Senior Pre-Sales Engineer

Sales Amsterdam, Netherlands


Senior Pre Sales Engineer

FinancialForce delivers the #1 professional services automation (PSA) and the only customer-centric ERP solution. We accelerate business value with comprehensive best practices and the most intelligent analytics—all on the leading business cloud platform from Salesforce.

FinancialForce knows that each individual brings something special to the team, exemplifying a diverse and inclusive work environment. We embrace your authenticity and encourage our employees to “Bring Yourself” to work every day!

FinancialForce is looking to hire an experienced Senior Solution Engineer (Pre Sales professional) who can make an immediate impact on the ground in the Netherlands.

We encourage creativity, love technology and strive to always make things better, whether that be our applications, customer experience or simply making FinancialForce the best place to work in the world.

We grew by 37% within EMEA last year, with ambitious growth plans of which our Solution Engineering team is an integral part. As a group we have a strong team culture, reward innovation, expect proactivity and encourage autonomy and ownership throughout the pre sales cycle. An open and honest working environment means everybody has a voice and is encouraged to contribute to the continual development of the company.

Our Solution Engineers are trusted advisors for our prospects and customers, with an ability to operate independently of the Account Executive, navigating through an account to influence key technical decision makers and grow our reach. Through world-class demonstrations and engaging customer stories, they paint a compelling, innovative and unique vision of transformation for our prospects.

Focused on our driving net new business, you will partner with multiple Account Executives on a broad range of accounts and ultimately be responsible for obtaining solution sign off during the pre sales cycle.
  • Own the end to end pre sales cycle for FinancialForce
  • Become a trusted advisor to our sales team to help drive forward key opportunities
  • Proactively build and manage relationships within prospects independently of the sales team
  • Uncover and understand customer goals and challenges to map back to the FinancialForce product suite through research, discovery, requirements analysis and workshops
  • Design and build innovative solutions to meet customer goals and challenges
  • Deliver engaging, value centric, story driven demonstrations that differentiate FinancialForce, painting a vision for the prospects of how our solution can help their business overcome their challenges
  • Own and drive the creation of technical content for prospects (including technical RfX responses, proposals and value/benefits materials) Build and maintain strong relationships with sales, services, partners and product teams
  • Support field events and pipeline generation activities
  • Contribute to Sales and Partner enablement initiatives
  • Provide real world feedback to development and strategy teams
  • Acquire and maintain expertise on the FinancialForce product suite, underlying platform, complementary and competitive solutions
  • Travel of up to 50% will be required to support the needs of the business

You’ll need to impress us with your track record of engaging with prospective customers, building relationships and executing successful complex and varied pre sales cycles. We’ll also want you to be able to showcase your demonstration skills and how you translate features and functions into value and benefits for a prospect.
  • Extensive and demonstrable experience as a senior or principal pre-sales professional for an enterprise software provider
  • Proven track record of successfully supporting complex sales cycles from discovery to solution sign off
  • Domain expertise in Professional Services or Finance
  • Ability to work collaboratively across internal and external teams (technical, business and exec level)
  • Proven and effective discovery and needs analysis skills coupled with an ability to understand and translate the challenges and goals of our prospects
  • Creative problem solving and positive objection handling skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex concepts to a business or technical audience
  • Experience with SaaS and PaaS delivery models
  • Ability to influence thinking and shape discussion to gain solution acceptance
  • Experience of positioning solutions in the context of business value to key decision makers
  • Excellent listening skills as well as presentation and communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Positive and collaborative attitude with a real dedication to customer success
  • Be fluent in English and Dutch, both spoken and written (preferable)
  • Hands-on experience working with FinancialForce solutions
  • Hands-on experience working with the Salesforce platform
  • Hands-on experience working with other PSA/PPM solutions such as Netsuite OpenAir, Changepoint, Kimble, Primavera, Deltek, KeyedIn, Planview
  • Hands-on experience working with other ERP and Finance solutions such as Oracle, SAP, Workday, Sage, Access

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all; applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.