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Solution Engineer


Sphera is a leading global provider of enterprise software and services that enables companies to manage and optimize their environmental, health, safety and sustainability. Our mission is to create a safer, more sustainable and productive world.

Sphera is a portfolio company of Blackstone, a U.S.-based alternative asset investment company that focuses on private equity, technology and innovation, and more. Blackstone businesses succeed through strong partnerships, a personalized approach and a commitment to exceptional performance with uncompromising integrity. Sphera and Blackstone are leaders in the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) space.

We are guided by our core values of Customer Centricity, Accountability, Bias to Action, Innovation, and Collaboration. These values help us recruit the right talent to join our rapidly expanding team of around the globe. It is important to us that each and every Spherion is not only eager to challenge themselves and knows how to get work done but is an awesome addition to our company culture.

The EHSS Solution Engineer helps the Sales team sell software products by supporting and participating in various activities throughout each sales process: (i) meeting with prospective customers to thoroughly understand their needs; (ii) recognizing and understanding which prospective customer needs are addressed well by our software products, as well as which needs might warrant our non-participation; (iii) conducting Value Assessment Workshops with prospective customers to help identify prospect business pains our solutions can resolve and prospect business outcomes that our solutions can achieve, and the return on investment the prospects can expect to see from using or solutions; (iv) helping prospective customers develop internal business cases to justify the investment needed to purchase our solutions; (v) conducting software demonstrations to prospective customers; (vi) transferring discovery documentation and guidance from the pre-sales process to our services/implementation personnel to help assure successful product/project delivery to new customers; (vii) helping account executives and sales managers develop strategies for pursuing different sales opportunities; (viii) supporting the Sphera sales process and making sure all involved with a sales opportunity [the account executive, services personnel, etc…] are following the best practices and steps as prescribed in our sales process documentation; (ix) helping to coordinate and complete our responses and proposals for prospective customer RFIs and RFPs. Typically the Solution Engineer is tasked with answering and writing out thorough and well-written responses to all the functional and technical questions in an RFI/RFP; and (x)Support marketing activities by presenting as an expert on webinars, submitting papers to publications and speaking at industry conferences.

Overall, the Solution Engineer is an integral role in helping us meet our company’s monthly/quarterly/annual sales goals.

Sphera Solution Engineering

The duties of the Solution Engineer include the following; these responsibilities may be modified and other duties may be assigned to meet the needs of the business:

  • Participate in discovery meetings with prospective customers to thoroughly understand their needs. Gain an understanding of their current technical environment, key business issues/requirements, and future needs.
  • Position requires travel 30-40% of the time minimum, and international trips are sometimes required.
  • Conduct and/or participate in Vision Alignment, Value Assessment and Business Operations workshops for each sales opportunity as it progresses through the sales process.
  • Help account executives and sales managers in developing strategies for pursuing each sales opportunity.
  • Supporting the Sphera sales process and making sure all involved with a sales opportunity [the account executive, services personnel, etc…] are following the best practices and steps as prescribed in our sales process documentation
  • Analyze prospective customer needs, and recognize/understand which prospective customer needs are addressed well by our software products as well as identification of solution gaps.
  • Deliver technical and sales oriented presentations to prospective customers’ technical staff and senior management.
  • Maintain high level of knowledge about our software products.
  • Maintain high level of knowledge about the domain area of EH&S regulatory compliance and data management by reading trade and government publications, attending conferences, etc….
  • Support marketing activities by presenting as an expert on webinars, submitting papers to publications, speaking at industry conferences, etc….
  • Maintain high level knowledge of competitive product lines, especially as it relates to technical strengths and weaknesses of the competitor's products and what strategy we should develop to counter.
  • Work directly with our product management department to deliver feedback from the field to best facilitate ideas for product development
  • Work directly with our Services department to transfer and provide guidance and information learned from a prospect as the post-sale implementation of the solution begins.
  • Provide continuous knowledge transfer to the sales force regarding technical aspects and benefits of our software products.

Core Competencies & Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the levels of knowledge, skill, and/or ability necessary to perform the job at acceptable standards.

Education And Experience

  • BS/BA in engineering, computer science, environmental/chemical engineering or relevant field of study
  • Experience and domain knowledge in the areas of environmental compliance, operational risk management, product stewardship and/or enterprise software
  • Experience and high comfort level in public speaking and in conducting presentations to small- and medium-sized audiences. Audiences can be Environmental, Health and Safety professionals, IT professionals, and/or corporate executives (Experience with software presentations a strong plus).
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in implementing/using data management software products, especially software having to do with EHS&S data management
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in rfp/rfi proposal writing and analysis for software organization.

Specialized Knowledge & Skills

  • Analytical, planning and presentation development skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent command of English grammar, spelling and composition
  • Strong attention to detail
  • High level of initiative and strong business judgment
  • Ability to work under pressure of multiple deadlines
  • Sales and marketing skills

Sphera is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

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