How to write a Sales Assistant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What does a Sales Assistant do?

Sales Assistants work on store sales floors providing assistance directly to customers. They must be knowledgeable of the store layout, inventory and company policies in order to provide accurate information to shoppers. A Sales Assistant will help locate product for customers, place order, place holds, process transactions and keep the sales floor organized and well-stocked. They are the face of the company and must uphold company values both in how they dress and how they interact with customers.

Sales Assistant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Sales Assistant job titles

  • Sales Assistant
  • Senior Sales Assistant
  • Inside Sales Assistant
  • Sales Assistant (Part-Time)
  • Sales Associate

Sales Assistant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Sales Assistant job summary

Our growing company is searching for a Sales Assistant who can offer reliable support to the sales team and help improve efficiency as sales volume increases. The Sales Assistant will be responsible for maintaining regular contact with larger customers, ensuring that all sales documents and agreements are completed before they are filed and updating the customer contact information as needed. If you have previous inside sales experience and you’re interested in taking your career to the next level, we encourage you to apply today.

Sales Assistant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Sales Assistant responsibilities

  • Organize sales presentations and ensure that all sales presentation materials are prepared prior to deadlines
  • Update customer records in the company database as required
  • Contact customers to answer basic procedural questions or to gauge their level of satisfaction with the company
  • Collaborate with the sales staff to monitor active purchase orders and make sure that orders are completed on time
  • Report any inventory or service issues to management and the appropriate Account Manager immediately

Sales Assistant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Sales Assistant skills

  • Associate degree required (Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related field preferred)
  • 2+ years’ sales support experience
  • Proficiency in Salesforce platform
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office suite
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines in a fast-paced corporate environment

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