Cleveland, Ohio

Description & Qualifications - Internal


Here, we believe there's not one path to success, we believe in careers that grow with you. Whoever you are or wherever you come from in the world, there's a place for you at Sherwin-Williams. We provide you with the opportunity to explore your curiosity and drive us forward. We'll give you the space to share your strengths and we want you to show us what you can do. You can innovate, grow and discover in a place where you can thrive and Let Your Colors Show!

Sherwin-Williams values the unique talents and abilities from all backgrounds and characteristics. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, including individuals with disabilities and Protected Veterans.


Sherwin-Williams is seeking motivated individuals who have a drive for sales in a business-to-business organization to join our Sales Leadership Development Program. This training program is designed to develop key skills and experience that will lead to a Sales Representative position within our Performance Coatings Group, supporting one of our technical divisions which include Automotive, Coil, EPS, Industrial Wood, General Industrial, Packaging or Protective and Marine.

What you will gain:

• Knowledge and understanding of Sherwin-Williams sales process, business operations, paint products, market segments, customers, and go-to-market strategy

• The training and support you need to excel at sales, customer service, finance, and strategic business planning (or business operations)

• Professional networking opportunities to build cross-functional partnerships with Marketing, Operations and R&D

OUR MUST HAVES- Hit apply if you meet all of them!

Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree in business related field preferably sales

• GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale

• Previous experience in sales and/or customer service obtained through real work experience or internships

• Drive to be in technical sales

• Must be open to relocation based on business need for training, post program position and promotional opportunities

• Possess and maintain a valid and unrestricted driver's license

• Must be authorized to work in the US without company sponsorship

• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

EXTRAS TO HELP YOU STAND OUT - These are not required for you to be eligible to apply, but don't be afraid to brag about any of the following:

• Leadership in extra-curricular activities/organizations

• Involvement in student organizations such as business or sales fraternity membership (Pi Sigma Ep, Future Business Leaders of America, Center for Professional Sales)

• Well-developed analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills

• Strong communication, relationship building and organizational skills

• Ability to travel overnight, approximately 15-20% of the time

• Sales or business-related certifications

• Experience using customer relationship management tools such as Salesforce

Other Qualifications:

• Must be able to retrieve material from shelves and floor stacks and lift and carry up to 50 lbs for short distances (think a large bag of dog food!)

• Some travel to other locations, meetings and/or seminars is required.

About Performance Coatings Group at Sherwin-Williams:

The Sherwin-Williams Performance Coatings Group supplies a broad range of highly-engineered solutions for the construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets in more than 120 countries around the world. There are seven business units under the Performance Coatings Group, which include: Automotive Finishes, Coil Coatings, Engineered Polymer Solutions, General Industrial Coatings, Packaging Coatings, Protective & Marine, and Industrial Wood Coatings. The industrial markets we service include but are not limited to: Beverage & Food Cans, Furniture, Flooring, Cars, Airplanes, Marine, Oil & Gas, Electronics, Military and Appliances.

Sherwin-Williams is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, pregnancy, genetic information, creed, marital status or any other consideration prohibited by law or by contract.

As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, Sherwin-Williams requests state and local employment services delivery systems to provide priority referral of Protected Veterans.

Cleveland, Ohio

Who We Are Looking For 

We are looking for passionate and innovative transitioning military service members, veterans and spouses to join our growing team. We look for candidates who can align with our core values of Integrity, Service, People, Quality, Growth, Innovation and Performance to ensure we stay true to our mission.

Who We Are

With stores, distribution centers and facilities spanning the globe, we are able to deliver the best in paints, coatings and related products to customers around the world. From our headquarters to our 130 distribution centers and more than 4,000 retail locations, we continue to grow in new and exciting ways.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer of all protected statuses, including disability and Veteran. 

Should I Apply?

At Sherwin-Williams, we believe there are many paths to success. We provide you with the opportunity to utilize the skills you gained from serving and drive us forward. We will give you the space to share your strengths and show us what you can do. You can innovate, grow and discover in a place where you can thrive and Let Your Colors Show!

What Happens After I Apply?

Once you click “Apply Now” on a Sherwin-Williams job posting, you will be re-directed to fill out an application on the career page. To be considered for next steps, please complete the application on the Sherwin-Williams career page and make sure you have an updated resume uploaded to your RecruitMilitary profile. Once Sherwin-Williams reviews your resume and profile, a team member may contact you with more information and to schedule an interview.

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