VP / Sr Dir, Business Unit General Manager in Oak Brook, IL at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 8/23/2020

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Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


IL Oak Brook

Job Type:

General Management

Job Posting Title:

VP / Sr Dir, Business Unit General Manager

Job Description:

The VP / Senior Director, General Manager is charged with developing the over-arching business strategies for the following portfolios:  Single Serve Coffee, RTD Coffee, Bars, Pita, Candy, Tea, Powdered Beverages, Other Blends – then leading their execution to meet the short and long term performance expectations of the business.  The work will span all lines of the portfolio’s P&L and will require careful coordination with all key functions across the enterprise.  The business is in the hundreds of millions in sales annually and spans both Retail, Food Away From Home and contract manufacturing customers in both US and a few international markets (primarily Canada)

Position Responsibilities:

  • Develops and secures senior management alignment to multi-year strategic plans
  • Develops, aligns and executes annual operating plans that deliver expected top and bottom line performance
  • Monitors performance against goals and identifies corrective activities as needed
  • Analyzes market place information to understand the consumer, customer and competition
  • Partners with the finance organization to understand the financial performance from a total business level down to individual SKU level and identify opportunities to continuously improve margins (eg pricing, mix management, productivity)
  • Oversees the forecast process to manage capacity and ensure the right product is available when customers place orders.
  • Works with the supply chain organization to reduce production costs through continuous improvement programs, line/plant optimization initiatives, procurement planning and aggressive simplification efforts
  • Partners with the sales organization to manage customer relationships, execute key go-to market tactics (pricing, merchandising, shelving, assortment) and participate in multi-million dollar annual bids
  • Develops innovation plans to drive both short and long term performance; partners with the R&D and market research organization to create and validate the ideas

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Coffee experience highly preferred.  Either sales, marketing, general management, production, etc.
  • Food experience preferred
  • Demonstrated ability (experience and results) managing multiple businesses simultaneously and leading broad cross-functional teams
  • Self-starter with a high degree of intellectual curiosity, continuous improvement mindset and learning agility
  • Creative problem-solving abilities required; ability to be resourceful to find solutions, using a “can do” attitude
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Comfort operating in a lean organization
  • Demonstrated track record of accomplishing objectives and meeting deadlines.
  • 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
  • Demonstrated understanding of business fundamentals including P&L management, pricing and trade strategy
  • Exposure to new product commercialization and start-up procedures
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and incomplete information
  • Ability to handle multiple projects concurrently
  • 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 ten years of business experience (a background in Coffee / CPG food is strongly preferred)

Travel Requirements: 10-20%

Education: Bachelor’s Degree Required; Master’s Degree:  Preferred

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.

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