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Key Account Manager

Key Account Manager

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Bastian Consulting

Our client is a global player in the logistics and transportation services sector, headquartered in the United States. It has a long history, with roots dating back over a century. Over the years, it has evolved into one of the world’s largest third-party logistics (3PL) providers, serving a diverse clientele.

They offer a comprehensive range of services designed to facilitate the efficient movement of goods throughout the supply chain. It serves as an intermediary between shippers and transportation providers, offering a variety of transportation options, including road, rail, ocean, and air freight, as well as intermodal solutions.

They are now looking for a Key Account Manager to join their team in Penang, Malaysia.


The Key Account Manager (KAM) is responsible to drive growth and maximize retention of a portfolio of accounts. The Key Account Manager creates demand, identifies new opportunities within their portfolio, and sells creative solutions aligned to the customer needs. As the primary point of accountability, the Key Account Manager is responsible for customer advocacy, driving continuous improvement and collaborating to deliver on customer commitments across multiple teams and geographies. Key Account Managers utilize their broad understanding of the company’s industry leading modes/services/products, technology, and business process to retain and grow customers within their portfolio through the sale of diverse products and services.


The successful candidate will:

  • Responsible for managing, maintaining, and maximizing growth potential of assigned Key Accounts
  • Manage relationships of a defined number of MNC Customers and prospects in a particular sector or number of strategic sectors and serves as the single point of contact for each respective customer.
  • Ensure that Key Account engagements with customers are aligned with all relevant CHR stakeholders (country / regional / global)
  • Directly contribute to the growth of the country Key Accounts Team budget by maintaining a healthy pipeline, ensuring a strong renewal rate for existing customers and increasing existing share of wallet in accordance with Sales Management targets
  • Develop a comprehensive customer development plan and Win Plan for critical customers in his / her assigned portfolio and work on country / regional / global customer opportunities and strategic initiatives.
  • Responsible for driving consistent customer performance reviews and aligning with all relevant internal stakeholders with the objective of ensuring customer satisfaction and beyond.
  • Research and compile relevant customer information as part of the assigned customer RFI / RFP / RFQ process and prepare documents for customer implementation in order to ensure proper operational handover and implementation to meet customer expectations (via Customer Profile and/or SOP’s).
  • Ensures CHR sponsors are consistently kept appraised of account activities, in particular business critical issues etc.
  • Ensure alignment to defined Sales Index / KPI’s / parameters in accordance with Management targets.
  • Ensure alignment with all CHR internal stakeholders and be the single point of contact from a commercial perspective for CHR client base / prospects.
  • Pursue sales leads effectively and strategically resulting in robust and positive conversion efforts.
  • Follow up effectively and efficiently on all customer enquiries, tenders, and information requests as well as ensure prompt responses to internal stakeholders.
  • All account issues proactively managed and resolved using continuous improvement principles to enhance service level.
  • Improve customer satisfaction based on formal feedback and surveys of our customers.
  • Adopt and fully utilize designated CRM tool – Atmosphere.
  • Can confidently and effectively represents our digital solutions through a deep understanding of how to apply technology and analytics to customer strategy.
  • Applies multi-faceted knowledge of market intelligence, customer information and internal data/intelligence to identify new opportunities, provide customers with business insights, and improve customer outcomes.
  • Manages conflict and navigates difficult conversations with the customer, using tact and diplomacy
  • Acts as an advocate for customers, internally conveying their customer-specific needs across the organization, to ensure proper alignment and prioritization of resources
  • Targets and manages road map toward continuous improvement for their customers working directly with the account team to ensure exceptional service is delivered to customers.
  • Collaborates and actively communicates with partners on the capacity/product/supply team to identify strategic solutions for complex issues.
  • Engages internal leadership team members to ensure alignment, resource prioritization and participation in account strategy.
  • Partners with operations and capacity/product/supply teams to ensure optimal execution through the use of SOPs, best in class business processes, and mutually agreed upon customer KPI’s.
  • Partners with sales team to provide holistic plan for transition of customer accounts, define expectations and timelines, seek opportunities to leverage automation and set plans for execution.
  • Accountable to customer feedback, inclusive but not limited to NPS survey corrective response action planning.
  • Proactive review of financial results, volume, and service performance reports and to monitor and drive account health.
  • Identifies and implements solutions to champion process improvement and cost avoidance for customer.
  • Understands negotiated payment terms and ensures AR processes are adhered to.
  • Regularly reviews AR dashboard and ensures timely action is taken with customers.
  • Other duties or responsibilities as assigned according to the team and/or country specific requirements


To be eligible for this opportunity, you will need to have the following:

  • Possess a Diploma or Degree preferably in Business or Logistics and Supply Chain Management or equivalent, with at least 5 to 8 years of Sales experience
  • Demonstrate analytical and problem-solving ability, attention to details, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Self-motivated and ability to work effectively and efficiently in a diverse environment
  • Strong problem-solving skills and absolutely needs to have a “can-do” attitude
  • Ability to qualify, close and develop new and existing business
  • Willing to travel overseas when required

How to apply

If you are interested in this unique opportunity please submit your application or email Genalyn at

Good to know

A Recruitment Pool may be established for future roles with similar focus capabilities. A file will be created for you on our database for future reference. This will be available to our team in order to facilitate any suitable future hiring initiatives. Therefore, you will also be added to our mailing list.


We welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and those with disability.


Please only apply if you fulfill the above criteria and have working rights in location.
Due to time constraints, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. However, we welcome you to give Genalyn a message for feedback on your application.

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Job Overview
Offered Salary
Commensurate with experience
Job Location
Penang, Malaysia
Job Type