Export Sales Manager Jobs
With the global economy shrinking in size (or so it seems), neighbouring countries that seemed exotic or faraway not so long ago are now the prime markets in which many
UK companies target their sales and growth strategies. Making sales in foreign countries is often very different to sales in the UK which makes export sales manager jobs varied and interesting.
What is the main difference between UK and overseas markets?
A major difference between the UK and overseas markets is that export sales are often conducted through distributors or agents. These agents may be retained as sole representatives for one manufacturer or may represent a number of manufacturers who all make a similar product. A key aspect therefore of export sales manager jobs is handling the relationships with these agents to ensure that your company’s products are at the forefront of their mind whenever they are in front of the potential end user. Export sales manager jobs therefore require a range of skills that you might not normally get with a UK based sales manager job.
Do I need a second language?
A crucial aspect of most export sales jobs is the managing, development and if necessary replacing of these agents, an understanding of their cultures and ways of doing business and very often a good grasp of the local language. In the Middle East or the Arab States, it would probably not be expected for the export sales
manager to speak the language, but within Europe, and in particular the emerging nations of Europe, a second or even third language is normally a pre-requisite for all export sales jobs.