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Director of Sales – Sysco Calgary


Sysco, a NYSE listed Fortune 60 company, is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products, equipment and supplies to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Employing more than 60,000 people and with a 40 year track record of consistent success, they now serve over 400,000 customers, delivering approximately 1.3 billion cases annually.

Sysco Food Services of Calgary, a division of Sysco Canada, services all of Southern Alberta and the East Kootenays. Through their values of Integrity, Reliability, Autonomy, Quality Assurance, and Entrepreneurial Spirit, and their vision to be their customers most valued and trusted business partner, they have been successful in establishing themselves as clear market leaders within the food services industry.

For further information about Sysco, please visit their website at


Director of Sales

Reports to: President
Direct Reports: 7
Indirect Reports: 76
Location: Calgary, Alberta



The Director of Sales is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the local sales team to meet/exceed sales objectives through increased profitable sales growth in line with Sysco’s vision and values. Responsible for sales within seven districts encompassing all of Southern Alberta and the East Kootenays, the Director of Sales will lead a high performing sales team in growing and maintaining market share within a highly competitive industry.



The position will include the following responsibilities:

  • As a member of the senior management team, drive the strategic direction of the local sales function through the establishment, communication and maintenance of key performance indicators, including the generation of new business, existing account development, regaining lost business and maintaining gross margin
  • Effectively lead, coach and mentor a geographically dispersed sales team, while also ensuring adherence to organizational principles and best practices
  • Play a lead role in developing key defined markets, acting as the ‘face of Sysco’ at regular new/existing client visits, customer and vendor appreciation events, as well as representing the company within the community
  • Earn the trust and respect of the team and client base, through composure in the face of adversity and the ability to adapt within a fast paced and dynamic industry
  • Translate value for the client through stand out service, reliability and intimate knowledge of their business
  • Prepare an annual operating plan and lead the sales team to meet/exceed planned sales growth, including sales, margin, margin dollars, service levels and A/R currency
  • Support the recruitment of talent, building a sales team to support Sysco and customers into the future
  • Research, develop and execute innovative and strategic initiatives to drive positive results in support of profit plan goals
  • Demonstrate a knowledgeable 360° view of the business and the ability to collaborate constructively, creating solutions to business challenges with other departments (warehouse, delivery, finance, credit, etc.)
  • Contribute to and support continuous improvement of work climate and employee engagement, fostering an environment where open and timely communication is offered, sought and valued
  • Ensure effective multi-level and cross-functional communication is delivered in a timely manner within all districts and between departments
  • Maintain sound industry knowledge and seek opportunities to translate and implement trends in support of the Sysco business, now and in the future



  • Busy, client facing leadership role within a fast paced and challenging industry
  • Autonomous role with significant responsibility for driving sales growth within a key region
  • Oversight of a large geographically dispersed sales team
  • Realistic upward mobility, as it relates to career growth both regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Strong corporate brand profile with the backing of a global organization



Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • Earn the trust and respect of the team through a passion for the business, effective leadership and the ability to develop relationships at all client levels
  • Strengthen client relationships within the defined market segment through a commitment to service excellence
  • Grow market share through the management of team KPI’s and the development of business within new, existing and former clients, while continually seeking to grow gross margin



 The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or culinary degree, with 5+ years of sales management experience and 7+ years of food service sales experience, or an equivalent of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of this job
  • Demonstrates mastery of skills in the areas of consultative selling, marketing principles, prospecting, networking, coaching and negotiations
  • Ability to attend after-hours events and to travel frequently within the sales territory
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills
  • Proficiency with MS Office programs and CRM tools
  • Preference will be given to those who demonstrate strength in the following competencies: planning and organizing, coaching, communication, building partnerships, customer focus, sales ability, change management and follow up
  • Proven ability to thrive under tight deadlines while successfully managing a multitude of projects simultaneously
  • High level of energy, highly self-motivated, driven by the achievement of objectives
  • Valid vehicle operator’s license



An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AFYT-470611 Director of Sales – Sysco Calgary, AB – Calgary and Area (CRPAPPLY)

Please note that only those candidates meeting the selection criteria, established by our client, will be contacted further. Although we may not contact you directly for this particular role, all applications will be reviewed as we would like to consider you for future opportunities that may be appropriate. We encourage you to continue to visit our website at as our opportunities are updated on a regular basis.

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