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Territory Manager - Peoria

Primary owner of Customer Relationship:
Develop and grow existing customers and maximize profitable sales; make sales presentations to all customers on an agreed-upon and consistent basis.
Manage deliveries to the routing schedule published by the transportation department; troubleshoot any problems that occur during the order process (e.g., delivery mispicks, short on loads, stock-outs).
Communicate and collect accounts receivable as necessary, working with the credit department and client; collect all balances due based on approved credit terms.
Focused on selling, and engaging customers in value add activities.
Research customer business needs and develop mix of products and service to meet needs; evaluate market trends, recommend products to customers, and utilize sampling and product cuttings, based on business needs and goals.
Answer customers' questions about products, prices, availability, and product uses. Provide product information and practical training to customer personnel.
Be informed of market conditions, product innovations, and competitors' products, prices, and sales; share information with customers as part of value-added services provided.
Leverage other resources to assist with top penetration opportunities and new accounts opening
Develop new business; identify prospective customers by utilizing market intelligence databases, as well as business directories, following leads from existing clients, participating in organizations and clubs, and attending trade shows and conferences.
Participate in division activities (e.g., sales meetings, food shows, promotion programs) in order to promote sales, increase product knowledge, and maintain good customer relations.
Leverage Customer Solutions Coordinators and Sales Coordinators to reduce time on administrative tasks (e.g., special orders) and order-taking, processing credits and pick-up requests.
Leverage Business Solutions Specialists, New Business Managers, Business Development Managers/Specialists, and Culinary Specialists, to promote account penetration and new account acquisition and development.
Perform administrative duties, such as preparing sales budgets and reports, maintaining sales records, preparing price quotes and menu suggestions, and filing reports.
EOE Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status
Education/Training: High School diploma; Bachelor's degree in Business/Marketing or equivalent preferred.
Related Experience: A minimum of one year of sales (foodservice industry preferred) or culinary/restaurant management experience required.
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as customer service and presentation abilities. Should also have demonstrated problem solving ability and negotiation skills. Must have proficient computer skills; will need to be familiar with Microsoft Office products (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint).
Physical Requirements: Frequently outside the office environment working in the field in variable weather and temperature conditions. Some repetitive motion in operating laptop computer. Required to operate motor vehicle and frequently transition from the vehicle. May frequently lift/carry up to 50 lbs and occasionally lift/carry up to 75 lbs.
Candidates who have received a DUI conviction for drug or alcohol within the last three years will not be considered as eligible.



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