GreenLeaf, the leading produce and specialty food distributor serving over 1000 of the greater San Francisco Bay Area’s finest restaurants, hotels, caterers and corporations, is seeking its next Inside Sales Representative. This position is a great opportunity for a food industry professional who is ready to advance their career and make a significant impact in the local food community.
The Inside Sales Representative (ISR) is responsible for managing and developing the account sales within their territory. He or she will achieve their goals by increasing market share in existing accounts and collaborating with the Outside Sales Representative to acquire and onboard new accounts. The ISR will achieve his/her goals by using excellent communication skills to present Greenleaf’s products to chefs/buyers, and consistently close each business opportunity. The ideal candidate must have strong food and restaurant industry knowledge, be self-motived and highly driven to succeed. If you enjoy working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and thrive on interacting with a broad range of people then this may be the perfect job for you.
Phone and email sales -- The position requires constant communication with customers, building and maintaining relationships, and utilizing those relationships to grow sales. Must be willing to meet with customers in person as needed.
Anticipate product and service issues before they arise; inform customers about product shortages and other service issues; provide substitute options and increase order size via suggestive selling
Communicate professionally and effectively with customers and fellow employees
Collaborate with internal departments: Customer Service, Operations, Delivery, and Buying to ensure that customers receive optimal service
Existing account development: Must be able to anticipate and/or solve problems as they arise, and at the same time build business in existing accounts by making compelling product presentations and selling on value
Support the sales department with additional projects or tasks as needed. This requires the ability to manage long-term projects with specific processes, milestone and goals.
Restaurant or food industry experience preferred
Minimum of 2 years proven success in a sales or customer service role
Must have the ability to work in a fast paced, flexible environment; be able to proactively influence a chef’s buying behavior, and also quickly react to customer needs
Possess above-average food product knowledge, especially produce, cheese, and specialty foods
Excellent time management and organizational skills, with strong attention to detail
Ability to make effective sales presentations to purchasers: Chefs, managers and business owners
Restaurant industry networking is preferred to build/maintain relationships with a variety of business stakeholders, and utilize those relationships to grow sales
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Problem solving; must be able to overcome challenging situations by finding the win-win solution
Project management; manage longer-term projects with targeted objectives, milestones and goals
Strong negotiation skills
Comfort and proficiency in business applications (MS Outlook, Word, Excel, CRM)
Shift: This is a full time position.
We offer a great total compensation package, competitive wages and bonus incentive program. Our generous benefit offering includes, medical, dental, vision, 401(k) retirement, life insurance, long-term disability, paid holidays and personal time off. Join our GreenLeaf family today by applying now:
Monday – Friday 8a.m. – 4p.m.