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Sales executive

Full time with hybrid working policy. Package negotiable and in line with experience and ability. Basic salary plus commission.

The Guild of Fine Food is a magazine publisher, trade body, events & awards organiser, and training provider with a mission to support, celebrate and encourage the independent food and drink industry across the UK and beyond. We work closely with retailers and producers across the sector and are the publishers of Fine Food Digest and organisers of the Great Taste and World Cheese Awards.

About you and the role

As Sales executive, you’ll work within our growing sales team, helping our organisation to achieve monthly targets by selling advertising space in our publications, as well as event space at exhibitions throughout the year. You’ll own and grow your own portfolio of clients and help shape the future of the magazine and associated supplements both in print and digitally. You’ll get stuck into the day-to-day sales rhythm, while also spotting opportunities for improvement and expansion.

This role will allow you to be involved in interacting with clients at all stages of the sales process by phone. This includes from the initial research and outreach to building relationships and helping onboard new clients.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll be involved in on a day-to-day basis:

  • Managing and building relationships with your own client database
  • Calling a volume of prospective clients per day (high priority)
  • Understanding your customers’ needs and introducing our sales solutions at the right time
  • Closing sales daily across multiple projects
  • Creating new sales and sales opportunities
  • Representing our organisation at industry events and using your fabulous networking skills

Your skills

Ideally, you’ll have a strong track record in sales and will be willing to work as part of a team in a business-to-business environment with a proven ability to develop client relationships and close sales over the phone.  Additionally, you’ll be a strong communicator, with good organisation and an eye for detail.  You should be able to work under pressure, selling across multiple projects simultaneously.  You’ll thrive on achieving regular individual and team targets across a range of initiatives and working to monthly deadlines.  Knowledge of CRM database software is desirable, but not essential.


You’ll benefit from:

  • Private Health insurance
  • Contributory pension
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for training and development
  • Flexible working policy
  • 25 days’ holiday per year, plus bank holidays

We are an equal opportunities employer

The Guild of Fine Food is committed to creating an open and inclusive working environment. We want to offer equal opportunities for all and encourage applications from everyone. We are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

How to apply

If you’re as serious about sales as we are about food & drink, please apply online via the Applied platform.   We are using Applied – a unbiased application service that anonymises applications and focusses on skill-based assessments to identify the best person for the role.  Every step of the Applied process is purpose-built to make hiring ethical and empirical.

Deadline: 5.30pm, Friday 27 May 2022


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