Market Manager – Chicago, IL

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company began as a small brewery with roots in the wine country on California’s Central Coast. Now a regional craft brewery, our singular purpose remains – to craft the world’s best beers. Passionately in pursuit of the perfect beer… and never satisfied.

Job Summary:

As a Market Manager, your role is ultimately charged with increasing the sales of the most awarded beers in America. This includes direct responsibility for key on and off-premise accounts, increasing Sales & securing new distribution in existing and new accounts, and working closely with the distributor network in the assigned territory to maintain/develop all accounts.  This position covers the territory of four Chicagoland wholesales in the South Suburbs. 

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Specifically, the responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • Aggressively pursue new on & off-premise distribution
  • Call on existing key accounts to retain/develop existing distribution, secure new distribution, make timely presentations and introduce new and “limited release” beers
  • Execute weekly on and off -premise promotions and periodic special events that generate brand awareness and consumer sampling, as well as new distribution at target accounts
  • Develop and maintain strong, positive relationships with account staff and distributor sales personnel
  • Travel to company sales meetings; participate in market blitzes in other territories, and otherwise work with other members of the FW team to execute/achieve the sales plan
  • Complete necessary administrative reporting and communications on a timely basis
  • Maintain all sales goals and personal budgets outlined to you and your territory 
  • Other duties as periodically assigned by your manager

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and prior experience in a sales position; prior beer sales experience preferred
  • Knowledge of all Firestone Walker beers, other craft beers and the craft beer community
  • Strong oral communication skills: ability to talk to others to convey information effectively; strong written communication skills
  • Strong persuasion skills: Ability to influence others decision making or persuading others to change their minds or behavior
  • Active listening - This is the key to all sales presentations, understanding your goals can only be achieved by listening to account needs and filling those needs 
  • Excellent time management skills- able to be proactive and take initiative
  • Excellent organization and coordination skills- Able to manage priorities and routine functions effectively and efficiently
  • Social perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences
  • Proficiency with personal computers / laptops and associated programs (Windows, Microsoft office suite of programs)
  • Decision making skills -collect, assess and interpret relevant information and make sound judgment
  • Valid Driver License with a good driving record, a reliable, registered and insured vehicle, and ability to drive to and from accounts continuously
  • Cicerone, or other Beer certification strongly preferred
  • Must be available to work nights and weekends and work more than 40 hours per week; and lift and or move up to 50 pounds

What Firestone Walker Offers:

  • Competitive rate for an experienced individual with the right skills.
  • An excellent benefits package including 100% paid premiums for employee including health, dental, vision, life & LTD insurance, PTO 13 days to start, Sick Leave 3 days, 401(k) retirement plan including profit sharing & company matching, and paid holidays.

Please submit a cover letter and resume with your work experience when applying.

Firestone Walker is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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