Director of Sales

Raaka Chocolate

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At Raaka, we make unroasted dark chocolate. We love sharing the bold, fruity and tangy flavors present in unroasted cocoa beans. We make uncommonly delicious chocolate from scratch, bringing the best out of single origin cocoa through creative craft and whole food ingredients. Since 2010, we’ve been introducing people to a new taste of chocolate, offering bars with Tanzanian cocoa nibs aged in bourbon casks, bars steamed over simmering wine and rum, and bars made with both classic and unusual pairings like mushrooms, smoked teas, vegetables, and spices. We purchase fine flavor cacao directly from cooperatives and farms across the world and we make everything from bean-to-bar at our factory in Red Hook, Brooklyn. No one makes chocolate like we do, and we’re always looking to make people think deeply and differently about the chocolate they eat.

Job Description

We’re seeking a Director of Sales to lead our sales team as we grow our brand by managing distributor and brokerage relationships, opening and maintaining accounts in grocery and specialty food retailers, and representing Raaka at trade shows and other forward facing events.

Primary Objectives

  • Meet wholesale team quarterly and yearly growth goals

  • Expand Raaka’s presence in traditional grocery retailers

  • Ensure that other members of the sales team have the support and guidance to meet their goals

  • Develop and manage high volume and priority accounts  


Primary Responsibilities

  • Maintain relationships with Raaka’s independent retailer, distributor and brokerage network, including Supplier Relationship Managers, Buyers, Account Managers, Sales Representatives and Brokers

  • Develop and deliver on trade plans and promotional strategies

  • Set and manage the wholesale team and trade show budget

  • Manage relationships with priority direct and co-branded accounts

  • Plan and manage Raaka’s exhibits at major trade shows per year and assorted tabletop events - this will necessitate out of town travel and work during occasional  weekends

  • Pursue new business and make presentations to key potential retailers

  • Ensure that the entire wholesale team is maintaining and growing business through excellent customer service, relationship management, merchandising monitoring and quality outreach


Required Qualifications

  • 4+ years sales experience in specialty food, preferably with a high profile national brand

  • 2+ years experience working with CPG distributors

  • 2+ years experience managing a CPG sales team

  • Exceptional written & oral communication skills

  • Friendly, positive attitude

  • Preexisting relationships in the worlds of CPG and specialty/grocery sales

  • Strong organizational skills and experience using Google Apps and CRM software


Preferred Qualifications

  • Passion for great food and socially conscious business

  • Valid driver’s license

  • The ability to lift and carry items up to 50 lbs.


The ideal candidate:

  • Shares our values (see below)

  • Has a passion for small business

  • Is comfortable working with a small team in a collaborative environment

  • Will build Raaka’s brand by enthusiastically sharing the story of how we approach innovation in chocolate and our commitments to positive social & environmental impact

  • Is flexible and willing to travel and work on weekends or evenings


Reports to:  CEO

Compensation:

  • Salary + Commission. Compensation package will be commensurate with industry standards, and depends on experience. Commission is paid monthly.

  • Stock: Negotiable. A meaningful ownership share of Raaka is available for the right candidate.

  • Stock Options: Options awarded on a 4 year vesting timeline, with first options vesting after 1 full year of employment. (­All full time employees receive stock options.)

  • Health Insurance: Medical, dental, and vision. Raaka covers 50% of monthly medical insurance costs.


Here's a bit more about Raaka:

Our Passions:

  • Pioneering Chocolate - It's our distinct pleasure to actively and creatively innovate in chocolate making

  • Creating jobs we love! - We're committed to maintaining a positive and supportive work culture grounded in open, honest communication, respect, and hard work.

  • Social impact - We partner with mission-driven cocoa producers who work hard to produce great cocoa beans, and we always pay a premium for them (generally, at least double the price of commodity cacao).

Our Values:

  • Creativity: We love approaching chocolate making and responding to the challenges of small business with creativity.

  • Quality: Everything we do, we commit to doing well.

  • Joyfulness: Chocolate brings joy! We take a lesson from what it feels like to eat chocolate and practice working from a place of joy and sharing that with others.

  • Direct, open, honest communication: We're best off when we understand each other.

  • Sustainability: We work to be good stewards of the environment.

  • Transparency: Better information leads to better decisions.

  • Self-improvement: The workplace is a great place to get better at all kinds of things.

  • Community: We're happiest when we're connected to those around us.


To apply, kindly submit a cover letter and resume to hiring@raakachocolate.com.
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