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Brand Manager

Elmhurst, IL
A High Growth, Entrepreneurial Plant-Based Protein Company
Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact on a fast-growing food company? Join a high-performance team that is paving the way for a new generation of plant-based food.  Established in 2018, Greenleaf Foods is a leading consumer plant-based protein company committed to shaping the future of plant-based eating.

Greenleaf Foods is headquartered 20 miles outside of Chicago in Elmhurst, IL and is an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods, Canada’s market leader in protein and first carbon neutral food company in the world. Our associates embrace a strong, values-based culture and take pride in doing what’s right for our consumers, customers and communities. Each Greenleaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We thrive in an engaging, open and fast-paced environment.

Our portfolio of plant-based protein brands includes Lightlife Foods and Field Roast Grain Meat Co.  Lightlife products inspire clean, nourishing health with a simple ingredient deck and great taste the entire family will enjoy. Lightlife is proud to make the country’s #1 brand of tempeh and the #1 plant-based hot dog. Field Roast is known for bringing food enthusiasts together with globally inspired flavors, whole-food ingredients and innovative processes that make its plant-based meats and cheeses. Together, the brands feature more than 50 products and represent a leading market position in the plant-based protein category.

Brand Manager

The Opportunity:
As Brand Manager at Greenleaf Foods, you will not only be a part of a dynamic and entrepreneurial team, but you will have the opportunity to lead a brand with explosive growth aspirations that will define the category and shape consumers view of plant-based protein foods. You will work directly with the Director of Marketing for Lightlife and have responsibility for building both short and long-term demand creation through a deep understanding of the consumer and translating that into winning marketing strategies for communication and product innovation. This individual needs to possess an attention to detail, excellent communication skills, intellectual curiosity with ability to lead cross functional teams in a fast-paced, high growth environment.
Primary Responsibilities
Business Management
  • Work with Marketing Director to evolve the overall brand strategy, develop insight driven brand plans and communication objectives
  • Deliver against brand financial goals, managing both top and bottom line
  • Manage innovation/renovation pipeline through go-to market
  • Support volume forecasting and the annual planning process
  • Manage A&P budget to maximize business results
  • Analyze in-market performance and trends leading to actionable business recommendations
Win with the Consumer
  • Create winning strategic plans to increase consumer brand awareness and equity
  • Build and launch comprehensive marketing campaigns with internal digital marketing & media team and agencies
  • Leverage consumer insights and studies to identify and evolve the portfolio from a total proposition standpoint
  • Refine consumer targets through segmentation analysis
Win with the Customer
  • Partner with Sales to develop and execute winning marketing strategies at key accounts
  • Evaluate and help develop merchandising strategies, trade/promotion plans, assortment & pricing guidelines 
  • Excellent communicator
  • Strong storyteller
  • Master executor
  • Ability to blend both creative and analytical mindsets
  • Team player
  • Attention to detail and organization
  • Flexible and resourceful in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Cross-functional leadership
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities and meet deadlines
  • Managing through ambiguity
  • Proven success in a brand management capacity (preferably at a blue-chip CPG organization)
  • Progressive 3-5 year experience in brand management
  • Strong financial/business acumen
  • Have a consumer obsessed mindset
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize data and insights into action
  • Familiarity with trade and pricing concepts
  • Experience in leading and executing marketing campaigns
  • Experience leading projects from concept to in-market
  • High aptitude with syndicated data (IRI, Nielsen, SPINS, etc)
  • Success managing an agency relationship
  • Budget management
  • MBA preferred
What we have to offer you:
  • Career development opportunities.  Your career will not stop at this role, this is just the beginning
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits
  • 401K plan
  • Commitment to Learning – courses, resources and tools provided to all employee
  • Employee Assistance Program


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