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Sales Managers guide and supervise a team of salespeople within a company or organisation. They set goals and quotas, develop sales plans, provide training, direct the distribution of goods and services by assigning sales territories, mentor the members of their sales team to improve performance and may also be involved in the hiring and firing process.
As well as liaising with dealers and distributors, Sales Managers work closely with the heads of other departments and need to be able to communicate effectively. They utilise data from the marketing team to determine promising areas and new customers to target and, in turn, supply information on inventory needs and consumer trends and preferences to the research, design and warehousing divisions.
The ability to analyse and interpret complex data enables a Sales Manager to anticipate inventory requirements, predict customer behaviours and maximise sales potential by determining the most effective sales strategy for each customer, store or region.