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Merck Animal Health Retail Account Manager (TX, AR, LA, NM, OK, KS, MO, IL) in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description

Our Company, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines, and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where our Company has codified its legacy for over a century. Our Company's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare. Our Company’s Animal Health Division works to improve the health of animals around the world through collaborative partnerships and a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and planet. This team of energetic, independent thinkers offers one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios of products, services, and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species both domestically and internationally.

Our Account Managers interact face to face with our customers, understand their needs, and consult to offer the right solutions. We work collaboratively in Field Sales Teams and play a critical role in supporting our customer-centric business model.

The primary responsibilities of the Retail Account Manager are sales and relationship management from the corporate office down through the shelf-level execution. This includes developing, managing, and growing long-term relationships and sales opportunities for our Company's Animal Health Retail products across the accounts’ entire line of business. These responsibilities may be carried out in partnership with other our Company's Animal Health colleagues who have territory specific responsibility. This position requires a broad knowledge of the animal health industry and the account management process. In addition, the Account Manager demonstrates an understanding of the resources available across our Company's Animal Health division and our Distribution Partners.

Key Responsibilities May Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Manage new and existing our Company's Animal Health product portfolio and provide sales and marketing support within assigned strategic account organizations

  • Execute key strategies and tactics required to accelerate sales within assigned accounts utilizing all available resources.

  • Coordinate activities in support of the account including attaining sales targets, facilitating our Company's Animal Health marketing plan and communicating with key stakeholders, including Marketing and Field Sales.

  • Primary point of contact for assigned customers, meet with key personnel/decision makers to understand practice structure, business model, key influencers, customer needs and identifies business opportunities.

  • Develop customer strategy – outlining strategy for interactions/relationship, solutions, partner involvement and potential offerings for customer resulting in solutions, partner involvement and potential offerings for customer resulting in sales opportunities and account sales growth of Animal Health products and services.

  • Develop territory and specific account plans for all key customers. Partners with National Account Managers, Corporate Account Team, and Distribution Field Partners to maintain strong focus on key accounts to drive occupancy and sales growth.

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with assigned accounts by presenting our Company's Animal Health product/services information and business solutions to leadership to support their business needs.

  • Work collaboratively across all species teams to foster our Company's approach to enhance knowledge of the entire Animal Health retail product portfolio.

  • Clearly communicate account activities to sales and marketing leadership by sending monthly communications on key activities.

  • Shares with other team members within the region to foster growth and development within the team.

  • Analyze sales results on a monthly basis and manage expenses within budget guidelines.

  • Identifies and selects programs/services available within Animal Health’s available resources to address customer needs and provide education & training opportunities to accounts.

  • Develop a deep understanding of account needs and communicate information to our Company's Animal Health Sales and Marketing leadership.

  • Work with Channel leadership to develop and implement marketing and sales strategies for assigned accounts.

  • Develop current understanding of Animal Health products, industry trends and competitor landscape.

  • Articulates and communicates relevant customer, industry, product, and market trends appropriately throughout the organization.

  • Responsible for developing and meeting learning and development objectives agreed upon with leadership.

This territory will cover:

  • Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, New Mexico, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

This is a FIELD-BASED Sales Role, and therefore the candidate must reside within the territory (or be willing to relocate to live within defined territory).

Scope And Context:

  • This position is an Individual Contributor role

Leadership Behaviors:

  • Demonstrate Ethics & Integrity

  • Drive Results

  • Focus on Customers

  • Make Rapid Disciplined Decisions

  • Act with Courage & Candor

  • Build Talent

  • Foster Collaboration

Professional Competencies:

  • Business & Financial Acumen

  • Working Across Boundaries

  • Strategic Thinking

  • Project Management

  • Productive Communication

  • Problem Solving

Core Commercial Functional Competencies:

  • Customer and Market Insights

  • Strategic Business Management

  • Product Knowledge & Portfolio Management

  • Account Management

  • Customer Engagement

  • Market Access

  • Regulatory & Compliance Knowledge

Background & Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree (applicants with pending degrees will be considered, but degree must be completed prior to starting with our Company)

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience of animal health sales experience is required.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills

  • Demonstrated motivation and focus on achieving measurable, tangible results.

  • Commitment to collaboration as the normal mode of working and resolving problems.

  • Demonstrated understanding of positions’ contribution to the business goals and willingness to adopt changes to current processes to meet customer needs.

  • Demonstrated ability to independently understand customers’ evolving needs and expectations and combines with knowledge of customers’ organization and culture to drive results.

  • Effective application of selling techniques and approaches, simultaneously managing multiple customers/accounts at different stages of the sales process, articulating the value of Animal Health products using approved resources.

  • Demonstrated ability to identify, develop and manage a diverse mix of accounts independently within a territory, including some complex accounts, and to develop plans based on unique opportunities and customer needs.

  • Proficient computer skills including working knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint and the ability to use an iPad.

  • Ability to work independently and also as part of a team

  • Ability to travel overnight as well as some weekend activity (i.e. Trade Shows)

Preferred Skills/Abilities:

  • Candidates should have Retail and/or Customer Service exposure.

  • Candidates should have Sales training and/or applied sales exposure.

  • Candidates should have Food Production Animal exposure.

  • Candidates should have Companion Animal (Equine & Canine) exposure

  • Sales experience and/or experience within the Animal Health industry

  • Knowledge of animal health biological and pharmaceutical products.

  • Understanding or prior experience working with distribution.

Our Animal Health Division is a trusted global leader in veterinary medicine, dedicated to preserving and improving health, well-being, and performance of animals and the people who care for them. We are a global team of professionals working together to make a positive difference in animal care and the world’s food supply and have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and our planet.

Through our commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, we offer veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. We invest in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. We are present in more than 50 countries, while our products are available in some 150 markets.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

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Requisition ID: R200732