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Direct Sales Representative

Posted by Paragon Foods on 6 Oct 2017 | Share

Job basics

  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio 44129
  • Country: US
  • Industry Types: Distributor
  • Categories: Sales
  • Foods: Vegetables/Fruit
  • Employment Type: Full-Time
  • Reports to: Sales Director
  • # of Direct Reports: 0
  • Benefits: Health Insurance, Retirement Plan, Vehicle Allowance
 
Job Description

Paragon Foods, located in Warrendale, PA, is the premier distributor of fresh and specialty foods to the restaurant and foodservice industry in Western Pennsylvania. In addition to fresh produce, Paragon provides premium quality dairy, fresh meats, seafood and epicurean products to restaurants, hospitals, universities and K-12 schools, clubs and corporate dining clients throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia.

 

This position will be based in Northeast Ohio, serving a territory from approximately Elyria (W) to PA (E) to Canton (S). The ideal candidate will be based somewhere that provides easy access to this entire territory. Occasional travel to Paragon’s Warrendale location will be required.

The Direct Sales Representative (DSR) position is responsible for selling fresh and specialty food products to food service establishments. DSRs are responsible for maintaining existing business relationships and securing new customers. The majority of each day is spent in an assigned territory seeking out new business opportunities or meeting with current customers to make certain their expectations are being met/exceeded.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution, OR 4 years professional experience in outside sales, customer service, or chef level food service, OR Education such as an Associate's Degree or culinary training plus professional experience in outside sales, customer service, or chef-level food service totaling 4 years.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Proficient with MS Office products, particularly Outlook and Excel.

about Paragon Foods

Our Passion
Real. Fresh. Food. It’s what we do, and we’re proud to be obsessive about it. We strive every day to inspire our customers with hyper-fresh, authentically delicious foods delivered in the purest and safest form possible. Our most demanding partners—the chefs, restaurateurs and retail buyers committed to quality above all else—are the lifeblood of our company. It is an honor to be the chosen purveyor of Pittsburgh’s finest and busiest restaurants, the region’s largest hospitals and several of the best colleges and universities in the country.


Our Work
Paragon is the premier distributor of fresh and specialty foods to the restaurant and foodservice industry in Western Pennsylvania. The company operates a newly constructed, 88,000 square foot distribution facility in Warrendale, PA, located 18 miles north of Pittsburgh. In addition to fresh produce, Paragon provides premium quality dairy, fresh meats, seafood and epicurean products to restaurants, hospitals, universities and K-12 schools, clubs and corporate dining clients throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia.

JustCut, our GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) certified fresh cut produce division, operates a state-of-the-art production facility attached to our distribution center. With the demand for precut fruits and vegetables skyrocketing, we figure the best way to deliver value for our customers is to produce the stuff every day, mostly to-order, so they get only the freshest product with maximum shelf life.


Our Past, Present and Future
Founded in 1962 by Joseph Bellin, Paragon is a third-generation, family owned company with a proven track record of more than 50 years. Elaine Bellin, Joe’s granddaughter and Paragon’s CEO, combines more than 30 years of business experience with the unique passion of a self-described “food brat”. Under Elaine’s leadership, Paragon has grown from a small foodservice distributor to the premier supplier of fresh and specialty foods in Western Pennsylvania.

With the addition of JustCut, Paragon now supplies both foodservice and retail customers with uniquely fresh pre-cut produce. We work with customers ranging from the region’s largest grocery store chains and wholesalers to the trendiest independent restaurants to create proprietary cuts and blends that inspire extraordinary eating experiences for their customers.

As we continue to grow and diversify, Paragon will add more fresh offerings while reaching further into the specialty arena to give customers access to those hard-to-find, authentically delicious foods that make restaurant menus unique and retail shelves enticing.