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US Foods Sales Trainee, Local Sales (Knoxville, Sevier County) in Knoxville, Tennessee

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The Local Sales Trainee will enter a six month to one year training program to learn the foodservice industry and develop the proficiencies to move into a Territory Manager role. Selected candidates will be provided with training in the areas of Sales, Finance, Pricing, Credit, Marketing, Operations and Transportation. In addition to the formal training program, the Sales Trainee will also work closely with high-performing Territory Mangers to learn and develop sales best practices. We believe the in-depth training and hands-on experience provides the perfect foundation to become a successful Territory Manager and a future sales leader.• Primary owner of customer relationship

• Selling, and engaging customers in value added activities.

• Leveraging other resources to assist with top penetration opportunities and new accounts opening

A Territory Manager Unassigned Trainee (TMUT) will enter a training program to learn the foodservice industry and develop proficiencies into the role of Territory Manager within our organization. Selected candidates will be provided with training in the areas of Sales, Finance, Pricing, Credit, Operations and Transportation. We believe this in-depth training provides the perfect foundation to become a successful Territory Manager and build a career as a future sales leader.

USF has a comprehensive training program for the Territory Manager position. The trainee will be classified as Territory Manager Unassigned Trainee. The associate will then move over to assigned Territory Manager title (E7172) when a route becomes available.

Essential Duties as a Sales Trainee

  • Complete a six month to one year training program to learn essentials of the business such as Sales, Finance, Pricing, Credit, Marketing, Operations and Transportation.

  • Work effectively with seasoned Territory Managers who serve as mentors in educating and developing the trainee

  • Provide route coverage for Territory Managers on vacation or leave

  • Build sales competencies – including communication, presentation, negotiation, and relationship building skills

  • Participate in division activities (e.g., sales meetings, food shows, promotion programs) to promote sales, increase product knowledge, and maintain good customer relations.

  • Perform administrative duties, such as preparing sales budgets and reports, maintaining sales records, preparing price quotes and menu suggestions, and filing reports.


Internal: Sales Coordinators, Customer Solution Coordinators, New Business Managers, Business Development, (DSM’s, TM’s, ROC’s FSM, Fresh Spec) Culinary Staff and other cross-functional resources


  • Suppliers, Vendors, Brokers, Carriers, Customers


Education/Training :

High School diploma, Culinary School, Bachelor’s degree in Business/Marketing or equivalent required


Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as customer service and presentation abilities. Should also have demonstrated problem solving ability and negotiation skills. Must have proficient computer skills; will need to be familiar with Microsoft Office products (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint).

Physical Requirements:

Frequently outside the office environment working in the field in variable weather and temperature conditions. Some repetitive motion in operating laptop computer. Required to operate motor vehicle and frequently transition from the vehicle. May frequently lift/carry up to 50 lbs and occasionally lift/carry up to 75 lbs.

Candidates who have received a DUI conviction for drug or alcohol within the last three years will not be considered as eligible.

Ability to relocate in the region/US at the conclusion of the training program

Must possess a valid U.S. Driver's License. Motor vehicle record must be in good standing.

EOE* Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status*


We're continually updating our safety procedures and taking every measure to ensure the protection of our candidates, associates and customers. Our workplace safety efforts include using sanitized interview rooms, social distancing, providing masks and gloves and sanitizing truck cab interiors. We also have COVID-19 Wellness Checks for anyone entering our facilities and safety barriers in select locations in our production facilities. To help our customers make it in this challenging time, we’re providing robust support including webinars, one-on-one consults with our experts and detailed reopening materials.

US Foods is proud to have donated $10 million in food to help with COVID-19 relief efforts to help our local communities make it. Learn more here .

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 300,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 28,000 employees and more than 70 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates more than $28 billion in annual revenue. Visit www.usfoods.com to learn more.

US Foods may collect personal information from you in connection with the application process. US Foods complies with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, and its policy may be found here (https://www.usfoods.com/content/dam/usf/pdf/Policies/HR/USF_CCPA_policy.pdf) .

US Foods, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

EEO is the Law poster is available here (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .

EEO is the Law poster supplement is available here (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/OFCCP_EEO_Supplement_Final_JRF_QA_508c.pdf) .

Pay Transparency policy statement is available here (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp_%20English_formattedESQA508c.pdf) .

US Foods is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the interview process or to perform essential job functions, please contact our US Foods Application Accommodation Line at 866-960-5886. You will be prompted to leave a message. Please state the specifics of the assistance needed and your contact information. A member of our HR department will return your call within two business days.