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Sr.Assistant Brand Manager-Culinary in Chicago, IL at Morton Salt

Date Posted: 3/13/2020

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Job Description

Since 1848, Morton Salt has been improving lives and enhancing every day moments. We not only offer your favorite salts for the kitchen but have also created water-softening salts for your home, ice melt salts for your walkways, and chemical-free salts for your pool.  Morton Salt also produces quality salts for a vast array of industries, from food manufacturing to pharmaceuticals. 
We are widely recognized for our famous Morton Salt Girl, one of America’s most beloved icons.  She has been the face of our brand for over a century and remains a symbol of trust for consumers and customers.
The Culinary portfolio includes Morton Salt’s iconic “Blue Round Can” in the US, Windsor Salt’s iconic “Rectangle” in Canada, and a full range of fast growing salts including Kosher and Sea Salt.  Our Seasonings, featuring Season-All and Nature’s Seasons, are also a part of this segment.  Given its broad household penetration, the Culinary portfolio also plays a lead role in the overall branding efforts for Morton and Windsor as a whole.
Position Purpose
The Senior Assistant Brand Manager is a general management role with P&L responsibility.  This person has shared accountability for managing the short-term and long-term profitability of the Culinary business in the US and direct accountability in Canada.
Activities will include the following:
Leads the strategic marketing planning processes for the Canadian Culinary business and supports the process for the US, identifying and driving key initiatives to advance the business
Leads the research, development, positioning and commercialization of new products, line extensions, visual graphics, and enhanced product offerings across all channels for innovation projects close to the base business
In collaboration with the communications team, the Senior Assistant Brand Manager will develop, execute, and measure the advertising and promotion strategy to drive sales and brand equity for the portfolio. 
Establish and report against key performance metrics, addressing any gaps to budget and future commitments.

1. P&L Ownership
Directly accountable for the Canadian Culinary P&L and supports the management of the US P&L
Responsible for managing against a business scorecard and reporting to the Executive Team issues and opportunities to improve performance
Leads a cross functional P&L Team to track, forecast, analyze and identify sources to improve P&L and business performance
2. Business Strategy & Execution
Responsible for establishing and gaining alignment from the Executive Team on strategies and plans to improve profitability and achieve desired business and market objectives in Canada
Leads key initiatives in the US to strengthen competitive position and drive category growth
Aligns resources and leads the cross-functional team to execute against strategies and tactics
Manages performance and works closely with cross-functional partners to overcome barriers in order to achieve desired business goals
Utilizes syndicated data, and competitive intelligence to assess market opportunities. Uses quantitative and qualitative research to vet new product ideas, packaging, pricing, and positioning strategies
3. Business Development
Closely monitors and identifies changes in market, customer and competitor trends with the potential for impacting current and future business performance
Identifies market opportunities and risks, quantifies/estimates P&L impact, and justifies investments required to support future business growth
Implements all assigned commercialization efforts to ensure the organization delivers against its growth commitments and portfolio expansion initiatives
Establishes and reports against key performance metrics, addressing any gaps to budget and future commitments
Provides input with Supply Chain & Operations to incorporate market requirements into short and long-term capacity planning
4. Build and Protect Long-Term Brand Equity
Uses customer and consumer/end-user insights to drive business and brand activity, new products, strategies, and thought leadership
Contributes to the development of clear brand vision, positioning, promise, goals and strategy 
Works with Communications and Sales Strategy & Planning teams to create communication vehicles and sales tools that convey brand value and justify selling price premium         
Measures performance and implements improvement measures to achieve desired customer and consumer experience
5.  Innovation and Product Portfolio Management
Provides input to the Innovation team for the development and execution of product and packaging innovation plans to support portfolio growth. 
Responsible for go-to-market planning and execution for all types of innovation projects from “sustaining” to “transformational” innovation
Oversees all stages of sustaining innovation projects – from idea generation through commercialization
Manages the Canadian Culinary product portfolio, investment levels and associated consumer communications (in partnership with the Communication Team) in accordance with the portfolio strategy, stage in the product life cycle, and segment objectives
6.  Pricing Strategy Development, Planning & Performance
Provides strategic direction and collaborates with the pricing team to develop and optimize pricing architectures, strategies and plans by product lines in the Canada Culinary category
Integrates pricing strategies and plans into product strategies and plans
Partners with Brand Finance and the Sales Strategy & Planning teams to forecast and track the impact of pricing actions with regards to overall business and financial performance
Collaborates with Sales Strategy & Planning and Sales teams to identify optimal trade promotions to delivery business results.
7.  Budgeting & Forecasting
Participant in monthly integrated business planning meetings, providing key market drivers that will impact the forecast and ensuring new business opportunities and risks are incorporated into the demand plan
Reviews baseline budget and financial forecast development and recommends adjustments to estimated sales volume and revenue attainment based on key growth initiatives, market growth rates, trends, opportunities and risks

Minimum Position Qualifications
Education:     Bachelor’s degree required
Experience:   Minimum of 5 years of experience, with 2+ years in consumer marketing preferably in CPG
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Well-rounded business acumen with proven skills in marketing, business strategy, and general management
Passion for inspiring customers as well as external and internal partners
Experience successfully launching new products and managing the product life cycle a plus
Proven track record of success and demonstrated ability in leading cross functional teams
Must be enthusiastic, self-motivated and demonstrate excellent problem solving and decision-making skills.
Proven ability to think and move between strategic and analytical thinking as well as actual execution
Experience with Nielsen and/or IRI strongly preferred
Must be well organized, able to work under time constraints and multi-task in a fast-paced environment, meeting deadlines as set by manager
SAP experience a plus



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