Business Development Manager (Maternity Cover)

Belfast, County Antrim
£30000 - £35000 per annum
10 Nov 2016
01 Dec 2016
Manpower UK
Job Type
This is a full time temporary role for 9 months with a start date in January 2017. This role is paying a salary of £30,400 pro rata, depending on experience plus company car and bonus.(Full UK drivers licence essential for the role and you must live on patch or directly on border.)


Operating in over 70 markets around the world, Unilever Food Solutions is the dedicated foodservice business of Unilever. The portfolio encompasses many of the world's leading food brands including Knorr, PG Tips, Flora, Colman's and Hellman's. Through combining a world-class product portfolio, knowledge of our customers and investment in our staff, we deliver year-on-year growth through offering chefs and caterers tailored solutions, helping them to expand their business and do what they love.

The world of Foodservice is dynamic and exciting. It involves working with customers ranging from Michelin star restaurants, hotels, through to pub chefs and workplace, school or hospital caterers - as well as the wholesalers and cash and carries who service the foodservice industry. Unilever Food Solutions business is ambitious for growth and for the right individuals; we offer great development opportunities, both within the local business and beyond.

Are you passionate about food and passionate about building relationships with customers and offering them solutions based on their needs?
Do you want to work with iconic brands?
Are you ambitious and willing to learn?
Do you have bags of energy and a desire to succeed?
Do you want to be part of a successful team?

If the answer to all these questions is YES, then this is a fantastic opportunity for you!

Unilever is the one of the most popular UK employers on LinkedIn for a reason. Regardless of experience or role, we encourage ownership of your career and offer a wealth of opportunities to expand your knowledge and network. We will give you an in depth induction, including time in our kitchens and will invest in your individual career aspirations and development needs through our numerous training opportunities. A career with us is a career you shape and promises to be tailored and fulfilling, much like the solutions we offer to our customers.

Our working culture embraces diversity and acknowledges that work is an activity and not a place and encourages all employees to balance the entirety of their life commitments. As such we offer generous family-friendly policies (including parental, elderly care and enhanced maternity/paternity leave) and agile working is the norm, facilitated by up-to-date technology.

Job purpose

To deliver the sell-out volume of our trade partners, by using a combination of face-to-face selling, customer relationship management and ingredient demonstrations to reach new customers, penetrate more products and increase usage within existing customers.

Alongside this the ability to engage prioritised customers at a senior enough level to implement business plans, concepts and activities that create value for both parties, and raise the relationship from pure transactional, to a more long term strategic footing.

Qualifications and Experience

Degree level preferable, Education to A level or International Equivalent
Experience in the Food Service market place desirable but not essential
Knowledge and understanding of all areas in the catering market, including foodservice trends
Commercially aware and strong business acumen
Prove ability to develop customer relationships, self-starter
IT literate in WORD, Excel, Power Point, Outlook
E-commerce experience desirable
Strong listening, probing and selling skills
Have the confidence to handle and overcome objections
The ability to identify ongoing customer needs, and associate a product benefit back to that need
Good organisational and diary management skills
Ability to think and communicate in a clear structured way
The ability to multitask and plan ahead
The ability to leverage Wholesale Partners relationships for short or long term benefit, in conjunction with UFS distributive team

Additional Info

Must live on area patch or directly near boarder- (Louth, Down , Antirm, Armagh and Monaghan)
Occasional national travel and overnights required
Full manual driving licence required
An ambassador of Unilever Food Solutions at all times displaying the company in a positive manner

Interviews will be commencing in Northern Ireland at the end of November

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