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Sales Strategy Manager in Chicago, IL at Bimbo Bakeries USA

Date Posted: 3/4/2020

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Chicago, IL
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    3-5 years
  • Date Posted:
    3/4/2020
  • Job ID:
    req14953

Job Description

Have you ever enjoyed Arnold®, Brownberry® or Oroweat® bread? A Thomas’® English muffin or bagel? Or perhaps snacked on a Sara Lee®, Entenmann’s® or Marinela® cake or donut? If the answer is yes, then you know Bimbo Bakeries USA!

Bimbo Bakeries USA is part of Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company with operations in 32 countries. Bimbo Bakeries USA (“BBUSA”) includes BBUSA and its subsidiaries and affiliated entities, including, but not limited to, Wholesome Harvest Baking, East Balt, and Acelerada. BBUSA employs 20,000 associates across the U.S. in bakeries, sales centers, corporate offices and on sales routes to ensure our consumers have the freshest products to feed their families at every meal. But our associates come to work for much more – the chance to feed their own lives through exciting work that offers the opportunity to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives every day.

This position is responsible for developing and planning strategies that promote sales growth and overall customer profitability.  Its purpose is to support the development and implementation of growth strategies and tactics through Trade Analytics, Pricing Rationalization, and Best in Class Category Management principles. This position will work directly with Customer Teams (Customer Directors and Account Executives), Regional Operations Teams, and Finance Leadership focusing on our three business imperatives: Profitable Growth, Branded Sales Growth, and Dollar Share Growth.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead Development of Customer Strategies

  • Develop Trade Promotion plans that deliver positive Return on Investment (ROI) and drive profitable & sustainable sales growth

  • Ownership of pre and post promotional analysis and tracking, utilizing promotional analysis models and other off-line analysis as needed

  • Develop Base and Promotional Forecasts for each of the Channels, Brands, & Key Customers using the Navigator planning tool

  • Lead Central BU “Must Execute” process that provides visibility to Key Account promotional activity and full business growth projections to align the customer forecast with sales operations ordering

  • Partner with sales leaders on all Trimester Trade Reviews (Partner with Account Executives, Operations, and Customer Planning leadership)

  • Own pricing adherence to Revenue Growth Management (RGM) guardrails and approvals prior to Central DB entry

  • Develop “Best Practices” and “Best in Class” examples that can be deployed across other customers in each sub market

  • Utilize Syndicated Data and Panel Research to monitor shopping behaviors and consumer trends

  • Deliver on Key Performance Indicators for revenue, volume and controllable expenses (freshness, inventory and labor) in order to achieve the key objectives for assigned sales

  • Ensures compliance with all BBU safety programs promoted by the company

  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Sales, Business, or related field preferred.  A combination of education, training and experience that results in demonstrated competency to perform the work may be substituted.

Ideal candidate will possess:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in sales operations and or analytical position.
  • Strong technical and analytical background is a must
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Fluent knowledge and experience in the use of Microsoft Office suite of programs (Power point & Excel)
  • High level understanding and management of a P&L is a must
  • At least 6 months’ experience leading and influencing others
  • Requires excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to effectively negotiate and influence others
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Computer skills and proficiency, specifically PowerPoint, Excel, and Word is required
  • Travel Required, 20%

Key Behavioral Competencies:

  • Analytical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision

  • Ability to respond effectively to direction if needed; works primarily as an independent contributor

  • Accountable to lead entire projects having modest scope/impact or portions of projects having considerable scope/impact to business results

  • Ability to manage an advanced area of work

  • Ability to manage complex problems and offer viable solutions

  • Ability to exchange detailed information and communicate messages to reach consensus

  • Ability to manage a project budget


Bimbo Bakeries USA is an equal opportunity employer with a policy that provides equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, disability, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, reassignment, layoff, discharge, education, training and all other working conditions. To further the principle of equal employment opportunity, Bimbo Bakeries USA has developed affirmative action plans for minorities and women, qualified individuals with disabilities, and Vietnam-era and special disabled veterans and other protected veterans.