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Straker Translations Ltd

Account Manager - DACH

Sales – Cologne, Germany
Department Sales
Employment Type Full-Time Permanent
Minimum Experience Experienced

Founded in New Zealand, Straker Translations has become a world leading translation agency – ranked in the top 60 of more than 27,000 global vendors. We are a dynamic software-driven company that offers high quality and easy to manage multilingual solutions to more than 50,000 customers around the world and in more than 80 languages.

We are looking for a talented Account Manager with 3-4 years experience to join our team in Köln.

Role Purpose


  • Target key client accounts and grow revenue within those accounts against set targets
  • Focus on upselling clients aligned with the companies long term strategic vision
  • Manage the day to day activities associated with key accounts and ensure excellent customer support
  • Good skills in active listening, speaking and social perceptiveness when interacting with customers

Key Result Areas

Relationship Development

  • Identify new opportunities for process, revenue growth and increased
  • revenue contribution
  • Prioritise, effectively deliver and satisfy the business needs and business objectives
  • Great communication skills
  • Work with production team to identify and resolve any client concerns both proactively and reactively
  • Identify and engage with key client decision makers, as well as leading and focusing the sales effort to maximise the opportunity for success

Business Performance

  • Work with Sales Manager to identify target accounts and tactics to grow the revenue base off those clients
  • Achieve quarterly repeat customer revenue targets
  • Work with the production team to ensure all jobs are delivered to client specifications and track job metrics to ensure we meet or exceed client delivery expectations
  • Undertake outbound activity (calling, email marketing) to build a pipeline with customers
  • Identify key opportunities for account growth and reference relevant internal staff to help expand client revenue
  • Handle technical aspects of translation including multimedia production, multilingual web sites and interaction with our development team
  • Respond to client enquiries for translation projects
  • Prepare costings for clients
  • Manage client feedback on translation projects
  • Ensure correct pricing and business model application for long term growth and margin optimisation

Self Development

  • Keep abreast of industry and professional knowledge
  • Personal skills and competencies kept up-to-date with professional development
  • Development of commercial skills to enable upselling/revenue maximisation off clients

Health & Safety

  • Ensure the Company is not exposed to unnecessary risk or costs associated with non-compliance
  • Maintain a safe, organised, and neat work area

Success Measures

  • Meeting of agreed revenue targets
  • Client feedback, job success, portfolio growth
  • Issue resolution and management
  • Client margin

Major Challenges

  • Efficient prioritisation of workload
  • Revenue targets
  • Education of clients to understand process in customer focused manner
  • Developing positive and co-operative working relationships with Project Managers
  • Role Dimensions

Position Attributes

Educational Qualifications

Tertiary Qualification in a business related discipline or equivalent experiential background.

Special Skills / Competencies / Previous Experience

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build strong relationships.
  • Sales experience
  • Customer obsessed – awesome customer service skills
  • Knowledge and experience within the industry
  • MS Word and Excel skills to intermediate level
  • Positive attitude with a good sense of humour
  • Ability to work as part of a team or autonomously
  • Self motivated with strong work ethic
  • Native German speaker and fluent in English

Job Type: Full-time


  • Köln (Required)


  • German (native) (Required)
  • fluent English (Preferred)
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  • Location
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