Area Vice President

Location US-IL-Chicago
# Positions

Position Description

At a Glance


Legrand has an exciting opportunity for an Area Vice President to join the Lighting Sector Focal Point Team in Chicago, IL. Focal Point is seeking an Area Vice President to promote brand preference for Focal Point, LLC products. Collaborating with the Vice President of Sales, this person will be responsible for developing and maintaining key specifiers, customer relationships and connectivity, while growing market share in the Central Region of North America within the lighting design community. The successful candidate will be responsible for maximizing sales volumes and will work closely with agency principals, sales representatives and specifiers while partnering with Focal Point’s local North Central Regional Sales Manager to develop plans for growing the Central market.


The Area Vice President is an energetic, passionate individual with a proven track record of success in the lighting industry and maintains a high degree of integrity.  This person must have the desire to make a real difference in the industry and is currently living in the north central region near a major airport or willing to relocate to Chicago.


What Will You Do?

  • Responsible for product specifications through the development of relationships with specifiers and sales representatives while managing expectations for agent goals.
  • Understand lighting industry, product and market trends to create and maintain strong relationships with all relevant parties, companies, institutions, and people, paying attention to market needs.
  • Grow profitable sales in the assigned territory. Achieve annual and quarterly deployment targets.
  • Identify and generate new opportunities and build the Focal Point, LLC brand.
  • Responsible for launching all new products into the market: confidently and knowledgeably present new products, highlighting their features and benefits.
  • Technical understanding of Lighting Fixtures and product application: answer customer requests regarding products, budgetary pricing, and technical modifications.
  • Understand market pricing and competitive landscape.
  • Integrate Market Sales strategy with Focal Point Sales strategy.
  • Responsible for achieving the customer and territory forecast.
  • Build strong internal relationships with engineering, customer service, purchasing, finance, Marketing and other key members of the organization.
  • Determine customer product needs while in the field and aligning those needs with existing products and new products under development.
  • Target and contact key architects, lighting designers, specifiers, and develop positive relationships to secure specifications and sales of our integrated lighting solutions.
  • Regularly report on key accomplishments and monitor key metrics to identify areas for improvement.
  • Maintain customer and prospect data including contacts, status on outstanding commitments, meeting notes, etc. Weekly reporting to leadership at Focal Point for automated marketing and future CRM implementation.
  • Responsible for agent training on all new products, as well as ongoing support with presenting and selling products and services to agent in a manner to maximize sales.
  • Responsible for obtaining market feedback/research on new product concepts and reporting this data to Marketing and Product Managers for the successful development of new products.


Required Skills



  • Required – B.S. in Architecture, Engineering or Design preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in lighting design preferred.
  • Must demonstrate an exceptional understanding of various aspects of the architectural lighting.
  • Must have knowledge of I.E.S. standards for lighting and lighting design.
  • Should act as the resident expert on issues such as design aesthetics, market trends, photometry.
  • Possesses strong technical skills as it relates to new technologies.
  • Must have excellent presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and business relationships.
  • Willing to travel 65%.
  • The ideal candidate will have an understanding of strategic planning, sales and marketing experience. This individual must be able to establish goals, formulate strategies, execute plans, and achieve the ultimate results. 


  • Must possess strong leadership, relationship-building, and relationship management skills.
  • Must have outstanding oral, written and verbal communication/presentation skills, as well as strong negotiation skills and closing techniques.
  • Must possess strong business acumen.
  • CRM Savvy.
  • Adaptive Thinking.

Company Info

About Legrand

Representing more than 150 years of innovation, Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Our purpose is improving lives by transforming the spaces where people live, work and meet with electrical and digital infrastructures and connected solutions that are simple, innovative and sustainable. Every day, over 39,000 Legrand employees work hard to enhance the buildings of tomorrow. Legrand is a global, publicly traded company listed on the Euronext (Legrand SA EPA: LR) with revenue of €7 billion, and products sold in 180 countries. For more information, visit


About Legrand North and Central America

Legrand North and Central America (LNCA) employs over 6,500 associates in 50 locations, working across six divisions/sector: Audio Visual, Building Controls Systems, Data Power and Controls, Electrical Wiring Systems, and Lighting.  We hold a leading position in every North American market we serve and focus on exceeding our customers’ needs within the commercial, residential, and industrial industries. LNCA offers comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage, as well as distinctive benefits like a high employer 401K match, above-benchmark paid maternity and parental leave, paid time off to volunteer, and an active/growing Employee Resource Group network.  LNCA is an employee-centered, growing company with tremendous opportunity.  For more information, visit


About Legrand’s Lighting Sector

Legrand’s Lighting Sector consists of five lighting brands; Pinnacle, Finelite, Focal Point, and OCL which focus on architectural, decorative, and downlighting and Kenall which focuses on lighting for demanding environments.  We employ a talented group of employees that love lighting to design and manufacture high performance, energy efficient LED lighting solutions for applications in commercial, educational, healthcare, as well as challenging environments such as tunnels and correctional facilities.  With an eye toward sustainable design, our focus is on specification-oriented products and solutions that meet the functional needs of spaces while working in harmony with the designer’s vision for those spaces. We work with architects, engineers, and contractors to supply lighting built specifically for their client’s projects. 


Equal Opportunity Employer


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