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Danaher Corporation Sales Specialist Confocal - Midwest in Chicago, Illinois

For over 170 years, Leica Microsystems has helped shape the future by developing groundbreaking optical and digital solutions. As a global leader, we’re driven by continuous improvement to excite our customers and to create the best work environment for our people. Customer focus, innovation, and teamwork are at the core of our culture and the foundation of our success.

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Are you ready for a new sales opportunity? The Confocal Sales Specialist is a key member of the company’s sales team. The purpose of this position is to promote sales of the companies’ confocal product line in his/her assigned region. Your primary function is to execute domestic sales plans and to recommend strategies to improve the sale of Confocal products in the territory, aid in the implementation of these strategies in line with Marketing, Corporate growth, profitability, and mission objectives.


  • Develop strategies designed to increase sales of Leica products in assigned territory. Specifically, he/she recommends product, pricing, advertising and sales promotion strategies

  • Identifies selling opportunities across product lines, including lead generation

  • Identify customer gaps and equate to sales opportunity

  • Leads team selling efforts in all identified accounts

  • Conduct analysis and performance evaluation of all sales in assigned region by use of the Sales Force.Com Tool. The evaluation includes sales call activities, follow up on sales leads, attendance at trade shows, contacts with local governments, associations, and academic institutions, and traveling with other product specialists to improve their field sales skills and product knowledge

Customer solution:

  • Generates and acts on the feedback on customer preferences, suggestions, product performance and other information to enhance the sale of Leica Confocal products.

  • Works with customers or other experts to generate appropriate field data and application notes or publications which highlight product benefits and helps differentiate Leica products

  • Qualifying and quoting on Confocal products

  • Performs demonstrations on Confocal products

Resolution of concerns/final negotiations:

  • Manage competitors moves and manage intuition of dynamics

  • Closing the deal – has primary responsibility to move a successful demonstration to an order

  • Applies solid commercial knowledge (price, topline growth, discounts, P&L impact)

Customer satisfaction:

  • Ensures that customers are satisfied! Also, must be capable of working effectively with Sales Managers, PLT members, Customer Service Technicians and Representatives, Engineers, Accounting, Manufacturing, and Dealers to do whatever is necessary to satisfy customers' needs.


  • BA, BS or MS degree in physics or chemistry or a related scientific field

  • Experience in working with Confocal Microscopy required

  • Sales experience in selling products of a technical nature is desirable

  • In-depth knowledge of the microscopy market is also highly desirable

  • 2 years related microscopy experience in a laboratory minimum

    Desired qualifications express expectations for ideal/fully proficient candidates; equivalent experience will also be considered .

    When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.

    Danaher is committed to a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong and all voices are heard. We believe in our associates and the unique perspectives they bring to every challenge, which is why we’ll empower you to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.


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