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Job Description

Danone Southern Africa (Pty), a subsidiary of Danone, is looking forRegional Sales Manager in South Africa (ZA) for Johannesburg

Danone is a global food company holding top positions in healthy food through its four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters, and Medical Nutrition. Its mission, bringing health through food to as many people as possible, embodies commitment to human progress and business success. It gives meaning to the work of our 100,000 Danoners worldwide on an everyday basis.
For passionate people looking for autonomy and exciting career opportunities, Danone truly has something special inside.

To effectively develop and manage sales and merchandising within an assigned area, ensuring that sales growth targets are met. This role will also have the responsibility to guide, mentor and train Field Sales Execution Managers to ensure operational excellence and effectiveness, as well as maintain strong relationships with service providers, suppliers and customers within the region.

Internal Contacts:
•    Category Development Manager
•    Sales and Merchandising Agency
•    National Sales Development Manager
•    Key Account Managers
•    Trade Marketing Analyst

Key Performance Indicators:

Planning for Sales Effectiveness
•    Develop a quarterly action plan for implementation, based on the overall sales growth plan
•    Approve the objectives of the team, and ensure their alignment to meet the set targets
•    Investigate and integrate consumer, shopper, customer and channel insights to identify growth opportunities and propose action plans to influence shopper behavior
•    Contribute to both the brand Image and customer service orientation in the outlets
•    Understand the category health and nutrition benefits, and brand attributes to enable effective in-store execution

Sales Execution
•    Conduct regular market visits to check route coverage, competitor activity, and continuously search for new opportunities in order to increase sales in the region
•    Provide distributors and customers in the region with information about new or improved products and services in order to improve sales in the region
•    Ensure the achievement of sales objectives while, detecting and proposing development and growth opportunities
•    Contribute to the planning of merchandising initiatives in the area, and manage the merchandising services
•    Liaise with Supply Chain to guarantee the order fulfillment in compliance with guidelines and priorities
•    Effective management of Point of Sale
•    Ensure volume targets are achieved
•    Effectively manage all depot's in your region

Policies and process
•    Adhere to the Work in Safe Environment (WISE) policy at all times
•    Coach the team on relevant aspects of (WISE) procedures to ensure that they are able to adhere to WISE at all times
•    Be responsible for the proper usage and management of tools and technology
•    Adhere to relevant company policies at all times 

Relationship Building
•    Conduct monthly visits with the team to customers within the region
•    Engage with customers regularly to develop positive working relationships that will assist to influence sales 
•    Develop internal relationships with Commercial, Supply Chain, Marketing and Finance to enable smooth sales execution
•    Conduct weekly sales meetings with the team to keep track on progress against targets
•    Align with the Key Account Managers, to ensure alignment to the overall objectives in the region
•    Manage relationships with our customer's regional and area managers, including regular meetings and feedback 
•    Maintain the lines of communication with the Sales Strategy and Planning Department

Management and Leadership
•    Manage and motivate the team in the delivery of team objectives
•    Conduct internal performance management and IDP processes fairly and consistently, resulting in transparent succession planning and specific development areas
•    Recruit for vacancies within the team
•    Facilitate the setting of team objectives 
•    Mentor and coach team members in the usage of key sales fundamentals and principles , and as required

Finance and Budget
•    Develops budgets in conjunction with sales plans to achieve or exceed the annual sales objectives for the region
•    Monitor and control the sales budget and track operating costs to ensure optimum utilization of resources in the region

•    3-year Sales, Marketing or Business-related qualification

•    Minimum of 8 years field sales experience, preferably in the Dairy industry or FMCG
•    Proven track record in field sales
•    Minimum 3 years' experience in managing a field sales force 
•    Sound knowledge of sales and sales administration processes 
•    Customer, Category and Channel Knowledge 
•    Commercial acumen, with previous experience in sales forecasting and budgeting
•    Advanced communication skills (written, oral and listening)
•    Previous conflict management experience 
•    Time Management
•    Team Management
•    Proven negotiation and selling skills

•    Flexible and adaptable to change
•    Problem solving ability
•    Interpersonal skills
•    Strong leadership abilities
•    Goal-oriented, with a commitment to achieve targets
•    Action-oriented
•    Creative
•    Ambitious and driven to succeed
•    Passionate about the product / product portfolio 
•    Ability to stay focused and clear-minded under pressure
•    Resilient

For more information about Danone, its people and its business, please visit danone.com We have something special inside, do you?

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About Danone

Since 1997, the Groupe DANONE has focused on three core activities : fresh dairy products, cookies and crackers, and beverages. Today the Group boasts a portfolio of top quality brands. Click to read about a topic. To learn more about the Group's three core activities worldwide, (financial results, market shares...), select an activity: - fresh dairy products - beverages - cereal biscuits & snacks To send us your remarks on a Groupe DANONE product, contact our consumer services division.

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