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International Account Executive in US - Houston, TX at Westlake Chemical

Date Posted: 5/10/2018

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Job Description


Develops and maintains International Polyethylene accounts for sale of Westlake Chemical Corporation resins.


  • Works under the direction of the Director Indirect Sales -Polyethylene but operates independently on a day-to-day basis
  • Focuses on International accounts, distributors, and agents (i.e. plants, technical, corporate, etc.) with product line responsibilities to stabilize and/or grow value at key accounts
  • Develops and maintains relationships with top executives at corporate level down to production personnel at factory level to establish Westlake value at all levels (multi-level selling)
  • Manages accounts, distributors, and agents with increased complexity either in Market Segmentation or Product Mix
  • Under guidance of Director Indirect Sales -Polyethylene negotiates prices and sales volumes for all products
  • Responsible for setting/coordinating the account strategy for all accounts, distributors, and agents.  This is to include: product mix, margin upgrade, optimal ship to locations, sales call frequency, management visit frequency, technical service visit frequency and agenda
  • Leads problem solving analysis in assigned areas and often participates in problem solving in additional non-assigned areas.  Seen as a key resource internally within department
  • Foresight to provide input on market, sales trends, and forecasts
  • Develops detailed annual sales plan and facilitates / coordinates all functional resources to deliver on plan
  • Provide input in making decisions on critical sales initiatives
  • Possesses expertise in sales strategies, face-to-face selling skills and, if applicable, specialized products or markets
  • Contributes to process improvements and efficiency in department
  • Forecast customer sales volumes annually and on a rolling 90 day basis
  • Participate, when appropriate, in interdepartmental meetings to address account needs or issues and contributes to process improvements and efficiencies within department
  • Comply with all Company policies and procedures
  • Fully supports Company goals of continuous improvement and operational excellence at strategic and tactical levels including reviewing area of responsibility for improvement opportunities to initiate projects or communicate ideas to management as well as active participation on project teams
  • Any additional responsibilities or tasks as assigned.


  • Strong knowledge of the industry.  Should be able to understand the factors that influence Polyethylene supply/demand and pricing and compile data independently to begin formulating an analysis of the current market landscape.
  • Polymer knowledge and end use process technology key
  • Possesses expertise based on long and proven track record in sales strategies, face-to-face selling skills, and specialized products or markets.
  • Ability to effectively and independently communicates orally and in writing to the appropriate audience in a timely manner and to communicate with and make presentations to customers and management
  • Completes responsibilities and projects assigned by management in a timely manner
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, Word and other software tools.


B.A degree in business or technical discipline required. Minimum 10 years of sales experience, preferably polyethylene.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate as normally based in an office.  Some of the work may be required in the operating units which can require usage of required PPE including safety glasses, hearing protection, etc.  May also result in exposure to outside elements and may require usage of stairs and elevators.  Travel up to 75% including air travel or auto travel.


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