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Technical Sales Manager

United States, Houston

Automotive Catalysts

Sales & Marketing

About Umicore

To add to our valuable team of dedicated employees, Umicore Catalyst USA, LLC is currently seeking a Technical Sales Manager in our Stationary Catalysis business unit, located at our Houston, Texas (Clear Lake Area) Technical Sales Office.


About us… Reducing harmful emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life. We aim to be a clear world leader in materials for clean mobility and recycling and have turned our sustainability approach into an even greater competitive advantage…To learn more, visit us at and .

About Stationary Catalysis

Umicore Catalysis is the leading supplier of SCR catalyst solutions for Waste to Energy, Engines, Gas Turbines, Biomass, FCC Units and Crackers with more than 1700 SCR installations worldwide. Umicore’s air pollution technology includes a series of unique catalysts for the control of nitrogen oxides (NOx), the reduction of carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from stationary or mobile sources.


Umicore’s Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) series of catalysts are highly efficient with demonstrated capability of reducing over 95% of NOx at a low ammonia slip while operating from 150°C to 600°C.


Umicore’s carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) reduction series of catalysts are also highly efficient with demonstrated capability of oxidizing both CO and VOCs by more than 99%.


Both products can be combined into a single catalyst product, ensuring energy-efficient removal of NOx, CO and VOC from air and waste gas streams. All catalyst series provide a high activity and threshold for poisonous constituents in the flue gas along with the lowest SO2 to SO3 conversion.

Purpose of the Job

The Sales Manager is a key member of the Technical Sales Team. The role pursues leads, develops personal relationships with clients, and maintains a network to generate future sales. The main lead generation occurs through face to face onsite visits and frequent travel. The focus of the role is to reduce pollution and improve the environment.


If you are fascinated by air pollution reduction and have a passion for science this is the role for you. In order to be successful in the position, the right candidate must have expertise and interest in mechanical, process and/or chemical engineering, material science, flow modelling, catalytic reactions, and market analysis. This is your opportunity to join a successful and stable organization. This role will provide the right candidate an exceptional opportunity to learn and develop as a sales professional over the long term.

Principle Accountabilities

Sales Management

Responsible for preparing technical components of proposals utilizing kinetic modelling tools to a predict performance of Stationary Catalyst. Form the foundational elements for projects.
Capacity to develop and maintain long term customer and vendor relationships
Comprehension of the bidding process, payment plans, and delivery terms
Collect market intelligence for strategic planning to develop new products.
Initiate and direct customer terms and conditions reviews. Work closely with the C-Suite  to ensure contracts reduce legal liability and meet industry best practices.


Direct Sales

Strategically pursue high value markets identifying the potential sales in the territory.
Prepare and conduct client visits preparing and presenting technical presentations. Prioritize follow up as appropriate to increase market share. 
Develop client base and expand reference list. Provide technical advice to clients relating to selection, use and operation of catalysts and technologies.

After Sales Management

Provide after sales support to clients trouble-shooting and directing catalyst management and sample testing contracts and proposals.
Perform on-site inspections, and supervise catalyst loading and start up.
Act as a liaison to various internal stakeholders. Providing support for client projects to assist in project execution.
Review and revise sample test reports as appropriate. Providing technical guidance to accurately communicate laboratory results to all parties involved.

Education and Technical Background

Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences (preferred – Bachelor degree in Chemical, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry (Organic, Physical, Environmental)
5 -10 years Plant, Sales and/or large Project Management experience.
5 -10 years of related industry experience within any of the following industries is highly desired for this role: power plants, industrial processes, refineries, chemical plants, bio-mass, and/or waste to energy


Behavioral Competencies:
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with colleagues and customers
Familiarity with working within a diverse group from different backgrounds, different disciplines and with colleagues worldwide
Capable of adhering to a code of ethical conduct


Computer Skills                      
Excellent proficiency with the use of Excel, Word, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint
Expertise of ERP Systems (SAP specific) is preferred
Familiarity with calculation software or estimation tools

What We Offer

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. As you would expect from a world-leading organization, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits.


With all this and more, imagine what you could do?


We offer a full-scale benefits plan, including health insurance, company paid life insurance and short-term disability, dental insurance, vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, voluntary critical illness and accident insurance, a 401K Plan with employer matching, profit-sharing eligibility, and bonuses.  We recognize 11 paid holidays per year and provide a generous allowance for vacation and sick time.

Additional Information

Umicore is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, pregnancy status or other status protected by law.  If you need assistance in applying for this position, please contact the HR department of Umicore Catalyst USA at or by calling 832.226-3771.