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Director of Commodity Sales- Food Service

 

Location: Remote 

Exemption: Exempt 

 

OUR COMPANY:

Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

Manage and support the direct sales activities of their direct reports to achieve the sales growth and profitability objectives within their respective Region.  Key responsibilities include:  Establishing and achieving annual volume and variable margin objectives by Manager, by Market, and by Distributor;  Working with the Commodity Manager team to set the strategy for the Region; Coaching direct reports on effectively selling Ventura Foods Commodity Products by leveraging our manufacturing footprint, our risk management expertise, and our relationships in the marketplace;  Overseeing the implementation of specific objectives established for key distributors and regional account operators around sales growth and Risk and Contract Management;  Supporting direct reports at National Distributors and other key distributor customers, and select regional operator accounts.  This individual will bring the right balance of collaboration and influence with internal and external customers alike when developing and implementing key initiatives.  Additionally, this individual will embody Ventura's Core Values, as defined in the Ventura Edge.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Execution - Regularly review performance data with VP, Regional Accounts, and Commodity Sales Managers to track progress, and create or adjust strategies & tactics to achieve annual performance objectives. Coaches, supports, and enhances direct field sales execution, leveraging a consistent and effective operating model.  
  • Strategy - Development of a comprehensive go to market strategy is a critical element of success for this role.  Clear understanding of company objectives, the goals and potential of all key distributors and operators, and the Ventura Foods points of difference are essential for establishing a strategy that ultimately adds value for Ventura Foods and all key customers.   
  • Training, Education and Development - Insures exceptional program and product knowledge of the sales team through individual custom and company training programs. Works collaboratively with Ventura Foods Marketing and Commercial Advisory Forum to insure training and educational programs are on point.  Conducts ongoing performance reviews with all direct reports and provides directions to support, enhance and add to employees' current skill sets.     
  • Communication - Provides consistent, clear and concise communication to direct sales team to insure alignment on all goals and objectives.  Consistently communicates the following market information to the VP, Regional Accounts and other key internal stakeholders: Competitive product intel, pricing, promotional and leadership updates, resources and support needed to maximize team volume and profitability, and key customer performance updates.     
  • Internal Alignment - Review current capacity models and communicate updates to the team regularly.  Engage in the PCS process and PRM where necessary to guide projects through the system, or reject where necessary.
  • Sales Expense Management - Responsible for ongoing management of customer, personal and team sales expenses within established budget parameters.    

Education and Experience:

  • Degree from an accreditied 4 year college or university
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the food industry, in a broad range of sales and management positions including field sales, sales operations
  • Experience leading and managing salespeople
  • P & L management experience, financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting expertise
  • Solid track record of problem solving and priority setting in a fast paced and evolving business environment
  • History of delivering superior business results in changing environments and competitive markets.  
  • Familiarity with CRM tool utilization, a plus.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Possesses a professional business presence with exceptional communication and presentation skills both verbal and written
  • Self motivated with a drive for continuous improvement and excellence * Ability to influence and motivate others
  • Key personal attributes including:  integrity; creativity; self motivation; accountability; high energy and results driven    

 

Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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