Food Export – Midwest is a private, non-profit trade association of Midwest state agricultural promotion agencies. Our mission is the development and expansion of international markets for U.S. food and value-added agricultural products. We participate in the Market Access Program (MAP) of the Foreign Agricultural Service of USDA. The association is currently seeking to hire for its Liaison position, located in Downtown Chicago.
Outreach to new and potential food and agricultural exporters:
Employs multiple approaches including technology and data analysis to identify new prospects for participation in Food Export programs and services
Attend industry events to meet and build relationships with exporters and partner agencies
Focus on creating and maintaining relationships to meet customers’ needs
Provide customer service and support to new and current participants in Food Export programs:
Works proactively with designated companies to develop an annual export marketing plan
Assists companies with understanding and registering for programs and services
Responds to inquiries and opportunities effectively and quickly
Collaborates with program staff to improve programs and services for exporters and create successful, satisfied participants
Identifies success stories from participants and assists in collecting feedback and evaluations
Ensures accuracy and integrity of company data in Customer Relationship Management database
Undertakes special projects from time to time
Food Export is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Four year college degree in a related field.
Work Experience (highly preferred):
+2 years of work experience in a related field, such as consultative selling, international marketing, marketing administration, customer relationship management, international trade, food, or agriculture.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, customer service oriented, must be proficient with MS Office, attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills and the ability to prioritize work, strong ability to troubleshoot and solve problems independently, strong ability to multi-task and coordinate multiple priorities simultaneously , general knowledge and understanding of international marketing, self-motivated, a self-starter, and effective presentation skills. Ability to communicate and build relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds and responsibility levels.
Physical Demands/Work Environment:
Work is performed in a standard office environment. This position requires light duty physical work, conducting general office duties, participation in trade shows, and market promotions, Requirements include carrying multiple files and printed materials.
Out-of-office travel to domestic locations is up to 25%.
Additional Salary Information: Food Export offers an excellent benefits package, including multi-plan health insurance options, and an employer contributed 401k plan
Internal Number: LIACHGO
About Food Export Association of the Midwest USA
Food Export – Midwest is a private, non-profit trade associations of Midwest state agricultural promotion agencies. Our mission is the development and expansion of international markets for U.S. food and value-added agricultural products. We participate in the Market Access Program (MAP) of the Foreign Agricultural Service of USDA.