Careers - Field Sales

Our sales team consists of ten hugely dedicated people, who go above and beyond to support each other and their accounts. Whether visiting customers, on the road prospecting, attending meetings or events, the focus is a customer centric one, building loyalty and long-standing relationships.

Business Development Manager

Location: Central London
Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £35,000 – 40,000 + Bonus

The Role

The Savona team consists of hugely dedicated people, who go above and beyond to support each other and put the customers first and at the heart of everything we do.

We operate across 20 counties spanning from the Midlands, Southeast and Southwest. Our plans include providing the best and most efficient service, making maximum use of technology. In 2019 we pioneered the industry with a cutting-edge online ordering platform, adopting Artificial Intelligence – a first in UK foodservice. We continue to make ground breaking efforts such as this to retain our stance for our customers and leading in digital innovation.

In short, we aim to be the friendly face of foodservice, and create long-standing relationships that make our customers smile, and help build their profits. Our knowledge and wealth of experience go far beyond product delivery.

You Role as a Business Development Manager

The success of Savona is due entirely to our employees. We are seeking a Business Development Manager to join our expanding field team, managing your own geographical area. We’d love to hear from you if you are ready to take your sales career to the next level, get rewarded for great performance and take advantage of our flexible and career growth opportunities that come with every role at Savona.

What you’ll do as a Business Development Manager

This a field-based Business Development Manager role. You will be expected to manage and grow your existing customers, find prospects and win new business within your defined geographical area. You will aim to exceed sales and margin targets, and identify category gaps, set objectives, and successfully secure new sales to existing customers to maximise average drop value. You will report to the Sales Director and will be supported by a designated customer service advisor.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Achieve sales and margin targets
  • Win & retain profitable new business
  • Retain and grow existing customer sales and margins
  • Ensure regular customer contact to achieve outstanding customer service
  • Work with internal departments and suppliers to maximise sales, margins and product knowledge
  • Have a good understanding of your geographical target area to grow reputation and suggest ideas to the business
  • Ensure all relevant administrative and reporting requirements are fulfilled within deadlines set

What makes a great Business Development Manager?

  • You will be an excellent communicator, able to adapt your approach for different customers and remain clam under pressure
  • Because you care about customers, you’ll pay attention to the details and take pride in doing a great job
  • A proven track record of account management and prospecting new accounts within the foodservice sector
  • Catering product knowledge and a good understanding of the leisure and hospitality industry
  • Strong negotiations skills. With the ability to influence confidently across all levels
  • You love working with people, whether its building great relationships with colleagues or providing amazing service to our customers
  • Organised, passionate and energetic, with excellent people skills and a customer-centric approach
  • PC literate (training will be given on internal systems)
  • Sound commercial awareness and business acumen

You will be offered continued professional development as well as a great package including a competitive salary, company car, life assurance, pension scheme, mobile phone, tablet and laptop.

Employee Benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • Reward and recognition scheme
  • Long service awards
  • Company Pension scheme
  • Death in service benefit
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to discounted food

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV to our Director karl.blackford@savona.co.uk. For an informal discussion about the role, please call him on 01271 862569.

Applications close on 09th May 2022. We reserve the right to close applications earlier than this date and we may not be able to confirm whether your application will result in an interview.

Business Development Manager

Location: South West
Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

Location: Field Sales Plymouth to Exeter

This is a field-based Business Development Manager role. You will be expected to manage and upsell to existing customers, find prospects and win new business within your defined geographical area.

You will aim to exceed sales and margin targets, and identify category gaps, set objectives, and successfully secure new sales to existing customers to maximise average drop value. You will report to the Sales Director, and will be supported by a designated customer service advisor.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Achieve sales and margin targets
  • Win & retain profitable new business
  • Retain and grow existing customer sales and margins
  • Ensure regular customer contact to achieve outstanding customer service
  • Work with internal departments and suppliers to maximise sales, margins and product knowledge
  • Have a good understanding of your geographical target area to grow reputation and suggest ideas to the business
  • Ensure all relevant administrative and reporting requirements are fulfilled within deadlines set

 Ideal Candidate:

  • Experience and evidence of account management and prospecting new accounts within the foodservice sector – winning and growing new business, retention, gross margin and sales growth.
  • Product knowledge
  • Organised, passionate and energetic, with excellent people skills and a customer-centric approach
  • PC literate (training will be given on internal systems)
  • Sound commercial awareness and business acumen

You will be offered continued professional development as well as a great package including a competitive salary, company car, life assurance, pension scheme, mobile phone, tablet and laptop.

Employee Benefits

Competitive Salary

Reward and recognition scheme

Long service awards

Company Pension scheme

Death in service benefit

Employee Assistance Programme

Access to discounted food

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV to our Director karl.blackford@savona.co.uk. For an informal discussion about the role, please contact her on 01271 862569.

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