The deadline for the C&S Wholesale Grocers position (listed on MOJO) has been extended; applications for campus interviews on March 7th will be accepted via MOJO until Tues., Feb. 28. To find out more from C&S Wholesale about the company, its mission, and career opportunities (and why you should apply to work for the 9th best private company in the US) read on:
What is C&S Wholesale?
New England-based C&S Wholesale Grocers is the leading grocery wholesaler and distributor in the nation’s food industry. We are the largest wholesale grocery supplier in North America and the nation’s tenth largest privately held company. We are committed to being the lowest cost and highest quality service provider in our industry. We expect to achieve these goals through focusing on continuous improvement projects, the use of cutting-edge technology, and innovative human resource practices. To ensure that we can meet this challenge, we seek intelligent, highly motivated individuals looking to be part of a company committed to being the best in its class. C&S Whole Sale was ranked 9th best private company in the US by Forbes.
Business Analyst (BA)
The Business Analyst position is a developmental role in which the recent graduate will be exposed to all areas of our operation from a top down and bottom up training method simultaneously. While being exposed to the various processes and roles throughout the organization, the Business Analyst will be asked to provide analytical feedback and suggest innovative changes that could immediately impact our operation.
Upon completion of our eighteen-twenty month rotational training program the individual will be placed within a key department that best parallels his/her skills and desired career path. Some of these departments include but are not limited to Warehouse Operations, Supply Chain, Merchandising/Procurement, Process Improvement, Facility Planning & Automation, Transportation, Finance, IT and Human Resources.
Why work for C&S Wholesale Grocers?
Aside from fully furnished, subsidized housing provided by C&S, the company offers an incredible rotation training program at any of their nationwide locations:
In addition to providing you with an excellent start to your professional career, C&S prides itself of their corporate citizenship and community based programs. To find out more about these programs, check out: http://community.cswg.com/cs-cares and
Curious what a career with C&S Wholesale could look like? Midd alum Patrick Jobson ’11, currently employed with C&S Wholesale as a Business Analyst in Engineering and Planning, answered some of our questions about working for C&S Wholesale:
Patrick Jobson ’11, Business Analyst (BA) – Planning and Engineering
Major: IPE. International Politics and Economics
Where did your interest come from to work in this career?
I was lucky enough to find an internship in a similar industry and I truly enjoyed it. It is a very human based career where people skills, persistence and actual hard work all combine.
What are typical entry level positions in your field and what does a career path look like?
In my case it was a training program. Most entry-level jobs are for engineers and supply chain managers but some companies really like hiring outside the norm and are really enthusiastic about hiring graduates from liberal arts schools.
How did you find the current position you have?
I applied through MOJO.
How are you using your Middlebury degree?
Middlebury taught me how to work hard, research and think critically. All of these are necessary requirements in this field. Furthermore economics does give you a very good base to work in any mathematical field.
What experience should a college student obtain to be marketable?
Internships, especially within the industry you are interested in, are increasingly important. The reason being that companies simply are more reluctant to take risks when hiring during more complicated economic times. An internship shows them that you understand the business, enjoy it and should be able to start producing as fast as possible.
What skills do you think a person needs to be successful in your position?
The great thing about this field is that it requires a myriad of different skills. I would emphasize analytical skills, human skills, and most importantly a desire to work hard. Be the first one there and the last one out.
What do you like best/least about your work?
What I like the most is the fact that it is a very intellectually demanding job but at the same time you do have the time to work in basic, sometimes even physical, tasks. What I least like about my work is probably something that occurs in most entry-level positions. You can easily get lost and even frustrated when first facing the amount of knowledge and skills you have to obtain.
What does an average day or week look like for you?
I usually start early since I am in charge of many matinal reports. So basically from 7:00 am to 9:00 am I am extremely busy. Afterwards I tend to concentrate on longer term projects for the company. This would entail an important amount of analytical work, asking questions (that is probably my number one recommendation to everybody starting on their careers. Ask as many questions as possible!) and eventually presenting my discoveries to the pertinent boards. A normal day would be truly non-stop but I usually can leave early at around 5:30pm.
To apply, Go/MOJO to submit your application and cover letter by Feb. 28.
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