Sales Training Manager in Vancouver, WA at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 3/21/2020

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Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a company focused on hydroponic and controlled environment growing. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world. 

We are looking for a Sales Training Manager who will grow at our Vancouver, WA Hawthorne Gardening Co Headquarters.

This role will focus on leading our learning and development strategy, managing its implementation and measuring its impact within our sales organization.

In this role you will:

  • Responsible for the design of sales training programs for the Hawthorne sales organization covering content relevant to our products, solutions and other issues relevant to our customers in the indoor/outdoor gardening industry.

  • Ensures that training materials and programs are current, accurate, and effective through partnership with internal technical personnel and other stakeholders.

  • Obtains and develops effective training materials utilizing a variety of media and internal/external content sources.

  • Assists in the collection of competitive product information and industry knowledge for dissemination to sales associates through training and other means.

  • Maintains knowledge of new methods and techniques for training, and training requirements applicable to the Hawthorne sales organization and the indoor/outdoor gardening industry.

  • Identifies problems and opportunities such as operational changes or industry developments that training could improve.

  • Creates, organizes, plans, and presents various forms of training, including sales onboarding, orientation, and skills and product training for sales associates and customers.

  • Collaborates with business and talent management partners as well as third-party training providers to arrange employee registration for and participation in any outside training programs.

  • Ensures that sales & product training milestones and goals are met while adhering to approved training budget.

  • Conducts follow-up studies of all completed training to evaluate and measure results.

  • Maintains records of training and development activities, attendance, results of tests and assessments, and retraining requirements.

  • Performs other related duties as required.

  • Leverage and work alongside intercompany partners in various training departments to leverage and improve upon existing company training platforms

A qualified person will have:

  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Human Resources, Training and Development, or a related field required

  • At least two years of training experience required

  • A proven track record of training program development and management 

  • Experience with and an established understanding of how to grow plants indoors in a controlled environment or greenhouse.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • Ability to travel.  Up to 50% of travel time to reach training locations and personnel.

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • Fitness club reimbursement ($350/ Individual & $500/Family)

  • Starting day one, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes four employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and Scotts Young Professionals.

  • Generous vacation day policy in addition to 11 holidays

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.