Customer Service Representative

Black Box Network Services Houston, TX

Responsible for exceptional front line client support by providing Tier 1 technical support through analyzing and troubleshooting technical problems and resolving relatively simple hardware, software, network and connectivity problems via several methods (phone, e-mail, instant message, automated alarms, etc.). Responsible for client validation, initial service ticket creation and prioritization, basic troubleshooting and resolving open incidents in the help desk as the first level of client service delivery; also performed on site for Key Accounts as designated. Document and triage the request by solving or escalating the request to Tier 2 technical support staff. Ensure help desk services are delivered to clients in a high quality and professional manner consistent with company initiatives, client expectations as well as internal and external SLAs.


Primary Roles & Responsibilities:

* Initial point of contact for clients requiring technical troubleshooting experience on hardware, software, network and connectivity issues.

* Identify, research, analyze, diagnose, resolve and close first level technical problems in a quality and timely manner.

* Escalate irresolvable issues requiring Tier 2 support assistance within prescribed service levels and procedures for problem resolution in matters of greater complexity.

* Monitor service desk tickets volume and ensure timely closure of all assigned tickets.

* Utilize service delivery management and related technology systems and tools for efficient execution of service desk activities.

* Utilize escalation and exception paths, processes and systems to report current performance and make recommendations for improvement of performance.

* Analyze ticket data to identify and implement lessons learned, efficiencies and enhanced client service.

* Continuously expand, research and leverage knowledge of technology, market and industry trends and benchmarking to identify, recommend and implement best practices, methodologies and relevant analytics.

* Continuously develop and enhance knowledge, skills and abilities through various learning channels to expand technical and non-technical capabilities. Ensure further expansion of skill-set in the products & services that BBOX supports.

* Meet all financial performance objectives for area of responsibility and take corrective action as needed.

* Implement and make recommendations to improve methodologies, core competencies and processes for the service desk to ensure stable and quality product & service delivery consistent with company objectives and client expectations.

* Maintain and enhance a strong client service-oriented environment focused on problem prediction, detection and resolution. Proactively identify and remove barriers to meeting client expectations. Provide timely documentation of issues, action plan and outcome. Achieve all client satisfaction objectives and internal and external SLAs.

* Actively and consistently recommend and support all efforts to improve, simplify, automate and enhance day to day service delivery operations and the client experience.

* Foster and contribute toward collaborative working relationships within NACS operations and across all levels and departments of the organization to execute service desk functions and company priorities.

* Achieve performance targets established by leadership for applicable Key Performance Indicators.

* Perform other duties as assigned by management.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Accountability - Demonstrates an understanding of the link between one's own job responsibilities and overall organizational goals and needs, and performs one's job with the broader goals in mind. Looks beyond the requirements of one's own job to offer suggestions for improvements of overall organization operations. Takes personal ownership in organization's success.

Customer Focus - Demonstrates concern for meeting internal and external customers' needs in a manner that provides satisfaction for the customer. Considers the impact on the external customer when taking action, setting policies or carrying out one's own job tasks. Looks for external trends that are likely to shape the wants and needs of customers in the near future. Looks for creative approaches to providing or improving services that may increase efficiency and decrease cost.

Decision Making - Makes good decisions using a combination of analysis, knowledge, experience, and judgment. Analyzes and distinguishes core problems by looking at the symptoms. Resolves key issues behind major problems in the short term while developing and executing long term solutions. Has a strong record for making decisions that are correct and accurate. Applies strategies to implement effective decision making during crises.

Interpersonal Relationships - Demonstrates appropriate and professional behavior at all times. Uses a high degree of tact and diplomacy in working with others. Models and exercises sound judgment regarding personal conduct. Is aware of one's own style or preference and its impact on others. Earns the respect of others.

Problem Solving and Critical Thinking - Builds a logical approach to address problems or opportunities or manage the situation at hand by drawing on own knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary. Undertakes a complex task by breaking it down into manageable parts in a systematic, detailed way. Identifies the information needed to solve a problem effectively. Gets input from internal/external contacts who are closest to the problem.


Education / Experience Requirements

* High School Diploma required; Associates Degree in Information Technology or related, preferred.

* 1+ years of customer service or technical support experience. Technology Services or Managed Service Provider industry experience preferred.

* Possess an understanding of various technology solutions such as network management systems, network connectivity and security, unified communications and wireless technology preferred.

* Service awareness of all organization's key product and service offerings for which support is being provided.

* Ability to listen to and understand client requirements and individual preferences with successful track record of ability to develop creative and innovative solutions.

* Excellent problem solving skills with demonstrated success in root cause analysis.

* Demonstrated experience of continuously expanding and leveraging knowledge of technology, market and industry trends with success in identifying, recommending and implementing best practices and methodologies.

* Ability to work effectively across all functional groups to optimize product & service offerings, fostering a seamless internal and external client experience and track record of timely and accurate issue resolution.

* Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Outlook, SharePoint, ERP, service delivery management tools such as ServiceNow and related cloud based technology systems.

Black Box is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with federal, state and local laws, Black Box does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status, and endorses those policies and practices which seek to recruit, hire, train and promote the most qualified persons into available jobs.

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