Posted: August 13, 2021
Location: Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois.
Department: Sales


Kretek International is America’s #1 importer, marketer and distributor of specialty tobacco products, including high-end cigars, tobacco and alternative nicotine products with such well-known brands as Djarum, Cuban Rounds and High Tea Herbal Wraps. Founded 35+ years ago, we continue to grow and constantly seek talented employees who can help us do that.  For more information, please visit:


The Area Account Manager will lead and manage Kretek International sales strategies for assigned local distributor accounts and select regional chain accounts within a regional specific sales territory consisting of multiple states. The Area Account Manager can be located in areas such as Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois.

 Products Sold: Tobacco Products and “OTP” Other Tobacco Products within the category.

 This position will be regionally focused and will cover the Midwest/Plains states.   The candidate will need to reside new the geographic vicinity to any Regional airport.


  • Develops and maintains business relationships with identified local distributors and regional chains within a core market sales territory. Interaction with customers is achieved through business correspondence, physical visits, and presentations and through field market visits to assess all potential opportunities.

  • Ability to interpret and understand company specific sales reports and syndicated data for use in sales presentations.

  • Ability to accept strategic guidance Director of National Sales along with headquarter leadership.

  • Possess the ability to coordinate and work closely cross functionally with the Retail Sales Leadership to execute retail chain store initiatives for point of sale execution.

  • Consistently provide local distributor feedback to all leadership to help drive sales to meet or exceed volume objectives.

  • Plans and supports all Trade Shows within market area and will assist as needed in others territories with Chain coverage or Trade Shows as requested.

  • Acts on guidance provided from Director of National Sales coordinating and supporting local distributor strategies to drive key sales objectives.

  • Responds to all reporting requests, weekly summaries, quarterly reports and other detailed reports as required.

  • May require up to 75% travel, mostly within a multiple state defined territory, able to store POS/samples/displays.

  • Valid Driver’s License required.




  • Associates or Bachelor degree preferred.


  • 5 + years of CPG sales experience preferably in a tobacco sales environment, 6 years of distribution channel sales experience.

Special Skills/Knowledge

  • Excellent analytical skills; proficient in Microsoft Office Suites software, excellent writing skills, excellent math aptitude.


    Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be added at any time per business needs.


    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.