New Hire Sales On-Boarding in EMEA: Technology

Increasing Speed to Quota for Sales Reps in EMEA at a Fast Growing Technology Company

Client Case Study

Situation

This high-growth global technology and services firm delivers customer-proven solutions that accelerate IT by reducing complexity and enabling more flexible, agile service delivery.

With more than 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners, this high tech leader develops solutions help organizations of all sizes lower costs, increase business agility and ensure freedom of choice.

With accelerated hiring forecasts of 30-50% employee growth per quarter, the company wanted to:

  • Decrease Time to Quota
  • Increase Average Deal Size
  • Diversify Portfolio Mix

Complications

  • Unclear Metrics: Activity and output success metrics are not agreed upon by role and region.  They are also not aligned with compensation and performance management systems.
  • Legacy: Where it makes sense, current on-boarding content, processes, and feedback (i.e. probation, start time, buddy process and meeting with Sr. Management) needs to be incorporated into the new process so that we do not reinvent the wheel
  • Skills and Tools: Deal collaboration, Account Planning, cross and channel selling skills and tools should be incorporated into the skill building and process design
  • Hiring: The timing of the new process should align with hiring forecasts and the company should improve behavioral interviewing skills and processes to make sure that the right people are being hired before on-boarding them
  • Sales Enablement Expectations: Expectations should be set regarding what additional sales enablement support can be provided so that teams do not have to “build their own stuff.”

Compelling Design Features

  • 28 performance tests on a weekly and monthly basis to measure and monitor proficiency across 10 key skill, knowledge and coaching areas.
  • Shadow sales and performance coaching were used to ease new hires into complex sales situations.
  • Online support tools and virtual coaching used to support multiple languages and geographies.
  • Integrated with current sales process and methodologies.

Approach

  1. Assess & Design: Custom designed 6-month experiential new employee orientation program (from acceptance to 6 months on the job) focused on:
    • Manager Coaching and 90-Day Plans to drive consistent performance coaching from sales managers combined with 90-day plans.
    • Individual Accountability to track key performance metrics at the individual level.
    • Designed Reinforcement including the alignment of incentives, consequences, recognition, processes, and systems to support objectives.
    • Continuous Improvement: The design approach is iterative and will continuously evolve with changing business needs and strategic growth.
    • Tailored to Roles: Foundational design for all with tailored tracks by role.
  2. Pilot: Piloted sessions in France, Spain, Russia, the UK and Germany.
  3. Continuous Improvement: Incorporated feedback and lessons learned into design and delivery.

Results

  • 27% increase in speed to quota
  • €1,005,516 of new business directly attributed to the new process
  • 100% new hire and hiring manager satisfaction
  • 99% rated the 90-day tools as “practical” and “very practical”

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