Business Development Specialist

Visual Comfort & Co.  |  

New Orleans, LA

On behalf of our client, Visual Comfort & Co., we are conducting a search for a Business Development Specialist who will call on Architects and Designers in the New Orleans, LA market.

This role, backed by the support of a new New Orleans boutique showroom, is responsible for growing Visual Comfort’s business and achieving sales targets within New Orleans. It will focus on identifying and partnering with new customers, as well as cultivating business with existing customers.  The BDS is a key sales position with responsibility for driving significant growth for the organization.  Reporting to the Regional Sales Manager, they will work as part of a broader team that will help enable customer acquisition, growth and retention.

Essential Duties + Responsibilities

  • Leads all aspects of the sales process, while leveraging other sales, marketing and operational resources to assist in solution development or implementation
  • Ability to access existing and target customers; conduct 16 face to face sales calls per week
  • Ability to effectively present Visual Comfort & Co.’s value proposition in order to influence customers
  • Network with architects, builders and designers through involvement in trade associations
  • Adept at managing existing customers to ensure retention and continued sales growth
  • Uses proprietary CRM to manage a priority-based schedule with existing and target customers
  • Develop a strong knowledge of Visual Comfort & Co.’s product offering, service value propositions, and operating systems
  • Capable of analyzing and interpreting data to drive decision making


Qualifications + Requirements

  • 5 years of sales experience in consultative sales environment
  • 3+ years’ experience in custom home building products, interior design, luxury home furnishings required
  • Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) required
  • Proven track record of cultivating relationships and achieving sales goals
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and changing priorities
  • Superior communication, presentation and organization skills
  • Passion for design and construction markets
  • Strong analytical and decision-making skills
  • Able to quickly develop rapport and credibility
  • Independent, proactive and self-motivated person who will offer exceptional service to our customers
  • Ability to achieve results both independently and through others by fostering a spirit of teamwork and cooperation
  • Proficient computer skills utilizing the Microsoft Office Suite of software, including word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, and Outlook.  Experience with a CRM system preferred.
  • Ability to understand and adapt to complex distribution channels


If this sounds like an excellent fit for you, please send a cover letter and resume to Kate O’Keefe at

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