Territory Manager

Sales · Chicago, Illinois (Remote)

Since 1948 Pilz, a family owned company, has been setting standards in automation and control, and is most known today in the area of safety.  We manufacture a full range of automation and controls products.  Our services start with product training and end at turnkey solutions for the safe automation of industrial machinery.  We are a rapidly growing organization that strongly believes in continuous improvement. 

Pilz Automation Safety is currently seeking a Territory Manager for the Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota territory.  Candidates will work from a home office and should be based in the Milwaukee, WI or Chicago, IL area.

The Territory Manager reports directly to the Regional Sales Manager (RSM) for their specified region.  This position is responsible for identifying and recommending new distribution partners as well as building and maintaining relationships with existing distribution partners.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Support Pilz distribution sales channel by:

  • Develop a close relation with all Pilz listed distributors
  • Hold sales presentations at distributor locations and trade shows
  • Train Pilz listed distributors on the function of all Pilz parts
  • Increase the sales of the distribution sales channel by an agreed upon percentage within the assigned territory
  • Travel to distributors in assigned territory to assist them with training and attend joint calls
  • Help Pilz listed distributors to identify and develop new sales opportunities
  • Function as an advocate for the distributors within Pilz Automation Safety, L.P.
  • Provide an excellent experience for the distributors in all interactions
  • Work with the Channel Sales Manager (CSM) to sign new distributors
  • Assist assigned Pilz listed distributors with annual renewal agreements
  • Drive accounts that fall out of the “Direct Sales Guideline” to the appropriate distribution resource in the assigned territory

Support direct accounts as assigned by:

  • Focus direct sales efforts on targeted accounts: Function as a direct sales resource for Pilz services and training within the assigned territory

Fulfill all reporting requirements

  • Maintain and update the data contained within the Client Relations Management tool (CRM)
  • Provide all reports to the RSM/CSM on time including but not limited to Business reports, travel plans and objectives for the coming quarter
  • Quarterly review
  • Work with the Channel Sales Manager to develop the annual sales projections for distribution within the assigned territory
  • Report any changes in forecast and the reason for these changes to the CSM in a timely manner
  • Maintain an accurate calendar including a 3 month rolling visit schedule
  • Complete and submit expense reports in a timely manner

Function as an integral part of the existing sales team

  • Communicate cross territorial sales opportunities with the appropriate Pilz sales resource
  • Support members of the Key Account Management team in other regions or territories with sales activities in the assigned territory
  • Support members of the Channel Management team with sales activities in the assigned territory
  • Support the Business Development team with sales activities in the assigned territory

Other duties as assigned

Travel required up to 60% of the time

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; 5 years experience in automation sales or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office user
  • Ability to speak in large groups of people
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Self motivated with a high level of autonomy
  • Ability to accumulate and demonstrate technical knowledge
  • Willingness to learn Pilz products and procedures
  • Self-motivated, well-organized and team oriented

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Engineering degree and 10 years’ experience selling automation, controls, PLC or similar
  • Understanding of networking
  • Ability to program PLC is a plus

What We Offer:

If you have what it takes to be a Pilzler, we offer an exciting work environment, along with a competitive salary and benefits package which includes:

  • Ability to work remotely
  • Company paid family health insurance with zero employee contribution, starting on hire date
  • Company paid family dental insurance with zero employee contribution, starting after 90 days
  • Three (3) weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO) within one (1) year
  • Short-/Long-term disability with zero employee contribution, starting after 90 days
  • Life insurance with zero employee contribution, starting after 90 days
  • Professional development opportunities towards an “Expert” safety professional
  • Paid parental leave
  • Company funded Health Savings Account (HSA) with no employee participation required, starting on hire date
  • Company funded 401(k) contribution with no employee participation required, starting after 90 days
  • Opportunities for bonuses
  • and much, much more

About Pilz

Pilz Automation Safety, L.P. is a leading, innovative automation technology company providing worldwide, customer-oriented solutions in the areas of safety for humans, machines and the environment.  We develop environmentally-friendly products using ecological materials and energy-saving technologies. We are a trusted provider of safety services to leading national and international industrial companies. By providing viable solutions to the most complex safety issues, we help companies apply best manufacturing practices to optimize the availability and productivity of their plants worldwide.


Pilz has a tradition as a family-run company stretching back over 75 years. More than 2,400 staff, each one of them an ambassador for safety, make sure that our customers and their staff can work safely and free from injury. As a member of the Pilz ‘family’, you will work closely with customers, instilling confidence through individual consultations for flexible safety solutions and reliable service.

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Pilz Automation Safety L.P.
7150 Commerce Boulevard
Canton, MI 48187

Telephone: +1 734 354-0272
E-Mail: info@pilzusa.com

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