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Location:Kansas City, MO
Company:Macmillan Learning
First posted:August 29, 2017

Macmillan Learning is a part of the family-owned Holtzbrinck group of companies and is one of the leading educational technology companies. Through deep partnership with the world's best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire student curiosity and measure progress. Macmillan Learning is comprised of renowned brands including Bedford/St. Martins, W.H. Freeman, Worth Publishers, Sapling Learning, SkyFactor, Intellus Learning, Late Nite Labs, and Hayden-McNeil. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to reflecting a broad representation of differences -- race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, physical ability, age, family status, economic background and status, geographical background and status, and perspective-- in our workplace. The successful candidate for this position will become an employee of Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC ("BFW"), d/b/a Macmillan Learning. Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC has developed an affirmative action program in compliance with the NY Department of Education's guidance. Portions of the affirmative action program are available for review by applicants and employees by contacting Human Resources.

Macmillan Learning is looking for a highly skilled individual to sell course materials - textbooks and educational technology products - to professors at two and four-year colleges and universities in Kansas City, MO. The current opening requires overnight travel (40%).

The Publisher's Representative is responsible for maximizing the sales of Macmillan Learning's products by driving the usage of Macmillan resources, including textbooks and online resources (LaunchPad, Sapling Learning, and FlipIt) through on campus visits and interviews. A publisher's rep must be comfortable in their ability to work independently while also being a part of a larger team.


  • Travel to schools in the territory for the purpose of conducting in-person interviews
  • Achieve sales goal by maintaining existing business and winning new business
  • Use (please use the apply button below) to manage business potential, document daily sales activities, and forecast sales in the territory
  • Drive strategy and key business decisions in your territory
  • Conduct consultative sales calls and offer customer centric solutions based on the entire suite of Macmillan products
  • Develop and maintain a high level of knowledge about Macmillan's products and services
  • Effectively manage your time, territory, and resources to maximize sales results
  • Challenge your customers' assumptions and expectations providing valuable insight in market perspective
  • Be an active team player both on the sales team and throughout Macmillan to help meet company objectives
  • Interact and communicate effectively with colleagues in sales, marketing, editorial and external customers
  • Manage operational expenses

    Required Skills / Knowledge:

  • Ability to work independently and remotely as well as part of a sales team
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to thrive in a self-starting environment
  • A knowledge of and/or an interest in working in an academic environment
  • Proficiency with computers and basic applications software
  • Valid driver's license
  • Ability to travel overnight approximately 50% during peak season (January-June and September-November)

    Experience Needed:
    Direct sales experience
    Experience working independently or remotely
    Strong analytical skills

    Educational Background Required:

  • University Bachelor's degree

    Macmillan Learning offers:

  • An excellent compensation/benefits package including:
  • Extended healthcare coverage
  • Competitive salary
  • Bonus potential
  • Company car allowance
  • Opportunities for growth and development
  • Company phone, laptop, printer, and mobile internet device

    Physical Requirements/Job Attributes:
    Requires periods of close concentration, must be able to multi-task, must lift 35 lbs. of books on sales calls, must be able to walk up to 10km a day on campus, must be able to sit/stand for long periods at conventions, must be able to concentrate in noisy/busy environment, and must be able to travel, including ability to drive for periods from 2 to 5 hours, and fly frequently. A valid driver's license is required with daily travel within territory and frequent over-night trips. Attendance at national sales meetings and regional meetings is required (4 or more days at a stretch). During the fall and spring selling seasons it is necessary to work more than 40 hours per week. During these seasons it is necessary to spend all day on campus and then complete paperwork, sampling, and expense reports in the evening

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