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At Novolex, we take pride in supporting our families across the globe. Our team is rich in diversity and our entrepreneurial culture encourages continuous personal growth and teamwork. Our careers include manufacturing, engineering, procurement, supply chain, finance, HR, product development, sales, marketing and an ever-expanding array of others to support our continuing rapid growth.

 

 

Product and Zero Waste Specialist – Vegware

 

Company Overview

Vegware is a visionary brand; our products are made from plants using renewable, recycled or reclaimed materials, and known for their quality and performance. Our full product range is designed to be commercially compostable with food scraps. Compostables are a practical solution for single-use food-contaminated disposables, allowing foodservice to achieve their sustainability and Zero Waste goals. 

Vegware is now a part of the Eco-Products group at Novolex. At Eco-Products, we understand the connection between the health of the planet and the impacts of disposable packaging. Every day we work to advance Zero Waste systems, and help our customers be better stewards of the environment. Our vision is to be in the vanguard of our Zero Waste future.

 

Summary of Position

The Product and Zero Waste Specialist is responsible for driving Zero Waste success for Vegware customers by building relationships with haulers, composters, and our sustainability minded customers. Additionally, the Product and Zero Waste Operator Specialist will support our world class sales team to identify sales opportunities of the Vegware line of environmentally preferable disposable foodservice products, and work with customers on their Zero Waste journey through consulting and support. This position will serve as a “consultant” to our team and our customer base with a focus on Zero Waste operators and direct-sales accounts (i.e. stadiums, corporate campus’s and universities, etc.). This is a home based position.

  

Job Specifications

  • Work alongside Sales Managers, Sustainability Manager, brokers, distributor representatives and Boulder corporate team to target and assist high volume accounts in the adoption of Zero Waste practices using Vegware disposables
  • Based on customer region, develop a deep understanding of the local realities of composting and recycling in the region, including composter acceptance of compostable packaging
  • Develop new customer relationships and grow existing operator purchases by selling a bundle of sustainable packaging and marketing services
  • Make sales presentations to all customers on an agreed-upon and consistent basis
  • General understanding of foodservice distribution and disposable markets
  • Represent Vegware at foodservice and Zero Waste focused conferences and meetings
  • With the assistance of the corporate team, develop a working knowledge of local and state policy to assist customers with compliance
  • Work together with the broader Eco-Products Product and Zero Waste Specialist team to advance composter acceptance of compostable packaging and increase commercial composting infrastructure 
  • Willingness to travel, including overnight trips
  • Based in the Western Region of the US

 

Responsibilities

  • Keep informed on new products, pricing, and other general program and industry information
  • Serve as a consultant to both prospects and clients looking to strengthen their commitment to sustainable packaging and Zero Waste goals, including implementation of waste diversion programs
  • Work with and train sales brokers as needed, making joint sales calls on pre-approved operators 
  • Develop and expand relationships with compost manufacturers in the region, and drive forward increased acceptance of compostable foodservice packaging at compost operations
  • Report monthly sales activities and pertinent matters to Sustainability Maven and Senior Director of Vegware US as needed
  • Answer customers' questions about products, prices, availability, and product uses. Provide basic product information and practical training to distribution personnel
  • Be informed of market conditions, product innovations, and competitors' products, prices, and sales
  • Create and present effective presentations that successfully communicates the Vegware value proposition and services as part of our category solution
  • Other duties to be assigned

 

Qualifications:  Experience, Competencies and Education

  • Ability to build strong relationships with all points of the customer base and across our stakeholders (composters, haulers, policy makers, procurement professional, etc)
  • 2 or more years of work experience
  • Ability to self-manage remotely including strong planning and time management skills
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong customer facing skills with emphasis to negotiate win/win situations
  • Must be willing to work independently while also being a strong team player
  • Demonstrate ability to interact and cooperate with all company employees
  • Maintain professional internal and external relationships that meet company core values
  • Base level understanding of sustainability and environmental topics
  • Desired Education Level:  BS/BA degree in relevant field
  • Nice to have:
    • 1-5 years of progressive sales experience preferably in the food service industry
    • Preferred: Some level of knowledge of Zero Waste operations and organics recycling/composting in the region
    • MBA and/or an advanced degree in Sustainability or related field a plus 

 

Work Environment

This is a full time, exempt position.  Some weekend and evening work is required.

Please no recruiting agencies

Following GMP in compliance with all food safety requirements.

Novolex does not publicly post salary information on job boards.

Novolex™ is committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all employment practices, including but not limited to, selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, handicap or disability, genetics, citizenship status, service member or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. Any individual, who because of his or her disability, needs an accommodation in connection with an aspect of the Company’s application process should contact human.resources@novolex.com.

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City:  Salt Lake City
State:  UT


Nearest Major Market: Salt Lake City