Hospital Sales Representative - Columbus, OH
Nestlé Infant Nutrition (Gerber) is seeking a Hospital Sales Representative in the Columbus, OH territory.
The Hospital Sales Representative is responsible for the achievement of sales and market share objectives, and the management and growth of infant nutrition products in the GERBER Start Healthy, Stay Healthy 1000 Days Nutrition System by obtaining physician recommendations to patients. Specific emphasis will be on the development of strategic institution engagement plans to support territory sales goals in hospitals (Term and NICU, Pediatricians, Obstetricians, Neonatologists, Nurses, Materials Management).
- Demonstrated success in effective engagement selling skills in a business-to-business and/ or health care administrator environment.
- Applied hospital negotiations and contracting experience in similar sales environment.
- Comprehensive knowledge of all products, clinical studies, protocols and guidelines; ability to deliver clinical and scientific benefits and information in a sales environment.
- Thorough understanding of the hierarchy of hospital departments such as NICU, Pediatrics, Pharmacies, Nurseries and Nursing Units Purchasing, PICU and Materials Management.
- Ability to work effectively with Physicians, Nurses, Dietitians, Purchasing Agents and WIC Clinicians
- Proven relationship-building skills with key decision makers and key opinion leaders in the health care field.
- The ability to function independently with a high degree of initiative, independence, autonomy and flexibility.
- Effective time management, planning and administrative skills discipline.
- The desire to be self-motivated, seeking out success at achieving both short and long term goals.
- Participate in professional and industry conventions, seminars and other educational events to support the achievement of business objectives.
- Comprehensive knowledge of Business Intelligence and Market Intelligence.
- Bachelor's degree required in a science-related field (nutrition, nursing, biology, chemistry) or in business, marketing, finance or communications.
- Must have a minimum of 2 years of experience selling into in a hospital institution.
- Must have experience navigating through hospitals and operational departments (e.g.: materials management and/or purchasing).
- Must be confident discussing issues with physicians, dietitians, nurses and other clinical professionals.
- Must have a valid driver's license with a driving record that meets company requirements.
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
- Must be able to meet basic minimum work schedule: Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week with additional hours as necessary. Some weekend work is required.
- Must live within 30 miles of the target city, be able to travel within territory and to assigned meetings.
- Experience navigating through hospitals in the Term Nursery and NICU preferred.
- Sales experience calling on Health Care Professionals (specifically pediatricians, neonatologists, and obstetricians) is strongly preferred.
- MS or MBA degree is preferred.
- Clinical Credentials (RD, RN, IBCLC, CLC or CMR) a plus.
- Pharmaceutical Sales and/or Medical Device Sales experience is a plus.
- Extensive computer skills and e-detailing is a plus.
KEY COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
- Articulate, assertive, self-motivated, confident, strong interpersonal skills and demonstrate creative thinking and problem solving skills.
- Effective presentation skills
- Comfort discussing issues with physicians, dietitians, nurses and other clinical professionals.
- Good business acumen is a requirement, as is the ability to adapt well within rapidly changing work and industry environment. Extensive computer skills a plus.
- Ability to read, listen and communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing
- Ability to stand, walk, sit continuously to perform essential functions for an eight hour-plus shift.
- Ability to distribute samples as needed hospitals.