Sales manager apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursean apprenticeshipapplying directlytraining with a professional body
You could do a degree before joining a company as a graduate management trainee. Employers recruit graduates from a range of subjects. Particularly relevant subjects include:
- sales and marketing management
- business management
- retail marketing
For some jobs, like selling hi-tech scientific or engineering equipment, employers may prefer you to have a qualification in that field. You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent.
You could complete a sales executive higher apprenticeship before applying for a trainee manager job.
For sales manager roles selling to businesses, you could do a business to business sales professional degree apprenticeship. You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-Levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
You'll need experience in sales and a record of achieving targets. Most employers will consider your sales and management experience, market knowledge and track record to be more important than your academic qualifications.
You could also be considered for specialist sales management jobs if you have a background in designing or manufacturing the products your team are selling.
You could take a professional qualification like:
In some jobs you could travel around the world to meet customers, so it may be helpful to speak a second language.
- Level 4 Award in Managing a Sales Team
- Level 4 Award in Finance for Sales Managers
- Level 4 Award in Operational Sales Planning
Sales manager apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to sell products and services
- customer service skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- business management skills
- leadership skills
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Sales manager apprenticeships - what you'll do
In your day-to-day duties you might:
- recruit and train sales staff
- allocate areas to sales reps
- identify new business opportunities
- develop sales strategies and set sales targets
- provide feedback and coaching to team members
- monitor the team's performance and motivate them to reach targets
- compile and analyse sales figures
- report back to senior managers
- keep up to date with products and competitors
You could work at a store, in an office, at a client's business or in a contact centre.
Career path and progression - Sales manager apprenticeships
With experience and a good track record, you could take on larger sales areas or be promoted to regional, national or international sales manager.