Sales engineers are specialists who focus on selling products that are more complex and technical in nature, primarily to other businesses. They use their technical skills and knowledge to explain and demonstrate the working principles and benefits of their products and services to potential customers, who themselves might be non-technical people.
The nature of their role means that a deep and extensive knowledge of the product’s technical features, functionality, and scientific processes that make the product work is invariably required. A sales engineer works with many teams and often interacts with product, marketing, sales, and customer success managers across an organization.
Aside from the technical aspect, many of the day-to-day duties and functions of a sales engineer’s role is the same as that of a ‘regular’ sales executive. Sales engineers must have the skills to pique a client’s interest in the product or service they’re selling, negotiate a price and sales terms, and successfully close the deal.