LaGrow Organic Beer Co.
LaGrow Organic Beer Co., a USDA-certified organic production brewery headquartered in Chicago, IL, is looking to add seasoned Sales Representatives to our growing Midwest team! We have open positions for Chicago, IL and Ann Arbor, MI. Primary sales territory for the open positions include the Chicago and surrounding suburbs and Ann Arbor, MI and Metro Detroit area.
The Sales Associate is a strategic role at LaGrow because (s)he is the ambassador of our brand to the marketplace. Our Sales Representative(s) lay the foundation and maintain the relationships with the accounts needed to grow availability and demand for our brand.
Qualified applicants should possess superior knowledge of and a passion for craft beer, have experience in a similar role at a brewery or distributor, ability to excel in an autonomous work environment, exceptional work ethic and ability to understand the big picture while keeping a close eye on the details. Strong written and verbal communication skills are important as is the capability to multi-task, along with a major appreciation for organization. Applicants should also possess reliable car transportation, a clean driving record, night and weekend flexibility, and an outstanding relationship-building personality.
Job duties include, but are not limited to:
Obtaining new business through draught and cans placements at new On- and Off-premise accounts
Managing new product approvals in chain accounts
Maintaining and increasing business in existing account
Educating distributor sales teams and their retailers about our portfolio of beers and hard seltzers
Coordinating and working events, promotions, and tastings throughout the area
Improving the visibility and position of LaGrow and POS in the marketplace
Working closely with local distributor sales team in the field and presenting when requested, new product release schedules, programming, incentives etc.
Communicating weekly recap reports to Head of Sales
Performing other administrative duties in a timely fashion (expense reports, work calendar, surveys, and all other duties as they are assigned)
Skills & Requirements:
3+ years sales experience (any category) is required, beer distributor and retail interaction experience is a plus (direct management of distributors, representation of brands to retail etc.)
Beverage alcohol experience (familiar with legal structure, promotion requirements and three tier system)
Certified Beer Server and/or Certified Cicerone (preferred) or demonstrated passion for great craft beer and/or organic products.
Self-starter with great work ethic
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Organization skills are a must
Enthusiasm to build and maintain relationships
Ability to lift 35-lb cases, use own car (clean driving record is required), and work at night/on weekends to host retail sampling or on-premise events and beer festivals (as needed).
Modest travel for distributor meetings and event representation
Experience with VIP and other reporting tools preferred
LaGrow Organic Beer Co., is a Chicago-based, family-owned craft brewery, and the Midwest's leader in the premium organic beer category. Co-founded in 2016 by brothers Jack, Sam & Jamie, LaGrow Organic Beer Co. is the Midwest's first production brewery that exclusively crafts & distributes a USDA-certified organic beer and hard seltzer line. At LaGrow Organic Beer Co. there are three guiding principles that drive everything we do: source pure ingredients, provide premium products and operate with uncompromised values. Devotion to these three deep-rooted principles ensures that we can deliver on our promise to provide a product for our consumers that is premium, pure and uncompromised.