Commercial Director, Oceania

  • Competitive
  • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Permanent, Full time
  • S&P Global
  • 15 Nov 18

Commercial Director, Oceania

JobDescription :
The Role: As a Commercial Director, you have commercial responsibility for the Oceania region and a team of sales individuals consisting of a Commercial Manager, Business Development Managers, New Business Manager and Account Manager.

The Impact: Reporting to the Senior Commercial Director, South Asia & Oceania (SAO), this role is responsible for driving the revenue growth of the S&P Global Platts business from South Asia & Oceania by managing the retention of existing customer accounts as well as developing new business through new logo acquisition and cross selling/up selling activities. This role is also required to be passionate about driving and delivering our Commercial transformation goals as we seek to implement diagnostic-based sales approach and a client-centric sales process. He/she will evaluate existing sales force work practices and identify areas for improvements. Additionally, he/she will implement new initiatives that will enable Platts to accelerate its growth rate in the region.

The Business: The team is composed of experienced sales professionals made up of a Commercial Manager, Business Development Managers, New Business Manager and Account Managers. The business has a casual and friendly atmosphere with an entrepreneurial spirit. We value team work and it is crucial that you are a team player in order to be successful within our organization.

Your Skills: The individual will exhibit strong leadership skills & behaviors, strategic thinking, a track record of sales success and be a manager who builds a winning sales team, grow our subscription business and increase our customer base.

Our Hiring Manager says: "I'm looking for a leader who has the managerial ability to build a best-in-class team and business plan to help S&P Global Platts protect our existing business and drive exceptional growth in a sustainable manner that enhances our long term reputation in the marketplace and fosters strong customer relationships."

• Set up 1 new S&P Global Platts offices in Melbourne, Australia in adherence to and adoption of S&P Global Platts standards, procedures and policies
• Build a best-in-class commercial team by recruiting and developing top talent. Adjust team resources to fully capitalize individual capabilities whilst maximizing teamwork to function as a unified, motivated and performing team to meet and exceed commercial objectives.
• Bring to the team an understanding of how S&P Global Platts operates globally, develop and instill S&P Global Platts culture in the new office and team
• Manage and drive the creation and assignment of goals, business retention goals, compensation plans, and travel expense budget for the team.
• Guide team to prioritize their work flow, focus and optimize their efforts as they relate to their short, mid and longer term goals attainment. Lead team in complex negotiations and assist with complex/large clients, as well as coach the relevant members on how to successfully retain and grow our mid and long tail clients.
• Deliver growth across identified key markets, client segments and across all commodities sectors by driving subscription growth and new logo acquisition
• Improve client retention rates and customer satisfaction (e.g. S&P Global Platts Net Promoter Score)
• Provide Voice of Customer feedback on new product initiatives and go-to-market initiatives
• Leverage channel partners to achieve growth targets
• Drive and embed best practice, sales excellence and desired culture of values and behaviors
• Drive consistently accurate monthly sales forecasting. Reporting and internal administration including monthly reporting to Senior Commercial Director, SAO
• Collaborate with all other functional departments and business regions to achieve end goals. This includes Channel Partners, Content, Product Management, Marketing, Finance, Operations, Legal and colleagues from other SPGI businesses.
• Develop the business strategy through a deep understanding of industry requirements, market trends and client requirements

• Degree with minimum 10 years of successful individual sales and managerial experience, preferably in commodity or financial information provider role
• Excellent communication and presentation (verbal/ written) skills in English, with an Asian language as a bonus due to the need to communicate to clients in Asia
• Strong personal integrity, excellent interpersonal skills and work ethics
• Entrepreneurial mindset with strong analytical capabilities; demonstrates drive, initiative, energy and sense of urgency
• Proven success in doing business in APAC is a must and specifically in Oceania is a bonus
• Broad understanding of the energy & commodity industry including understanding the personas of front, mid and back office functions, as well as analysts is preferred
• Evidence of ability to motivate and collaborate across internal stakeholders
• Very strong planning and organizational skills, able to prioritize and execute successfully with discipline
• Commitment to drive innovation and change management
• Competent with systems (Zuora, SalesForce, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Prime Resource Group (PRG) Diagnostic Sales Methodology
• Frequent travelling required around the region
• Desire and flexibility to learn, grow and excel in an ever-changing environment

Values and Behaviors:
Our values are Excellence, Relevance and Integrity. We are professional, setting and maintaining high standards in our interactions with our colleagues, always demonstrating the value that our data and services can bring to our customers. We are honest, transparent and responsive, showcasing our knowledge, and expertise to our customers. We foster and develop relationships to ensure we are accountable to and engage with our customers, partners and colleagues. We place diversity business objectives and the need to embrace openness, honesty, trust and respect ahead of our own personal goals. We understand the need to embrace change and ensure that customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our customers drive our tech-savvy initiatives, our desire to be lean and agile as well as our passion to develop ourselves and each other so we can deliver innovative, cost efficient growth opportunities for our clients.
We understand that as we grow, our customers grow too.

S&P Global Platts

At S&P Global Platts, we provide the insights; you make better informed trading and business decisions with confidence. We're the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets. Customers in over 150 countries look to our expertise in news, pricing and analytics to deliver greater transparency and efficiency to markets. S&P Global Platts coverage includes oil and gas, power, petrochemicals, metals, agriculture and shipping.
S&P Global Platts is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit

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