Senior Account Manager

Professional Services Remote, United States


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: Owns the relationship held with each customer and serves as an interface between the customer and the Rackspace support infrastructure to ensure the customer’s technical, system administration, and specialist support needs are met. Owns customer issues from identification to resolution and ensures customers know the value of Fanatical Support. Maximizes the strength of the customer relationship by building a solid rapport with stakeholders in both the client and Rackspace organization, identifying and taking advantage of sales, networking and PR opportunities and managing difficult situations to ensure that Rackspace’s reputation of Fanatical Support is upheld. Owns customer requests for component upgrades. Partners with Sales to identify, research, and execute on opportunities to leverage the Rackspace product portfolio and to grow customers’ footprint. Has insight and understanding of the customer market position and advises on how Racksapce can be a strategic partner in reaching customer goals and objectives.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITY: Full understanding of industry practices as well as company policies and procedures. Comprehensive knowledge of the Rackspace product portfolio, servers, and computer hardware. Strong ability to communicate technical information and ideas so that others can understand.  Aptitude for resolving a variety of issues quickly and effectively. Superior communication, organization, problem solving, and time management skills. Proactive in nature. Ability to have difficult conversations.  Understand and feeling in business acumen-- able to foresee and act on those feelings. Ability to adapt working style and approach to best communicate with various business contacts. Ability to apply previous work experiences to resolve a wide range of issues in imaginative as well as practical ways.  Demonstrated ability to influence decision making. Ability to understand and apply RAX customer support model and demonstrate value to customers. Excellent ability to prioritize and highly varied work level in order to maintain required productivity levels. Exhibits excellent attention to detail. Excellent creative problem-solving abilities, coupled with a desire to take on responsibility. Demonstrated leadership skills and qualities. Advanced understanding of Rackspace’s differentiator in the market with an ability to communicate the value of that difference to key stakeholders providing FANATICAL SUPPORT. 

JOB COMPLEXITY: Provides strategic leadership and direction for the delivery of pre- and post-sales services and support to clients/customers. Manages all facets of customer retention (CRM) including participating in the resolution of customer concerns and defining and developing a customer contact strategy. Analyzes operational processes, escalation procedures and performs training needs assessments for identifying opportunities for service delivery improvements and value add to the customer/clients. Develops customer service department procedures. Liaises between customers and manufacturing, sales, field service, order processing and accounting to resolve status, production, delivery and billing inquiries. Reviews SLA claims. Develops and manages responses, ensuring customer service with speed and accuracy and all client/customer service delivery issues are resolved. Uses skills as a seasoned experienced professional with a full understanding of industry practices and company policies and procedures; resolves a wide range of issues in imaginative as well as practical ways. Manages market research to determine special pricing for non standard items in the interests of ensuring appropriate profit margins are reached and maintained. Manages technical resource(s) to solve customer problems and escalations. Coordinates builds and maintenances. Renews customer contracts. Responsible for conversion of all component upgrades. Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function.

SUPERVISION: Determines methods and procedures or creates methods for new assignments. Mentors others. Wide latitude for independent judgment and ownership of issues.

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION: High School Diploma or equivalent Required. Bachelor's Degree required. Candidates may substitute relevant IT industry experience in lieu of the degree requirement. Prior account management experience highly desirable. Relevant hosting/technology experience preferred. Previous sales experience preferred.
EXTERNAL: 7 - 9 years of relevant service/relationship management experience.
INTERNAL: 4 years RAX AM III-IV combined experience

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: General office environment. May require long periods sitting and viewing a computer monitor.  Moderate levels of stress may occur at times.  No special physical demands required.  Occasional domestic travel, less than 10%.  

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