Brand Manager – Wines & Spirits (Mezcal)

Jobs Facts

Job Status: Closed
Job Title: Brand Manager – Wines & Spirits (Mezcal)
Location: Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Industry: Wines & Spirits (Mezcal, Spirits, Liquor)
Market: US Domestic
Channel: Distributors, Retailers
Reporting to: Marketing Director
Traveling: 30%
Languages: English AND Spanish
Salary Range (USD): $100k-$110k base
Benefits: bonus + Health + 401k
Visa: Must have a valid US work authorization. No sponsorship possible.
Job ID: JO-1909-752


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Job Description

Our Client

Our client for this Brand Manager career opportunity is an established Wine & Spirits import company in Chicago. They are distributing a portfolio of fully owned brands and other brands under license.


You will be in charge of launching two new Mezcal brands in the US (but best sellers in Mexico), while managing two of the most iconic and established brands in spirits and liquor. The role will be more focused on marketing execution, since most of the brand strategy will come from the brand themselves.

Ideal Profile

This role requires an experienced Senior Brand Manager who has a strong marketing, analytical and digital background and can balance thinking strategically with the key executional priorities on our brands. Main skills required: execution, trademarketing, administration and people skills (working with sales team).

Job Description

  • Lead your portfolio as brand champion
  • Develop brand plans for assigned brands to achieve objectives
  • Develop and manage strategies and tactics to drive market share, distribution, volume and profitability
  • Create launch plans for new brands and brand extensions, working with the CEO, the Director of Marketing, and the sales team
  • Create presentations for sales, distributors, and key buyers
  • Analyse market data and brand performance to determine opportunities
  • Work with agencies and vendors to develop programming, POS and VAPs; manage demo agencies
  • POS management, allocation, and shipments
  • Manage PR and event activities for assigned brands. Execute trade events including logistics, sample shipments, and developing POS
  • Focus on appropriate consumer targets, accounts, geographies, and channels in order to achieve long term objectives
  • Prepare Excel and PowerPoint reports showing brand performance. Experience working with syndicated data in beverage alcohol channel, e.g. Nielsen or IRI
  • Manage, organize and share all digital assets while ensuring brand consistency
  • Travel to events, meetings and wineries as required for work assignments and brand education
  • Other marketing roles as outlined by the Director of Marketing and Brand Manager


  • Proficiency in Spanish is a plus
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a brand management role in the wine & spirits industry
  • Beverage alcohol experience
  • Wine and spirits knowledge or training is a plus
  • BA degree
  • Strong analytical, written and verbal reasoning skills
  • Travel up to 30%
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work with data
  • Appreciated previous experience: Bacardi, Bardinet, Beam Suntory, Brown Forman, Campari, Constellation Brands, Distell, Camus Cognac, Diageo, Jose Cuervo, LVMH, Marie Brizard, Maxxium, Moet Hennessy, Patron Spirits, Pernod Ricard, Remy Cointreau, Stoli, Edrington, WEBB, William Grant & Sons, Zamora, etc.
  • Appreciated previous titles: Brand Manager, Senior Brand Manager, Marketing Manager, Marketing Director, Category Manager