Vendor Development Representative


Cater2.me was founded in 2010 with the goal of connecting inspired kitchens with the masses. Inspired by San Francisco's thriving farmers' markets and the abundance of passionate local chefs, we decided it was time to revamp catering by opening up access to this amazing wealth of local gourmet food. We've set out on a mission to connect companies with the local food scene, to give them a better, more wholesome sense of the small businesses around them. We enable these relationships through a mix of technology and committed customer service. No longer are you only able to read about the hottest chefs and food startups while at work – we're bringing them into your offices and homes.

Cater2.me stands for curated quality and variety, trusted service and dead-simple ordering. At Cater2.me, Your Catering is Our Business!

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Cater2.me Vendor team eats, breathes and dreams of great food. Exploring new cuisines and staying in the know about the top local eateries is an integral part of what our team does on a regular basis. As a Vendor Development Representative for our Vendor team, you'll scour the culinary landscape to find the best local chefs, caterers, food trucks and restaurants to join our program. The team creates and fosters close relationships with our vendors to provide the best food in the business to our clients.  Assessing the abilities of sourced and qualified vendors will help to build the foundation of our future while supporting growing markets remotely.  

WHAT YOU'LL DO:

  • Generate vendor leads for outbound prospecting that meets Cater2.me’s ideal vendor profile
  • Research and source vendors high-quality leads that add value to our vendor base
  • Engage vendors in cold calls, emails, phone, and face-to-face meeting techniques 
  • Qualify vendor leads through discovery calls, detailed questions, and industry-standard benchmark criteria 
  • Effectively answer questions regarding Cater2.me’s service and identify whether vendors are the right fit for the platform  
  • Identify vendor opportunities based on trends that align with Cater2.me’s client needs
  • Collaborate on identifying priority vendor needs through the assessment of vendor base data and market/client requests
  • Assist in writing copy for outbound campaigns and continuously optimizing open rates and response rates.  
  • Accurately enter vendor leads into the vendor sales pipeline keeping status and communication history up to date  
  • Facilitate a seamless transition of leads to Vendor Onboarding Specialists  
  • Deliver solution-based results on challenging vendor issues 
  • Collaborate on quarterly project initiatives as assigned by management and stakeholders 

WHAT YOU'LL BRING TO THE TEAM:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • Sales and/or hospitality industry experience preferred 
  • Ability to successfully identify vendor partners against specific priorities and criteria 
  • Ability to develop and maintain long-lasting relationships with all types of contact points, from executive chefs to catering managers
  • Excel in making and hitting goals and achievements
  • A sense of urgency and ability to meet deadlines 
  • Confident collaborating effectively to generate measurable results 
  • Strong communication skills
  • Persuasive & savvy enough in knowing how to turn a “No” into a “Yes”
  • Ability to analyze large datasets to identify priority needs 
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working independently and as a team
  • Knowledge of the national and local food & culinary scene
  • Strong technological skills using Google Drive, Excel & Helpscout 

BENEFITS:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Flexible PTO
  • Commuter benefits

 

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