Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture

Key Account Manager

Key Account Manager (Field based sales role)
Territory: Northwest region (Lancashire, Great Manchester, Merseyside)
Package: Basic salary up to £45,000 (dependent on experience) plus bonus/commission (scope to earn 100% of salary), company car (or allowance) & flexible benefits package including hybrid working, up to 27 days holiday (Plus additional annual leave purchasing scheme)
Sector: Packaging distribution


The Company
We, the UK’s largest packaging distributor have an exciting opportunity for an experienced sales professional to come and represent us. You will join a successful team based at our Heywood site and enjoy a varied territory sales role. We are a committed equal opportunities employer that champions ‘dignity in the workplace.’ Our focus is to provide customers with fully integrated and innovative packaging solutions, augmented by outstanding customer service. Appointing and nurturing sales talent across our business is key to our continued growth.

Take a quick peek inside our Heywood site facilities via the video below…

The Key Account Manager role 
Due to our continued growth we now seeking to appoint an experienced Key Account Manager to take charge of a multimillion sales, blue-chip client portfolio. The customer base is over 100 strong and includes several high-profile, well-known brands within the wider industrial & e-commerce sectors. You will report into our local Heywood site but travel regularly across the wider region to conduct customer meetings. You will act as the main contact for your assigned customers responsible for successfully delivering solutions to meet their needs. Your success shall also be measured against account growth and gross profit targets which will require you to proactively identify & capitalise on all opportunities to increase sales/profitability by utilising a solution led sales approach.

Key Account Manager Key Duties

  • Manage assigned Accounts to ensure that the Regional Sales and Profit Targets are achieved and exceeded
  • Be the main point of contact for Key Accounts, with emphasis on the building of relationships throughout the organization
  • Play a pivotal role in the management and ongoing development of National Accounts where appropriate
  • Work in a constructive manner with your key internal colleagues across internal sales, logistics & procurement
  • Develop, analyse, and present relevant data including key deliverables

Do you have the correct profile?
We welcome your application if you have at least 12 months demonstrable experience operating at a key account or national account level. You will ideally have enjoyed exposure to managing & developing a comparable size customer portfolio (upwards of £4-5M annual turnover). Some experience of selling to users within the wider ‘industrial’ or ‘e-commerce’ sectors would be preferable. You will be accustomed to using a solution sales approach whereby customer needs are central to the entire process. Presentable, polished, intelligent, and articulate, you will be commercially aware, goal orientated and self-driven. Applicants will ideally reside central to the proposed territory (preferably within a 30-mile radius of our Heywood site and hold a valid UK driving licence. A background in packaging whilst potentially advantageous is not essential, as full product training shall be provided.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds irrespective of your age, gender, disability, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, or sexual orientation. Should you require any specific support or adjustments during the recruitment process, please email our recruitment team directly.

Our Benefits
We provide a competitive basic starting salary and operate a range of rewarding bonus/incentive schemes. Our flexible employee benefits can include: –

  • 25 days annual leave (rising to 27 days with service) plus all public/bank holidays
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Geographical salary weighting available at specific locations
  • Range of company cars or cash allowance (including electric) for qualifying roles
  • Employee assistance program to support & advise with well-being & any issues
  • Extensive range of training/development & potential progression opportunities
  • Employee discount scheme (discounts on several major retail/leisure brands)
  • Annual paid Volunteering Day
  • Simply Health/Dental Cover option or BUPA cover for qualifying roles
  • Enhanced HR policies relating to various employee rights & entitlements
  • Long service awards (5-40 years)
  • Charitable giving options
  • Financial support with eye-tests/purchasing glasses (DSE users only)
  • O2 Mobile discount scheme (up to 25% off)

Your future with us
Here at Macfarlane Group, you truly have the potential to shape your own future and set your own ambitions. We are a large group company where internal promotion and mobility is a key feature of our success. Through tailored career plans, we provide a wide range of structure training & development pathways, utilizing both inhouse expertise to share knowledge and the best-in-class external training partners. There is potential access to management & leadership development, and we work closely with recognised, accredited bodies including the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) & the Institute of Sales Professionals ISP). So there really are no limits to where your journey within Macfarlane Group may take you.

How to apply/next steps
This is an urgent appointment whereby we will be working to identify and review the best of applicants swiftly in the hope of selecting the successful candidate to commence with us ASAP. Please note that Macfarlane Group supports ‘hybrid working’ where possible and we often conduct our first stage interviews via video. To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant.

All applications will be acknowledged, shortlisted applicants normally hearing from us within a week or two. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified at the end of our process, although if you haven’t heard from us within 2-3 weeks of applying, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.