External Sales Engineer – Drives and Automation

Johannesburg, Gauteng
Posted 2 months ago

Email your CV to lynne@kwena.net


My client in the electrical industry is looking for an External Sales Engineer (Drives and Automation) to join their team in Sandton. 


The main purpose of the role includes:

  • Generate VSD business from new and existing customers
  • Internal and external technical support of the drives business
  • Customer liaison and visits
  • Commissioning and basic repairs
  • Other reasonable tasks as requested by management.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

To generate VSD business from new and existing customers:

The primary function of this position is to aggressively penetrate the market and generate VSD business.

  • Cold calling on new customers.
  • Establish and maintain strong customer relationships with existing and new customers
  • Provide high levels of service ensuring customer satisfaction
  • Co-ordinate activities within the company to ensure commitments to customers are kept.
  • Administration coupled to sales activities:
  • Call plans
  • Call reports
  • Budgets forecasts
  • Monthly reports
  • CRM Maintenance and use

Internal and external technical support of the drives business:

  • Answering customer queries
  • Supporting the company representatives, internal sales and projects in preparing quotes and information for customers.
  • Periodically preparing quotes and tenders.

Customer liaison and visits:

  • Meeting with customers to clarify enquiry specifications
  • Dealing with customer queries on technical issues.

Commissioning and basic repairs:

  • This position is essentially not a service technician, but will require that the successful applicant do both commissioning and basic repairs.

Desired Experience & Qualification


  • Matric
  • Electrical background – preferably an electrical  trade or equivalent experience
  • An N6 / S4 in Electrical Engineering or similar qualification will be advantageous
  • A minimum of 2 years Variable Speed Drives related experience.
  • Basic understanding of the operation and design of a Variable Speed Drive
  • Computer literacy – good general computer knowledge and experience as well as Windows, MS Word, and Excel. (SYSPRO is an advantage)
  • A keen sense of urgency and a willingness to learn additional job related skills.
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Excellent people, communication, and organisational skills. 
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service.
  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant.
  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm as well as the willingness to handle difficult situations.
  • CRM experience will be advantageous
  • Is subject to work beyond normal working hours, evenings, weekends and holidays should the need arise.
  • Position will require out of town travel.
  • Travelling outside South African borders could be required from time to time.

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