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Business Development Manager CE - Elida Beauty

Job ID:
Customer Development
Rueil-Malmaison, Île-de-France Region;
London, England
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Business Development Manager CE– Elida Beauty

Work Location: France/UK/Agile

Job Type: Full time

Travel: Considerable

Who we are … we are Elida Beauty

Elida Beauty is a very exciting new beauty business within Unilever.  We are re-found iconic brands by remixing them for today’s generation, making them even bigger beauty hits than they were first time around.

Our remixes democratize beauty, because we want everyone on the ‘beauty dance floor’ with our top-quality products at a great value.

Driven by our colleague’s creativity, agility and close connection with consumers, customers and suppliers we are able to unleash the true potential of our loved brands with a fresh start.  We ‘Re-Found’ them using a start-up mentality that always ‘finds a way’.  Our ‘no silos’, one team approach drives both personal and business growth so that together we deliver outcomes that are music to the ears of consumers, customers, colleagues and the planet alike.

Your Role & Key Responsibilities

The purpose of this role is to develop and execute the customer strategy and customer business plan to drive the growth and profitability agenda within Elida Beauty.

Key responsibilities include the following:  

  • Manage and develop the relationship with the distributors and E-Commerce platforms

  • Develop, implement and optimize the customer strategy

  • Establish and agree joint customer business plans in order to meet business objectives

  • Deliver, monitor and review the plans with a growth mindset

  • Provide customer and channel understanding through data analysis

  • Manage the customer P&L for the respective categories/channels

  • Negotiate trade terms and trade funding within distribution agreements

  • Oversee customer operations working cross functionally

  • Work in close collaboration with the Category Managers for the category input, and with customer marketing for the banner/channel plan

  • Play an integral role within the sales and operations planning

Stakeholder Management and key interfaces:


  • Head of Sales - Central Europe

  • Elida Beauty leadership and colleagues

  • Customer Marketing managers 

  • Supply chain team

  • Customer service team

  • Finance team


  • Customers across all channels: including GTM distribution partners  

  • Marketing/communication agencies (if applicable) 

  • 3rd Party merchandisers

  • Data providers

Skills and Experience

Educational Background:

  • Commercial degree, preferably in sales and marketing.  

  • At least 5 years of working experience in Sales & Marketing with 3 years’ experience in KAM manager role. 

  • Proven track record of delivery topline and bottom-line results.  

  • Leadership experience

  • Business development/sales management experience  

  • B2B experience- Beauty and Personal Care  

  • CCD / Shopper Marketing Experience

  • Experience and a great understanding of the Beauty and Personal Care world

Professional Knowledge/Skill Requirements:

  • Functional and technical knowledge

  • Sales: Strong communication and negotiation skills

  • P&L – financial acumen

  • Communication skills

  • Problem solving skills

  • Negotiation skills

  • Synthesis of data and insight

  • Crisis management skills

  • Language Requirements: English / French

  • Digital marketing/ demand creation – EG: Running online digital campaigns.

  • E-Comm sales – listing and driving online sales through e-com partners EG: Amazon

  • Additional languages are a plus

Soft Skills and Leadership:

  • Leadership – ability to enable, envision, energize direct and indirect team – and drive for results

  • Bias for action, drive for results

  • Global networking and influencing

  • Confidence and fearlessness to take decisions, exercise autonomy.

  • A strong sense of ownership and accountability

  • Organizationally and analytically strong

  • High level of resilience and problem solving.

  • Ability to inspire and motivate.

  • A dot connector.

  • You love to win, and have fun doing it. 

  • Ability to perform under pressure.

  • Relevant values, drivers for this role

  • Performance and growth mindset

  • Flexibility to drive change

  • Transparency and openness

Join us…

To ensure that your personal creativity helps to unlock our potential, we will upskill and reskill you. We will develop leading-edge digital marketing skills and best-in-class teamworking capabilities.

Most importantly, we will give you the autonomy to use them like a ‘founder’. We will help you to think like a CEO so that we all focus on delivering our Purpose and so you drive growth as you develop. Imagine how good we will feel when we see that our creativity reignites growth in the business because consumers embrace our new ideas.

Excited about the Role?

Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

Better for our consumers, better for the world and better for each of us

The way we manufacture, package and distribute our products will be better for everyone and for the planet. We will bring a new meaning to diversity and inclusion by providing access to beauty products that suit every kind of skin and hair.

Diversity at Elida Beauty is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

Unilever is an organisation committed to equity, inclusion and diversity 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. At Unilever we are interested in every individual bringing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! Thus if you require any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of your application so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.

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