Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC dba Advantage Solutions

  • Director Trend and Innovation

    Job Locations US-MN-Minneapolis
    Primary Posting Location : City
    Minneapolis
    Primary Posting Location : State/Province
    MN
    Primary Posting Location : Country
    US
    Requisition ID
    2018-193070
    Position Type
    Full Time
    Category
    Marketing (Corporate): Integrated Marketing, Experiential Marketing
  • Summary

    Director Trend and Innovation

     

    The Director, Trend and Innovation is responsible for setting strategic innovation agenda for assigned retail partners, as well as, leading innovation for white space for the assigned Division, and participating in Enterprise level initiatives as requested. The role involves developing innovative strategies, identifying and vetting the strongest concepts, and leading a cross functional team to deliver initiatives aligned with stated consumer, product, and financial goals.

     

    The Company welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. The Company will provide reasonable accommodations, accessible formats and communication supports upon request to persons with disabilities who take part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process. If you require accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact: Recruiter, Talent Acquisition, for external applicants, or, a Supervisor for internal applicants.

    Responsibilities

    The Company is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. The Company services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

     

    Job Duty

     

    ·         Leads development of new product ideas at the front end by utilizing key consumer and customer insights to identify portfolio gaps and build winning ideas. Actively contribute to thought leadership content and opportunities for the Division

    ·         Uses consumer research, marketplace feedback, and brand goals/financials to prioritize, vet, and commercialize high potential ideas.

    ·         Partner with Planning and Insights team to ensure that all client and customer responses are squarely grounded in business and industry insights

    ·         Partner with Business Development Leaders and internal business segments to drive integrated retail experiential innovation

    ·         Develop and implement detailed strategic business plans which formally identify additional business opportunities to strengthen our service delivery with our clients

    ·         Acts as a voice and champion of the consumer throughout the development process. Be able to translate the consumer needs and desires into technical activities for cross functional, Procurement, and Operations teams.

    ·         Leads Product alignment meetings with the cross-functional team throughout the development process incorporating desires and concerns.

    ·         Develop launch recommendations utilizing an understanding of profitability and strategic alignment.

    ·         Ensure all work product delivers measurable value that maximizes client satisfaction, on time and within scope.

     

    Supervisory Responsibilities

     

    Direct Reports

    - This position does not have supervisory responsibilities for direct reports

     

    Indirect Reports

    - Does not have direct reports, but may delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports

     

    Travel and/or Driving Requirements

     

    - Travel is an essential duty and function of this job. Driving is not an essential duty or function of this job. 

    - Travel up to          20%

     

    Minimum Qualifications

     

    The following are the minimum job-related qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job

    Education Level: (Required):   Bachelor's Degree         or equivalent experience

                                        

    Field of Study/Area of Experience:

    7+ years of experience in Marketing, Sales or Retail

    - Experience in Brand Management, Customer Management, Category Management, and Shopper Marketing a plus

     

    Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

     

    ·         Must have a high level of curiosity about the marketplace, competitors, and consumers

    ·         Must have a proven track record leading a cross functional team and influencing senior leaders and customers.

    ·         Must be able to easily maneuver between high level strategic thinking and detail orientation.

    ·         Must have a strong financial acumen with the knowledge of P&L drivers throughout the value chain.

    ·         Must have a proven track record of driving profitable growth product innovation.

    ·         Must have a foundational understanding of consumer research techniques and be able to articulate research objectives.

    ·         Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills

    ·         Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment

    ·         Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and web-browsers

     

    Environmental & Physical Requirements

     

    Office / Sedentary Requirements

    Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Work is performed primarily from a home office or  in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

     

    Additional Information Regarding Advantage Solutions Job Duties and Job Descriptions

     

    Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law.  The Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

     

    Any estimate, schedule, or guideline provided to associates in this job description or elsewhere in connection with their jobs is only intended to help describe job duties and for planning purposes.  Regardless of any such estimate, schedule, or guideline, associates must always record all time worked for our company (which includes but is not limited to on-site work time in an assigned store, office, or other work location; required waiting time; administrative time; and work-related travel time).

    Important Information

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.

     

    The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, the Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

     

    The Company welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. The Company will provide reasonable accommodations, accessible formats and communication supports upon request to persons with disabilities who take part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process. If you require accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact: Recruiter, Talent Acquisition, for external applicants, or, a Supervisor for internal applicants.

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