At Solina, our community of over 2,700 people share a passion for food and live our entrepreneurial culture. We design customised savoury solutions for our clients operating in the food industry, food service, butchery and nutrition markets. With sustainability at the heart of our business model, we aim to produce food that is good in every sense of the word : delicious, nourishing, affordable, sustainable and convenient. Solina is a fast growing business, with 30 production sites and R&D laboratory, we are present in more than 19 countries mainly in Europe and North Americas. By constantly rethinking culinary solutions, we make food matter for people and the planet.

Our Site is located few km away from Ghent

Do you want to contribute at the development of the Food of the future?

Are you also convinced that a higher veggie consumption is required, for the people and the planet? Are you interested to launch products which are even better nutritionally, in taste and in texture?

Are you fascinated by Category and Product Marketing? 

Do you want to be part of a highly dynamic, youg and professional team, where you are able to make the difference?

Here is your chance: as we are strongly growing, we open a vacancy as Category & Product Manager for our Future Food Division.

Please apply asap then. We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

 YOUR MISSION

You develop and grow the category of New Protein Foods at Solina, with the business department and brand name “NEXTERA”, The Future Generation of Protein Foods.

You accelerate the growth in core market channel of Solina, being Savoury food industry, Food Service, Butchers/Artisans.

You drive sales growth and support the regional sales team at targeted customers (direct and indirect, like retail/ Quick Service Restaurants, …) and / or large opportunities

You are the New Protein Food ambassador: Foster the internal New Protein Food community by support of the regional marketing & sales teams.

You operate in a true “start-up” spirit from our “Future Food Research Centre” in Belgium.

You guarantee an optimal processing flow, from order until delivery.

You work closely together with R&D, to bring innovation to market, manage the innovation funnel process and launch new products to market

 

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

You are responsible for Category Management, Communication & Activation and Product Management of Future Food:

1. Category Management:

You are the Meat Substitutes champion: understand the global competitive landscape, identify the drivers and barriers of the market based on market data, consumer & customer insights, market launches tracking, internal data and feedback from the regional marketing & sales teams.

You develop category growth plan and annual roadmap, to capture market growth, gain market share, and deliver the right value proposition to market.

You drive growth in close cooperation with regional marketing & sales by strengthening the country centric approach: share information on Market and consumer insights, Nextera value proposition, best practices & key learnings, gather key requirements,…. Constantly drive new opportunities at customers.

You motivate and support regional marketing & sales teams at targeted key accounts, and/or during visits at the pilot plant in Belgium.

You launch Nextera new products and innovations to market, following the innovation funnel process at category platform meeting.

You support an annual recurring Inspirational Nextera Trend Program with new value propositions, in close working relationship with Regional Marketing Managers and Market Research & Consumer Insights Manager to push Nextera opportunities at existing and new customers at regional level.

2. Product Management:

You manage the NEXTERA product portfolio.

You support the internal New Protein Food management meeting: guarantee an optimal processing flow from order intake until delivery. Manage forecasts and stock (MOQ/ corrective measures on reststocks/ samples…).

 

PROFILE

Education:  Master in Marketing or Economics and/or expertise by experience

Experience: at least 3 years of successful experience in B2B Marketing, Product Management or Category Management. Experience within Food industry with customized products is an important plus.

 

Skills and Key competencies:

In-depth knowledge of marketing, business-oriented and results-driven

Leadership – ability to act, convince and perform in a cross functional team in multi-cultural environments, in matrix organizational structure.

Able to perform on a strategic and operational level

Entrepreneurial spirit. Able to multitask, set priorities and to work in a fast paced environment

Proven analytical management skills

Being able to effectively influence, to make decisions and ability to articulate and defend strategic insights and solutions

Ability to identify and articulate value drivers for key customers and strategically position.

Great communicator, energetic and creative skills

Inspires others, hands-on

English is a must, dutch, french and german are an important plus

Travelling is essential for your job (min 30% of the time), also for weekly assignments when required

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