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Unilever Meijer Team Leader - Grand Rapids, MI in REMOTE, West Virginia

Background & Purpose of the Job

Customer Development (CD) is what we call our Sales organization at Unilever. Customer Development works closely with our customers to pioneer new products, build categories and deploy best-in-class retail and shopper capabilities.

The Team Lead for Meijer leads a team responsible for delivering the approximately $170M Annual Meijer Joint Business Plan across all Unilever categories including Personal Care, Ice cream and Foods.

This position will lead the local Meijer team consisting of Customer Business Managers and an Analyst. Indirectly, the Team Lead role leads priorities and the integration of efforts from dedicated Category Management, Shopper Insight, Shopper Marketing, Retail sales field team and Supply Chain Team members.

What You’ll Do:

  • Responsible for the Meijer customer strategy including all components of the go to market plan including “Big Bets”, innovation execution, trade investment ROI and the integration of shopper marketing plans with merchandising plans.

  • Responsible for all aspects of operational delivery of the business plan including initiating growth platforms, forecasting & retail inventory level management, supply chain compliance and managing deductions and balancing trade investment.

  • Lead both near-term and long-term join business plan; Lead the development of strategic platforms and other growth drivers in order to achieve growth targets.

  • Build a regular operational review process to course correct in order to exceed the revenue, profit, and share targets to continuously improve forecast accuracy and return on investment.

  • Development of team talent.

Who You Are:

  • You believe in #winning…together: You partner directly with Meijer on both business basics and strategic projects to drive growth.

  • You think big: You’re able to easily combine industry research and Unilever knowledge to make strategic recommendations for new growth opportunities both short and long term.

  • You’re a problem solver: Figuring out problems with limited direction doesn’t faze you. You have the intuition to elevate analyses far beyond reporting to deliver true impact.

  • You’re a (proud) data geek: You’re able to make sense of large amounts of data and effectively communicate it into insights and growth opportunities.

  • You know that excellence is in the details : You lead flawless executions like packaging conversions and pricing actions to ensure our portfolio is getting the basics right.

  • You’re a teacher: You value the importance of knowledge transfer and can lead and develop a team of high potential direct reports.

What You’ll Need To Succeed:

  • 4 year Bachelor's Degree required.

  • Minimum 7 years in Tier 1 Packaged Goods Customer Development experience with at least 2 years of cross functional experience in brand building or trade marketing.

  • Proven experience leading teams is a must.

  • Strong financial acumen and negotiation skills.

  • Fluency in Nielsen, POS data, Loyalty data, Perfect Store reporting

  • Ability to strategically influence through clear, simple and concise communication skills

  • Ability to set priorities amongst complex and conflicting objectives.

  • Ability to lead a cultural transformation by creating and selling progressive ways of growing the business.

What We Can Offer You

Meet the Women of Customer Development at https://youtu.be/3t6xcGl1lrI | Culture for Growth at https://www.unilever.com/about/who-we-are/our-vision/ | Top Notch Employee Health & Well Being Benefits at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzuVqApc7i-tR2YxazMxNkpPZVU/view | Every Voice Matters at https://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/the-sustainable-living-plan/enhancing-livelihoods/opportunities-for-women/upholding-diversity/ | Global Reach at https://www.unilever.com/brands/ | Life at Unilever at https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/1248/life/ | Careers with Purpose at https://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/transformational-change/ | World Class Career Development Programs at https://www.unilever.com/careers/graduates/uflp/ | Check Out Our Space at https://www.themuse.com/companies/unilever/office | Focus On Sustainability at https://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/transformational-change/

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Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. For more information, please see Equal Employment Opportunity Posters

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