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District Sales Manager at Applied Industrial Technologies in Detroit, MI

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 We are seeking a proven leader in sales management and sales training to build and oversee a district for our team. This opportunity has a significant opportunity for growth.


As an Applied Maintenance Supplies and Solutions, District Sales Manager, you will achieve your sales goals and margins by developing successful territories through hiring and developing sales professionals. Use your knowledge of the industrial marketplace, sales, and operations to lead multiple districts strategically and tactically. You will build on your strengths and think outside of the box while meeting / exceeding productivity objectives at both the top and bottom line. This is a highly visible position at Applied®.


This is your opportunity to join one of North America's largest independent industrial distributors in a high-level District Sales Manager position where you will have access to over 50,000 parts and critical products, such as fasteners, cutting tools, electrical components, hydraulics, and chemicals.




  • Manage and exceed P & L goals from: sales, profit margins, territory development, and customer development.
  • Hire, develop, and coach Account Managers from new hires to veteran personnel. Use leadership by example.
  • Develop successful territories within the district through account development.
  • Plan, control, and direct your district’s programs and activities related to sales functions and customer service
  • Drive key account growth personally and through others.
  • Anticipate or investigate problems and take corrective action
  • Provide sales personnel with time and territory management training
  • Monitor pricing, purchasing and contract adherence for the district




To excel in this role, you will have the qualities of a successful industrial sales management professional, including an outgoing personality, intense entrepreneurial drive, a commitment to customer service and relationships, a sense of humor, and persistent follow up and coaching skills. You will: 


  • Practice a leadership style based on collaboration and motivation. You’ll need to establish relationships based on trust and encourage an open environment. We also like to have fun achieving our goals together.
  • Use excellent interpersonal and written communication skills. Be a good listener and establish a strong sense of trust.
  • Promote high morale by showing enthusiasm for your work and determination to achieve results. Lead by example. 




  • 2+ years of proven sales management with tangible products, and repeat business too many different markets.
  • Proven success in developing and leading a team to accomplish area and companywide goals, including hiring, training, and coaching.
  • Have the ability to call on end users as well as senior management
  • Willing to travel overnight 60-75% of the time. 




  • Maintenance, Repair, Operations sales experience
  • Industrial product knowledge


Desired characteristics:


  • Solid computer skills
  • Ability and desire to learn new systems and processes quickly
  • Self-motivated, drive to be the best
  • Coaching skills to build a strong team
  • Sense of Humor


Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT)  is a leading industrial distributor that offers more than five million parts to serve the needs of MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry. In addition, Applied® provides engineering, design and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber and fluid power shop services. Applied also offers maintenance training and inventory management solutions that provide added value to our customers.


We are an equal employment opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, medical condition or any other characteristic protected by law.


If you need accommodation for any part of the employment process because of a disability, please send an email to hiring@applied.com or call 216-426-4389 to let us know the nature of your request.

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