Agricultural Sales Professional
JOB TITLE: Agricultural Sales Professional – South West
SALARY & BENEFITS: Earnings in excess of £30k with an established performance-related rewards scheme
WORKING HOURS: 40 hours per week
THE COMPANY: The Smartlist are recruiting for an Agricultural Sales Professional on behalf of an ambitious family-run business, based in the Lancashire countryside near Preston.
With a strong reputation for delivering innovative products to farmers over the last twenty years, their products are based on natural and waste-reduction principles in contrast to chemical approaches often seen in agriculture. The company is very customer-centred and see themselves ‘on the side’ of farmers and the land/animals they serve.
The company has a wide distribution and customer base across the UK including two self-run production facilities in Lancashire: one for small-scale products (including biological additives) and one for large-scale animal bedding production for sale to the local area. In addition, it partners with other farm-run operations in Devon, Gloucestershire and County Durham for local distribution of animal bedding.
The company management style is to guide, support and encourage rather than micro-manage. To thrive in this environment, workmates need to be self-motivated and enthused, with a great work ethic. Everyone is expected to take personal responsibility for their area of work. Collaboration and co-operation among workmates is paramount.
THE ROLE: This Agricultural Sales Professional position will be part-office and part-field based and will be responsible for maintaining an established market in South West England and driving sales growth in the area. This will have a focus on selling of animal bedding produced from the Gloucestershire and Devon production plants (as well as maintaining strong relationships with these sites), and biological additives produced in Lancashire.
Key Responsibilities of the Agricultural Sales Professional based in Barton, near Preston to include:-
- Use the CRM database to retain existing business and turn prospects into customers
- Spend at least one week per month visiting farms in SW England
- Maintain strong relationships with production plants in SW England
- Organise own time to achieve the most number of meaningful calls with prospects/ existing customers
- Communicate effectively with the Operations team (both office-based and production site) to ensure sales are balanced with production
- Update/ upkeep records
- Contribute to a strong customer-centric culture in pursuit of collective sales team expectations
- Participate actively in sales meetings and teleconferences
- Work to deadlines
- Enhance the company's good name with everyone
THE CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate will live within a commutable distance of Barton near Preston and have a full driving licence. In addition to work ethic, motivation, enthusiasm and approachability, you will have experience in both face-to-face and telesales ability. Ideally you will have an interest in farming and be enthused about delivering genuinely innovative products to the market. Finally, you should be willing to learn and get ‘stuck in’ with a participative team at the company.
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Event & Time/ Date
Closing date for applications - 13:00hrs Monday 14 May 2018
Candidates informed of outcome and invited to telephone interviews - Wednesday 16 May 2018
Telephone interviews - 8:00 – 18:00hrs Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Candidates informed of outcome and invited to face to face interviews - Thursday 24th May 2018
Face-to-face interviews - 9:00 – 17:00hrs Wednesday 30th May 2018
Successful candidate appointed - Friday 1st June 2018