Mars, Incorporated VP Marketing in Chicago, Illinois

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A mutually rewarding experience.

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Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there?s more to being in business than just making a profit. That?s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet. What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

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Because it?s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It?s about how you can grab everything that?s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It?s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we?ll all be a little better off. It?s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

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Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, operates six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

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Mars brands include: Petcare ? PEDIGREE, ROYAL CANIN, WHISKAS, BANFIELD Pet Hospital, CESAR, SHEBA, DREAMIES and NUTRO; Chocolate ? M&M?S, SNICKERS, DOVE, GALAXY, MARS, MILKY WAY and TWIX; Wrigley ? DOUBLEMINT, EXTRA, ORBIT and 5? chewing gums, SKITTLES and STARBURST candies, and ALTOIDS AND LIFESAVERS mints. Food ? UNCLE BEN?S, DOLMIO, EBLY, MASTERFOODS, SEEDS OF CHANGE and ROYCO; Drinks ? ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS?, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY?, KLIX and FLAVIA; Symbioscience ? COCOAVIA and WISDOM PANEL.

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The Marketing VP is responsible for securing winning marketing strategies and plans for Food North America. The key focus of the role is deploying all Food US marketing strategies and working collaboratively with Global Food to develop: (i) aligned strategy for our Food brand portfolio, (ii) brand building communication, (iii) winning innovation pipeline. The Marketing VP is also responsible for facilitating regional alignment with Canadian market to make sure that we maximize synergies and scaling up our activities.

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nThis role sits on the Food NA leadership team and reports to Food NA Regional President. The successful candidate would be an exceptional marketing professional with very strong people leadership and collaborative skills that can bring to life Mars? 5 Principles and set the right vision for our Associates and products. We are seeking a results oriented strategic leader who can collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on a local, regional and global level.

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Purpose of Role:n?Lead the deployment and execution of the Mars Food US Demand strategy to drive demand creation and achieve short and long term net sales, margin and profit goals.n?Actively and successfully collaborate with Global Food team to develop a robust 5 year growth roadmap with a clear portfolio strategy, brand building (and cost effective) brand communication, digital transformation and innovation pipeline.n?Develop and deliver on the Mars, Inc. and Food segment OGSM.n?Secure digital capabilities for marketing/communication to make our brands the leaders in digital transformation in the Food CPG industry.n? ?Develop a high performance marketing (and local activity management ? TBC) organization and ensure we have the relevant current and future capabilities and talent pipeline.

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Principal Accountabilities:n?Increase overall portfolio growth and profit objectives as measured by: NSV and category and penetration growth, market share, operating profit, ROI on MAB.n?Lead S&OP Step 1.n?Work with Global Food team to define role and scope of new product development for the portfolio to drive long term growth objectives. Recommend and set priorities as part of segment review process.n?Establish and gain global alignment to portfolio/brand vision and plans. Develop a clear, concise business deployment strategy.n?Role model partnership with Sales, in line with best in class model for One Demand Teamn?Securing development of brand building and cost effective communication (including digital) that includes target definition, spending, and mix for the portfolio that maximizes brand health measures.n?Translate consumer & customer insights into brand/portfolio building ideas and activities.n?Manage overall agency relationships to ensure resource allocation. Rate and review agency with input from marketing team.n?Role model collaboration with Global teams and stakeholders.

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Associate Development:n?Engage associ