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Sales and Management Trainee 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Division AIT Service Centers - Western  
Location Seattle (DOT)  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category Sales and Marketing  

Are you a recent graduate with a Bachelor’s degree who wants to build a sales career and a potential leadership role in the future? Train for your professional sales career with Applied Industrial Technologies, one of America’s largest industrial distributors.

We are an established industrial distribution company committed to long term growth and customer satisfaction. We are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and offer subsidized benefits including health care, vision, & dental, tuition reimbursement, and career development opportunities. We just completed two (2) record years of sales and bottom line results. We are growing!

The opportunity:

Our Career Opportunity and Management Employment Training (COMET) is the exclusive award-winning, fast track training program of Applied Industrial Technologies. COMET is for recent college graduates who desire a challenging role in the sales and distribution of industrial components. You will learn about the business from the ground up. Be part of an organization with a bright future.

Your training program will include 10 months of personalized training and coaching by managers and peers, many of whom started in the same position. You will receive product training and soft skills training in sales, communications, and customer service through one-on-one, small group, web based methods, and on-the-job training. We will introduce you to our sales and operations processes, technology, and strong company culture focused on customer satisfaction, personal mastery, and individual/team contributions.

Our program, which runs from September through May of each year, has produced sales professionals, local managers, national account managers and regional managers for Applied®. Our service center locations are flexible with the date of hire for their COMET associate. They will work with the ideal candidate to find a start date that is mutually beneficial. That means you will not need to wait until September to start a successful career with Applied.

Position Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record


  • Internship or related work experience in a customer facing role
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering Technology, or Communications

Desired characteristics:

  • Strong desire to build a sales career
  • Mechanical interest
  • Results oriented, attention to detail, and good time management skills
  • Potential to fill leadership roles in the future

Work for a corporation that believes in developing its people. Applied employees believe in the company and love the environment. Individual contributors with fresh ideas and passion for excellence are encouraged and rewarded.

About the Organization Applied Industrial Technologies(NYSE: AIT) is a value-added distributor of bearings, power transmission components, fluid power components and systems, industrial rubber products, linear motion components, tools, safety products, general maintenance products serving customers in virtually every industry. A $2.5 billion company, AppliedŽ is an industry leader with 90 years of experience, a solid balance sheet, and a clear plan for growth. We've just completed 3 years of record back to back sales and net results!

The Applied network includes 500+ service centers, 9 distribution centers in North America, Australia & New Zealand, 19 fluid power companies creating the world's largest fluid power network and Maintenance Services and Supplies subsidiary that also specializes in inventory management solutions.

We provide engineering, design & systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber & fluid power shop services, maintenance training, and inventory & storeroom management solutions that provide added value to our customers. We offer more than 4 million parts critical to operations of MRO and OEM customers.

Applied's 5,000+ associates are value driven, experienced, knowledgeable associates dedicated to the pursuit of customer satisfaction through innovation, trusted products, expertise, and support. We are passionate about our core values: integrity, respect, customer focus, commitment to excellence, accountability, innovation, continuous improvement, teamwork.
• GI Jobs Magazine - Ranked in the Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers
• Fortune 1000 List of America's Largest Companies 2004-2012
• Selling Power - 3rd best Company to Sell For, 2012 (5th year in a row in the top 50)
• HR Chally Group ' Customer-Rated World Class Sales Winner
• Ranked 15th on Industrial Distribution's Big 50 List of industrial distributors
Other benefits Bonus opp, health benefits, 401k, tuition reimb, career devt opp.  

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