Temporary and flexible field roles


How would you like to take on a rewarding role that fits around your other commitments? Whether it’s for just a couple of weeks, several months or anything in between, these roles involve supporting one of our prestigious clients on a specific project or tackling an ad hoc brief. It could be that a client is aiming to boost sales for a particular brand, for example. Or they might be launching a new promotion. Whatever the need, you’ll immerse yourself in the brand to get the best results for their sales and achieve great things for your career.

Meet the team


I love working for CPM in my role as the work is very varied and stretches me on a weekly basis. It involves motivating people, being a one-man support team on the phones and over email, carrying out inductions, training, coaching… Every day is different. Seeing my team succeed is what it’s all about.”
I have worked on hundreds of different accounts for CPM over the years and I would definitely recommend working for the company. They give you a good brief so you understand what’s expected from your calls into the stores, along with all the tools and support you need to complete the job in hand.”
The flexibility of choosing my hours each week is a real benefit as I can fit my hours around my other commitments. I do regular calls which means I’ve built some very strong in-store relationships, and I enjoy seeing the difference I’ve made. Every call is different, and I enjoy the challenges that this brings.”
I initially joined CPM in a part-time role and quickly recognised that CPM truly invests in its people and their development. I’ve personally developed from that part-time role to where I am now: running the national Flex team. There’s a brilliant work ethic here, and the fun environment ensures this is a great place to work.”
I really enjoy the interaction with my team and have been involved in the development of many people through the business. No two days are the same, so I never have time to be bored and I’ve never stopped learning. We have some great clients and I have a real sense of pride about working here.”
I love working for CPM in my role as the work is very varied and stretches me on a weekly basis. It involves motivating people, being a one-man support team on the phones and over email, carrying out inductions, training, coaching… Every day is different. Seeing my team succeed is what it’s all about.”
– Andrew, Senior Field Sales Development Manager
I have worked on hundreds of different accounts for CPM over the years and I would definitely recommend working for the company. They give you a good brief so you understand what’s expected from your calls into the stores, along with all the tools and support you need to complete the job in hand.”
– Claire, Field Sales Development Executive
The flexibility of choosing my hours each week is a real benefit as I can fit my hours around my other commitments. I do regular calls which means I’ve built some very strong in-store relationships, and I enjoy seeing the difference I’ve made. Every call is different, and I enjoy the challenges that this brings.”
– Debbie, Field Sales Development Executive
I initially joined CPM in a part-time role and quickly recognised that CPM truly invests in its people and their development. I’ve personally developed from that part-time role to where I am now: running the national Flex team. There’s a brilliant work ethic here, and the fun environment ensures this is a great place to work.”
– Kathryn, National Manager, Flex Division
I really enjoy the interaction with my team and have been involved in the development of many people through the business. No two days are the same, so I never have time to be bored and I’ve never stopped learning. We have some great clients and I have a real sense of pride about working here.”
– Lynn, Field Sales Development Manager

Some of our temporary and flexible field roles


Field Sales Development Executive

This role is about proactively driving product sales across the big four grocers and discounters. You’ll liaise with the key decision makers in these retailers to maximise the availability of your brands and ensure that all displays and product placements are in line with your client’s objectives. That could involve everything from implementing eye-catching Point of Sale displays and activating promotions through to carrying out store audits and negotiating incremental space.

It’s a role that calls for excellent organisational and time management skills. Meanwhile, with a strong drive for getting results, you’ll always be happy to go the extra mile for your client. Good attention to detail is important too, especially when it comes to recording your activities.

National Field Sales Manager

You’ll lead our tactical field sales team, motivating, coaching and developing every individual to maximise their performance across a wide range of outlets. You could be overseeing short-term van sales or supporting the success of a whole host of tactical campaigns. Put simply, you’ll drive sales and give our teams the support and inspiration they need to introduce big-name brands to even more customers.

An experienced manager, you’ll have exceptional communication skills and the ability to inspire others. You should be flexible about where you work and passionate about getting the right results. As well as that, you’ll know how to meet and exceed all client expectations.

Van Sales Agent

This is all about boosting sales by maximising the availability of a range of products on behalf of your client. That will involve taking responsibility for stock within your own sales area, then completing Cash & Carry collections and reconciliations throughout the day. You’ll need to report daily sales results as well as looking for ways to maximise any new sales opportunities.

You’ll be a representative of your clients and their brands, so we’ll need you to be friendly and professional across everything you do. We’ll provide you with a van for your use throughout the contract.

Brand Ambassador (Sampling)

If you enjoy selling, communicating with customers and providing them with great service, this is an opportunity to become a representative for a well-known brand. You’ll drive product sales, increase brand awareness and boost customer engagement by providing samples of the brand or actively selling it. It’s a position that calls for high performers who can become knowledgeable brand experts and a role model for other CPM colleagues and stakeholders in the store environment. 

Your specific responsibilities will include setting up Point of Sale promotions, briefing colleagues on the activity, and then engaging with shoppers to both influence their buying decisions and create a positive shopping experience.


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Hints and tips


Hopefully you like what you’ve read and are ready to start searching for an opening. But first, we’d recommend having a quick look through these questions. They’re all things people have asked us before or during the recruitment process, so they might well answer any queries you have too.


Do I need to have previous field sales experience to join this part of CPM?

At CPM, success out in the field is all about your attitude – if you’re up for a challenge, hungry to deliver great results and want to work in a flexible role this could be for you. If you have any customer facing, retail or sales experience that would be a plus but we’re a very collaborative business and you’ll be provided with training to complete the job. You’ll have a supportive manager for the duration of your employment too.

What do you want to see in a CV?

The simpler the better from our point of view. Use a clean design and a simple, easy-to-read font. We want to be able to get to the information that shows how you’d be a good fit for a role quickly. That doesn’t mean it can’t showcase who you are though – try to make the way you write concise but also engaging. Think manageable sections and clear headers. In terms of skills, there are certain core qualities that we look for in everyone here: you should be a great communicator, enthusiastic and well organised. The exact qualities we’ll want to see vary from role to role, but we’ll certainly want to see a passion for sales. Make sure you tell us something about your interests outside of work too.

Are there any big CV pitfalls to look out for?

Make sure your CV is professional. Comedy email addresses are definitely not the way to impress! Use warm language but be wary of making it too informal or chatty. We’ll also want to see attention to detail and accuracy so check for errors and, if you can, get someone else to proof-read it for you. Finally, try not to go over two pages – adjust the margins if you need to and use less content for less recent roles.

What’s the best way to prepare for an interview?

We’d recommend thinking about the questions you’re likely to be asked so you can start planning some answers. What are the key skills being sought, and how have you demonstrated them in other roles? You should get yourself up to speed with the client you’d be representing – we’ll want to see that you have a real interest in, and passion for, their brand and what they do. Make sure you research our organisation too. Go beyond just this careers site (although this is a great starting point). Also plan your route well in advance and allow more time than you think you’ll need. You don’t want to feel rushed or stressed. 

What should I wear for an interview?

We represent prestigious clients and we’ll want to see that you can too. So make sure you look smart and professional. We think it’s always better to err on the side of formal and it’s a good idea to pick out your outfit in advance. Think about your accessories as well and make sure they’re appropriate for an interview. With jewellery, less is more and with footwear, go for smart but also comfortable. Finally, don’t forget to smile and make eye contact. 

What will you be expecting on the day?

We’ll expect you to understand the role and our company. Make sure you bring any documentation we’ve requested with you and it’s a good idea to bring a copy of your CV. And if you stumble over a question, don’t worry – it can happen to anyone. The important thing is to keep your composure. It’s absolutely fine to ask for a bit of time to think about your answer if you need to. 

How should I approach my interview answers?

We’d recommend structuring your answers by giving some context, explaining what you did and highlighting the outcomes. One way to do this is to use the STAR method – explain the situation, outline what the task (or goal) was, cover what action you took (especially as an individual), and describe the result. What did you achieve? What could you do better next time? We’ll also expect you to have some questions for us. It will help to show how much you’re interested in joining us.

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