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7692 National Account Manager – Garden Centres

Job Title: 7692 National Account Manager – Garden Centres
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Home Based England/Wales
Salary: 40000 - 55000 +bonus + car + benefits
REF: 7692/2017/BD6281
Contact Name: David Beck
Contact Email:
Job Published: almost 4 years ago

Job Description

The Company and the Role:
The Company is one of the UK’s leading independent Foodservice Wholesalers supplying multi temperature products to foodservice clients throughout the UK. They are seeking a National Account Manager to join their National Accounts Team and manage their Destination Leisure Sector including Garden Centres.   The position is permanent and home based.
The Company is a family business established in 1972 which is ambitious with its growth within the delivered foodservice industry. They deliver a great range of multi temperature food products, including their butchery and fresh range to caterers across the country from their strategically placed depots. It's a great place to be and they are proud of their role in supporting their local community.
They are dedicated to creating a great place to work and have achieved a “one to watch” status with best companies for the past 2 consecutive years. Their people are committed to their values, choose their attitude and Think Customer. They work hard and are committed to providing a great service but want to have some fun and development along the way. Their employees often get involved in charity events, attend the Director breakfasts, put forward their ideas for improvement and contribute in the team briefings. Their core business values are: Positive Attitude, Flexibility & Pace, Trust & Integrity and Great Service.
Flexibility is also a key element of their customer proposition they believe in going the extra mile to meet their customers’ expectations, whether it be sourcing bespoke products or adding value with quality insight and expertise.
Key Features of the Role:
As a National Account Manager for the Destination Leisure Sector which primarily includes Garden Centres your job role will be to achieve or exceed sales and margin targets within your defined portfolio of accounts.  Your accounts value will exceed £500k per account and will typically be in a range of £1m – 5m annual turnover. 
Responsibilities of the role are:
• Achieve or exceed ledger financial targets in a manner conducive to maintaining ongoing business.
• Establish strong relationships both externally to include suppliers and internally to maintain business and achieve business goals and targets.
• Represent the Business in the best possible light at all times.
• Ensure Account agreed KPI's are met or exceeded.
• Carry out category reviews to change customer's products or seek product innovation to achieve targets with a high degree of understanding and sympathy to individual customer's needs and requirements.
• Carry out price reviews as scheduled by account with a view to achieving target
• Provide fully detailed product forecasts to Inventory as necessary with a view to achieving KPI’s
• Attend Commercial/Marketing organised events as directed. (Trade Shows/Speed Dating etc.)
Knowledge and Skills:
The successful candidate will be an experienced Regional and / or National Account Manager with experience having been gained with a delivered foodservice wholesaler and specifically in the Destination Leisure Sector including Garden Centres.
You will be a “foodie”, a confident presenter with good food industry knowledge and the ability to build strong foundations with customers ensuring they can provide great Customer Service
You will need to be highly self-motivated person to achieve the goals and targets, able to work efficiently and independently within time constraints and ability to influence others. 
The position is home based but you will ideally be living in the” central belt “of the country. e.g. South of Manchester.
You will have a thorough, in-depth knowledge of client, market and sector trends specific to the Care Sector.
Highly developed analytical skills are essential, as are well developed IT/ PC skills (including Excel), and you must be able to interpret data and information in various formats.
You will be numerate, have excellent presentation and communication skills, be able to communicate at all levels, and be decisive, assertive and persuasive.
You will be innovative and demonstrate originality and creativity in solving problems and meeting the needs of the clients and the sector.
You will enjoy a high level of autonomy and therefore must be highly self-motivated to achieve agreed goals.
You will have strong negotiating skills and able to manage your own time effectively.
You will have the ability to develop and communicate sound commercial arguments, and have a thorough understanding of the cost drivers and their impact on our client’s operations and their customer.
A full driving licence is a prerequisite as there will be a requirement for travel throughout the country at different times.
What’s on Offer?
This is a superb opportunity to join an expanding independently owned company at an exciting stage of its development and to make a real impact within its National Account Team.
Basic salary is negotiable and will be around £40-55k per annum depending upon your experience. In addition, there is a bonus scheme, Company Car, 25 days’ holiday, Staff Discount Scheme, Pension Scheme, Life Assurance, Death in Service, Childcare Vouchers, Savings Scheme and a Staff Lottery.
Please do not apply for this vacancy unless you are an experienced National Account Manager in the foodservice sector.
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