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LiveOak Venture Partners

Public Sector Account Executive - DOD



Sales & Business Development
United States · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Open Source has taken over the world of software development; however, the largest trade-off still persists: security. Companies spend an enormous amount of time and resources patching and fortifying open source software in order to ship with confidence & compliance.

Founded by the industry's leading experts on open source software, security and cloud native development, Chainguard has built the largest library of open source software that is secure by default. Customers including Snowflake, Canva, and HPE rely on Chainguard to build securely with open source software across the organization.

Chainguard is the safe source for open source.

About Us

We live and breathe our company values:

We are customer obsessed - Our true advantage is the strength of our relationships with customers through collaboration, empathy, and responsiveness. We establish trust as we educate, advocate, and listen to their needs. Our focus is on delivering solutions to our customers that create value and make their lives better.

We have a bias for intentional action - We’re a start-up and we need to move fast. However we need to move fast through intentional action to make sure we’re able to deliver quickly and efficiently on what is most impactful to our collective success. We prioritize, plan, try things, and fail fast. We think about how what we do impacts other teams and communicate our progress - owning the whole solution from start to finish. If we move fast enough, we can make two or three mistakes, learn, and correct them before competitors even make their first decision.

We don’t take ourselves too seriously (but we do serious work) - Though we are solving an important problem which takes focus and a degree of seriousness, we don’t take ourselves too seriously while we do. We laugh, have fun, embrace uniqueness, and enjoy the journey. Together.

We trust each other and assume good intentions - We hire great team members and trust them to do their work. We’re transparent with data, news, and decisions - positive or negative - to empower team members to make well informed decisions. Showing up for each other fully means we celebrate each other’s accomplishments as well as give compassionate direct feedback when needed. We always default to assuming good intentions.

The role, in a nutshell:

We’re looking for highly motivated Public Sector Account Executives who have strong Federal knowledge and experience building relationships with key decision makers to evangelize Secure Software Supply Chains. As a founding part of the Public Sector team, you will play a key role in establishing a presence within Federal customer accounts. This is an opportunity for those who are passionate about being a business owner, the customer’s experience, and the Federal mission.

Skills/Job Requirements:

  • Define and Execute Account plan for the (Federal Civilian, Defense, Intelligence) territory
  • Drive the adoption of Chainguard Images to new customers within Accounts
  • Evangelize the value proposition and ROI to prospects and leads
  • Position yourself as a trusted advisor within a government program to effect change
  • Champion our offerings with key stakeholders to drive a project’s future state
  • Collaborate with internal business functions to ensure an exceptional customer experience
  • Leverage community, partner ecosystems, and marketing to drive significant growth
  • Forecast accurately to meet and exceed quota
  • Manage business and track opportunities in SFDC and other supporting tools

Candidate Background:

  • 8+ years of Enterprise Sales Experience in Federal required
  • Competitive/Driven/Doer but Team Player
  • Excellent communication skills verbal and written
  • Must be willing to travel to clients to support sales relationships (25%)
  • Entrepreneurial, Founder Mindset – Strong work ethic, resourceful, and creative

Desired Qualifications:

  • A proven track record in Software SaaS subscription sales, evidenced by quota overachievement and strong Federal customer references
  • A strong sales aptitude and fundamental understanding of the sales process
  • A sound, tech-savvy business acumen and the ability to articulate a compelling value proposition in a complex and evolving business environment
  • Ability to thrive in an agile environment with an ever-evolving set of solution

Bonus Points:

  • Startup experience
  • Domain experience with one or more of the following: Compute platforms (Kubernetes, Docker, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud), DevOps Tooling, CICD platforms (Github, Gitlab, Jenkins) and overall SDLC.

A few of the benefits we offer (for our full time employees):

  • Equity/stock options
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Remote work with flexible coworking and team meetup opportunities
  • Home office and internet stipend
  • 100% health/dental/vision insurance coverage for you and your family

If your experience is close but doesn’t fulfill all requirements, please apply. Chainguard is on a mission to build the best team. To achieve our goal, we are focused on hiring “Guardians'' with unique backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

Chainguard is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, political views or activity, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.

For US based roles - Chainguard participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with employee Form I-9 Information to confirm authorization to work in the U.S. Chainguard, Inc. only uses E-Verify once a candidate has accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9. If E-Verify cannot confirm that an employee is authorized to work, Chainguard, Inc. will give the employee written instructions and an opportunity to contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so the employee can begin to resolve the issue before any adverse employment action is taken. For more information about your right to work, please see the Notice of Right to Work.

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