Sales operations managers oversee the training, management, and support of sales teams within an organization. They are usually heavily involved in interpreting and analyzing customer and sales data within the relevant software systems.
As with almost any office job, basic computer literacy is a must; they also have to know how to use sales team management and customer relationship software. In many companies, the sales operations manager must also be deeply familiar with database and spreadsheet software to analyze trends and identify possible areas of improvement. The training and management aspects of the job mean that sales operations managers must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ability to motivate and incentivize the sales team is essential.
Sales operations managers usually work in an indoor office environment, with several sales employees reporting directly to them. They must report to senior management and executives about problems or opportunities in their department. The job is almost always full-time. While most customer contact is performed by the subordinates of the sales operations manager, he or she may have to communicate with customers directly when there is an issue or specialized need.
As a management position, this job is not available to entry-level applicants. Candidates usually need at least two years of experience in a relevant position, along with some management experience. Frequently, the applicant must have a bachelor's degree, although some positions require only a high school diploma or GED.
Sales Operations Manager Tasks
- Define company sales strategies to ensure profitability and continued revenue growth.
- Review and analyze sales data to discover areas needing improvement.
- Produce revenue forecasts and devise methods of making more accurate predictions.