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Vice President Division Manager - Northeast Division

Posted by Edrington Americas on 3 Oct 2017   Share

Job basics

  • Location: New York City, New York 10011
  • Country: US
  • Industry Types: Supplier
  • Categories: Sales
  • Beverages: Spirits
  • Employment Type: Full-Time
  • Reports to: COO
  • # of Direct Reports: 6
Job Description

The VPDM manages all aspects of the Divisional Business Unit, by leading and developing a group of Commercial Business Managers, leveraging their collective strengths to simultaneously deliver short-term results and build long-term brand value.  Key pillars of the position include: Distributor Management, Brand Building, Pricing Management, P&L Management, Supply Chain & Compliance, with a particular emphasis on Coaching & Mentoring a professional team of commercial business managers.  Success in the position will deliver (or over-deliver) against defined annual P&L goals and continued exceptional growth of the Edrington brands including The Macallan, Highland Park, The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, Brugal Rum, and Snow Leopard Vodka. The VPDM will also play a key role on the Commercial Leadership Team and will help to shape the overall business strategy in North America.

Job Requirements
  • Coaching & Mentoring:  Provide formal and informal feedback to each member of the Division, support further understanding and capabilities development across the wider Edrington Americas business, set an example for our people
  • Develop team to have  gold standard capabilities within the industry
  • Live Edrington Values, and embed the Company culture
  • Develop Strong partnership with distributor
  • Set the strategic direction for the Business Unit across all channels and segments.
  • Clearly communicate the Strategic Direction and Edrington priorities to Distributor Leadership and Sales Teams.
  • Manage risk and opportunities with the division and collectively with divisional counterparts
  • Align (internal) cross functional teams behind a shared vision, designed to deliver against the Strategic Imperatives of the organization.
  • Ensure optimal allocation of Edrington and Distributor resources (including LMF) against portfolio brand standards within the Division.
  • Drive a leading global luxury brand to deliver yearly profit growth and simultaneously grow brand equity
  • Accelerate the growth of a highly acclaimed and lesser known brand
  • Cultivate new opportunities for a strong core business
  • Lead the Division to become a recognized leader in the beverage industry by key stakeholders
  • Distributor Management: Build exceptional business relationships, drive brand focus, manage performance & delivery, and provide leading customer service
  • Brand Building:  Challenge the status-quo and put the consumer at the heart of the conversation, oversee the planning and execution of the local marketing plans, support all nationally lead activities at the local level, act as an unwavering brand guardian
  • Pricing Management:  Oversee the implementation and execution of the local pricing strategy, negotiate selling costs and margins, maintain an active awareness of competitive activity
  • P&L Management:  Drive depletions profitability, grow brand value, manage A&P, additional local marketing investments, selling costs, and overheads to deliver the annual profit plan
  • Supply Chain & Compliance:  Drive the allocation strategy, support exceptional customer service, and ensure industry leading legal compliance across the Division


Knowledge, Skills & Core Competencies Required 

  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree
  • 10 to 15 years of FMCG sales and marketing management experience required, Beverage Alcohol Industry experience is essential
  • Experience of Distributor management is essential
  • 5 - 7 years of experience in a leadership role required
  • Sale force management is strongly desired
  • Marketing experience is a strongly desired
  • On/Off premise experience a plus
  • A proven track record in a change oriented and entrepreneurial environment
  • Thorough understanding of the 3 tier system is essential
  • An ability to provide leading customer service delivery is required
  • Detailed understanding of marketing strategy and mix
  • Excellent understanding of organizational vision
  • An ability to coach and mentor a broad team of sales, marketing, financial and administrative personnel
  • Deep understanding of distributor pricing
  • Proficiency with MS Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent Interpersonal and  Presentation Skills are a must
  • Deep knowledge of, and ability to leverage insights gained from, syndicated data (Nielsen, IRI, Diver, etc.)
  • Strong Organizational awareness and the ability to manage complexity
  • Strong Emotional Intelligence
  • Ability to manage a broad network of internal and external partners and relationships
  • Ability to analyse complex business issues and make decisions that drive the company’s success.
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set and a positive attitude when facing opportunities and challenges
  • Ability to work independently and remain focused in a dynamic working environment
  • An in-depth understanding of business context and proactively brings forward innovation ideas…makes innovation happen.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both internally and externally, at all levels of the organization
  • Recognize team performance and coaches others
  • Travel requirement up to 40% as needed to perform job function
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Eligible to work in the US

about Edrington Americas

Edrington makes some of the world's best and best-loved Scotch whiskies, including The Macallan, The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark and Highland Park. The portfolio is complemented by Brugal, the leading rum in the Caribbean, and by Snow Leopard vodka.

Edrington is based in Scotland and owned by its employees and a charitable trust, The Robertson Trust. The company has interests in the Dominican Republic, the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. Our employees work in distilling, blending and bottling, as well as brand management, sales, finance and other professional functions. 

Our business is underpinned by a long-established reputation for involving the workforce in social enterprises and we’re proud to continue as a privately owned business. We continue to spread our global reach, with over 60% of our employees now being based outside of Scotland.


The success of our brands requires the support of everyone in Edrington, from distillation and coopering, to the brand and commercial management teams, to our distribution teams and our partnerships with other organisations. It is important to us that we bring in exceptional talent and give them the tools and support required to be the best they can be every day. We provide a comprehensive training and development programme for all employees, regardless of their role. 

Edrington provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to general legal requirements, Edrington complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.