Urban Science

  • Account Executive - Plano, Texas

    Location US-TX-Plano
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2 weeks ago)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Local Account Management
  • Overview and Summary

    OVERVIEW: The Account Manager/Account Executive holds ultimate responsibility for one or multiple Automotive OEM client accounts.  This role is responsible for growing profitable business on the account(s) by ensuring strong client relationships and developing and selling additional Urban Science solutions.  This particular role will be focused on the Automotive Aftersales Market. Automotive operations knowledge and  Business Development, Budgeting, Project Management, Leadership, Anatlytical and some basic technical skills related to data analysis are pivitol to this role. Automotive OEM experience is strongly preferred. This Account Manager is responsible for managing their team’s revenue and profitability as it relates to the overall VMS521 goals for the office (Vision, Mission, and Strategy for 5 years out, 2 years out and 1 year out).


    Company Overview: Urban Science is a business-solutions company focused on supporting the needs of the sales and marketing function of the automotive industry. We leverage a scientific methodology to help our client partners sell more vehicles, improve profitability and increase customer loyalty.  And we do that by helping solve their toughest challenges including planning an optimal dealership network, improving individual dealer performance and efficiently converting sales leads into sales. In short, we guide business through science—and we’ve been doing this since 1977.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Contributes directly to the company’s growth and diversification efforts by developing new client relationships that result in the delivery of additional Urban Science solutions.
    • Expertly leads presentations to internal and external clients, using appropriate presentation tools, to effectively introduce new products/solutions and/or present project outcomes.
    • Builds and maintains strong and effective internal relationships to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing across teams and offices.
    • Establishes long-term business relationships with clients and develops a firm understanding of client’s business needs in order to lead negotiations to renew, deliver and/or add new client contracts.
    • Provides input to the local Managing Director in connection with assessing competitive conditions, in order to detect on time business opportunities and/or deter competitive business threats.
    • Actively works with Managing Director to understand and implement solutions to improve NPS (client satisfaction).
    • Proactively analyzes client pain reports continuously, and capitalizes on appropriate opportunities to create the potential for additional business.
    • Effectively responds to client inquiries/requests in a timely manner to help improve client satisfaction.
    • Frequently interacts with clients to provide consulting advice, design and present proposals, negotiate agreements, renew contracts, assist with decision making and manage client expectations
    • Maintains effective communications with Urban Science Managing Directors, Global Account Executives and the Practice organization to ensure proper alignment of company resources with client needs.
    • Effectively collaborates with Managing Directors, Global Account Executives and the Practice organization to establish on-going strategic plans and business goals for the designated client. 
    • Actively assesses competitive conditions and makes written assessments and recommendations to the Practice organization regarding existing product improvements and new product specifications necessary to: (a) maintain “best product” status, and (b) satisfy client requirements.
    • Responsible for adherence to the CRM and deal review PMO process to ensure projects are accurately budgeted for and SOWs follow internal requirements.
    • Serves as liaison between client and Urban Science technical staff on development projects to clearly communicate client needs and facilitate appropriate deliverable time frames based on internal capabilities and work load.
    • Assumes ultimate responsibility for project outcomes including delivery of projects that are on time, within budget and at an exceptional level of quality.
    • Responsible for accurate review and oversight of the teams budget, including income statements, revenues, margins, profitability targets and labor, to ensure account strategy and opportunities are in alignment with the office budget and profitability targets.
    • Responsible for developing a strategic account sales plan 1 and 2 years out in order to anticipate staffing and infrastructure needs to support sales initiatives.
    • Coordinates with individuals or teams to complete analyses, tasks and projects on time and with high quality.
    • Adheres to quality control standards for Urban Science and client organizations.
    • Maintains a thorough understanding of one or more Urban Science solutions and applies that knowledge to better meet client needs.
    •  Actively leads, supports and promotes change initiatives within team, and provides direction on how change initiatives impact work flow or performance.
    • Actively works with Managing Director and team to support and promote eNPS (internal employee satisfaction) initiatives.
    • Works with manager to prioritize other duties as assigned.


    TEAM MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for all aspects of RSTMM (recruit, select, train, manage, motivate) of selected staff.

    Qualifications - Education and Experience

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or competency needed for successful performance in the role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Excellent Verbal, Written and Presentation Skills Required.
    • Relationship Building: Requires the ability to effectively build and maintain friendly, warm relationships or networks of contacts with clients/customer
    • Negotiation: Requires strong formal negotiation skills including the ability to explain and justify pricing, scope, cost estimates, as well as internal and external impacts; must be able to develop strong positive relationships with purchasing departments; successful completion and application of a negotiation training/program is strongly preferred
    • Sales & Business Development: Requires advanced knowledge and experience with sales and business development processes 
    • Team Leadership: Requires the ability to effectively take a role as leader of a team or department with a desire to help the group achieve business related outcomes
    • Analytical Thinking: Requires the ability to understand a situation by breaking it apart into smaller pieces, and/or tracing the implications of a situation in a step-by-step causal way
    • Budget/Finance: Requires the ability to understand, analyze, forecast and review income statements, revenues, margins, labor costs, profitability targets and impacts on profitability; requires responsibility for managing the profitability of team’s budget and developing pricing schedules that meet profitability targets
    • Project Management: Requires full responsibility for the delivery of multiple, concurrent account projects that are on time, within budget and at high quality

    • Technical/Software: Requires the ability to understand and work with software tools & packages used by Urban Science
    • Database: Requires the ability to understand database concepts related to Urban Science products/solutions
    • Math & Statistics: Requires the ability to select and apply the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem; requires basic descriptive statistics knowledge and the ability to understand and interpret statistical analyses
    • Requires advanced knowledge and experience with Excel, PowerPoint and Word; intermediate knowledge of Visio preferred
    • Quality Control: Requires the ability to monitor and check work related information and deliverables ensuring high quality and accuracy


    • University degree required; technical degrees are strongly preferred (i.e., engineering, applied math, statistics, applied science, information systems, operations research, etc.) from an accredited college or university, or equivalent foreign institution. Non-technical degrees will be considered if candidate possesses appropriate level of analytical and technical knowledge required for the role; Masters or advanced degree preferred
    • Minimum of 10 years related work experience required (13+ years experience preferred
    • Automotive Industry experience preferred.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    This description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this position.  It is NOT an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified. The job may require additional hours beyond the normal 40-hour workweek.


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