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Vice President, Americas Sales - Security/Carbon Black

Primary Location: Palo Alto, California
Additional Location(s): Palo Alto, California

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Job Description

VMware is seeking a seasoned and experienced Vice President, Americas - Security Sales to serve as a key member and business leader to the broader VMware Executive Team. The VP, will lead, steer and scale VMware’s Carbon Black/Security Sales Team across the Americas, ensuring that sales, pre-sales, marketing, consulting and channel operations co-operate in facilitating effective coverage and identifying business opportunities, while effectively teaming and collaborating with the wider VMware businesses in the Americas to maximize coverage, execution, and performance at scale.  This role consequently represents a unique opportunity to build the VMware Intrinsic Security business, and to play a centrally important part in the success of VMware as a whole. We are therefore seeking a truly exceptional leader who will thrive in building, leading and managing first-line leaders and their teams across the Americas. 

The Vice President, Americas Security Sales will own sales responsibility for selling the entire Carbon Black/VMware Intrinsic Security Portfolio.  This leader will be responsible for building the Security sales plan for achieving a revenue quota target, managing the sales forecasting process, and coaching the team of business development and sales professionals to achieve (or, ideally, over-achieve) the target quota.

This position will lead the overlay Carbon Black/VMW Security sales specialist team; he/she will need to coordinate and work closely with VMware’s core Field and Partner organizations to achieve success and manage interactions with their existing customers. Deep knowledge of the cyber-security market, IT sales cycles, and VMware’s partner programs and ecosystem, will all be critical for success in the role.

This position will report to the Vice President of Worldwide Sales for the Security Business Unit.  The Vice President, Americas will manage a team of sales leaders including the leaders for Enterprise, Commercial, Canada, LATAM and Government, Education and Health.

Additionally, key responsibilities include the following:

  • Achieving VMware’s ACV growth goals and renewal performance across the Carbon Black/VMware Security portfolio
  • Lead and drive exceptional sales execution and operational excellence, and develop initiatives to penetrate the market, achieve sales goals, and leverage sales assets.
  • Drive market share growth for Carbon Black/VMware Security by driving Intrinsic Security deployments in Global and Enterprise accounts, and coverage expansion in a highly leveraged model for New Logos acquisition.
  • Serve as an exceptional leader and change agent. This executive will collaborate across the organization and help bring disparate teams together into a more cohesive unit.
  •  Acts as a business partner with corporate functions including: Finance, Deal Desk, Legal Sales Operations, Global Support Services, Renewals and Human Resources.
  • Develop strategies to promote thought leadership in the market.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key customers and partners.
  • Run weekly forecasting processes to provide visibility to VMware’s leadership of sales pipeline status and potential to achieve target bookings, as well as upside and downside risks to achieving target bookings.
  • Work closely with the Sales Leaders to ensure that Partner and Inside Sales teams are providing sufficient support and on-track to contribute to achieving bookings and pipeline goals.
  • Collaborate and build strong relationships with core Field and Partner sales leaders to ensure proper engagement with core teams and customers.
  • Identify high propensity customers.
  • Be operationally excellent in the day-to-day running of the business including forecasting, pipeline development, training, certifications, hiring, performance management, collaboration, teamwork, and best practice sharing.
  • Assess current sales and services methodologies and team structure to propose/implement necessary adjustments in order to optimize performance and build the infrastructure and incentives to facilitate further aggressive growth.
  • Engage with Product Group leaders and other key business stakeholders to align on business goals and provide feedback on what will be required for successful execution against our booking’s targets.
  • Function as a change agent and demonstrate his/her ability to uphold the standards consistent with a strong pipeline management system that leverages its own relevant performance data.
  • Maintain strong reporting and accountability against numbers, driving to exceed quotas, while developing and managing motivating incentive tools.
  • Serve as a visionary for the company and cultivate innovation, articulating a compelling, long-term vision for the future, and inspiring others to action.
  • Be able to create a loyalty and followership among the current team. Help drive the mission/vision of VMware and Intrinsic Security to the sales force and broader organization.
  • Lead by example and create and sustain a performance-driven culture, built on professionalism, teamwork, and creativity.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will have 15+ years of progressively responsible and successful sales leadership experience with a large, global and well-regarded technology company, together with one or more smaller/more entrepreneurial company experiences. The formative experiences will be progressively responsible sales and sales management leadership roles, within a relevant technology market, with clear and demonstrated success as a significant sales leader for one or a number of successful technology companies. An executive with a strong understanding of the SaaS market would be ideal.

The ideal candidate must be operationally strong, with a demonstrated track record of installing discipline, process and methodology into a company’s sales and field operations organizations. The Vice President, Americas Security Sales, together with the Executive Team, will be a highly visible spokesperson for the company with potential and existing customers. A reputation for operational capabilities, discipline and integrity are paramount.

Specifically, the successful candidate will have the following experience:

  • 15+ years of sales experience in the IT industry, with enterprise software domain knowledge, and strong knowledge – ideally - of the endpoint and cyber-security segments.
  • Industry experience in software or technology from a large multi-billion-dollar company, with additional experience in a higher growth mid-cap seen as a plus. A strong background in cyber-security would be ideal.
  • Consultative sales experience especially around the adoption of security services in the infrastructure space.
  • Deep background, relationships with, and understanding of the cyber-security partner community – including Distributors, VAR’s, SI’s, and MSSP’s
  • Ability to articulate and evangelize the value of Intrinsic Security solutions
  • Proven channel development and channel sales experience.
  • Exposure working in a highly strategic capacity, with the ability to focus both on continuing successful sales execution, while simultaneously strategically planning for the next stage of growth. Be able to bring a thoughtful approach to building scalable, repeatable programs and processes across a large global team.
  • Strong technical aptitude, and is comfortable holding deep, technical discussions with various functions across the organization, partners, and customers. Can translate customer insights into specific and actionable plans for Engineering to act upon; is respected and understood by them.
  • A change agent who demonstrates the ability and track record that challenges the status quo by asking “why”, questions and driving continuous improvement.
  • An action-oriented planner who builds and implements actionable plans with detailed timelines and flawless execution.
  • An innovator with the courage to nourish “outside the box” thinking to surface and pursue new ideas.
  • Strong strategic acumen and the intellect to contribute to the long-term vision of the company; the aspiration and aptitude to grow and expand scope of responsibility as VMware grows.

Key Job Responsibilities

Most importantly, the ideal candidate will be a team builder, team player, and a leader. This executive will have the personal drive, passion, and enthusiasm to both understand and successfully navigate a high-growth software ecosystem striving toward market leadership in an evolving marketplace. The successful candidate will be a proven sales leader with the following experience and personal qualities:

  • People leadership; attract, develop, and retain top talent in the organization. An ability to create loyalty, trust, and a following. Understands what it takes to connect, listen, and engage at all levels of the organization.
  • Generates energy; a source of positive, motivating energy that multiplies the impact of the team by drawing out ideas, encouraging bold (and thoughtful) moves, and promotes a sentiment of support. Sponsors creative and effective collaboration.
  • The confidence, intellect and executive presence to become a true business partner across the corporate and field functions –someone who is capable of contributing to broader business conversations beyond their functional expertise. This individual must be highly respected by both subordinates and superiors.
  • Hands-on and entrepreneurial style — one that looks to become personally involved in all elements of managing their functional responsibility, and someone who seeks to develop like-minded senior managers with similar capabilities.
  • A combination of personality traits — collaborative nature, honesty, integrity, intensity, accountability, and passion —necessary to blend with the rest of the executive management team.
  • A primary, driving focus on leading and motivating others. Must be capable of taking dramatic, symbolic actions to inspire and energize others around a vision of VMware’s future.

Category : Sales
Subcategory: Field Sales
Experience: Executive
Full Time/ Part Time: Full Time
Remote: No
Posted Date: 2020-08-06

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: VMware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: VMware is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at VMware are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. VMware will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. VMware encourages applicants of all ages. Vmware will provide reasonable accommodation to employees who have protected disabilities consistent with local law. Job ID: R2009910
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