The company was founded by Bengt Wahlquist in 1997. First knowned as Runtech, than later changed to Coulombi Chargers and finally as of today, CTEK.
CTEK´s headquarter, with departments in sales, marketing and product development, is located in Vikmanshyttan, Dalarna in Sweden. This is where all of the product development takes place – everything from sketches, construction, design and software to package design, manuals and marketing materials. Vikmanshyttan is also the base for the international sales force and all international transports and material purchases.
CTEK is a young and innovative company that makes products that, with the help of the latest proven technology, safely easily and professionally care for and maintain batteries. As a company CTEK chargers have gone from being an accessory for enthusiasts to a mainstream consumer product. CTEK´s goal is to produce the world´s most sold battery charger. CTEK is world leaders in this area today, and want to continue to be world leaders in a future for batteries and energy storage.
In 2002, soon after the German sports car manufacturer Porsche launched its first battery charger onto the market, the company showed an interest in CTEK’s new battery chargers. One year later the first OEM-battery chargers were delivered. Mercedes also named CTEK as the official partner after an extensive evaluation of alternative suppliers. Several have followed. Alfa Romeo, Artic Cat, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Maserati, Maybach, Rolls-Royce, Scania and Yamaha have also chosen to use CTEK’s battery chargers under their own brand.
The major part of CTEK´s production takes place in three contracted factories in Shenzhen, China. Here, Swedish, Norwegian and Chinese colleagues work together to secure production, quality and the safe delivery of CTEK´s products. When CTEK´s products have been produced, packaged and approved for delivery, they are loaded onto a boat for transportation to the central warehouse in Ghent, Belgian.
A typical CTEK customer is a mid-age man with a keen interest for cars, but basically anyone with a lead-acid battery who wants their battery to store and give energy when they need it. This group is enormous and extends all over the world.
To become the leader in battery management solutions.
|•||World class customer solutions|
|•||Best bustiness relations|
|•||Beyond market growth|
Develop market and sell innovative battery management solutions that are safe and easy to install and use.
Sales Manager Consumer - France, Spain, Portugal Λ
CTEK is searching for a Sales Manager Consumer for France, Spain and Portugal, with France as the main market. Most likely, you are currently working and living in France. Nationality does not really matter as long as you have experience, language and have adopted the French culture. Required language skills are French and English.
As Sales Manager Consumer you are responsible for developing and managing sales of CTEK consumer products. This means you will be focused on new business development both from existing and new customers. You will be expected to visit customers and prospects nationally to develop working relationships including producing and delivering business proposals. Market research, lead generation, forecasting and reporting will be required. In general you work with big key accounts and central contracts. 80% of the business in France is current customers and around 20% new business.
Time spent at the headquarter in Sweden will approximately be around 5-6 times a year and travelling in general around 3 days a week. You work from Home Office and have a strong and well developed network to the right accounts in its local, domestic market. The Sales Manager Consumer belong to the Consumer Business Unit and reports to Business Unit Manager Consumer in Sweden, Sören Hofgaard.
CTEK requires a candidate who is knowledgeable of the work process, from idea to production to line-realization. Great energy is essential to be able to help CTEK to grow and improve at its current pace. The person CTEK chooses for this position will find this a unique opportunity to work with a skilled, creative and very professional team. CTEK focuses on customers, technical functionality and quality.
CTEK is in search of a creative and active salesperson, with a great track record and experience – a couple of years within the consumer or retail business, most likely within the same field and business. Experience from working with the right key account is of greater importance than where in France you live.
You have minimum 5 years in a similar role and previous experience in a customer facing role. Automotive or related background is preferred and so is hands on experience of technical customer relationships. A university degree is preferable, but not required. Educated to degree level in an electronics related discipline is essential and additional business qualification preferable. It is of great importance you are up to date with knowledge of relevant technologies (automotive electrical systems). A great track-record working as Sales Manager France is required. CTEK expects to find you at a similar brand, mid-sized company or a big corporation, but most of all CTEK want you to be a global citizen living your life internationally with a worldwide network. Personality wise you have a great stamina, personal drive and are always willing to “walk the extra mile” workwise.
Personal skills required
|•||Initiative and self-motivation|
|•||Planning and organization|
|•||Flexibility (can do attitude)|
Characteristics of main importance
|•||Experience of international similar brands|
|•||Social competence and open minded personality|
|•||Have international sales skills, network and business travel experience|
|•||Have extensive experience in working as a Sales Manager France|
|•||Have a commercial track record|
|•||Be knowledgeable of branding and brand management|
|•||Fluent in English and French|
|•||Be able to think global and act local|
Responsibility and authority
|•||Responsible for identifying and developing new customers|
|•||Management and development of existing customers|
|•||Reporting on activities, progress and plans – weekly summary|
|•||Monthly report for management|
Knowledge and skills required
|•||Technical and business awareness|
|•||Basic knowledge in vehicle engineering, particularly electrical systems|
|•||Experience from the automotive industry|
|•||Keen interest in vehicle technology|
|•||Familiar with Microsoft office package, CRM and other computer based business systems|
|•||Develop existing customers business.|
|•||Identify new customers for Consumer Business Units|
|•||Identification and preparation of business cases|
|•||Negotiating and closing sales by agreeing contracts, terms and conditions|
|•||Analysing sales and preparing reports for management|
|•||Meeting sales targets.|
|•||Recording and maintaining client contact data|
|•||Co-ordinating sales projects|
|•||Supporting marketing by attending trade shows, conferences and other marketing events|
|•||Making technical presentations and demonstrating how a product will meet customer needs|
|•||Providing pre-sales technical assistance and product education|
Work-location is France.
Application is made through CIP Global Executive Search.