Sales Associate - Outside Sales - Lakeland/Winterhaven, Fl
Gordon Food Service - Lakeland, FL

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Are you looking for a new opportunity with a strong, stable and financially smart company? Do you want the opportunity for advancement in your career? If so, Gordon Food Service could be the place for you; for more than a century we have been honoring our promises to our customers and employees. As one of the largest privately held foodservice distributors in North America, our family-owned company has a history of pursuing innovative ideas and building strong relationships.

The continued growth of current and new markets allows for the addition of new talent to join our team. We’re seeking great people looking for professional and personal growth and a place to make a difference in people’s lives. If you are interested in joining an innovative, supportive, values-driven company, we invite you to consider a career with Gordon Food Service.

The Sales Associate position is designed to be the first step into the organization, giving you the skills and experience needed to begin a successful career within the Gordon Food Service organization.

This role provides assistance to the Customer Development Specialist (CDS) in providing business-consulting services to strengthen customer relationships and grow profitable sales.

Some of the responsibilities of this position include:
Present the “first impression” and continually delivering the Gordon Food Service story and image to all of our customers

Travel throughout the assigned route, providing coverage for all Customer Development Specialists (CDS) as appropriate

Gain understanding of broker relationships to assist in key customer assignments

Help facilitate the delivery of marketing materials

Assist and participate in customer events and market segment shows

Deliver products to customers as needed

Assist with the demonstration of products and discussion of applications

Gain expertise in the area of sales consultation to ensure sales process development

Verify orders with customers, including receiving information and credits if needed

Observe the management of accounts receivable process

Participate with the Customer Development Specialist in business reviews, negotiations, understanding and use of market research

Serve existing accounts as assigned by the CDS

Requirements of the Position:
Demonstrate ability to be a strategic thinker, innovative planner, and how you use creativity to build relationships, network, and link resources

Enthusiastic about meeting the diverse needs of our valued customers

High school diploma or GED equivalent - required

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Sales, or Marketing – preferred

Must maintain a valid state Driver’s License and safe driving record

One year previous sales, business, or foodservice experience, or the equivalent combinations of education, training, and experience

Strong interest in the foodservice, food business practices, and food preparation are a must to be successful in this role

Comprehensive communication skills

Self-driven, working effectively within a team or on your own

Exceed sales goal achievement and performance measurements

Must be able to travel extensively throughout the region

What we offer our employees here at GFS:
A philosophy of “what matters to you, matters to us” at work in our environment

Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance

Short/Long-Term Disability

Time-off Benefits

Generous 401k matching program

Flexible spending

Profit Sharing

A Legacy of Excellence. A Future of Opportunity.

Gordon Food Service is an equal opportunity employer.