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National Account Controller - Personal Care

Michael Page Sales
England, Berkshire
£60000 - £65000 per annum + £5k car allowance + bonus + package
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

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Business Sector
Non Food & Drink
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

My client, based in Berkshire, are looking to add a National Account Controller to their international, personal care business to lead the UK sales offering and UK sales team.

Client Details

My client, based in Berkshire, is an international, leading personal care business who are looking to add a National Account Controller to their team. The business itself owns and manufactures a number of market leading, highly recognisable brands and are aiming to further grow and develop the UK retail distribution channels and expand their brand and product offering.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced, senior and ambitious candidate, with a results-orientated, growth mind-set, to join this exciting business. Working together with the Country General Manager and the incumbent sales team, you will lead and drive the UK sales offering (leading the UK Sales Team also) in all channels, with a focus on key National Accounts, with scope to progress to a more senior sales role in the future.


The National Account Controller - Personal Care:
  • Combine the direct account management of the leading national accounts, pharmacy and concession (agency management), alongside managing the UK sales team.
  • Build and cultivate talent to build a fully effective and efficient sales team.
  • Motivate, lead, coach and mentor the sales team, so that the team can develop and grow as the business expands.
  • Develop, execute and sign off on customer business plans, including growth and profitability KPIs
  • Responsible for all sales (retail & e-tail) activities and growth of the business in the UK
  • Responsibility for UK (retail) net sales and gross margin
  • Development of the commercial and sales strategy, along with the successful communication and delivery of the strategy, both internally and with key partners externally
  • Managing senior relationships with direct retail & team retail accounts, ensuring that joint strategies and JBPs are created and aligned.
  • Guide, monitor and evaluate emerging business opportunities balancing the sales opportunity with branding, financial and operational feasibility. P&L end-to-end. Directly responsible for driving business competitive growth and profitability
  • Lead & execute annual planning, trade marketing budget & negotiations
  • Manage pricing strategy for all accounts and implement price increases as required.
  • Own S&OP process and coordination of full cross functional support team - ensure forecasting KPIs are met and exceeded.
  • Responsible for defining the sales strategy - ensuring KPIs are met throughout the grocery and high street retailers
  • Responsible for coordinating, reporting and analysing EPOS data and using to drive profitable growth sales strategies
  • Champion evolution of sales system improvements geared to driving future growth.


The Successful National Account Controller - Personal Care:
  • Proven track record within a (senior) national account manager / controller role
  • Proven track record working within beauty / personal care / FMCG / Food industry
  • Experience working with Boots and ideally Superdrug
  • Experience working with the top 4 grocers is desirable
  • Some experience managing a direct report(s)
  • Challenger mindset and experience to challenge the status quo
  • Demonstrable existing and relevant relationships with key retailers in the UK
  • Functional and technical knowledge including Customer P&L (financial acumen)
  • Strong organisation and team management skills
  • Proven track record of delivery of business results
  • Experience leading a cross functional team
  • Proven track record of strong leadership and strategic influencing skills towards multifunctional stakeholders
  • Superb communication and sales & negotiation skills
  • Problem solving skills and crisis management skills
  • The role will require both a hands on/task mentality, alongside delegation, coaching and team development as well as excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to translate tangible strategic objectives into tangible results
  • Excellent decision making and problem-solving skills. Ability to track, deliver, analyse, evaluate and deliver against objectives.
  • Hands on, forward thinking, ability to take quantified risks with a growth mindset
  • Self starter mentality, ability to challenge the status quo with commitment to take total ownership.

Job Offer

The Successful National Account Controller - Personal Care:
  • £60,000 - £65,000 per annum base salary (possible increase for someone excellent)
  • £5,000 car allowance
  • Company Bonus
  • Pension, Private healthcare, 25 days holiday + other company benefits

If you are interested in this role please apply or reach out to Jon Dolbear at Michael Page on 07780 005638.


Michael Page Sales UK is a leading professional recruitment consultancy covering permanent, interim and contract recruitment. We have UK wide coverage with ten offices located in London, Weybridge, Reading, Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, St Albans, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow. The core markets we serve are Consumer, Business Services, Media, IT/Telco, Financial Services, Healthcare and Technical Sales, with a dedicated person or team in each location specialising in each of these sectors. The clients we work with are as diverse as the candidates we represent; from Blue Chips to SMEs, and Sales Execs to Sales Directors. Our Consultants are typically from relevant sales backgrounds giving first hand experience of the roles we recruit for. We pride ourselves on delivering unrivalled service levels to our candidates and our clients, our track record of success over the past 20 years means we stand out.

Within our Consumer Sales Division we have consultants within each of the 10 offices who dedicate themselves to this sector and no other. Our specialist capability is demonstrated further as we focus on sub sectors such as food, drink, household, foodservice, consumer electronics, apparel, health & beauty, consumer healthcare, pet and sports. Some of our key clients include Colgate, Beiersdorf, Dr Oetker, Johnson & Johnson, Matthew Clark, PZ Cussons, Kellogg’s, 2 Sisters, Samsung, Seven Seas, Twinings, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson, Warburtons, InBev, Kettle Chips, Hallmark, Luxottica, McCain, Britvic, General Mills, and Molson Coors to name but a few!

Michael Page Sales UK is part of Michael Page International with operations in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. As well as looking for high quality candidates for our clients, we are also always looking for top talent to work for us

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