Senior Brand Manager


Chicago IL


Industry 1: Food & Beverages
Industry 2: Food Production
Industry 3: Consumer Goods

Job ID: EB-2124325060
Category: Sales and Marketing
Location: Chicago, IL

Company Overview:

Our client is a privately owned family company with over 60 years of experience, a presence in over 160 countries, and a global team of 22,000 people. They are a significant player in the food industry, focusing on bringing enjoyment to people’s lives through great-tasting food. The company values family, authenticity, trust, and quality, which are reflected in their culture and guide their actions every day.


Reporting to the Senior Director, Marketing Foodservice, the Senior Brand Manager will oversee the North American Food Service portfolio. The role involves collaborating with cross-functional teams, including Sales, Customer Marketing, R&D, and Innovation, to develop and implement strategic initiatives aimed at growing the category. The ideal candidate should possess a passion for the operator and consumer, a proven track record of delivering results, strong analytical and financial skills, dynamic communication abilities, and experience in creating integrated marketing plans.

Responsibilities include:

• Lead and manage the daily activities for the NA On-Premises Food Service portfolio, serving as the expert in Foodservice offerings.
• Develop strategies and tactical plans supporting the total NA Food Service objectives, keeping the operator and consumer in mind.
• Act as a key leader on the category marketing team, aligning marketing communications with brand strategies.
• Collaborate with Innovation and Insights teams to develop On-Premise Food Service innovation pipelines.
• Deliver volume, net sales, profit, and brand equity targets for NA Food Service in partnership with the off-premises brand lead.
• Prepare monthly business analysis and reports using internal and external data and industry trends.
• Forge relationships with cross-functional teams to influence Go-To-Market strategies and plans.
• Initiate and/or approve packaging decisions.
• Develop two direct reports: brand manager and associate brand manager.

Qualifications for Success:

• Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Marketing, Business Administration, or a related field (MBA strongly preferred).
• Minimum 7 years of brand management experience.
• Previous experience in the CPG space and within Food Service strongly preferred.
• Ownership of brand or pipeline strategy for a distinct business segment.
• Entrepreneurial mindset with the ability to identify and pursue business opportunities.
• Strong financial acumen, analytical abilities, communication skills, and decisiveness.
• Ability to influence the organization and key stakeholders with fact-based evidence.
• Familiarity with the Stage-Gate process for decision-making.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
• Passion for and understanding of the food industry is preferred.

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