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Associate Brand Manager – New Markets

Job ID: R-13003 Category: Marketing Location: South Burlington, VT Date posted: 05/19/2021
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About Ben & Jerry’s:

Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., started in 1978 in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, USA, founded by childhood friends and dedicated activists Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. In 2000 Ben & Jerry’s became a wholly owned subsidiary of Unilever with the remainder of an independent Board of Directors to provide leadership focused on preserving and expanding Ben & Jerry's social mission, brand integrity, and product quality.

Ben & Jerry’s has an inspiring ambition. We aim to be Unilever’s next billion € brand by 2021. We have been expanding rapidly in Europe and in new markets in Asia and Latin America. This translates into a high-paced growth environment married without uncompromising grassroots and activist spirit. That is how we remain a true purpose-led organization with a connected 3-part mission that are reflected in our KPI’s:

Social mission: We initiate innovative ways to improve the quality of life locally, nationally and internationally specifically on Climate Justice and Social Justice, Racial Justice, and Economic Justice Product mission: We make and distribute the finest quality natural ice cream and euphoric concoctions Economic mission: We operate our Company for sustainable, Profitable financial growth

Job Summary:

Ben & Jerry’s is looking for a creative, driven, empathic, analytical, and organized Associate Brand Manager – New Markets to join our mission and use our business to create progressive change in the world while making the best possible ice cream in the nicest way possible.

This position is part of the New Markets team based in Vermont. This position will be responsible for delivering NPD innovation projects as well as mange an existing global portfolio across seven global markets. The role will also support the line manager with New Market business strategy. The role will require strong project & timeline management skills and require close interaction with Brand, R&D, operations, graphic design, supply chain, procurement, specification management, finance, legal and new market regional brand teams, to deliver products on time and in full in country. Responsibilities will encompass key aspects of the business including Product, Packaging, Proposition, Pricing, across the complete B&J’s New Markets portfolio, as well as Product and New Market P&L analysis. We are looking for a strong candidate who is comfortable supporting global projects and can work collaboratively, cross functionally, and across regions to deliver product and country launches to agreed timelines.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Working with the Senior Brand Manager- New Markets, develop new products for new markets that build awareness, drive trial, demonstrate leadership in progressive values and deliver the fun and irreverence that define Ben & Jerry’s:

  • Project lead to manage regional product innovation process across the New Market geographies (SEAA, ANZ, BRZ)  driving a 12Q plan

  • Manage Unilever stage gate process to vet feasibility and financial viability of projects.

  • Business case development for NPD projects, including transfer price and P&L analysis

  • Product portfolio management - work closely with creative design, copy writer, Trademark, regulatory and legal to ensure in country requirements

  • Lead weekly New Markets Project Team meetings and biweekly regional project team meetings with cross functional teams (R&D/ QA/SC/Legal/Regulatory) both in VT and regionally to manage innovation project timelines

  • Develop and lead New Market Innovation process optimization – to synergize the portfolio and globalize launches

  • Supports Sr. Brand Manager to develop product portfolio strategy that will define long term innovation pipeline and growth initiatives for key new markets

  • Assist in the development consumer category insights to determine market requirements for existing and future products, and to develop effective communication strategies.

  • Align the brand strategy for product positioning and key consumer messaging.

  • Commission and analyze consumer research, current market conditions and competitor information to drive to effective recommendations and decisions.

  • Exhibit commitment to the brand's social mission and help lead Marketing's contribution to delivering all three elements of Ben & Jerry's three-part mission statement. 

  • Additional responsibilities as required

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Marketing or the equivalent, MBA preferred

  • 5+ years of experience in marketing, product development, brand management or brand operations

  • Demonstrated success in leading cross-functional teams.

  • Must possess excellent analytical abilities, time management and strong project management skills

  • Proven ability to understand and consider financial scenarios (e.g. product P&Ls, ROI analyses, etc).

  • Experience or exposure working in a cross cultural or international environment preferred

  • Ability to build networks remotely

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Computer proficiency, especially Microsoft Excel, Word, Project & PowerPoint, and MS project

Key Competencies

  • Growth Mindset: A strong focus on growth through a winning, competitive mindset. Understanding key competitors and how we would win through differentiating our mix.

  • Consumer & Customer Focus: Putting our consumers & customers first is a must. Distilling consumer understanding into key insights as well as understanding the customer proposition are instrumental to success.

  • Bias for Action: A heightened emphasis on speed and urgency in all our actions. In order to ensure our continued category leadership, the successful candidate will have to think outside the box and challenge traditional ways of working in order to ensure quick delivery.

Our People Profile

To support out 3-part mission, Ben & Jerry’s also has an outspoken people-mission. We look for people with these characteristics to strengthen our team:

  • Purpose-driven: passion and drive to make a real impact with our social mission agenda

  • Empathy: curious to collaborate with a variety of personalities and styles and to build excellent relationships with internal & external stakeholders

  • Mastery: continuously learn and develop to remain an expert in your functional area

  • Autonomy: dare to make choices and take ownership

  • Activism: interested in bringing about political or social change

  • Equity: recognizing power dynamics and how biases play out in interactions throughout society; this awareness and these skills are necessary so that throughout our business we engage respectfully and make decisions fairly

Work Environment:

  • Office environment, some repetitive motion required. 

  • Minimal travel as needed only

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Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.  For more information, please see Equal Employment Opportunity Posters

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at NA.Accommodations@unilever.com. Please note: This email is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses.

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