Vice President of Marketing and Sales – Samson (near Seattle, WA)

Vice President Sales & Marketing
Samson, “The Strongest Name in Rope” and the worldwide leader in high-performance cordage.

For nearly 140 years, Samson has had an unwavering commitment to quality, product innovation, application engineering and post-sale support. Their products are used throughout the world and deliver lightweight alternatives to steel cable in a variety of industrial, commercial and marine applications. They have extensive experience developing solutions for unique and complex applications including mooring lines for energy carriers, tug and towing, offshore energy, and mining. They also offer an extensive product range for recreational sailing, commercial fishing, arborist, rescue, military, utility and other commercial markets. Their customers benefit from a full line of synthetic ropes built to excel in demanding environments. They pioneer the use of new fiber technology, develop innovative coatings and constructions to produce ropes with unprecedented performance characteristics.

With more experience designing and developing high performance synthetic ropes than any other manufacturer in the world, their research and development team is meeting an ever-expanding market need for products with exceptional performance in critical applications. Samson engineers continue to pioneer the use of new fiber technology and the development of innovative coatings and constructions to produce ropes with unprecedented performance characteristics. Samson is part of Wind River Holdings™ (WRH) portfolio of operating companies.

Position Summary
Reporting directly to the CEO, the VP of Sales & Marketing provides effective leadership and strategic direction to all sales & marketing activities to drive profitable business growth. As a member of the Executive Team of Samson, this position plays a crucial role in defining and executing company strategy. The VP of Sales & Marketing acts as role model, motivator, team leader and culture builder and fosters adherence to Samson’s core values. The VP of Sales & Marketing leads a team of professionals to develop and achieve short and long term marketing & sales plans in support of the Company’s growth strategy.

• Hires, develops and retains a high performance sales & marketing team consisting of the Americas and International Sales, New Business Development and Marketing teams.
• Effectively partners with the Senior Leadership Team to develop, align and execute the overall company strategic business plan.
• Leads the development of the overall Company’s growth plan and supporting marketing & sales strategy including growth strategies by market and geography.
• Owns the development and execution of integrated sales & marketing plans. Defines, monitors and achieves key success metrics across marketing & sales.
• Leads all marketing & sales activities for a premium product/brand by selling value rather than price.
• Evaluates the effectiveness of different sales methods and manages multiple channel selling strategies: direct to end-users and OEMs; indirect through distribution and channel partners.
• Strengthens Key Account Management and Opportunity management capabilities, leverages CRM systems (Salesforce) and drives best practices.
• Strengthens the marketing function including portfolio management, product marketing and marketing communications.
• Develops insightful value propositions, compelling products and impactful marketing communication.
• Develops marketing metrics to evaluate and increase the effectiveness of marketing spend and demand generation.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• 10+ years of sales and marketing leadership experience required.
• Passionate leader with vision, results orientation, high energy, a bias for action and a focus on execution.
• Team player able to build relationships and establish credibility at all levels in the organization, with suppliers, customers and company ownership, and in a variety of cultural and international environments.
• Candidates should demonstrate a history of driving growth domestically and internationally.
• A-player with a track record of progressive responsibilities and personal career growth.
• Strong problem solving and creative skills combined with the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.
• Ability to communicate clearly and present information in a concise and effective way at all levels in the organization including company ownership.
• Experience in value selling of premium products & services in a business-to-business environment.
• Experience in Key Account Management and Opportunity management.
• CRM experience (e.g. Salesforce) preferred.
• Ability to travel up to 50% of the time domestically and internationally.
• BA/BS degree in Marketing, Business or related field. MBA preferred.
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To Apply, please send resume to Raquel Hansen (Director of HR) at