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Recruitment: Account Manager (North)

James Clay is an importer, distributor and brand builder of speciality beer from Europe, USA, UK and Japan. 

We focus on delivering both national and international beers that challenge and excite out customers. At James Clay we have built strong working relationships both with brewers and our customers that range from bar and pub operators, wholesalers, restaurateurs to retailers.

Our Head Office is located in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, within easy travelling distance of Manchester and Leeds. Our London depot is situated near London Bridge.


As part of our continued success, James Clay are seeking to recruit an Account Manager (North) to work primarily with our team in Brighouse.

This position will suit someone who is looking for a role that combines developing strong relationships, effective communication and sharing a passion for all things beer. The applicant must be willing to learn the skills that make us a successful business and have the drive and desire to develop the community that supports the world’s best breweries.

They will be able to use their relationships in this community to build the brands we work with, to develop new business with new customers and provide first hand analysis of latest news and developments. Activity within this area will include, but is not limited to…

Brand Events, Tasting and Staff Training
Arranging and attending events that promote James Clay brands in your region alongside James Clay’s internal and external Marketing team. Liaising with Key Account Managers to deliver Staff Training and Tastings.

In addition to our own events it would be expected that you would also attend events in your region arranged by other brewers/distributors/bars etc. as part of your remit to engage with the wider Beer Community.

Customer Visits
Working with local Key Account Managers and the Sales team of Partner Wholesalers to provide the best customer experience. Visiting customers to put a face to the James Clay business, resolving issues and developing a deeper understanding of their business. You’ll use the opportunity to maximise our presence in bar and build sales.

It would also be expected that you would be a regular visitor, in a social sense, to many of our key customers, further strengthening our ties to the local community.

Supplier Liaison
James Clay work with some of the leading breweries from around the world. This role involves working with them to aid understanding of your region as a key influencing market within the UK and helping them to realise ambitions for their brands at a local level.

Social Media
Posting on James Clay social media platforms discussing, amongst other things, events, brand activity, tastings etc. taking place in your accounts.

At James Clay we are proud of our reputation for delivering a professional, knowledgeable and supportive service. You will be an important ambassador for the company and the friendly and efficient manner in which you deal with our customers is extremely important.

Accuracy, efficiency and a friendly personality are essential traits for this position as well as the ability to work in a team.

Training and Development
This role is ideal for someone looking to develop a broad experience in the world of craft beer. Not only will they be trained on our extensive portfolio of beer, they will also learn about the logistics of importing and distributing beer, and gain exposure to brand building activity. With training and development you will then be able to take the next step in the business which may be a move to Key Account Manager, or you may choose to develop your skills in other areas of the business.


Hours and Conditions

  • You will report into the Head of Sales but will work very closely with the Key Account Manager for your region.
  • Work in conjunction with the Key Account Manager will include agreeing and reviewing weekly objectives and diary planning.
  • This is a full time role at 40 hours per week. Hours of work will vary with evening work to be expected.
  • The role has a monthly paid salary dependant on experience.
  • A bonus is also payable linked to individual and/or company performance.
  • Holiday: 20 days per year plus statutory bank holidays. Increasing by 1 day for every 3 years employment up to a maximum of 25 days per annum.
  • The company has a pension scheme.
  • Expensed travel.
  • Necessary IT and Phone provided.



Applications with CV and Covering Letter. Closing date for applications is Friday 7th July, 2017.

Applications should be emailed to:  Please include Account Manager (North) as the email subject. 

Postal applications should be sent to:

Account Manager (North) Application
James Clay
River Street
West Yorkshire HD6 1LU

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