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The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.

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We believe the office is a critical driver of innovation, connection and development, but also realize providing more flexibility to our employees is critical in this new world. Starting in January 2022, the majority of our salaried employees will be able to work virtually for up to two days each week to create a more agile and modern workplace. Some jobs may be required to be performed fully in person depending a role’s responsibilities and requirements.

General information

All posting locations: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Job Function: 01 - Sales

Department: 01 - 02 - Business / Category Development

Date Published: 10-May-2022

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

The Manager- Sales provides leadership for category management- business unit forecasting and trade management for the Business Unit. Main functions include but are not limited to process improvement- forecast accuracy- trade efficiency- increase in TQPM for our brands- distribution recommendations- and merchandising strategy changes that will help to drive profitable revenue/OI growth. This position will collaborate cross-functionally with marketing- finance- field sales- and supply chain to ensure target delivery.

Key Components of the role

  • Develop robust business proposals that combine brand story with customer’s strategic interests.

  • Conduct account specific market research with category marketing to set key windows- pricing strategy and TDP (total distribution points) expectations.

  • Supervise distribution build- pricing- and promotional compliance to guardrails across existing and new categories to maintain balance across channels and enhance revenue potential.

  • Lead trade marketing and shopper marketing budget to ensure spend discipline across categories and work with field teams to implement approved infusions to deliver financial goals.

  • Collaborate closely with revenue management and customer sales teams to proactively deliver more efficient promotional spend without risk to buyer relationships and competitive edge.

  • Deliver sales forecasting efficiency with demand- supply- and sales by leading monthly demand forecasting routines to identify key volume drivers and communicating material needs.

  • Contribute thought leadership by identifying whitespace across different channels through closure of core product gaps- innovation- and profitable promotion plans incremental to plan.

  • Manage product supply shortage through efficient communication with supply chain and customer sales teams to minimize revenue loss and maintain customer prioritization.

  • Analyze competitive landscape periodically to help the team maintain an efficient go to market strategy and react dynamically to competitive threats.

  • Develop comprehensive understanding of commercialization process and track progress of new item commercialization against pre-specified launch dates to hit customer resets.

  • Own communication routines with sales teams (often involving 50+ participants) to gather market intelligence and highlight BU priorities and changes to brand strategies and tactics.

  • Develop sound relationships with all cross-functional partners to guarantee efficient execution and revenue realization.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • 3+ years of professional experience with an understanding of FMCG industry; Prior experience in category management or sales preferred

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving capability with experience using data; Syndicate/panel data familiarity a plus

  • Outstanding verbal- written and interpersonal communications skills

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills

  • Advanced Excel knowledge and experience working with databases

  • Experience presenting to and working with customers

Location(s)

Chicago/Aon Center

Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity