Technical Sales Specialist, USA

Date of Posting: January 4, 2017
Location: Markham, Ontario
Type of Job: Full-time, Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

Position Overview:

We are looking for an experienced Engineer, with a background in Control Systems, Mechanical, Electrical, or related Engineering field, to join our Business Development department as a Technical Sales Specialist. This position offers an exciting and challenging opportunity for a motivated and dynamic Engineering professional. 

Quanser benefits from a global partnership with National Instruments, a US based technology company based in Texas and with branches all over the world. National Instruments collaborates with Quanser as a distribution channel and technology development partner and as a supplier of solutions sold by Quanser. 
This position reports directly to the Chief Business Development Officer, and is responsible for the development of new business, and cultivating existing business and assisting other US market colleagues with respect to the sales of undergraduate mechatronic teaching solutions jointly offered by Quanser and National Instruments. The ideal candidate must have a strong sense of accountability and drive in order to achieve quotas and goals.
Quanser's Business Development department is a team of dynamic, highly skilled and multi-disciplined technical sales professionals. For our team members, we offer a dynamic, creative environment where your opinions and ideas can make a difference. We provide a corporate environment that emphasizes and supports individual growth, offering resources and development opportunities to ensure your long-term success. Our leaders care deeply about your career goals and will try to help you meet your professional aspirations. 


Business Development

  • Meets established revenue targets in assigned region of the USA
  • Develops and grows the business in the USA for the product portfolio provided (QNET boards, Qube and Aero products using NI ELVIS, RIO technology)
  • Develop and maintain relationships with decision makers at key institutions/funding agencies
  • Generate new business development leads in your region, and follow up on identified leads
  • Coordinate the involvement of other departments, i.e. Engineering and Marketing, along with management resources, in order to meet partner performance objectives and partners’ expectations
  • Establish credibility with prospective clients by demonstrating expertise and knowledge of academic solutions
  • Effectively listen to and engage clients in conversation in order to understand and identify their needs and then provide solutions through matching an appropriate product/service to satisfy the need
  • Posses the ability to confidently discuss issues such as:
    • Letters of intent, Letters of Credit
    • Payment terms
    • Shipping
    • Arranging demonstrations
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Regulations
    • Contracts
  • When applicable, assist the production team in ensuring deliverables are on time and on budget
  • Ensure the quality of deliverables meets with client expectations
  • Attend industry conferences and tradeshows as required
  • Travel is required for this role (approximately 30-40% of the time)

Sales Planning and Analysis

  • Forecasts and reports regularly and accurately on direct sales
  • Investigate and understand academic/research funding mechanisms in the US
  • Contribute to proposal development including innovative approaches and methodologies
  • Prepare weekly sales reports


Technical Knowledge & Skills

  • A Bachelors Degree or higher in Engineering from a recognized University (preferably in the field of Mechatronics, Mechanical, Electrical or Control)
  • Proven technical sales ability (min 2 years) would be an asset
  • Knowledge of higher education systems and US funding process would be an asset
  • Understanding of Quanser and National Instruments product range
  • Experience working with a CRM system
  • Familiarity with Control Systems
  • Familiarity with LabVIEW
  • Familiarity with DAQ boards, sensors and actuators
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Competencies & Attributes

  • Strong communication skills (fluent in written and verbal English)
  • Client service oriented with the drive to meet clients' needs (both immediate need and long-term plans)
  • Ability to present well (i.e. dynamic, impactful, clear) 
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to memorize and retain knowledge about the features and benefits of a wide range of products and services and effectively convey this information to clients
  • Demonstrate understanding of role ownership and accountability
  • Must be willing to take a tactful approach and push boundaries, question processes and suggest improvements
  • Ability to embrace and drive change with a  “Make it Happen” attitude
  • Quick-thinking, creative, problem solver
  • Confidence in dealing with cross-functional experts
  • Ability to operate effectively in high pressure situations
  • Must be a team oriented self-starter with a strong work ethic, and a sense of urgency
  • Ability to focus, prioritize, multi-task, and meet difficult deadlines
  • Must be detail oriented, and have the ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work effectively, and coordinate efforts, with other departments to ensure targets are met
  • Open to feedback, and suggestions from co-workers, and supervisor
  • Must have strong organizational, time management, and negotiation skills

Compensation and Benefits:

Quanser has a team oriented and technologically passionate culture, offering competitive salaries commensurate with experience level . Compensation for this role will be comprised of base salary plus the potential to earn commissions and bonuses.

To submit your application for this position, email your resume and cover letter to

~Quanser Consulting Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and is dedicated to building a diverse workforce representative of the communities we serve. We are committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation. Quanser encourages all qualified candidates to apply.~

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