Pros: flexable scheduling, a fun and successul to product to represent, great customers, outstanding supervisor
Cons: required to store large amounts of display materials at my own expense, large territory (200 miles long) for a part time position, inadaquate transportation and car expense allowance, spotty field support
I provided part time Merchandising resources for a well known chocolate candy products producer to a limited set of customers. I learned about Merchandising, Retail Grocery Business structures and operation, and the mechanics of competition for chocolate candy sales.
I developed my own schedule to visit the specified stores within the hours in my budget. – more... Travel time constituted almost 50% of my day.
I was responsible for developing my own strategies to accomplish the marketing goals set by management.
Management was focused, above all, on meeting the needs of the client, and meeting performance goals (naturally). Goals were set at the corporate level and without concern for local conditions. This was a particular problem for my territory which is not typical of many others. This resulted in the need for lots of communication to explain/justify observed local vs. desired national results. While my direct management became convinced the conflicts were real, nothing was able to be done about the goals or reporting. My supervisor did as much as he could within the scope of his resources and was great to work for.
Because of the relatively remote location, I had little direct contact with my coworkers The contact I had was friendly and constructive.
I really enjoyed the flexible schedule and part time hours. – less