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Overview

Our Client

Mid-size American international mass market fragrance company selling through the Walmarts (and equivalent) of the world.

Objective

The Sales Manager Middle East & Africa゠will primarily be responsible for driving growth of the Company’s brands business in the Middle East and Africa. Core competencies include: selling consumer goods in international markets, international business and commercial acumen, strategic understanding of distribution channels, retailers, competition, merchandising and pricing.

Ideal Profile

The ideal profile for this position is a sales professional with experience working with the middle east and experience in the beauty category (mass or high end). Experience at Fortune 500 companies and fluency in Arabic are strong +s.

Job Description

  • Manage business in assigned existing markets to drive profitable growth of portfolio brands:
    • Collaborate with local distribution partners to identify and capture new opportunities: Expand distribution, Expand assortment, Accelerate rate of sale.
    • Conduct strategic market visits. Moderate travel is required. Assess competitive conditions; meet with distributors and key retail/wholesale customers.
    • Analyze business performance to identify trends at the product/brand level and develop/execute strategies to enhance assortment performance.
    • Introduce new portfolio brands in existing markets. Spearhead development of go to market strategies including channel, customers, mix, positioning (assess the competitive set), pricing and promotional strategies.
    • Develop annual sales forecast and marketing plan for each market
    • Demand planning/forecasting: work with distribution partners and the brands forecasting team to ensure accuracy of rolling forecast.
    • Work with Customer Service and Credit/Collections teams to facilitate the smooth flow of monthly orders.
  • Collaborate with marketing, R&D and distribution partners to identify opportunities for innovation into new product forms that will drive accelerated growth in strategic markets:
    • Guide the optimization of new products for local market through effective communication with both local partners and internal product development team.
    • Partner with internal development team to ensure accurate time & action calendars are built to deliver successful launch based upon key account planogram timelines.
  • Support the process of identifying/prioritizing new markets for expansion and the development of associated market entry and go to market strategies.

Requirements

  • 3-5 years international sales and marketing experience, preferably in the consumer packaged goods industry
  • Very strong analytical skills
  • And very strong in Excel!
  • Fluent゠in Arabic or French could be a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Moderate travel required to Middle East and Africa
  • Appreciated previous experience: Beauty, Fragrances, Cosmetics, Accessories, Watches, Perfumes, Body wash, Moisturizing Lotions, CPG, Consumer Goods, Elizabeth Arden, Parlux, Perfume Holding,
  • Appreciated previous titles: Area Sales Manager, Business Development Manager, International Sales Manager, Account Executive, Territory Manager

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