The Professional Services Sales Executive responsible for scoping and selling Okta Professional Services (PS), and Professional Services business development. We are looking for an experienced services sales person who has the capability to perform technical scoping of engagements, and excels in positioning the value of Okta PS assisting in customer’s meeting their business needs with C-level personnel and negotiating SOW terms and fees. You are accountable for meeting Professional Services booking quota and is an active participant during delivery.
You will partner with the license sales team and lead with scoping, selling, and positioning of Okta Services with the goal of delighting our customers by accelerating their time to value. As an active participant during delivery, you will provide leadership and mentoring as needed to the PS Delivery team, responsible for a smooth transition to the Delivery team, and collaborate with the Customer Success ecosystem to ensure deployment meets what was sold.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Articulate and sell the value of Okta Services within prospective and existing accounts enterprise customers
- Work in conjunction with Sales Representatives, Sales Engineers, and Architects to define and integrate the services solution into the comprehensive Okta proposal
- Own Services and Training bookings quota in assigned territory
- Translate high-level product proposals into an implementable technical solution
- Execute Professional Services technical scoping activity with prospective customers and produce proposal, level of effort, Statement of Work, and resource plans
- Plan and lead teams of resources involved in scoping professional services for our most complex solutions and the largest customers.
- Plan and lead Training positioning and discovery with prospective customers, make training recommendations, and ensure appropriate training is included in proposals and quotes.
- Work harmoniously with Okta channel partners on joint proposals and scoping to ensure customer success
- Being recognized by customer as a trusted advisor in product deployment and process decisions.
- Perform in a billable capacity as an active project participants during implementation to continue customer sponsor and executive relationship, and assist with critical issues and expectation coordination.
- Participate in virtual teams to assist buildout Okta Services methodologies, processes, offerings/services, and collateral
- 4+ years experience of selling Professional Services and/or Technology Solutions.
- 4+ years meeting and exceeded services bookings targets in a services organization.
- 6+ years building and maintaining positive relationships with key partners throughout a delivery process.
- Strong presentation skills: Showing the value, capabilities, and differentiators of complex service solutions using methodologies and service offerings.
- 4+ years of experience mastering the SOW/Proposal processes by scoping, producing, and delivering to the customer SOW’s that meet customers documented requirements
- Can articulate relevant customer success stories and metrics that demonstrate value to the customer.
- 3+ years experience with technologies and protocols to support identity federation and robust access control models (e.g., SAML 2.0, XACML, WS-Federation, WS-Trust, OAuth, OpenID, Active Directory, LDAP)
- 3+years experience with Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service
- General knowledge of cloud architecture as well as on-premise IT landscape
- Some knowledge and experience in Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Security space preferred
- Project Management experience is a plus
- Ability to learn Okta solutions at a technical consultant level
You exhibit confidence and a deep understanding of emerging industry practices when solving business problems. In addition, we want someone who displays certainty in driving requirements, estimating, scoping, and selling proposals. You can identify critical issues with ease, while pushing creative thinking beyond the boundaries of existing industry practices and customer mindsets.
- Drives customer interactions and provides mentorship and structure to SOW proposal development and PS sales cycles
- Communicates with internal and external customers and management
- Effectively communicate technical information to non-technical audiences
- Delivers informative, well-organized presentations
- Understands how to communicate difficult/sensitive information thoughtfully
Team and Customer Interaction
- Facilitates and leads effective team interaction
- Communicates effectively with customers to identify needs and evaluate alternative business and technical solutions with customers
- Continually seeks opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and deepen client relationships
- Manages client expectations effectively
A Bachelor's degree in or related discipline or relevant technical experience required
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