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Brand Manager
 
Title: Brand Manager
Category: Marketing /Product
Job type: Permanent
Job status: Full Time
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Description:
Are you a natural collaborator? Do you have a curious mindset? Do you have the ability to translate insight into business strategy? Do you have a deep passion for food?

If so, great news as we are looking to expand our team of brand development managers within the UK and Ireland Food Platform.  The role involves managing a portfolio of in house brands working closely with segments, culinary and service operation teams to develop and drive the individual brand strategies and plans to align with our business growth strategy .

You will need to evaluate and continuously improve the success of our each of the in house brands to deliver sustainable and profitable growth.

We can be flexible on location as you will essentially be home based but our offices are in Stevenage and London, You will be a creative person with good project management skills with a background in marketing and service / brand development within the food industry.

Main responsibilities

To become the guardian of these brands, taking ownership of, and be accountable for, a portfolio of services/brands through the brand lifecycle supported by Food Platform departments, ensuring delivery of business as usual refreshes as well as promotions and strategic initiatives to drive growth

Ownership/Brand management of the service lines developed and deployed to drive financial growth, retention and profitability, continuous brand improvement through innovation, comms and insight

Collaborate with segments and sales teams to ensure deployment of the brands remains in line with the brand values and commercial objectives

Leading and collaborating with senior multi-disciplinary teams including segment Marketing, Operations, Supply Chain & Facilities Management Platform across the UK&I and globally to ensure each of the in house brands are aligned and fit for purpose.

Interpret insight to ensure continual improvement and appropriate deployment of services across segments. Create a clear annual refresh programme, leading other functions within the Food Platform and service operations

Identify, drive and collaborate with other service operations teams to accelerate Sodexo’s ability to bring innovation to market in a timely manner

Ensuring Sodexo initiatives are carried through into brand development, with our Quality of life positioning at the heart of each service we develop for our clients and consumers

Build and deliver the correct tools (standard operating procedures) to support deployment of market leading services to segments, constantly striving for improvement and innovation

Ensure integrity of our internal business management tools with regards to Sodexo’s brand portfolio systems and tools

Evaluating and monitoring brand/service line deployed standards in terms of financial and non-financial performances

Drive the strategic direction of each of the service lines developed to ensure maintenance of relevance to the customer insight and need states, market trends and segment strategy though service line ownership

Ability to share best practice and learnings from each project in order to develop oneself as well as immediate colleagues in addition to colleagues in other Food Platforms worldwide

 

Ideal candidate

Essential

Professional experience in the food service industry. Ideally with experience in brand management and operations. Creative thinker Experience in project management Strong knowledge of the High Street and Foodservice Industry trends Strong time management skills / ability to prioritise workload and manage multiple projects simultaneously Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team  

Desirable

Experience in working with multi-cultural teams / environments Leadership skills Strong communication skills Confidence to challenge and be challenged (with humility) Comfortable working in an ever-changing environment Proficiency in Microsoft Office High level of understanding of financial reporting, performance and tracking  

About the company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 35,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

 
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