Commercial Manager - Food Start-Up

Lime Talent Ltd
18 May 2017
17 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

With a reputation for creating delicious guilt free treats this start up built up a loyal following of dairy and wheat intolerant consumers to begin with, however their products have now gained national listing and the following has grown to health conscious consumers who are looking for a guilt free alternative to the usual unhealthy sweet treats.

This company has grown organically since inception due to the passion and determination of the founder who is still hands on in the business. This is an exciting time to join this business as they have listings in a number of health food stores, wholesalers, highstreet and peripheral grocers, they're on the cusp of secure a big top 4 supermarket which should take them to the next level.

We're searching for an entrepreneurial candidate who wants to be involved with a brand at the beginning and has the leadership qualities to take on man management within the first 6 months.

This is an exciting time to join a company in its infancy, since the inception of the business there has been exponential yoy growth of a minimum of 300% and the business is on track to continue this incredible growth through 2017/2018.

What will you do?

  • The primary responsibility of this role is to focus on establishing, managing and developing commercial relationships with customers, to achieve desired sales objectives
  • Achieving revenue, volume and profit targets and other determined KPIs across account portfolio through management of range and promotion mix. (Forecast, budget and track revenues, profit, spends, volume and margin on account portfolio)
  • Manage commercial negotiations, developing strategic business goals and joint business plans with customers
  • Work closely with the founder to develop customer specific marketing activation
  • Work in tandem with the Head of Supply to ensure accurate, timely and seamless delivery to your accounts every single time
  • Act as first point of contact for all matters between the customer and the business to ensure an aligned approach. Ensure thorough commercial administration practices are maintained for the accounts.
  • Ensure internal forecasting and reporting accuracy is of the highest standard. Review and manage forecast with the customer at key times or ahead of key promotions within the year

Profile/ Experience:

  • As a start-up business in the UK, a can-do, results driven personality with and a high degree of flexibility and a desire to succeed is essential. The ability to juggle many balls / accounts simultaneously and to get stuck in across all areas of the business
  • Previous experience as a NAM or SNAM within a UK branded business is essential as well as experience of managing major grocery or high street accounts
  • Previous experience of managing your own account P&L and JBP and a proven negotiator, the successful candidate will be eager to keep growing their accountability and to keep challenging themselves to develop
  • A strong commercial acumen and an ability to work autonomously with a strong drive and entrepreneurial nature is essential. A highly creative and strategic problem solver.
  • The successful candidate will be intelligent, articulate, highly numerate and feel very comfortable interacting with internal and external stakeholders at varying levels of seniority.
  • High level of comfort with ambiguity, keen to help with building structure and process within the business
  • Educated to degree level

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