Leadership Program Associate, Merchandising at KeHE Distributors
Good people, working with good people, for our common 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!
KeHE’s emerging leader program is seeking college graduates who have demonstrated high performance and leadership in academics, work, both on campus, and in volunteer settings. Top candidates will be evaluated on their cultural fit with KeHE’s core values, and with their aspirations to advance into leadership roles in their careers. This highly-selective program offers a distinct career path that includes various job rotation milestones, where the Emerging Leaders will learn our business from the ground up. KeHE will invest in the growth of each participant by including them in projects, mentoring relationships, as well as a variety of internally and externally facilitated learning events and workshops.
Because the best way to truly learn and grow is to own a process and a job, this development program will expect real contributions to sales growth from each participant. Along the way we will support each participant’s personal and professional development while gaining firsthand knowledge of leadership principles and practices, within our business and the food industry overall.
The journey begins on June 14, 2020 and will include learning the roles within our field sales, operations, supply chain and marketing teams, to include: Retail Sales Consultant, Merchandiser, Territory Sales Manager, Supply Chain and Account Analyst as well as Transportation and Warehouse positions. Participants will also gain valuable skills, to include: negotiating, quantitative analysis, making effective sales presentations, and leadership skills. Because KeHE is a company that is fueled by its unique and engaged culture, development will include gaining knowledge about our culture, systems, processes and procedures. After completing a 90-day job rotation, as part of the Emerging Leadership Program, the Category Management & Growth Solutions (CM & GS) LPA will start a 90-day job shadow experience. During the 90-day job shadow, the CM & GS LPA will have the opportunity to participate in corporate and retailer specific category reviews, analyze consumer insights, category trends, and market performance, and offer assortment and merchandising recommendations to our sales team and retailers. In addition to that, the CM & GS LPA will join in strategy discussions regarding innovative products and insights, including KeHE elevate, our 2-year emerging brands program. Upon completion of the Emerging Leadership Program, the CM & GS LPA will have the opportunity to apply to any open CM & GS roles.
Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business Food Marketing or a related field preferred.
- Very good analytical and problem-solving skills
- Effective written and verbal communication skills
- Demonstrated leadership experience in college activities or internships
- Desire to lead a team
- Willingness and ability to relocate
- Demonstrated participation in volunteer work or charitable programs
- High level of determination, dependability and humor
- Demonstrated fit with KeHE’s core values