Hardware Client Technical Sales Specialist - Mainframe

Job Description

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Job description

IBM is looking for a Systems Group : Hardware Client Technical Sales Specialist - Mainframe.

This role will be responsible for the System Z (Mainframe) in South Africa.

The Client Technical Sales Specialist - Mainframe is responsible for developing solutions that address our client's business needs and deliver client value. The Client Technical Sales Specialist will work to create solutions which are tailored to client's business needs and integrate the capabilities in a way that is valued by the customer and superior to the competition. In this role, it is essential to be able to apply industry specific knowledge and experience to bring new business and technology insights to assigned clients.

Further Responsibilities:

  • Understand mainframe technology
  • Architect mainframe solutions to meet client requirements
  • Understand Modern data applications and position mainframe as platform of choice
  • Understand and position Blockchain and cloud technologies.

Key challenges include restoring top line revenue growth, attracting workloads to the System Z (Mainframe) and stop shift to x86, consuming capacity that is not utilized in assigned clients.. This role is responsible for protecting workload migration and maintaining brand premium, and shifting the technical sales coverage model to focus beyond traditional transactional sales.

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Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • At least 5 years experience in planning and leading negotiations with the highest levels of customer management
  • At least 5 years experience in building and maintaining personal connections with multiple customers
  • At least 5 years experience in multiple specialties (i.e. Power and Mainframe competitive platforms) relative to technical and sales capabilities
  • At least 5 years experience in business operations, understanding organization resources, priorities, needs and policies that relate to staffing, engaging, and winning sales opportunities
  • At least 5 years experience in designing total integrated solutions (i.e. hardware, software and services, cloud, security, analytics) including offerings from other specialties, to meet complex customer business requirements


Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

  • At least 6 years experience in planning and leading negotiations with the highest levels of customer management
  • At least 6 years experience in building and maintaining personal connections with multiple customers
  • At least 6 years experience in multiple specialties (i.e. Mainframe and Power and competitive platforms) relative to technical and sales capabilities
  • At least 6 years experience in business operations, understanding organization resources, priorities, needs and policies that relate to staffing, engaging, and winning sales opportunities
  • At least 6 years experience in designing total integrated solutions (i.e. hardware, software and services) including offerings from other specialties, to meet complex customer business requirements


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Affirmative Action and/or EE candidates will be given first preference as per our employment equity strategies.


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