Director -- Food Ingredient Sales in Mount Prospect IL

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Mizkan America
Director -- Food Ingredient Sales
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Mount Prospect IL
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Director/VP Sales

Based in Mount Prospect, IL, Mizkan America is a subsidiary of the Mizkan Group, a global, family-owned company that has been Bringing Flavor To Life for more than 200 years. As one of the leading makers of condiments and sauces in the United States, Mizkan America maintains 17 manufacturing facilities that serve the retail, foodservice, specialty-Asian and food-ingredient trade channels. Mizkan Americas portfolio has a wide variety of vinegars, Italian and Asian sauces, mustards, cooking wines, wine reductions, sushi seasoning, salad dressings and peppers. Mizkan manufactures a wide variety of branded and private label products. Mizkan America brands include: Rag, Bertolli, Holland House, NAKANO, Natures Intent, World Harbors, Barengo, Mizkan Asian, Rio Luna and Four Monks. Mizkan America is also the exclusive distributor for Angostura Bitters in North America.

The Food Ingredient Sales Director is responsible for managing annual product sales, achieving sales volume and profitability targets while leading a team of sales managers to greater professional success. Reporting to the Sales Directors are the Sales Managers, National Account Managers, and Regional Sales Managers.


  • Manages sales team to achieve goals.
  • Maintains and grows current business levels and secures new sales opportunities.
  • Develops budget and manages expenditures and profitability.
  • Develops, presents, and implements customer plans that meet sales volume goals and profitability levels by product category and by customer.
  • Communicates new products, pricing changes, services, and other developments to existing and potential accounts.
  • Establishes and maintains multiple levels of relationships within each customer in order to identify needs and opportunities as well as to provide selling solutions.
  • Manages a network of Food Brokers
  • Develops, communicates, and integrates plans for the execution of National Customer Account Programs that are financially beneficial to Mizkan America.
  • Collaborates with Sales, Customer Service, Marketing, Finance, Operations, and Research and Development functions to achieve sales and financial targets.
  • Consults with management and provides timely information and reports on sales activities, issues, trends, market changes, competitive developments, and other critical matters.


  • BA or BS degree preferred.
  • 5+ years of combined experience in food sales and broker management required.
  • Previous P & L experience preferred.
  • Creative, aggressive, customer driven, and results oriented.
  • Must possess demonstrated ability to manage, build, and enhance the overall value of the Mizkan Brands business.
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards.
  • Commitment to company values.
  • Must be professional, honest, trustworthy, and have commitment to customer satisfaction.
  • Broad based business knowledge, strategic thinking, good judgment, and accurate risk assessment skills highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in supervising and motivating direct staff.
  • Proven leadership and business acumen skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work with all levels of management and develop lasting customer relationships.
  • Good judgment with the ability to make timely and sound decisions.
  • Creative, flexible, and innovative team player.
  • Strong organizational, planning, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.
  • Ability to negotiate effective agreements is essential.
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required. Knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics AX is desirable.
  • Potential to work from home office with convenient access to a major U.S. airport.
  • 50%+ travel.
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