National Account Manager, Northeast



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About The Group


From a small store in Turin to a large, internationally recognized group: we are present in 90 countries around the world, with over 4,000 employees and 30 companies, managed directly and indirectly by the Luigi Lavazza Spa parent company, which distribute and market our products and coffee machines. In addition to Lavazza, the following brands are also part of our Group: Carte Noire, Merrild, Kicking Horse, Eraclea and Whittington tea.


Joining Lavazza means doing business with passion, knowing that the impact of our work goes beyond the quality of the production chain. We are a big family and we are constantly looking for new talents who share our values and can enrich our team.



Job Purpose/Overview


At Lavazza, the National Account Manager is critical for maintaining and building hospitality and travel business and to the growth strategy for the North American market.  We are seeking a sales professional who has experience in selling coffee to customers in the hospitality and travel channel. The National Account Manager for the Northeast would include but not limited to the following states: PA, NY, NJ, MD, RI, CT, DE, IL, MI, WI, and MN.


Territories: PA, NY, NJ, MD, RI, CT, DE, IL, MI, WI, and MN.

**This candidate must reside in the Northeast Region, (Philadelphia/NY/Boston/DC). 


Key Responsibilities


  • Manage existing clients to retain, enhance brand awareness, and increase profitable sales.
  • Work with clients and our internal team to develop programs suited to customers’ needs, including branding materials, equipment recommendations, and training guidelines and schedules.
  • Work with clients on all branding elements, including “We Proudly Serve” programs.
  • Lead communication to the Regional Sales Directors of National Account programs that will be executed at the regional level.
  • Manage all aspects of customer programs, including pricing, equipment programs, service, and marketing programs.
  • Manage local markets within assigned territory to support orders, training, new and current customer activities.
  • Track and coordinate new pricing and contracts and manage contract renewals.
  • Frequent travel to support customer and employer requirements, including occasional weekend events and overnight stays.
  • Identify, develop, and manage active pipeline of strategic national targets.


Job Specifications/Qualifications


  • Four-year degree from an accredited institution, preferably in Business
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a senior sales position in Food & Beverage Industry (Coffee preferred)
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, with experience using CRM systems
  • Work Experience:
    • Technical understanding of equipment as well as how to work both internally with our team and equipment companies to develop and support customer equipment programs.  Knowledge of equipment manufacturers for drip coffee, espresso, and BLUE.  Understand how to develop service and preventive maintenance programs
    • Understanding of our products (both coffee and equipment) as well as how to sell the Lavazza brand
    • Knowledge of how container orders work and how to guide customer with product mix as well as timing of order placement to order receipt
    • Knowledge of distribution and distributor partners within the Away From Home division
    • Experience calling on national, multi-unit operators in the hospitality, cruise line, and travel channels (existing relationships a plus)
    • Understand how to develop profitable programs to deliver a return on investment that meets Lavazza’s guidelines (including a keen understanding of how to read a P & L)
  • Communication and Organizational Skills
    • Sense of urgency in communicating with customer as well as internally
    • Problem solver who listens to learns and looks for solutions
    • Organizational and project management skills to support customer roll-outs and expansions
    • Superb ability to work with customer and trainers to develop a training protocol and training schedule
    • Professional written and oral communication as well as excellent interpersonal skills
    • Solid relationship skills to allow for smooth navigation internally to develop solutions that are a win for both Lavazza and client
    • Strong negotiating skills and ability to execute a contract with clients as follow up to negotiations
  • Work Ethic / Style
    • Unquestionable degree of integrity in all business dealings
    • Fast starter, self-motivated and willing to assume additional responsibilities
    • Open and respectful communicator, experienced at building trust and engaging successfully with diverse personal styles
    • Ability to manage several projects with tight timelines simultaneously
    • Highly accurate, organized and detail oriented with strong multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Flexible and willingness to adapt to change
  • Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Travel required up to 75% of time
    • Ability to travel via vehicle, train, plane based on distance
  • Overnight travel required
  • Proven punctuality and attendance record
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment drug and background screen





  • Competitive Medical, Vision, Dental Benefits 
  • 401K Package 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Ability to be barista certified
  • Monthly Lunches provided by Lavazza
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Performance Development Plans 
  • Employee Discounts
  • Free coffee, anytime!





Lavazza is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Lavazza prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.








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