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Sales Engineer - Midwest US (Chicago)

Sales | Chicago, IL

Job Description

About you

You are a pre-sales superstar, deeply technical with great customer skills, and know how to successfully work as a trusted advisor to ensure the success of prospects and customers. You have a strong background in data & technology (BS CS or similar) and probably held positions as a DW or BI Developer, using data & BI tools as well as scripting languages, and ideally know how to stand up a Hadoop cluster and run jobs against it.  

When it comes to deploying mission-critical enterprise software, you are the expert; this can be demonstrated by  a track record of happy, referenceable customers.   They appreciate your technical acumen and your diligence; no details about a customer project get by you.

The Role

As our key technical advisor and product advocate, you will actively drive and manage the sales process from technology evaluation through customer success.  

Working with our exec and sales teams, you will strategize and execute on opportunities, including running technical presentations, meeting with and gathering technical background and requirements from customers and prospects, creating project plans, and managing  implementation.  You will also be doing customer installs, configuration and troubleshooting, and, possibly, contributing to the product though real-use feedback and field development.

Your Experience

Coming from a technical background, it’s expected that you know your way around a *NIX environment, can understand/tweak Java code, can script command-line tasks, are no stranger to SQL queries, and generally be comfortable swimming in a technically rich environment.

Your communication skills are second to none.  You have presented to and handled objections from small to large customer audiences in the past. You have demonstrable experience providing technical leadership with the customer, take pleasure in getting a win-win deal sealed, then know how to follow through to ensure a delighted customer.

Your brain is always firing and you love coming up with ways to continually build trust with your teams, and create more value for our customers.  You’ve had previous experience with early stage technologies and enjoy the adventure that comes along with this.

You will become expert in Platfora’s business intelligence (BI) solution, so having BI or data warehouse (DW) experience is a big plus.

Bonus Points For…

Enjoying a friendly and fierce game of ping pong.


Based in or around Chicago, and capable of traveling, with very short notice, primarily in the Midwestern US.  You enjoy the travel that this role demands.  

About Platfora

Platfora puts an end to the gut decision by giving enterprises blazing fast factual insights across all of their data sets for outsized competitive advantage. Delivered as subscription software on premises, or in the cloud, Platfora Big Data Analytics is a platform that anyone can use. Platfora’s technology mixes customer interaction, machine and transactional data for insightful correlations across large volumes of data so that enterprises can meet and exceed their business goals in the Fact-based Economy. Companies such as Comcast, Disney,, The Washington Post, DirecTV, Citi, Riot Games, Opower and Vivint use Platfora as their permanent path to success with big data.

We are Big Data Analytics, and we are building an extraordinary team of data and scalable systems experts, sublime UX and visualization designers, and savvy field people to build big data analytics . Join us on the journey ahead!

We are an equal opportunity employer. Local Bay Area candidates only. Principals only; if you are a recruiter, or represent a search firm, you must be under contract with an OK to work on this role, prior to submitting resumes to Platfora.

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