About Upper Lakes Foods

Multi-Unit Inside Sales Representative- Cloquet MN

Summary: Communicate clearly and effectively with our national accounts primarily through email and phone to ensure proper order entry to order delivery.  Work with our internal teams to proactively communicate national account needs as they arise.   This position is Part Time and will require 1 weekend day per week.

Daily/Weekly Responsibilities

  • Process and follow orders from entry to shipping
    • Assist in monitoring inventory levels
    • Utilize XRS for on-time delivery schedule of daily routes
    • Communicate special orders to purchasing
    • Communicate out of stock product to customers/purchasing
    • Provide quick, positive response to customer requests
  • Enter credit requests into Sharepoint and follow up with customers
  • Works cohesively within department to support multi-unit business as seamless as possible.
  • Communicates interdepartmentally to ensure customers’ needs are met.
  • Coordinate between customer and distribution centers additional deliveries to sites when necessary
  • Tracks inventory for LTO’s, item deletions and transfers
  • Communicate holiday routing to national accounts
  • Communicates with Multi-Unit team on issues or concerns as well as good news pertaining to national accounts
  • Communicates with manager on issues or problems pertaining to internal departments
  • Seek out efficiencies in processes
  • Meet all deadlines as directed
  • Follows all department processes
  • Professional representation expected by following our core values.
  • Establishes and maintains effective work relationships within the department, the Company, and the community; and maintains the professional competence, knowledge, and skill necessary for the satisfactory performance of all assigned responsibilities.
  • Poses no direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself, of others, or to property. Defined as a significant risk of substantial harm that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by reasonable accommodation.
  • Requires regular attendance to perform essential element as contained herein between the assigned start and end times for work.
  • Performs such individual assignments as management may direct.

 Basic Qualifications:


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent


  • 3 years of inside sales or customer service experience preferred
  • National account experience preferred


  • Should have computer knowledge and proficiency of the following systems: Microsoft Office programs, specifically Excel, Word, and Outlook, as well as Sharepoint and the Internet.
  • Ability to operate basic office equipment; i.e. copy machine, fax machine and scanner
  • Excellent verbal/presentation and written/grammatical skills required.
  • Ability to be flexible, to be fair, and to function under pressure.
  • Great organizational and multi-tasking skills, along with the ability to think critically and solve problems.
  • Must be able to complete a project from beginning to end.


Upper Lakes Foods, Inc. is the largest independent, wholesale food distributor in Minnesota.  The company has three facilities located in Cloquet, MN, Northfield, MN and Janesville, WI.  We distribute food throughout the Upper Midwest.  Upper Lakes Foods specializes in serving foodservice operators such as independent restaurants, assisted living facilities, schools, and national and regional foodservice chain accounts with a strong focus on customer service. Simply put, the mission is to build value for each customer, employee, supplier and community we serve by bringing the best; the best products, best people and best ideas.


  • Strong Work Ethic – We believe in the value of hard work, perseverance and consistency of character.
  • Positive Attitude – We believe in encouraging a flexible, agreeable and well-adjusted work existence that promotes successful outcomes.
  • Integrity – We believe in honesty, truthfulness and consistency of our actions.
  • Team Work – We believe that work done by several individuals combined insures excellence of quality, safety and service.
  • Professional Appearance – We believe in maintaining an appearance that promotes good hygiene, neatness and appropriate business dress.
  • Respectful Interaction – We believe in creating a workplace where employees are treated fairly in a safe and positive environment.


“We are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.”

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