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Brown-Forman Area Manager Travel Retail - IMENA in United Arab Emirates

Job Summary:

The Duty Free and Travel Retail channel across the India, Middle East and North Africa

markets represents a significant and important international market for Brown Forman

brands. As a consequence, management of that channel and the associated brand

building activity are critical to the growth of the category. This role has full P&L

oversight for all travel retail business within the IMENA region.

The Area Manager TR role will focus on the ongoing development of Brown-Forman

brands in the Duty Free channels ensuring tight alignment with our brand building

philosophy and global brand strategies.

Reporting to the IMENA Director and VP Director of Strategic Accounts - GTR, the Area

Manager TR role will be responsible for the management of all duty free activities in the

covered territory. These responsibilities include:

  • Evaluate market conditions, develop marketing strategies, implement sales plans and

recommend changes to provide optimal long-term financial return and long term

consumer franchise building for B-F brands.

  • Direct customer selling and ensure that B-F’s plans are successfully implemented with

key TR customers.

  • Direct Oversight of P&L.

Territory Goals:

Work with the IMENA General Manager, travel retail team and brand teams to establish

brand plans and budgets to achieve regional goals in the assigned territory. Assigned

territory will include, but not be limited to, India, Middle East, North Africa & Israel.

Develop B-F’s core spirits businesses through the effective account management of

Duty Free customers who operate across the area. Main contacts include the

Purchasing Director / Manager, Marketing & Promotions Director / Managers and Store

Managers for each account as well as Product Category Managers in addition to Media

/ Advertising Managers.

Job Responsibilities:

Commercial :

  • Work directly with key retailer personnel to identify and act upon profitable growth

opportunities for the Brown-Forman spirits portfolio in the IMENA area.

  • New Business Development: Seek new business opportunities across the IMENA

region, including new markets and customers of interest.

  • Develop strong commercial relationships with key contacts in each Duty Free

customer in order to maximize our Brown-Forman portfolio visibility and reach. Act as

the primary two-way conduit between the key DF/TR customers and B-F.

  • India Market development and exploration. Serve as a strategic lead for the India

Travel Retail business by collaborating with the India Commercial director and the

Regional Sales team leads to ensure proper execution and maximization of business

results.

  • Managing the region’s Brown-Forman Travel Retail A&P and Distributor in-market TR

budgets

  • Actively take the lead in annual and long range planning.

  • Collaborate with Brown-Forman Finance teams to monitor, identify and communicate

any pricing and marketing opportunities or irregularities to ensure B-F brands’ equity

and profitability is being fully optimized.

  • Work closely with MMI TR to complete regular forecasting of depletions and

calculation of consequent shipments with each customer and RTM partner to ensure

optimum stockholding in all markets.

  • Support and activate key promotional campaigns in Jack’s Bar & Grill (DXB and Jack’s

Smokehouse AUH). Liaise directly with ELR and MMI Marketing team to identify

opportunities to increase consumer footfall and as a result drive sales of Jack Daniel’s

in the respective locations.

  • Conduct monthly training, reporting and updating of in-store sales consultants across

the MENA TR area, including dedicated B-F brand consultants. Incentivise and reward

consultants to achieve stretch targets.

  • Manage new SKU requirements in the region and the introduction of new products

with particular attention to Value Added Packs (GJ Pack).

People Leadership/Development:

  • Responsible for direct oversight for two employees

  • Ability to hire, train and develop a team for business success and long-term

professional growth

  • Provide commercial and marketing skills coaching

  • Serve as key support for team, providing direction and focus to ensure goal attainment

  • Work closely with marketing, Finance and supply chain to ensure a coordinated and

efficient approach to sales activities

  • Work with IMENA Trade Marketing Manager to build a comprehensive three year

Marketing vision and strategy for key IMENA Duty Free markets.

  • Support IMENA Trade Marketing Manager to lead annual brand activation planning,

implementation and analysis for IMENA Travel Retail.

Required Experience & Education:

Education: College/University (Bachelors or Equivalent);

Experience: 7+ years, of which minimum 3-4 years in sales & or marketing experience;

preferably in spirits

Preferred Experience & Education:

Education: Masters Degree (M.A., MBA or Equivalent);

Experience: * Knowledge and experience in dealing with numerous distribution

channels

  • Experience working with global retailers

  • Experience in Travel Retail

Job Competencies:

*Strong oral and written communications skills

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external

contacts

  • Proven negotiation skills

  • Demonstrated ability to implement and adapt programs to Travel Retail needs

Experience working with and managing outside agencies

  • Must possess passion for our portfolio of brands and have a brand building mentality

  • A team player supportive to all functions

  • Able to operate in a matrix management structure, with minimum supervision and to

independently prioritize tasks

  • Strong commercial finance knowledge and managing budgets

  • Fluent spoken and written English

  • Must be willing to travel extensively (approximately 40% of the time)

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Business Area: International

City:

State: Dubai

Country: ARE

Req ID: JR-00001237

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