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Account Manager

Nestle Professional
Field Based with travel to Gatwick 2–3 days per month
up to £40,000 depending on experience
Closing date
9 Jun 2022

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Business Sector
Food & Drink
Contract Type
Full Time
National Accounts, Sales
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Account Manager - Out of Home Channel

Position Snapshot
Business Area: Nestlé Professional 
Field Based with travel to Gatwick 2–3 days per month 
Salary up to £40,000 depending on experience + car + potential bonus + fantastic benefits

This is a full-time permanent opportunity, but we are always open to discuss an individual’s flexible working needs so please speak to us during the recruitment process to understand what this could look like for you. 

Position Summary
We have an exciting opportunity to join our Out of Home (OOH) team here at Nestlé Professional as an Account Manager on the Workplace team. This role will be focused on growing our plant-based food category largely through our fantastic Garden Gourmet brand, particularly with one of our largest contract catering customers whilst also winning new contract catering customers outside of our existing ledger. It will also provide an opportunity to work as part of a team on strategic, channel development projects around the plant-based category and also managing our Maggi business with existing catering customers. The plant-based category is growing rapidly so we are looking for somebody with experience of the OOH channel and a real passion for the future of plant-based.

A little bit about us
The Nestlé Professional business includes an unrivalled portfolio of brands and we have ambitious objectives for Garden Gourmet within the contract catering space. The team’s aim is to inspire fast-paced, profitable, mutual growth with our customers, through the delivery of first-class branded products, solutions and activation. 

Within the Nestlé Professional sales team, we believe we have created an exciting, collaborative environment where we can all be ourselves and all learn and win together. 

A day in the life of an Account Manager ...
You will be responsible for owning and growing a key relationship with one of our biggest contract catering customers, as well as identifying other opportunities with new customers.  This role is a unique opportunity to drive the strategic development of the plant-based category in the channel whilst combing large customer management with new business development. It also offers the opportunity to play a leading role in delivering the team’s ambitious growth plans.

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Management and responsibility for the customer P&L, including driving sales revenue (NPS & NNS).
  • Driving activation, menu listings, distribution, penetration and new customer acquisitions, as well as the growth of brand awareness of Garden Gourmet.
  • Creating joint business plans and contracts with customers which deliver profitable sales growth.
  • Management of customer budgets and all associated spend and investment.
  • Management of all internal steps to deliver on customer expectations and our own targets.
  • Building great, successful relationships through effective stakeholder management, both internally and externally.
  • Monitoring and analysing customer performance, as well as using category data and insight to identify trends to accurately forecast business performance and grow sales. 
  • Working with the team and the wider business to develop plans, strategies and tactics to grow the plant-based food business across the channel as a whole, both for the short and longer ter

What will make you successful?
You will have already demonstrated successful performance within sales, ideally with some knowledge of marketing and strategic planning too. You will have experience in the OOH channel and ideally have specific exposure across the food category. It’s important that you show us your passionate about building high value customer relationships, able to demonstrate great commercial acumen and have a real focus on delivering results. You will be able to demonstrate your experience of complex negotiations which has resulted in securing large contracts and winning new business - Coupled with your ability to think strategically and influence a range of people, both internally and externally. 

You will work with, and have the support of, a passionate and motivated team and will have the opportunity to develop critical experiences which will enable you to accelerate your commercial career towards potential further senior level opportunities in the future. 

What you need to know
What can we offer in return? Great benefits you’d expect from a business the size of Nestlé – in the shape of a competitive salary and benefits package, bonus scheme, flexible working scheme, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays plus flex leave, pension scheme and a real focus on personal development and growth. 

We will be considering candidates as they apply and we will occasionally close job advertisements early in the event we receive sufficient applicants, so please don’t delay in submitting your application. 

At Nestlé, our values are rooted in respect – for our employees, our customers and our consumers. That’s why championing diversity and inclusion is so important to us; when we embrace different perspectives and give everyone the chance to be the best they can be, we can think in new, creative ways that grow and enhance our business. We are committed to equal opportunity for all and we may collect relevant data for monitoring purposes during our candidate registration process. Be yourself, everyone else is taken! 

Right to work in the UK 
In accordance with Home Office guidance successful candidates will be required to evidence their right to work in the UK before commencement of employment. The successful candidate therefore must be able to demonstrate their right to work status for the UK during the recruitment process. We have assessed this role and it could be applicable for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route. If you do not have the right to work in the UK and you are unable to gain this independently, we may be able to provide sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route in line with the Home office guidelines. We encourage you to review the UK Home Office guidelines ahead of submitting a job application to review whether you meet the eligibility criteria under the Skilled Worker route and understand the immigration fees that you would be responsible for when making a visa application. If you require sponsorship, please discuss this with us as part of the recruitment process.

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