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Senior Manager, Sales Enablement - Named Accounts

Location: San Francisco, CA

Reports To: VP of Worldwide Enablement

Company Description:

Okta is the leader in identity and access management with over 6,100 customers and over 2, 200 employees worldwide. Fiscal year 2019, annual total revenue grew 56 % Y/Y (source) and Okta was recognized as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. For the second year in a row, Okta has been placed the highest for “ability to execute.” It is a huge addressable market, a great corporate culture, and an exciting time to join the team at Okta!

Position Description:

We are looking for a senior Enablement professional to own and run our strategic* dedicated enablement program. First and foremost, this person will need to have credibility in front of Okta’s top, strategic sellers.  This role is responsible for ideation, development, execution, and optimization of our strategic Sales team onboarding and continuous education.

Your exclusive audience will be strategic sales reps and managers. This person will have previous experience with technical products, highly complex Sales cycles; think ELA for Fortune 100 companies. This person should be ready to optimize the sales process, activate and educate on complex sales cycle and large customer best practices, create sales segment specific playbooks and assets - as required by your audience. This person should be as adept at working with prospects, as they are with customers.

You’ll partner closely with sales (all levels but your exclusive and dedicated audience will be strategic sales reps and managers), product marketing, and multiple additional business units as required. The goal is to build a machine that efficiently aligns people, processes, and priorities with relevant learnings, communication, and coaching. Enablement done right is highly personalized, delivering the right message at the right time. It helps a company like Okta achieve aggressive onboard, growth and revenue targets. And ultimately, it improves the quality of conversation with prospects and customers.

* Okta calls this sales segment and associated customers: named accounts.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the strategic enablement strategy, training programs, and support the onboarding experience
  • Partner with strategic Sales reps, managers and the relevant product marketing teams on sales messaging for customer segment-specific and engaging sales conversations. You will need to be able to differentiate between conversations and positioning for prospects and customers - at each stage of the sales cycle
  • Partner with Sales Leadership to identify knowledge and skills gaps across the sales team;  determine opportunities for sales process improvement by identifying bottlenecks and process inconsistencies and conduct on-going needs assessments
  • Suggest and execute new and innovative ideas and programs for your primary stakeholder - Okta Strategic Sales
  • Build relationships with a wide variety of internal stakeholders to understand their goals, their challenges, and maintain a plan for how you can help
  • Communicate effectively and often to ensure all stakeholders are aligned and view the strategic sales enablement program as a force multiplier
  • Take a data-driven and analytical approach to deciding on future initiatives
  • Your performance and impact will be judged in a few areas of the business but your impact on key metrics for Strategic Sales, e.g. win/loss rates, time to ramp, and more will be very important

 

Requirements:

  • The single most important characteristic we are looking for is credibility. This person needs to have absolute credibility in front of very seasoned sellers who are astute at complex Sales cycles
  • Experience in complex or ELA (enterprise license agreement) sales cycles and the associated buying in Fortune 100 companies
  • Share examples of your work (programs, presentations, success metrics - backed by references) for this audience
  • Demonstrable Sales coaching skills, communication skills, specifically presentation skills - this demonstration will be part of the hiring process
  • Charismatic, great presence, deep empathy, and sharp on the product, B2B enterprise software and technically savvy
  • Ability to understand, work with and present to a strategic Sales audience
  • Honestly, Okta moves very fast. We need someone with the ability to deliver results in a fast moving, highly matrixed environment

 Desired Skills and Experience:

  • 8+ years of sales enablement or productivity - in strategic Sales
  • Identity and Access management market and product knowledge is a plus
  • Familiarity with Sales tools and Sales enablement tools is preferred; Salesforce, LearnCore, CornerStone OnDemand, WalkMe, Box, and more
  • Occasional domestic travel required

Okta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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