Director Of Sales

Zodiak Aerospace Huntington Beach , CA 92648

Posted 3 months ago

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 92,000 employees and sales of 21 billion euros in 2018. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes Research & Development programs to meet fast-changing market requirements, with total R&D expenditures of around 1.5 billion euros in 2018.

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

Safran Cabin provides all elements of a seamlessly integrated Cabin Interior. From the overhead bins, lavatories and galleys to crew rests and cargo containers, either as independent world class products or as a fully integrated cabin. The company is headquartered in Huntington Beach in Southern California, USA and operates 30 sites in 11 countries. The over 13.000 employees across the globe serve virtually all the airlines, aircraft leasing companies and airframe manufacturers worldwide.

Safran Cabin organization needs an experienced, motivated, results-driven Sales Director to take an active role in our sales department. The successful candidate will understand what motivates customers to buy and know how to tap into those needs and desires in an effective way. If you are competitive, financially motivated, autonomous but also a team player we're excited to talk with you.

Summary of Duties:

  • Proactively sell and promote products and services on an identified customer portfolio

  • Hunt, create and win business opportunities based on an in-depth understanding of customer needs

  • Prepare and negotiate bids and proposals in a timely manner based on customer requirements and in line with Safran Cabin Regional Cabin Interior market sales strategy

  • Create customer intimacy by developing and fostering a large network of contacts

  • Participate actively, along with front office, on the order management process and be the escalation point on past dues payments

  • Report on business performance (sales, order intake, win loss ratio, lost deal analysis)

  • Feed our Marketing, Pricing, Programs, Operations and Engineering teams with regular customer and market intelligence as a way to impulse the definition of new product and services strategies to match customer needs

  • Participate in events / shows promoting Safran Cabin Services products and services

  • Lead New Business Development through market identification to business plan approval


Knowledge and Skills

  • Computer skills with knowledge of Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, and PowerPoint presentations

  • Knowledge of ERP systems

  • Knowledge of Salesforce and other CRM tools

  • Basics of management control rules (profitability, contribution, margin, purchase price, etc.)


  • Customer Service mindset

  • Communication skills, written and oral

  • Negotiation skills

  • Team spirit

  • Autonomy

  • Attention to detail

  • Analytical mindset

  • Problem solving

  • Flexibility

  • Creativity in elaborating new aftermarket strategies answering customer needs

Education and/or Experience

  • 5 years of relevant experience (Sales Director, Sales Manager, Customer account manager, marketing assistant)

  • 4 years of B2B sales Experience

  • Excellent Negotiation skills

  • Preferred (not required): Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communications or related field.

Physical Demands

  • Domestic and International travel is required, 50%

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

It is the policy of Safran to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are strongly committed to this policy and believe in the concept and spirit of the law.

If you are applying for a job in the United States and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our Human Resources Department at and let us know the nature of your request and contact information. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

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Director Of Sales

Zodiak Aerospace