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Penn State | Career Opportunities

Career growth opportunities

Develop leadership skills, grow as a person and a valued member of our team, and reap the rewards of tremendous growth opportunities

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Rapid Growth

In 2011, Clark Associates nearly doubled its total employees while Clark Eco Energy, as one of our newest divisions, has already installed more than 7000 solar panels on 4 of our 15 buildings

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Great benefits

Take advantage of medical and dental insurance, as well as flexible 401K plans, but be sure to save energy for regular Clark-sponsored sports teams, parties, and other events!

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Fun environment

Supplement your hard work with rewarding volunteer opportunities, delicious monthly luncheons, exciting paintball adventures and more

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Penn State grads play critical roles in maintaining the exciting, energetic, and productive work environment here at Clark Associates. Many Penn State grads hold prominent leadership positions that provide the drive, direction, and results that contribute to our rapid growth. In addition to all their hard work, they also have a lot of fun working at Clark Associates! Check out some of the bios below to meet a few of our Penn State grads!

Meet the Alumni

Dana

Photo Editing Trainer

"Working here has allowed me to develop my personal and professional skills..."

Shortly after graduating from Penn State in 2012, I started working for the WebstaurantStore as a photo editor. Since that time, I have grown to be the Photo Editing Trainer of the Photo Department. I am responsible for training new hires on our editing techniques and daily workflow, and maintaining our online resources for current employees. As an editor, I work to ensure that we provide accurate representations of our products so that the customer has the best possible experience.

Aside from the game room, gym, and catered lunches, I really enjoy that the WebstaurantStore encourages us to be creative and work in a relaxed atmosphere. Another WebstaurantStore event I enjoy is volunteering in the community. Working here has allowed me to develop my personal and professional skills. I have learned a great deal from my leaders and my coworkers. I am lucky to have managers that push their employees to succeed and grow. The WebstaurantStore has grown infinitely since I have started and I can't wait to see what the future brings for this company.

Dan

Countertop Equipment
Purchasing Manager

"The company continues to grow and open even more opportunities for existing employees and new hires..."

After graduating Penn State in the winter of 2010, I joined Clark Associates as a Jr. Buyer. I applied my background in restaurants and what I learned from Business Management courses to earn a promotion to Countertop Equipment Buyer. Two years after that I was lucky enough to be promoted to my current position and provide a positive impact on a rapidly growing company. Today the company continues to grow and open even more opportunities for existing employees and new hires.

The Purchasing department handles sourcing, pricing, inventory control, and many aspects of marketing across three distribution channels. I enjoy being in control of product categories and seeing the results of hard work in the form of increased sales and margin. As a manager, I enjoy helping my employees grow in their careers here at Clark Associates and providing guidance to achieve the company’s initiative. I am thankful I was given the opportunity to start my career here and plan on many more great years!

Stephanie

Procurement Operations
Specialist

"What I like about Clark Associates is that they recognize and reward hard workers and those with a commitment to learn..."

I had no background in the foodservice industry prior to starting at Clark Associates in 2013, but that hasn't limited my ability to grow and be successful here. As a student at Penn State, the most important thing I learned was how to pick up new skills and hone my talents. That's something in which Clark Associates places a high value upon. Trainings are offered throughout the year to ensure employees remain educated on the product lines we offer and the industry we serve.

What I like about Clark Associates is that they recognize and reward hard workers and those with a commitment to learn. In just under a year, I was promoted to Procurement Operations Specialist where my focus is on inventory management and market research. I enjoy working in Purchasing because we are one of the few centralized departments that have its hands in nearly all of the company’s pots. Whether it be distribution, customer service, marketing, or accounting, it’s exciting to know my work has a direct impact on all facets of the company!

Melissa

Marketing Manager

"Clark Associates really takes the time to find great employees, and help them succeed within their field..."

I graduated from Penn State in 2010 and started as the Lead Graphic Designer at Clark Associates later that summer. Over the next couple years, I was given increased responsibility and was promoted to Marketing Manager. My department is responsible for a number of tasks including the creation of monthly mailed flyers, coding weekly email advertisements, designing packaging for the items we sell, and putting trade show displays together! This wide variety of projects keeps every day unique and exciting.

Through my time at Clark, I learned so much that could never be taught in a classroom – hiring skills, business communication, management techniques, and all about the food service industry. Clark Associates really takes the time to find great employees, and help them succeed within their field. With our fast-paced, rapidly-growing environment, there is no way I could ever get bored here. It's the perfect transition from the PSU community.

Jim

Programming Team
Manager

"I have recognized many parallels to my experience at Penn State..."

Professionally, the most important thing to me is continual growth and knowledge so that I never become stagnant in my career. Over the past four years, I've never come close to reaching any sort of professional plateau. This is because I work with a team of managers and professionals who provide the type of challenges and resources necessary to improve my programming and professional skills.

In 2013, I was promoted to Programming Team Manager. This gave me the opportunity to lead a team that works on development projects integral to the success of the company. During my time here, I have recognized many parallels to my experience at Penn State—particularly in regard to team spirit and camaraderie. Just as I believe the great culture at Penn State is a direct byproduct of an excellent university, I believe the fantastic environment makes it such an incredible place to work.



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