Ecology Action
  • 03-Jan-2018 to 17-Jan-2018 (PST)
  • Energy
  • Santa Cruz, CA, USA
  • Full Time

 We are seeking a Strategic Account Salesperson to join our team. Our team provides innovative full-suite energy project management services directly to large commercial portfolios. This product offering helps large organizations achieve their energy efficiency goals via turnkey project implementation support. We have spent the last two years proving out this channel and we are now looking to scale it. This new Strategic Account Salesperson would be responsible for growing this new sales channel and for national account development outside of the existing utility contracts we manage.

The right candidate will have mix of experience in energy and major accounts and is excited about the opportunity to scale this offering. This position is can based out of any of our offices but will require weekly visits to our Santa Cruz Headquarters and will require a significant amount of time conducting sales activities outside of the office.

More about our current statewide energy efficiency programs:


  • Securing large strategic accounts to reach annual sales quota.
  • Continuous prospecting in order to generate consistent new business using a myriad of methods, including:
    • Attending, tabling, and speaking at conferences and network events.
    • Develops new relationships within current accounts by leveraging leads from within accounts.
  • Prepare value-based, detailed proposals, and contracts.
  • Analyze account and territory business to identify opportunities, objectives and action plan for new business.
  • Analyze and prioritize potential utility cost savings across large commercial portfolios.
  • Maps the key influencers and decision makers in the organization.
  • Design and deliver clear, concise and comprehensive roadmap to energy efficiency savings to decision makers at multiple levels.
  • Work closely with senior project managers to hand off the energy efficiency project implementation after a large account is secured.
  • Research and gather strategic account information, such as: Buying criteria - budget, funding sources, preferred financial analysis methodology, etc.
  • Update Salesforce CRM.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience

The idea candidate will have a proven track record of hunting, prospecting, and securing large strategic accounts. Specifically, we are seeking a salesperson with:

  • 7+ years of strategic account level sales experience or 10+ years of equivalent sales experience
  • 5+ years proven experience in selling energy efficiency, energy storage, solar, and other related fields.
  • Track record of success and over-achievement of quota in past positions.
  • Proven experience selling energy savings measures based on Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, and other financial metrics.
  • Experience researching and gathering strategic account information, such as buying criteria, project funding sources, portfolio details, preferred measures and brand standards, history of energy efficiency project implementation, and corporate goals and reporting requirements.
  • Experience building highly consultative customer relationships over time.
  • Demonstrated strong communication, written, and formal presentation skills with strategic accounts. Including, a history of developing relationships with and facilitating conversations about funding large scale projects with C-Suite level clients.
  • Self-motivated, pro-active, results-oriented professional with an ability to work with minimal direction.
  • Proficient in MS office products: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Desired Qualifications

  • Education Level: Bachelor's Degree.
  • Experience with or equivalent CRM.
  • Ability to prioritize with good time management skills.
  • Attention to detail with good organizational capabilities.
  • Previous staff supervisor experience.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk and hear, and use a computer keyboard and monitor. 

Work Environment: The work environment is an office setting with travel.

Compensation: Ecology Action offers a competitive salary and a generous benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision and flexible spending benefits; a 401k-retirement plan with a 4% match; and group life insurance.  Driving an insured personal vehicle on company business is required, and mileage reimbursement is provided at the Federal rate.


More About Us

Ecology Action is an award-winning non-profit consultancy that provides innovative solutions to the energy, water, and transportation challenges of cities, governments, and utilities across California. We have four decades of experience helping people make simple yet profound changes that have big environmental impact.  We believe that when individuals and businesses make simple changes in their behavior they drive large scale changes that benefit people and the planet.  This translates into reduced carbon emissions, stronger businesses, healthier communities and a sustainable future for all.  Together, we help people, businesses and communities act now.

Ecology Action believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success and should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. This position description outlines primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but is not intended to be a comprehensive description of job responsibilities. We expect each employee to offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.

Ecology Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in its workforce. Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as an employee for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.

Ecology Action does not offer a company paid relocation program.


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