Service Line Sales Specialist - Software & Platform Engineering (Des Moines, Chi
Des Moines, IA 
Posted 29 days ago
Job Description

Service Line Sales Specialist - Software & Platform Engineering

About Cognizant

Cognizant is one of the world's leading professional services companies, helping clients become data-enabled and data-driven in the digital era. Our industry-based, consultative approach helps companies evolve into modern businesses. By leading clients in using technologies essential to modern enterprises such as IoT, artificial intelligence, digital engineering & cloud, we enable new business and operating models that unlock new value in markets around the world. Cognizant's unwavering focus on our clients is led by over 350,000 associates, who deliver services and solutions tailored to specific industries and the unique needs of the organizations we serve.


In this role, the SLS (Service Line Specialist) will focus on Software & Platform Engineering (SPE) which covers the key areas such as Digital Experience, Software Product Engineering, Enterprise Application Modernization and Application Development & Maintenance Services along with Quality Assurance Services. One will balance client/project responsibilities with business development and sales responsibilities including identifying, qualifying and closing new business opportunities within SPE. This opportunity also requires working with and the client leadership team. One will also be developing strategies and tactics for further penetrating the account in addition to cross selling Cognizant's emerging services. The SLS will collaborate with the Client Partners in achieving "trusted advisor" status and have a mix of strategic and tactical management experience. Locations can be Des Moines, IA; Chicago, IL; or New Jersey.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and champion Cognizant's Custom application offerings in market
  • Collaborate across multiple practices and offerings in Legacy Modernization, data and Cloud platforms
  • Work closely with Client Partners and overall team to develop and implement client strategy and transformation roadmap
  • Provide subject matter expertise and own lead generation, pipeline management, proposal development and overall solution
  • Implement and lead the account plan
  • Client Relationship Management; engage with CXO, VP and Director level clients
  • Respond to and deliver on client requests; responds to RFP's
  • Lead pursuits as a pursuit owner to close new and expansion opportunities working closely with Client Leadership Team
  • Engage the relevant internal Cognizant practices teams and service lines team for developing solutions.
  • Create and present account Pipeline ; QBR presentations and executive status reports
  • Experience developing opportunity pipelines, qualifying high priority deals, and winning new business in line with agreed targets (revenue as well as total contract value)
  • Experience closing sales with a specific emphasis on growing sales. Specifically, win new deals in customer account per pre-agreed targets.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities such as issue resolution, strategic and critical thinking and ownership, particularly with highly diverse teams
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a virtual and highly matrixed environment

Required Experience

  • Experience growing a business successfully through strong client relationships
  • Strong digital / Cloud / App Modernization sales background
  • Able to engage COO-level and COO-1 level executives in large deal, solution, transition, and transformation shaping discussions
  • Effectively communicate with clients and team members at all levels
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a virtual and highly-matrixed environment
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills, particularly with highly diverse teams
  • Experience selling services with specific knowledge in selling digital / cloud solutions
  • Software Product Engineering approaches, agile methodology and building green fields application using cloud native solutions
  • Large-scale Enterprise Application modernization and migrations experience
  • Candidate should have experience in one of the 4 areas of Digital Experience, Digital Engineering or Enterprise application modernization, Application Maintenance / Support and Quality Assurance with a good understanding of at least one of the other three areas
  • Understanding drivers and enablers of digital transformation within companies, eg, Data, Applications, Cloud
  • Experience with global service delivery model(s)
  • Excellent problem solving, business communication (written & oral), and client management skills
  • Ability to build client relationships; strengthening partnerships by focusing on exceptional client experience, risk management and value realization built on the foundation of Cognizant leadership capabilities

Preferred Experience

  • MS or MBA degree preferred
  • Strong background in a project environment and application development
  • Ability to contribute to new business development efforts and to lead multiple tasks in a dynamic environment
  • Must be detail oriented and able to lead and maintain all facets of complex assignments
  • Strong problem-solving abilities with the skills to identify strategic solutions to business problems with enterprise-wide implications
  • Demonstrate the flexibility to work among diverse corporate environments, industries, and technical and non-technical audience
  • Good understanding of Property & Casualty and Life & Annuity Insurance is a plus

Top Reasons to Join Our Team

Excellent compensation/benefits. A strong financial incentive package that includes a solid base salary with a highly attractive commission's plan. Further incentives include award programs, club trips, and excellent benefits package. Wide exposure to industry, product, and functional standard methodologies; as well as outstanding teams supporting your sales pursuits. Encouraging management team that rewards initiative & success. Exciting, industry leading practice where you can truly build a long-term career. Congenial, collaborative, and goal-oriented environment; the opportunity to work with and learn from a diverse, highly experienced team of business professionals. Tremendous opportunities for growth with a real career path promoting career advancement.


Cognizant offers the following benefits for this position, subject to applicable eligibility requirements

  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
  • Paid holidays plus Paid Time Off
  • 401(k) plan and contributions
  • Long-term/Short-term Disability
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Disclaimer: The salary, other compensation, and benefits information is accurate as of the date of this posting. Cognizant reserves the right to modify this information at any time, based on applicable law.

A Good fit for the Cognizant culture

A person who possesses a true passion for changing organizations for the better, and desires to do so within a goal, yet professional atmosphere filled with business professionals who all manifest a belief in partnership, innovation, and excellence. Our "Cultural Value Drivers" are well-known and clearly communicated within the organization: Open, Visible, Motivated, Empowered, Opportunity-Filled, Flexible & Collaborative.

Cognizant is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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As soon as possible
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Regular, Full Time
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