Product Specialist - Protein

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Are you looking for a new opportunity with a strong and stable company? Do you want the opportunity for excellence and advancement in your career? If so, Gordon Food Service could be the place for you.


As one of the largest privately held foodservice distributors in North America, and recently named as one of Alberta's Top 70 Employers, our family business has a history of developing talented professionals, pursuing innovative ideas and building strong relationships.


We are seeking great people looking for professional and personal growth. If you are interested in joining an innovative, supportive, values-driven company, we invite you to consider a career with Gordon Food Service. Take a look at this video to learn more about who we are and what we do!






Position Summary:

Strategically utilizes knowledge and expertise, in combination with Industry Trends and Gordon Food Service products, services and resources, to provide profit maximizing solutions in the areas of product application, front and back of the house operations, and overall business planning, to our divisional customers.



Essential Functions:

  • Provide relevant business solutions to complement the initiatives of our Sales and Marketing teams, with an ultimate goal of increasing the overall market share of Gordon Food Service.
  • Consults with key customers to provide menu analysis and development with assistance from the divisional Culinary Team.
  • Provide problem analysis and resolution to customer and DSR on product related concerns.
  • Supports customer menu engineering by developing and testing recipes for customers as requested by Divisional Leadership and customizes existing Gordon Food Service deck recipes to specific customer needs.
  • Researches local trends and provides guidance to support customer relationship management.
  • Provides insights to divisional Marketing and Sales teams, and ensures the success of customer events and activities result in business metric improvement for both customer and company.
  • Ensures consistent and relevant product and culinary training for sales teams, in collaboration with other divisional marketing team members.
  • Provides local culinary support, insights, division and customer relationship management training, and engagement (extension of Category and Product Brands) to help support business growth (for both customers and company).
  • Leverages Home Office content, insights to be used in the Division and direct to customers, support adoption and leverage of tools.
  • Provide sales support, protein knowledge and guidance to the sales group while constantly improving your understanding of the protein industry
  • Participates in the execution of food shows, other related shows and activities in support of strategic divisional events.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:


  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to close the sale
  • Strong culinary knowledge and skill; safe food handling practices
  • Strong knowledge of meat, poultry and seafood
  • Strong product category experience and knowledge
  • Ability to develop creative food solutions
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Proficient communication skills ‐ both written and verbal ‐ to communicate effectively with a broad‐based team including diverse internal stakeholders and vendors.
  • Proficient skill in presentation creation and delivery
  • Time management and organizational skills to manage multiple projects
  • Strong business acumen and understanding of restaurant operations
  • Proven ability to deliver results and facilitate a collaborative environment


Educational and Experience Requirements:

  • Previous sales experience is preferred
  • Bachelor Degree in Culinary, Sales, Marketing, or Business preferred
  • Must maintain a valid, unrestricted provincial driver's license and safe driving record per GFS policy
  • Three years of previous culinary, product, marketing experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience required.
  • High School Diploma/Equivalent required


Equipment / Tools / Technology:

  • Microsoft office suite, Google applications
  • Commercial kitchen equipment
  • Desktop or Laptop computer
  • Networked printer/copier/facsimile machine
  • Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer)
  • Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Drive, Sites, Groups)
  • Gordon Food Service Systems



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Gordon Food Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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