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Product Category Manager Packaging (BPD Riverside, MO) in Riverside, MO at Bunzl Distribution

Date Posted: 8/28/2018

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Job Description

The Product Category Manager for Packaging will include overall management and success of our packaging materials product lines. Packaging materials include those materials used in food processing applications and controlled atmosphere packaging machines. This person will work with manufacturers to maximize product profitability throughout its lifecycle. The objective of the Product Category manager is to plan and specify a product portfolio in line with the long term strategic plan, and within the scope and capabilities of the company.

Your career path has many avenues available for you to succeed. Are you looking to advance at a rate that matches your ambition and skill set? At Bunzl, we understand and want to invest in you. With our multi-career options, you’ll not only be able to find the adventure you are looking for today, but can be confident that new opportunities will be there for advancement in your future. 

At Bunzl, we know that our employees are our number one asset. We seek to recruit and retain the right people who are passionate about our business and we provide opportunities for our employees so that they may progress within our company based on their talents, experiences, and their aptitude.    


Responsibilities:

  • Work to develop \u0022Best Value\u0022 product opportunities that include best performance, customer acceptance, and continuous improvement for the users
  • Monitor market needs, competitive products, and the changing production schedules of approved manufacturers to improve competitive positioning
  • Provide sales support and product training material to field sales, and inside sales staff
  • Develop product pricing policies and negotiate best cost vendor programs to improve payment terms, and improve margin
  • Rationalize and consolidate product lines to improve inventory turns and create volume cost improvement opportunities
  • Support sales staff with special product requirements and prices.  Work to improve go-to-market strategy and speed of new product implementation
  • Support sales staff by problem solving and recommending new and different packaging materials as they become available
  • Negotiate cost and terms of sale with all packaging machinery suppliers participating in our programs.  Machinery includes stretch wrapping, taping, bagging, banding, lidding, and vacuum packaging

Requirements:

  • Bachelor\u0027s degree required
  • 5+ years experience in purchasing or relevant business experience is required; preferably in a distribution environment
  • Must have proven experience negotiating with vendors
  • Working knowledge of the raw materials used in food processing is preferred; also an existing working relationship with packaging material manufacturers is preferred
  • A thorough understanding of basic film structures and performance is preferred
  • An Understanding of packaging machines and their film requirements is preferred, as well as experience with designing custom packages for most food packaging applications
  • Must possess strong planning, organizational and time management skills as well as strong analytical problem solving skills
  • Must be able to multi-task with the ability to change direction quickly and often
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Enterprise purchasing system experience is highly preferred

So, what are you waiting for? A new career awaits you with endless opportunities.

Bunzl is a global leader in the Cleaning & Hygiene, Food Processing, Grocery, Health Care, Non-Food Retail, and Safety industries. We have grown both organically and through acquisitions to sales in excess of $10 billion.  Bunzl North America is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.  Bunzl North America owns and operates more than 100 warehouses and serves all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and parts of the Caribbean and Mexico. With more than 5,000 employees and 400,000 plus supplies, Bunzl is regarded as a leading supplier in North America.

Bunzl Distribution offers competitive salaries, a comfortable work environment, and a full range of benefits including a 401k with a company match.

Bunzl Distribution has a tradition of commitment to equal employment opportunity. It is the established policy to attract and retain the best qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex/gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status as provided by law.