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Business Unit Strategy Manager in Oak Brook, IL at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 9/13/2018

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Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time

Location:

IL Oak Brook

Job Type:

Marketing

Job Posting Title:

Business Unit Strategy Manager

Job Description:

The Business Unit Strategy Manager supports the General Manager by providing leadership and coordination on strategic, cross-functional priorities required to help achieve business unit goals and objectives.  This role is responsible for managing detailed cross-functional teams, project plans, and tracking mechanisms for timely execution of both commercial- and operational-related business unit initiatives. 


Position Responsibilities:

  • Execute business objectives, strategy and tactics for assigned categories, working closely with General Manager and business teams
  • Identify new product opportunities and lead project management of new products/offerings. Coordinate and support project costing, timeline development, material set-up/readiness, scale-up efforts and launch/post launch metrics
  • Lead innovation/acquisition strategy, including identification of new manufacturing methods or partners and analysis of potential targets
  • Develop and maintain relationships with potential contract partners
  • Manage and drive business simplification and cost improvement efforts, including development of CI initiatives
  • Analyze category data and segments to identify product and competitive strengths and weaknesses, identify growth opportunities and defense strategies as needed
  • Track competitive efforts and recommend adjustments to changing market conditions.
  • Partner with sales to understand key account strategies and identify and implement appropriate category management solutions for optimizing account performance
  • Help develop annual business review and assist in the development of mid and long-term strategic business planning
  • Maintain and communicate product knowledge library for respective categories
  • Manage several work streams across multiple functions with tight completion timelines
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and must develop materials that translate across a wide range of functional audiences
  • Ensure proper application of project management tools, stage/gate models and prioritization
  • The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list of all tasks

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Self-starter with a high degree of intellectual curiosity, continuous improvement mindset and learning agility
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Demonstrated track record of accomplishing objectives and meeting deadlines.
  • Creative problem solving abilities required; ability to be resourceful to find solutions, using a “can do” attitude
  • Strong project and influence management skills to lead cross-functional project teams
  • Collaborative leadership style with the ability to effectively handle conflict and employ a systematic approach to finding solutions
  • Excellent communication skills - both formal and informal with the ability to communicate within all levels of the organization
  • Exposure to and understanding of multiple business disciplines (Purchasing, Marketing, Finance, Manufacturing, Logistics, R&D, etc.) in previous positions preferred
  • Financial acumen – ability to apply financial management principals to ensure fiscally sound decisions
  • Exposure to new product commercialization and start-up procedures
  • Ability to handle multiple projects concurrently
  • Experience with negotiating and developing supplier relationships
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Exposure to Syndicated Data (IRI, AC Neilson)
  • Familiarity with SAP and BI a plus
  • Knowledge of Continuous Improvement a plus

Minimum Experience Preferred: 

  • Minimum eight years of business experience (a background in food manufacturing is strongly preferred)

Travel Requirements: 10-20%

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to disability-accommodations@treehousefoods.com. In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.


EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.