Sales Manager

Position Summary:

LDJ Manufacturing is home to the Thunder Creek Equipment brand of diesel fuel and service trailers. LDJ is a family-owned company, with strong Midwest roots and values, and a mission to develop, manufacture, and market innovative products that provide value to our customers in the agricultural, construction, and oil industries.

The Sales Manager position, reporting to the company President, will lead employed sales representatives and independent manufacturer representatives across the USA and Canada. The Sales Manager will hire, supervise, develop and mentor the sales team. A critical piece of the Sales Manager’s responsibilities will be developing the long-term sales strategy and organization structure. The Sales Manager will be expected to lead the sales team in a way that will optimize sales, market penetration and profitability. The Sales Manager will be part of the Executive Management team and will participate in the developing the strategic direction of the Company.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Set and execute the strategy for sales and market penetration growth in Agricultural and Industrial market segments
  • Set and execute the strategy for sales channel approach in specific markets and territories
  • Consistently lead the sales team to deliver exceptional results in alignment with profitable growth
  • Build and lead a high-performing team. Actively attract, develop and engage top talent with a demonstrated commitment to the learning and development of others.
  • Develop and execute sales plans and forecasts by industry, territory and product
  • Performance management by setting revenue targets, key performance indicators, and establishing reporting that provides visibility and holds the sales team accountable for delivering goals that support the overall sales objectives
  • Partner closely with Marketing to ensure the sales and marketing strategies and programs are aligned to achieve documented goals and forecasts
  • Collaborate closely with other functions and support the S&OP process to achieves focus, alignment and synchronization among all functions of the organization
  • Participate in and promote central marketing activities such as corporate sponsored farm shows, training sessions, factory visits, etc.
  • Support sales initiatives with Key and National Account customers.
  • Periodically accompany salesman on dealer and customer visits, and to support strategic equipment demonstrations
  • Emphasize prospecting initiatives to enhance market penetration and sales growth
  • Manage CRM with sales team to deliver business intelligence and assure timely lead follow-up
  • Manage departmental budgets and ensure compliance of company controls and policies.
  • Prepare periodic sales reports and provide updates for the Senior Management Team and the Sales Team
  • Develop and coordinate sales training programs for the sales team and dealers


Ability to travel up to 50% of the time with a valid driver’s license. Passport will be required for possible international travel.

Leadership Competencies

To be successful in this position, the individual will have effectively demonstrated the following leadership competencies: Leads courageously, shapes strategy, builds talented teams, empowers and inspires accountability, and accelerates results.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of sales team members. Direct, motivate, reward and recognize the team’s ability to meet or exceed business objectives. Partner with the team on personal and career development. Carry out leadership responsibilities in accordance with LDJ’s core values and the company’s policies and applicable laws for interviewing, hiring, training, directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining, addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Ideal Candidate will possess the following skill/qualities:

  • Experience in developing and managing an outside sales team
  • Experience in pioneering new, innovative products into markets
  • Background in Ag and/or Construction machinery is a plus, preferably at a manufacturer level
  • Experience with dealer networks
  • Highly proven interpersonal skills
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Customer focused
  • Confident and positive attitude
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to empower and inspire accountability while setting high standards and expectations
  • CRM management experience, Salesforce CRM experience preferred
  • Excellent negotiation skills and expertise knowledge in finance close sales
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Process-oriented mindset
  • Highly proficient computer skills using Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and CRM software
  • Valid drivers license, CDL endorsement is preferred

Education & Experience:

  • Five + years of outside B2B territory sales experience
  • Five + years in a managerial role

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit and talk or hear. Air travel for this job is of four to eight hours. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds without restrictions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.


  • Full Time Salaried Position (45-50 hours per week)
  • PTO - Paid Time Off
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Flex Spending Plan
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Profitability Incentive Bonus Plan
  • Simple IRA Retirement Plan
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Salary based on qualifications

How To Apply

Send resumes to:

LDJ Manufacturing, Inc.
1833 Highway 163
Pella, IA 50219
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Fax: 641-620-8302

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LDJ Manufacturing is deeply rooted in Midwest family values. We believe an honest day's work and keeping our word are the keys to building successful partnerships.


Our team of disciplined professionals adheres to an unwavering commitment to get the job done right, on time, with excellence - because "just good enough" is never good enough.


Our team is empowered with a driving spirit of creativity and resourcefulness to look beyond what already exists and find a better way to get things done.