This position is for a senior sales director with experience in B2B SaaS and technology-focused companies. The job is UK based, with flexible home working within reasonable distance of our Cambridge or London offices.

Invent your future

Iprova is the pioneer of a data-driven approach to invention. By using the inventive power of the world’s information, we convey invention superpowers to engineers and scientists around the globe.

Every day we create inventions that help our customers to define new products and value-creating services in areas such as autonomous vehicles, healthcare, and communications. Hundreds of patents have been filed by our customers who include Sony, Philips, Nokia, Panasonic, and BIC. This has been achieved using our advanced, unique AI/ML/NLP technology, enabling the products and services of tomorrow to be invented faster and more disruptively than ever before.

As Iprova’s Director of Sales you will work in an exciting, high-energy, creative and fast-moving scale-up environment. You will lead our revenue growth through both our invention offering as well as our new SaaS business, which we recently launched, enabling our customers to set up their own data-driven invention lab based on our technology.

What you’ll be doing

This hands-on role is your chance to lead and own part of Iprova’s sales activities. You will:

Be part of the management team, working with our talented team of researchers and software developers to develop our existing invention service offering, as well as our SaaS licensing business in order to drive sales.

Help to develop and implement the sales plan, taking responsibility for the creation and delivery of key objectives, to be used as part of Iprova’s business plan.

Actively seek out, and pursue new sales prospects through networking, social media and/or other appropriate means.

Help to define customer needs which our current and future versions of our SaaS proposition can address.

Work closely with the rest of the business development team, specifically with feedback on sales activities – what works well and what works less well with our proposition

Together with the marketing manager, create and update sales collateral and other marketing materials.

Represent Iprova at events and act as an advocate for the company. Participate on behalf of the company in exhibitions, conferences, webinar events.

Assist in growing the sales and commercial teams, and nurture the skills of others in the company to help create a unified offering in our two businesses.

What interests us in a candidate

You have a strong background and track record in technical or software (SaaS) B2B sales. You will have senior level contacts in the IP, CTO, or marketing teams of large product-based companies.

You are a hands-on, creative, and experienced sales professional with a love of technology and the ability to communicate complex technical concepts accurately and simply, plus understand how to convey the business benefits of technologies.

You have a proven history of successfully generating inbound leads, and then subsequently negotiating and closing the deals.

You have excellent communication skills and feel comfortable reaching out to potential customers to demonstrate our services and products through email and phone.

Ideally you will have an appreciation and knowledge of Intellectual Property and associated markets.

Key qualities and skills

You are a self-starter with 5 years+ experience in commercial or sales roles. You are also comfortable working remotely on your own, and/or work as part of a larger team and/or lead a team remotely to fulfill and exceed the sales plan.

You have a degree in a numerate subject, or equivalent, relevant professional qualifications.

You excel in the preparation and delivery of appropriate presentations on products and services

You have excellent written, communication and public presentation skills in English.

Preferred qualifications

Proven capability in helping build businesses from “bottom up” to becoming significant players.

Demonstrated international leadership in sales or marketing roles, ideally in technical or software fields.

What we offer

We offer competitive packages, performance bonuses and a creative and highly technical working environment. As we have offices in the UK (London and Cambridge) and in Switzerland (Lausanne) we offer the opportunity to enjoy:

  • Skiing and hiking in the beauty of the Swiss Alps within 45 minutes of our Lausanne office
  • Buzz and energy in one of the world’s most vibrant capitals at our central London office
  • Being at the core of the high-tech scene in our Cambridge office

Some of the other great benefits include:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Close association with some of the world’s leading universities
  • Conference participation is actively encouraged, together with continuous learning
  • And of course, an opportunity to join our friendly and fun-loving team!

How to apply

Get in touch with us at with your CV and a personal introduction to demonstrate to us how you are suited to this opportunity.

The application process will include a series of interviews — either on-line or face to face interview — as well as completing fun challenges including the preparation of sales collaterals and/or making a presentation to the management team.

For this position we are not looking to work with recruitment agencies.

Please note:
During periods where we receive very high numbers of applications, we will only reply to those we wish to advance.

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