Energy Impact Partners
Energy Impact Partners

Enterprise Account Executive, Aerospace & Defense - ERP

Clevest Solutions

Clevest Solutions

Sales & Business Development
Itasca, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2024

Company Description

IFS is a billion-dollar revenue company with 6000+ employees on all continents. Our leading AI technology is the backbone of our award-winning enterprise software solutions, enabling our customers to be their best when it really matters–at the Moment of Service™. Our commitment to internal AI adoption has allowed us to stay at the forefront of technological advancements, ensuring our colleagues can unlock their creativity and productivity, and our solutions are always cutting-edge.

At IFS, we’re flexible, we’re innovative, and we’re focused not only on how we can engage with our customers but on how we can make a real change and have a worldwide impact. We help solve some of society’s greatest challenges, fostering a better future through our agility, collaboration, and trust.

We celebrate diversity and understand our responsibility to reflect the diverse world we work in. We are committed to promoting an inclusive workforce that fully represents the many different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints of our customers, our partners, and our communities. As a truly international company serving people from around the globe, we realize that our success is tantamount to the respect we have for those different points of view.

By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to be part of a global, diverse environment; you will be joining a winning team with a commitment to sustainability; and a company where we get things done so that you can make a positive impact on the world.

We’re looking for innovative and original thinkers to work in an environment where you can #MakeYourMoment so that we can help others make theirs. With the power of our AI-driven solutions, we empower our team to change the status quo and make a real difference.

If you want to change the status quo, we’ll help you make your moment. Join Team Purple. Join IFS.

Job Description

IFS North America seeks a Key Account Manager with a passion for selling enterprise software and being a key leader. The Key Account Manager’s primary responsibilities include prospecting, qualifying, selling and closing new business to existing and net new customers with high potential. The Key Account Manager is “the face of IFS” to the customer, the “voice of the customer” to IFS, and manages all aspects of the account relationship.

The ideal candidate is assertive and entrepreneurial, seeking the opportunity to make a positive impact in a company with a growing presence in the North American business software market.


  • Annual Revenue: Achieve / Exceed quota targets by generating revenue from license, service and maintenance service sales.
  • Leadership: Lead the execution of the sales cycle. Demonstrate leadership in the orchestration of remote teams. Be proficient in and bring all IFS offers to bear on sales pursuits including Industry Solutions, LOB solutions (CRM, SCM, PLM, EOI, Enterprise Asset Management and MRO) and technology solutions (Business Analytics, Mobility, Technology, et. al)
  • Sales Strategy: Develop effective and specific account plans to ensure revenue target delivery and sustainable growth. Develop relationships in new and existing customers to drive strategy through organization.
  • Trusted advisor: Establish strong VP and C-level relationships based on knowledge of customer needs and requirements and deliver a commitment to value (value of counsel and expertise, the value of solutions, the value of implementation expertise). Build a foundation on which to harvest future business opportunities and accurate account information and coaching.
  • Sales Excellence: Sell directly to executive level decision-makers based on VALUE. Maintain white space analysis and execution of initiatives (up sell and cross sell) on customer base. Understand IFS’ competition and effectively position our solutions to win.
  • Pipeline Management: Follow a disciplined approach to achieve and maintain a rolling pipeline. Leverage support organizations including Marketing, inside sales, Partners and channels to funnel pipeline into the assigned territory.


  • 10+ years of experience in complex enterprise software sales including established accounts and new business development logo wins with a key focus on value selling.
  • 10+ years of Defense and/or Aerospace industry sales experience required, including established relationships with prime defense contractors and service integrators
  • 8+ years of experience selling ERP, EAM, and or PLM required
  • Experience with a long, complex sales process (>9 months) and an average deal size of >$1M USD
  • Experience with Government contracting processes and procedures
  • Experience with Government source selection processes
  • Ability to handle multiple buying influences and sell solutions
  • Ability to lead in a team environment with solution experts
  • Strategic value selling capability (SPIN, complex sale, TAS, Solution, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of ERP technology
  • Understands manufacturing, asset management, project management, project reporting, demand planning, EAM, MRO, MRP, defense manufacturing, heavy maintenance, supply chain management, spare parts management, fleet and asset management, etc.
  • Personal characteristics: quick learner, strong leadership qualities, critical thinker, good problem solver and decision maker, excellent communication skills, assertive personality, strong initiative, gritty, enthusiastic, thrives in a fast-paced environment, adaptable, and has a strong entrepreneurial spirit
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Computer Science, or Engineering
  • Willingness to travel as needed (could involve up to approx. 50% in addition to local day trips)
  • Previous management experience is desired but not mandatory

Additional Information

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. VEVRAA Federal Contractor, Equal Opportunity Employer