Commercial Lead- SME with premium brand offering within retail and food service

Food Industry Associates
Homeworking with 1 or 2 days a month in northern H/O
£55000 - £65000 plus benefits
Closing date
28 Oct 2020

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Business Sector
Food & Drink
Marketing, National Accounts, Sales
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Commercial Lead(newly created position) required to create and implement commercial growth plans for a SME with a premium organic brand offering.

Within this newly developed role you will help grow this brand in the Premium Retail, Wholesale and Food service channels.

Our client is a well established company selling a range of Organic Premium products within a growing category. Already listed in Waitrose, Ocado and M&S, along with high end independents and premium wholesalers, the role will be focused on developing these existing accounts while also growing new business across wholesaler and food service accounts specifically travel and contract caterers.

In order to succeed in this role you will need a proven track record working within a premium branded environment across food service and wholesale channels. You will have experience building new business and developing existing accounts looking after multiple P&Ls. With the ability to engage with customers across different channels, you will be able to hit the ground running and have the experience to back this up.

This is a remote based role with 1 or 2 days a month based in in the northern based head office. This role requires a "hands on" and proactive individual, familiar with cross functional project management, meaning those from private label backgrounds will also be considered.

As the company's first permanent sales appointment, the business will be looking to take guidance and input from the successful candidate before finalising their commercial strategy. This role therefore presents a unique opportunity to make your mark at a business offering autonomy and the chance to directly influence the future growth of the company.

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For over a decade now, Food Industry Associates Ltd have proven to be a recruiter of choice for ambitious SME food and beverage manufacturers across the UK.  We don't recruit for the big corporates by choice.  Instead, we choose to work with companies with personality, entrepreneurial flare (not process), looking to disrupt the market with cutting edge innovation to provide consumers with better, healthier choices.

Are you an early stage start-up struggling to find the right solution to help you gain your fist listings in a specific customer channel before you can raise the budget to employ somebody on a permanent basis?  Maybe you know you need to source a commercial leader but aren't 100% clear in what format, or how to adequately incentivise somebody from a much larger business to join your mission?  Come speak to us.

If you're a more established business looking to bring fresh talent on board to drive ambitious sales targets, source a creative innovator to help you drive in to new extended categories, or looking to strengthen in marketing / category terms, again, come speak to us.

We've a proven record in recruiting talent for an array of businesses, helping them source commercial talent to help them achieve their goals.  From early stage sales talent through to equity-incentivised leadership roles, we've proven time and time again to find the right people for our clients at the first attempt.  

How are we different to most of our competitors?  Unlike most, we don't have as diverse a portfolio of clients we work with.  However all those we do work with continuously come back to us whenever they next have another need.  In our opinion successful recruitment is achieved when two businesses truly 'partner' and collaborate together.  In our opinion the better we know you, the better we understand all the extra elements aside from simple skillset and experience to ensure the right 'fit' is identified at the first attempt.  In our opinion, this is recruitment, done properly.

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  • Food Industry Associates Ltd
  • Airebank House
  • Leeds
  • LS4 2EZ
  • United Kingdom
  • 0113 3572245
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