Inside Sales Account Executive

National Restaurant Association - Chicago, IL - Full time


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The National Restaurant Association, one of the most influential business associations, has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, persuasive and results-driven B-T-B Inside Sales professional.

If you have minimum one - three years of inside sales experience, preferably within academic publishing, hospitality or related industries, and proven yourself as a top producer, we want to hear from you!

As an integral member of our Chicago based Training & Certification Academic sales team, you will create, develop and grow sales opportunities for our ProStart and ServSafe curriculum in high school markets. The position includes prospecting, qualifying and generating new sales, and communicating with existing and potential customers by conducting ongoing needs analyses, defining opportunities and proposing sales solutions. The Sales Account Executive will be responsible for achieving and exceeding goals through active, high-volume cold-calling and email communication initiatives.

Compensation includes base and bonus potential, comprehensive benefits package, and dynamic, collaborative culture.


Meets and exceeds sales targets set for defined territory.

Develops new business via telephone and mass communication including email and social media. Identifies appropriate buyers within the target market.

Contacts and follows up on leads generated through Marketing efforts and/or our Customer Support team and conducts research to identify potential prospects.

Conducts customer needs analyses, assists in the development of training & implementation solutions, pricing strategies, account presentations/marketing plans, and proposals.

Prepares and analyzes customer sales and jurisdictional information on a regular basis for the purpose of evaluating business trends, opportunities and successes.

Implements customer and market strategies within assigned area.

Responsible for effectively negotiating/administering all pricing and program contracts within assigned territory.

Maximizes account profitability by ensuring compliance to agreed upon pricing and account receivable terms. Collaborates with accounting function and assist with collections of account receivables.

Manage data for existing, new and prospective clients in, ensuring all communications are logged, information is accurate and documents are attached.

Work with Director, Inside Sales and Sales Manager, Academic Accounts to support market development efforts to grow the sales pipeline to meet revenue and accomplish Association goals.


Bachelor’s degree in Business or hospitality-related.Minimum of 3+ years of experience in publishing, hospitality or related B-T-B industries with demonstrated skills in telephone sales, meeting revenue and contact goals, project management and business planning.

Proven ability to develop and build relationships, close sales and cultivate partnerships and alliances.

Thrive in metric-driven environment.

Proficiency across Microsoft Office including Excel, Word and Outlook. Experience with Salesforce and VOIP Phone system. Ability to learn other computer software programs, and enter and maintain accurate data/information.

Demonstrated leadership skills, with customer centric sensibility. Work independently with little supervision required.

Skilled negotiator with strong strategic, consultative selling ability.

Proven track record in selling and closing over the phone.

Strong organizational, problem-solving, priority-setting and time management skills.

Positive attitude with desire to continually improve performance and take to the next level.

Highly developed, clear and concise communications skills, verbal and written.

Ability to provide superior client service in demanding, deadline-driven environment.

Work with high degree of integrity and confidentiality

Flexible and resilient; adaptable to change oriented environment.

Strong interpersonal, relationship-building and diplomacy skills.Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills; understand mission-critical from non-strategic.

Resourceful self-starter with ability to work as part of a team or independently; assumes risk with responsibility. High level of energy and drive to achieve team and personal goals.

Minimal travel required; estimate 3 trips per year.

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Experience Level

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National Restaurant Association

About us

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the largest foodservice trade association in the world*—supporting over 500,000 restaurant businesses. In partnership with our state restaurant associations, we work every day to empower all restaurant owners and operators to achieve more than they thought possible. We represent and advocate for foodservice industry interests—taking on financial and regulatory obstacles before they hit our members’ bottom line. We provide tools and systems that help members of all sizes get significantly better operating results. And we offer the kinds of networking, education and research resources that are only possible because of our vast, and active, membership base. We save our members time, money and headaches by helping them take on what matters most for their success and growth—whether that’s protecting their economic interests, sharing best practices, or getting them in front of emerging trends. We strive to move our industry forward by finding answers to the tough questions, distilling complex information into practical knowledge and helping our members navigate the issues that can leave them in the weeds. And that makes us the go-to resource for smart, relevant intelligence that helps our members run their businesses better. At the NRA, we believe that there is strength in numbers. When we come together as an industry, our collective voice is stronger and our impact is greater than when any of us stands alone. And that means our shared spirit of hospitality, passion for serving others and belief in the American entrepreneurial dream will be safeguarded and advanced. *Largest foodservice trade association by membership. Our shared vision with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation We will lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence, and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. National Restaurant Association Mission We serve our members by advancing and protecting America’s restaurant and foodservice industry

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