Sales Executive (SE)

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What is a Sales Executive (SE)?

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering… “What’s the difference between an SE and an AE?” We get it. There’s confusion and overlap between various sales titles used at different organizations. What’s more, titles are often changing and adapting to industry trends.

The fast-growing, competitive nature of the SaaS industry has created an environment where new titles are needed to accommodate for completely new positions. What’s more, (slightly) different titles – à la Sales Development Rep vs. Business Development Rep – are created to sound more relevant, modern, and in line with company values and culture.

If you’re new to all this sales jargon, look no further! We’ve got you covered. Keep reading to find out exactly what a sales executive does, average salary for SEs, career outlook, and available SE jobs.

In sales, the acronym SE generally stands for Sales Executive or Sales Engineer. A sales executive’s primary job is to close sales by building lasting relationships with clients and prospects.

Sales Executive Job Description

It may seem that the job of a sales executive is easier than that of an outbound sales rep. After all, the leads that come across the desk of an sales executive are already almost ready to buy! Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy.

What does a Sales Executive do?

The main job of a sales executive is to close sales by building lasting relationships with clients and prospects. Because of this, they often have revenue quotas to hit each month that are directly tied to the company’s bottom line.

Sales closers often handle the lion’s share of objections from potential buyers, who are naturally vetting the product and making sure it will actually meet their needs. Price is often an objection that comes up in conversations with sales executives. We’ve compiled 9 ways to overcome this all too common sales objection.

In addition to being prepared to counter objections about price, it’s important for sales closers to have a robust understanding of their competitors - and how they stack up against them. Questions like “What makes your brand better than X company?” or “How does your product compare to the competition?” are common to hear. A good answer to one of these questions can make or break the sale.

Sales Executive Salary

Sales executives make an average of $83,161 per year in base pay in the US, with an average additional $22,250 or more per year from performance-based compensation (source: Indeed). Salary varies depending on the size of the company and the location.

SE Career Outlook

With the abundance of automation, software, and online marketing tools available on the market today, it may be worth wondering if sales positions will still be growing in a few years.

If you’re looking to grow your career in the sales industry, don’t worry - as the market outlook for sales executives is positive! 7% growth is projected for sales manager positions, including sales executives, through 2030 (source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Sales Executive Jobs

Looking for available SE jobs? Here are a few resources to help your search:

Which sales role is right for me?

The right sales role for you depends on your experience and expertise, but sales can be a good industry to get your start if you are entering the job market for the first time!

Some key characteristics of great sales and customer support professionals include:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Great communicators
  • Passion for what they are selling
  • Willingness to roll up their sleeves and get the job done
  • No fear calling and following-up with potential clients
  • Positive attitude
  • Creative and passionate about helping others
  • Ability to multi-task across different platforms and forms of communication
  • Ability to work well under pressure and with a team

Does this sound like you? Kixie is hiring, and we’d love to hear from you! We are looking for jovial, hard-working colleagues to share our journey as we change the landscape of business telephony.