Independent Channel Internship

| West Suburbs

Overview

Good people, working with good people, for our common good.

Sound good?

KeHE-a natural, organic, specialty and fresh food distributor-is all about "good" and is growing, so there's never been a more exciting time to join our team. If you're enthusiastic about working in an environment with a people-first culture and an organization committed to good living, good food and good service, we'd love to talk to you!

Primary Responsibilities

The Independent Channel Intern will learn and develop skillsets needed for a successful sales career within the Independent Channel at KeHE.  Working in several key business areas during the internship will offer the candidate experiences in sales, merchandising, customer service, and project management activities. 

Essential Functions

  • Develop selling skills working within the Inside Sales team, managing a group of diverse Independent retailers throughout the country.
  • Generate new business by following up on leads and prospecting for new customers.
  • Obtain in store merchandising, design, and planogram competencies working alongside our Sales Solutions Team.
  • Manage and execute on store proposals and drive new PODs
  • Responsible for innovation and implementing plan-o-grams, educational aids, and merchandising techniques
  • Provide a great customer experience within the Customer Care team learning all facets of customer service and systems
  • Identify, research, and contact customers and build positive relationships that will generate future sales and repeat business.
  • Cross training with Independent Grocery, Natural, and Fresh Sales leaders
  • Partner with the Warehouse Operations, Transportation, and Supply Chain and other teams to ensure understanding of processes between the groups.

Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude

  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Current college student with a focus in Business Administration or Sales & Marketing
  • Past Sales and customer service experience
  • Adept at building partnerships across a wide range of cross functional groups.
  • Advanced skillset in MS Office Suite required
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • DB2Databases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases

Location

Easy commute off of I-88 | Walking distance to variety of cuisine options | LA Fitness in the complex (where you get a major discount) | ample parking

An Insider's view of KeHE Distributors

What’s the vibe like in the office?

KeHE is the perfect blend of hard work and diverse culture while maintaining a vibe that is fun and collaborative. It's not just a group of professionals paid to do the work, but instead everyone is part of a team working towards a common goal.

Moe Khan

Sr. Software Automation Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As the Manager of UI/UX Design, we work alongside & collaborate daily with engineers, product managers, and KeHE stakeholders to advocate UX & consistency across applications. The most exciting part about working for KeHE, besides the great people, is innovation - leading us to deliver high quality digital solutions transforming the food industry.

Ashley Plumb

User Experience Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

Engineering isn't just about writing code. Understanding the needs of our users and translating those needs into a better product is a huge part of our day-to-day. Writing clean, performant code is great and exciting, sure. But if we don't deliver a functional product to our users at the end of the day, none of that matters.

Daniel

Lead Engineer

What are some social events your company does?

This year, the IT department at KeHE held their inaugural hackathon. It gave us the opportunity to collaborate and strengthen friendships in the spirit of friendly competition, as well as work with new and emerging technology. I cannot wait to see what is in store for next year’s hackathon!

Anthony Gacek

Software Engineer

What are KeHE Distributors Perks + Benefits

KeHE Distributors Benefits Overview

We are proud of our comprehensive benefits package - one that protects our employees and their families. Some benefits are provided automatically at no cost. Other benefits are available by choice. The benefits we offer are an important part of our total rewards which includes pay, benefits, and long-term career growth. Unique to being an employee-owned company, our team members are eligible to receive shares in the company through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan. For our tech teams, remote work will continue to be an option.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
What is an ESOP? An ESOP is a retirement plan known as an “employee stock ownership” plan. Under this type of Plan, the Company makes contributions into employees’ accounts.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Through KeHE's Flexible Spending Account option, employees can set aside pre-tax dollars towards child care expenses.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Acme Co. hosts company outings Semi-annually.
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Gym discounts nationwide.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes 1-to-1 program, 1-to-many program, Leadership mentoring.
Continuing Education stipend
We offer $2500 annually for continuing education.
Time allotted for learning
Paid industry certifications
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