Account Executive at Laika (Remote)

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Working at Laika

At Laika, we are on a mission to transform an industry that’s never been known for innovation, but we aren’t letting that stop us. We love collaborating to come up with new ways to solve problems that would stump other teams, and have created a workplace where the best idea wins and we bring out the best in each other.

Our team is full of entrepreneurial people with a bias toward action, an insatiable intellectual curiosity, and a desire to learn and grow personally and professionally. By bringing remarkably talented people together, we have the opportunity to create something truly amazing for our customers and our team.

What We Do

Laika combines simple software with expert guidance to help SaaS companies manage security compliance, security audits, and enterprise procurement security diligence. Laika helps companies adopt stage-appropriate compliance practices that enterprises can trust and reduce the time and costs of security audits by 50% or more.

We are a rapidly expanding team based in New York. We were founded in May 2019 and have received investment from top investors including J.P. Morgan, PayPal Ventures, Canapi Ventures, and Bain Capital. We continue to experience dramatic revenue and customer growth.

We’re looking for an Account Executive to join Laika, and our fast-growing sales team.

  • Does being a critical player on an early sales team excite you?
  • Are you motivated to push our sales efforts to the next level?
  • Are you excited to combine your sales expertise with your aspirations and creativity to help us build out and scale our sales playbooks and sales team?
  • Do you have a strong desire to win that pushes you to put in the effort, do the little things, and motivate those around you?

If so, let’s talk.

As a founding member of our sales team, you will help chart the course forward. Your sales calls will be legendary for those that follow in your footsteps. Your closing skills combined with out of the box thinking will push marketing to pump out great content modeled on you. You will be an inspiration to the sales development team and a trusted consultant to prospects.

You will be working with other awesome tech startups, selling to founders and management teams of early- and growth-stage companies. You will help fast growing companies build a rock solid security and compliance foundation to scale growth. One example value prop - streamlining tough procurement processes. You’ve probably experienced the pain of long sales cycles with enterprise buyers and security reviews. We help our customers speed through those processes with a best-in-class compliance program and automation tools. Ultimately, you will help fast growing companies make security & compliance a critical part of their business and differentiation strategy.

Essential day-to-day activities include:

  • Closing five-figure deals in a 3-week to 3-month sales cycle
  • Managing a pipeline of prospects from sales development rep efforts, several inbound channels, and your own proactive prospecting efforts
  • Teaming up with the sales development team to help develop their sales skills
  • Working closely with marketing and sales operations to identify new content, messaging, potential channels, and sales enablement tools
  • Refining and developing sales processes that can be scaled as we grow
  • You will play a vital role in growing our revenue and building systems and processes to exponentially scale based on your example.

What we are looking for:
We’re looking for a talented and hungry sales professional committed to win and eager to roll up their sleeves to build a great company. As one of the early sales hires, we’re looking for a curious, self-starter with passion, grit, and strong bias towards action. Someone that is flexible and excited by an entrepreneurial, fast-moving environment.

The ideal candidate has 2-6 years of experience, either in:

  • B2B sales, prospecting and closing new business in SMB and/or Enterprise markets; or
  • Infosec or compliance consulting at a top firm, looking to get into B2B sales

Required:

  • Proven track record of success ideally selling into tech startups
  • Outstanding communicator with a demonstrated strength in writing
  • Creative thinker, innovative and resourceful in both your ideas and methods, possessing a get-it-done mentality, unafraid to take risks
  • Intellectually curious, self-starter and fast learner that can understand complex technical issues
  • Obsessive about delivering results, winning and over-achieving
  • Strong analytical and organization skills with attention to detail and experience managing a pipeline and tracking sales activities in a CRM (Salesforce preferred)
  • Experience with SaaS sales tools (e.g. Salesforce, Salesloft, etc.) and techniques (e.g. MEDDIC, Challenger Sale, Value-based Selling, Sandler, etc)

Really nice to have:

  • Experience in compliance or information security
  • Experience at a Series A or Series B B2B SaaS company

Compensation:

  • The on target earnings for this position are between $160,000 - $200,000
  • Immediate access to healthcare, dental, and vision 
  • Early equity in a fast-growing company
  • Hybrid work from home model (or remote)
  • Unlimited PTO
  • $800 stipend for home office equipment
  • Quarterly wellness stipend
  • Dog friendly office
  • Paid courses and certifications

Equal Opportunity

Laika provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Even if you feel you don’t meet every requirement, consider applying! Laika acknowledges the research which shows that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs when they don’t meet all of the stated qualifications. However, we’re looking for authentic innovators to blaze new trails and you just may be the right person for this or another role.

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