We are looking to add a Sales Account Manager to the team to be responsible for the development of independent restaurants and other related food service businesses through new sales and account penetration.

About the Sales Account Manager

You:

You are passionate about the food world. You keep your eye out on all the delicious foods and share the next great food, product, restaurant you love to anyone that will listen!
You are engaging and approachable at all times – with clients, customers, fellow staff, you name it
You have previous experience working in the food industry (preferably in sales, but not required)
Responsibilities also include (but are not limited to):

Identify prospective customers and new opportunities within existing accounts
Utilize a consultative, relationship-focused approach to drive sales and meet profit targets in assigned geographic areas and priority customers
Work with talented chefs on a daily basis, becoming familiar with their expectations
Generate new business through networking, publications, cold calling and referrals
Prepare and execute sales strategies which are in-line with both customer needs and company goals
Perform administrative duties such as preparing proposals, reporting, and maintaining account information in the CRM
Maintain a high level of customer satisfaction through frequent, high-quality interactions
Other areas of knowledge and learning include: Inventory management, on-farm production practices, sustainable farming techniques and in-depth product knowledge (varieties, cooking applications, taste, and seasonality)
Work as a team player and effective communicator with management, peers, customers and vendors in a timely and respectful manner.
Requirements:

Strong food knowledge and experience with quality full-service restaurants
Outside sales experience
Superior knowledge of Midwest produce/meat/cheese/dairy a plus
Account management and project planning skills
Existing relationships in Chicago restaurant and food distribution spaces a plus
Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
Detail oriented, self-motivated and enthusiastic
Proven track record on relationship building
High-level presentation skills; able to present ideas to customers in a way that produces understanding and impact
Able to exercise good judgment in determining workflow, priorities, and time/territory management
A car, valid driver’s license and driving record in good standing
Bilingual (Spanish) a plus
Benefits

Have a direct impact on growing Local Foods!
Employee benefits including health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance options
Great employee discounts on products in the Market

This position is open immediately.  To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@localfoods.com. In your cover letter, we’d like to know why you want to join Local Foods and any relevant skills you have for the position. We look forward to hearing from you!

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO): It is the policy of Local Foods that all employees and applicants be afforded equal opportunities in employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, or retaliation for engaging in an EEO protected activity. The Company prohibits discrimination or harassment based on any of these categories, as well as on age, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, military service, or any other bases protected under applicable local, state, or federal law.

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