Mgr, Business Unit in Oak Brook, IL at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 2/18/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


IL Oak Brook

Job Type:

General Management

Job Posting Title:

Mgr, Business Unit

Job Description:

The Manager, Category supports the Director, Business Unit Lead, Pickles and Aseptic 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, data insights, and tracking mechanisms for timely execution of both commercial- and operational-related business unit initiatives. 

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Supports Director and General Manager on development of strategic initiatives that will drive success for the business unit
  • Assembles project teams, outlines project plans, and holds kick-off meetings for new initiatives. Regularly collaborates with Sales, Supply Chain, Research & Development, Finance, Commercialization and Marketing
  • Builds comprehensive customer-facing presentations in collaboration with the Sales and Insights teams
  • Leads SKU simplification / discontinuation process, execution, and coordination activities with procurement, operations, and go-to-market cross functional teams
  • Assists in managing stage gate process and utilizes PPM system
  • Compiles monthly reports for the Director and General Manager using IRI data, drawing and communicating meaningful insights from a large data set
  • Serves as point person for sales communications / sales wire documents, IRI new item tracking, and assists with new item launch sales materials and sample requests
  • Develops and maintains product catalogue materials and control brand label product offering
  • Leads and coordinates weekly cross-functional council meetings and ad-hoc meetings as required
  • Identifies and recommends solutions for business process improvement
  • Initiatives may include business process improvement, product and packaging innovation, high value cost savings efforts, customer support and management, customer and product troubleshooting, supply chain strategy, production capacity management, QA/R&D/procurement alignment, and sales/operations alignment
  • All other duties as may be assigned

Skills, Experience and Education:

  • Excellent project management capability
  • Must be highly detail oriented and resourceful
  • Strong facilitating, presenting and training skills
  • Ability to organize, influence and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated with strong multitasking, analytical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Microsoft Project, etc.)
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to coach and mentor others
  • Strong leadership capability with the ability to influence a wide range of people from THF Corporate team to plant leadership and cross functional teams
  • Adaptability to Change: Adjusts to change and uncertainty, able to shift gears and can act in ambiguous or uncertain situations.
  • Business and Financial Acumen:  Thinks critically about the marketplace and future trends to better understand the company’s competitive position and competitive advantage.
  • Collaboration/Teamwork:  Fosters cross-unit collaboration and builds and facilitates teamwork to get results.
  • Communication:  Uses multiple communication strategies to gain support and commitment from others and mobilize them to take action.
  • Customer Focus:  Works to determine customer needs and actively improves value chain in terms of service and delivery excellence.
  • Decision Making:  Uses effective business judgment to achieve the right balance of data-driven analysis vs. speed to arrive at the best decisions.
  • Drive for Results:  Focuses on achieving goals and holds self and others accountable for expected results.
  • Innovation:  Generates new and innovative ways or methods to market products and services.


  • Bachelor’s Degree Required (Business, Food Science or related)

Minimum Experience Preferred:

  • Three to five years of project management related experience. Three to five years of management experience in technical services environment preferred.

Travel Requirements: Up to 25%

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 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.

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