Sales support associates are responsible for selling products to customers and providing those customers with any assistance as needed during the sales process. Additionally, they help develop and maintain positive customer relationships to ensure repeat customers. Sales support associates must meet company goals (such as those related to sales) and work within company guidelines and regulations at all times. In some companies, these associates may work directly with distributors to make sure they have the products demanded by their customers.
This job can be performed in an office and/or on a sales floor. Additionally, travel may be required based on the type of sales for which the sales support associate is responsible. This may be a full-time or part-time position, with hours varying depending on their employers' operating hours and needs.
Requirements for sales support associate positions vary from company to company. They may include just a high school diploma or equivalent, or they may include a bachelor's or associate's degree in a related field. Sales support associates must be able to work accurately and quickly to ensure that customers receive the best possible service. They must also possess strong people skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment focused on teamwork and customer service. Strong communication skills are needed as well.
Sales Support Associate Tasks
- Identify potential customers and initiate contact to create new business opportunities.
- Coordinate proposals, presentations, and sales literature production.
- Accurately respond to requests for information, quotes, illustrations, and specifications.
- Liaise with external groups and sources of information.