Mgr, Business Unit in Oak Brook, IL

$80K - $100K(Ladders Estimates)

TreeHouse Foods   •  

Oak Brook, IL 60523

Industry: Food & Beverages


Less than 5 years

Posted 55 days ago

Job Description:

The Manager, Category supports the Director, Business Unit Lead, Pickles and Aseptic by providing leadership and coordination on strategic, cross-functional priorities required to help achieve business unit goals and objectives. This role is responsible for managing detailed cross-functional teams, project plans, data insights, and tracking mechanisms for timely execution of both commercial- and operational-related business unit initiatives.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Supports Director and General Manager on development of strategic initiatives that will drive success for the business unit
  • Assembles project teams, outlines project plans, and holds kick-off meetings for new initiatives. Regularly collaborates with Sales, Supply Chain, Research & Development, Finance, Commercialization and Marketing
  • Builds comprehensive customer-facing presentations in collaboration with the Sales and Insights teams
  • Leads SKU simplification / discontinuation process, execution, and coordination activities with procurement, operations, and go-to-market cross functional teams
  • Assists in managing stage gate process and utilizes PPM system
  • Compiles monthly reports for the Director and General Manager using IRI data, drawing and communicating meaningful insights from a large data set
  • Serves as point person for sales communications / sales wire documents, IRI new item tracking, and assists with new item launch sales materials and sample requests
  • Develops and maintains product catalogue materials and control brand label product offering
  • Leads and coordinates weekly cross-functional council meetings and ad-hoc meetings as required
  • Identifies and recommends solutions for business process improvement
  • Initiatives may include business process improvement, product and packaging innovation, high value cost savings efforts, customer support and management, customer and product troubleshooting, supply chain strategy, production capacity management, QA/R&D/procurement alignment, and sales/operations alignment
  • All other duties as may be assigned

Skills, Experience and Education:

  • Excellent project management capability
  • Must be highly detail oriented and resourceful
  • Strong facilitating, presenting and training skills
  • Ability to organize, influence and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated with strong multitasking, analytical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Microsoft Project, etc.)
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to coach and mentor others
  • Strong leadership capability with the ability to influence a wide range of people from THF Corporate team to plant leadership and cross functional teams
  • Adaptability to Change: Adjusts to change and uncertainty, able to shift gears and can act in ambiguous or uncertain situations.
  • Business and Financial Acumen: Thinks critically about the marketplace and future trends to better understand the company's competitive position and competitive advantage.
  • Collaboration/Teamwork: Fosters cross-unit collaboration and builds and facilitates teamwork to get results.
  • Communication: Uses multiple communication strategies to gain support and commitment from others and mobilize them to take action.
  • Customer Focus: Works to determine customer needs and actively improves value chain in terms of service and delivery excellence.
  • Decision Making: Uses effective business judgment to achieve the right balance of data-driven analysis vs. speed to arrive at the best decisions.
  • Drive for Results: Focuses on achieving goals and holds self and others accountable for expected results.
  • Innovation: Generates new and innovative ways or methods to market products and services.


  • Bachelor's Degree Required (Business, Food Science or related)

Minimum Experience Preferred:

  • Three to five years of project management related experience. Three to five years of management experience in technical services environment preferred.

Travel Requirements: Up to 25%

Valid Through: 2019-9-16