implementation

  • Is responsible for setting up the sale so that it can be efficiently managed and administered by the dealership, and the dealership operations and business personnel
  • Accepts responsibility for the accuracy of specifications when entering orders themselves, and reviews specifications for obvious errors when done by others (design, for instance); provides complete, accurate and timely sales order (header data, pricing, contract numbers, etc.) and work order (site and project parameters, installation schedule, etc.) information required for proposal/sales order system
  • Ensures a responsible close of sale by obtaining signed sales orders (and terms & conditions, if appropriate), client purchase orders and deposits as required
  • Stays involved throughout sale implementation to ensure that any bottlenecks or changes in scope are identified and resolved, and that both customer and dealership are satisfied

Customer/Account Interfaces

  • Is available, responsive and timely to customer inquiries, requests for information and/or quotations, problem resolution, etc.
  • Provides frequent and regular follow-up contact with customer regarding after sale services and information, including customer satisfaction
  • Conducts a professional, cooperative interface with the customer, the customer’s employees, and the customer’s third party consultants/subcontractors
  • Ensures the customer gets frequent and regular reports on order status, project progress and overall customer activity status
  • Assists accounting in resolving any late receivables or customer credit issues

Goals and Performance

  • Meets monthly, quarterly and yearly sales, margin and new business goals as set by the dealership and sales manager
  • Provides timely reports on sales forecasts and new leads as required
  • Participates in special sales programs sponsored by the dealership or in conjunction with the dealership’s designated furniture manufacturers; attends training sessions as determined by the dealership

Contract Furniture Management

  • Is knowledgeable of dealership’s product lines—product features, application, technical capabilities, specification, etc.
  • Has good understanding of contract furniture management at dealer level—account servicing, project management, order preparation, order management, factory interface, delivery & installation— including sale’s role in those processes and procedures
  • Functions as customer advocate for internal order fulfillment performance and service products
  • Has knowledge of office environment issues (ergonomics, technology integration and use, office productivity, etc.) and general business trends

Job Type: Full-time


  • Cold Calling: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Sales: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Business Development: 3 years (Preferred)


  • Secondary School (Preferred)


  • Edmonton, AB (Required)


  • Driver's Licence (Required)


  • English (Required)