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Brand Manager
Job Posting Category: Experienced Professionals (1+ years)
Career Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Industry: Packaged Goods
Job Category: Marketing
Years Experience: 2-4 Years
Job Type: Full-time
Posting Date: May 29, 2024
Job Location:

Mississauga, ON
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Job Description

Conagra Brands is one of North America's leading branded food companies. We have a rich heritage of making great food, and a team that’s passionate about innovation and growth. Conagra offers choices for every occasion through iconic brands, such as Hunts, Aylmer, Marie Callender's, Healthy Choice, Slim Jim, VH Sauces, Pogo and Vlasic, and emerging brands, including Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP, Duke's, Earth Balance, Gardein, and Frontera.

We pride ourselves on having the most impactful, energized and inclusive culture in the food industry. For more information, visit http://www.conagrabrands.ca.

Conagra Brands est une des principales entreprises d’aliments de marque en Amérique du Nord. Son histoire est jalonnée de grands succès alimentaires qui sont le fruit du travail d’une équipe passionnée par l’innovation et la croissance. Conagra offre des choix pour toute occasion grâce a des marques réputées comme Hunt’s, Aylmer, Marie Callender's, Healthy Choice, Slim Jim, les sauces VH, Pogo, Vlasic et des marques émergentes, dont Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP, Duke's, Earth Balance, Gardein et Frontera.

Nous sommes très fiers d’avoir la culture la plus influente, la plus dynamique et la plus inclusive du secteur alimentaire. Pour en savoir plus, visitez http://www.conagrabrands.ca.

Position summary:

The Brand Manager will focus on delivery of annual financial/marketplace targets through leading and assisting in the development and setting the direction for the Annual Operating Plan (“AOP”). Sets and tracks brand(s) budgets based on AOP and owns decision for any out of plan activity (excluding innovation) that impacts the budget. Analyzes all elements of the P&L, sets direction, and makes decisions to achieve financial/marketplace outcomes. Focused on brand equity and translates strategic consumer insights into meaningful marketing activation plans. Responsible for developing brand vision as a result of the strategic planning process and leads the branded strategic planning process.

This role also will support the development of the short-term pipeline platforms. Assist with the innovation planning process by translating strategic consumer insights into meaningful innovation plans. Support the creation of a strategic innovation framework that is focused on driving growth on leading brands in the Canadian Market. Execute against bringing the short-term launches through the Gate process.

Key characteristics: Leadership, influencing, agility, broadmindedness, bias for action, tenacious, out of the box thinking, great interpersonal and communication skills.

Responsibilities:

60% Planning and P&L Management:

  • Lead Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for brand and strategic planning process.
  • Oversee the development and execution of marketing plan including pricing, media/activation plans, sales material (sales decks, sell sheets), packaging, merchandising (display units and mix), product assortment/distribution.
  • Delivery of annual financial targets for assigned brands/portfolio(s) according to plan. Manage and deliver on all lines of the P&L (volume, COGS, A&P). Proactively recommend corrective action if necessary.
    • Identify opportunities for cost reductions working in partnership with RQI and plant personnel.
  • Drive revenue growth management activities via integrated Margin Management and Pricing recommendations
  • Anticipate future business needs and proactively gain alignment with cross functional partners.
  • Drive demand centered insights and jobs theory for brand(s).
  • Develop, align, and lead growth strategy initiatives.
  • Develop and manage Brand equity (language, vision, strategy).
  • Solid understanding and use of consumer insights and competitive analysis.
  • Align business processes, drive priorities, and initiatives across assigned brand team/function to create seamless integration (deliver share, penetration and/or buy rate objectives)
  • Ensure Brand initiatives are consistent with agreed upon goals, priorities, strategies, and brand equities.
  • Create and execute comprehensive marketing activation plans.
  • Collaborate with and ensure effectiveness of working relationship with Commercial Strategy partners to ensure that go-to-market strategy and trade spend effectiveness is being followed and executed.
  • Work with Commercial Strategy team on the commercialization of innovations and ensure Sales have all the tools required (sell sheets, etc.) for innovations and for branded news.
  • Support Shopper Marketing team in the execution of the customer programs.

20% Innovation Management

  • Support innovation through gate process (innovation referenced includes renovation, new products, and pack size opportunities) from identifying the idea to commercializing and executing in market, all rooted in consumer insights, brand equity understanding, category/brand/geographic dynamics and competitive analysis.
  • Support the development and execution of strategic innovation plans, with a focus on short term opportunities, to drive sales and revenue objectives of organization.
  • Leverage U.S. led innovation for Canadian brand expansion & mega brand development.
  • Identify, evaluate & validate Canadian opportunities for line extensions, pack size opportunities and renovations on branded portfolios that are driven by insights and drive incremental long-term growth to the business across different channels.
  • Work closely with Commercial Strategy team to ensure opportunities are explored on different pack sizes to help growth and expand across the different channels beyond grocery (C&G, Foodservice, eCommerce, etc.).
  • Monitor performance of new product launches with post launch reviews, build insights and translate into an action plan.

10% - Strengthen & Build Brand Management Process

  • Build organizational technical capabilities by providing day-to-day coaching and mentoring to cross-functional team and external partners.
  • Ensure successful presentation, comprehension, and integration of AOP, strategic plans, business reviews, and briefs to senior leadership team or business partners.
  • Lead the relationship building with US, International teams.
  • Work closely with US and International innovation teams members to share learnings and identify potential synergies.
  • Strengthen and continually build strong innovation credibility/profile within the organization.

10% - Admin Support

  • Manage A&P spending to ensure spend is within specified budget(s).
  • Monitor brand(s) budget and track associated expenses in SIFT, reconciling invoices against approved projects.
  • Ensure all projects are up to date in Clarizen.
  • Ensure all Gate documents are completed in full and in a timely manner.
  • Assist Grocery team with process enhancement projects, as required.

Potential Career Progression:

  • Promotional opportunities within the Marketing organization
  • Lateral career opportunities to Innovation, Shopper Marketing, Digital, or another Brand portfolio

Qualifications, Education & Experience:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in Brand management within Consumer-Packaged Goods, ideally in Tier 1 food manufacturing. Bachelor’s Degree required, MBA a strong plus.
  • Successful experience in developing and executing marketing programs, brief writing, and managing P&L’s
  • Proven ability to deliver initiatives that have been realized and contributed significant gains in the capture of market share, revenue and volume growth, and operational efficiencies.
  • Demonstrated success anticipating future business opportunities or problems and developing strategies that address them proactively.
  • Ability to make sound business decisions that balance a variety of factors in a complex operating environment and ultimately achieve optimal outcomes.
  • Good strategic and analytic capabilities. Comfortable utilizing data to support business decisions.
  • Experience working with a cross function team including sales, finance, and research.
  • Demonstrated organizational, prioritization, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to function effectively as a leader and in a team environment.

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        Conagra Brands is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or any other protected factor. ConAgra Foods is committed to working with and providing accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please e-mail Canada.Recruitment@conagrafoods.com. We will make a determination on your request for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

        A titre d'employeur souscrivant au principe de l'égalité d'accès a l'emploi, Conagra Brand considère les candidats qui sont qualifiés pour les offres d'emplois sans égard a la race, la couleur, les croyances religieuses, l'origine, le sexe, l'orientation sexuelle, l'identité de genre, la langue parlée, l'âge, le handicap ou tout autre facteur discriminatoire. Conagra Brands s'engage a travailler et offrir des accommodements aux individus ayant des handicaps. Si vous avez besoin d'assistance ou si vous avez des besoins spécifiques pour votre emploi, vous pouvez transmettre votre demande par courriel a Canada.Recruitment@conagrafoods.com. Nous prendrons en considération votre demande d'accommodement au cas-par-cas.

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