K-12 Sales Specialist (Food Broker)

72% Flex
Full Remote
Mid-level (2-5 years)
Remote from:Kentucky (USA)
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K-12 Sales Specialist (Food Broker)

72% Flex
Remote: Full Remote
Experience: Mid-level (2-5 years)
Work from: Kentucky (USA)...

Offer summary

Qualifications:

3-5 years experience in K-12 food industry, Experience in consultative selling.

Key responsabilities:

  • Developing sales in assigned K-12 market
  • Creating event/activity plans for accounts
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Affinity Group, Sales & Marketing Agency

Food & BeveragesSMEhttp://www.affinitysales.com/
501 - 1000 Employees

Job description

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K-12 Sales Specialist (Food Broker)

The Affinity Group is seeking a K-12 Sales Specialist to make their mark in our Texas Valley market.

Who we’re looking for:

We're searching for a motivated outside sales pro that is passionate about the K-12 food industry. This position will report to the Southwest Director of K-12 Segment Sales.

The candidate must have experience in K-12 education. Those with a background within K-12 food service and/or K-12 cafeteria operations management will be given top priority.  

The selected talent should possess a progressive and consultative selling approach, with a proven ability to influence without authority and be an effective communicator at all levels. You'll be responsible for sales development for an assigned K-12 market. Activity includes, but is not limited to prospecting, lead generation, managing the sales pipeline, and influencing decision-makers to improve K-12 nutrition.

Our Segment Specialists are goal-getters and passionate “foodies”. To be set up to win, Segment Specialists should have a demonstrated success in outside business development, consultative selling, and/or account relationship management. This position will unleash their proven skills in relationship selling and are not apprehensive about courageously asking for the business to produce outcomes.

The most proficient Segment Specialists will leverage their exceptional communication and creativity skills to present and showcase the incredible food brands our agency represents.

Who We Are:

Your Bridge to Local | Why Our People Love Affinity Group

The Affinity Group is one of the fastest-growing food sales and marketing agencies, with a national presence throughout North America and Canada. We represent some of the most recognizable and well-regarded food brands in the industry. 

Supported by the corporate sales support team, you’ll be part of a team that drives brand awareness and increases market demand for our clients. Affinity Group brings decades of expertise and a consultative system that is tailored for a localized approach.

A typical week might include the following:

  • Strategy and Execution. You’ll be consistently identifying and implementing event/activity plans for your assigned accounts, building awareness of our client's unique value proposition while presenting features and benefits for the lines we represent to drive inquiry generation. You’ll be using your unique ability to influence high-impact partnerships for your market while diving down to 'street level' to execute the daily work via informational virtual presentations, calls, emails, and iterating as needed to maximize value to increase cases shipped.
  • Partner and Influencer. Through a variety of mediums, you will use your passion for serving others to provide exceptional sales presentations with a consultative approach for prospective K-12 foodservice directors, school board members, charter organizations, and food service associates, along with local community advocacy groups.
  • Heart and Hustle. This position will have a local office base, combined with working remotely, and ambitious targets! Working independently, you will leverage your out-of-the-box critical thinking skills to support prospective Affinity Group clients through the selling cycle, CRM system, data integrity, and guiding prospects on the right path towards a successful purchasing experience.

The role might be right for you if you have:

  • Credibility. 3-5 years experience preferably with a food sales and marketing agency, along with food service management in K-12, or with a national food manufacturer.
  • Outstanding time management skills. In this role, you’ll wear many hats, so you’ll need to show that not only that you’ve honed your time management skills, but you’re savvy in prioritizing competing priorities even while traveling from location to location.
  • Clear communication skills. You can explain just about anything to anyone and you’re comfortable communicating in person, in writing (professionally, no typos), and on the phone. You’ll also need to have incredibly well-developed listening skills.
  • Self-motivation and driven to succeed. You raise your hand for new challenges without waiting to be asked. You’re the type that takes ownership of the time you spend with Affinity Group clients and making a difference as their perceived business partner.
  • High emotional intelligence. In this role, you’ll interact with a diverse range of Affinity Group clients and business partners, each within unique circumstances. You’ll also be establishing key partner relationships to develop and nurture. A proven ability to demonstrate empathy is key to success in this role and discovering unknown needs.
  • A valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and a flexible schedule. This role requires daily travel throughout your territory. Some industry events might require overnights during the food trade show season.
  • Computer literacy. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (required), CRM systems, along with the ability to effectively use virtual presentation tools such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and other cloud-based solutions.

Bonus points if you possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Relevant industry related professional experience
  • Experience working with CRM systems

What to expect:

  • The typical work week: Monday through Friday
  • During the food trade show season, the position requires the ability to stand for extended periods, with the ability to safely lift case goods (20-25 lbs.).  
  • Travel: Position requires daily motor vehicle travel to assigned locations.

How We Make Room for You

  • Health & Wellness: Medical, vision, and dental insurance plans
  • Company life insurance, supplemental insurance, and short/long term benefits
  • 401(k) Retirement plan
  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)
  • Paid Time Off & Company Holidays

 

 

The Affinity Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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Soft Skills

  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Proactive, self-motivated, high emotional intelligence

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