Bridgestone Americas, Inc Account Manager in Nashville, Tennessee

Opportunity Details:

Overview:

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.

Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

Position Summary:

Bridgestone is currently looking for an Account Manager, large national retailer, for a Bridgestone Americas’ customer. The National Account Manager will work directly with the customer’s buying team to optimize tire unit sales volume, seek merchandising opportunities and support overall profitability. This position will be involved in developing both long-term strategies and annual business & sales planning to support the company objectives for key customer accounts.

Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop and implement business & sales plans to achieve account objectives

  • Manage promotional expense budget to support category sales plan

  • Coordinate and manage annual and monthly category forecasting process

  • Direct daily customer support functions and problem solving activities for customer account

  • Lead integrated cross-functional team that drives results at both the unit and profit level

  • Vendor Management, Pricing, Marketing, Planning and Inventory Control

  • Direct Sales

  • Manage merchandising opportunities

  • In-depth product knowledge

  • Inventory management

  • Marketing and promotions of product categories in order to make them as visible, accessible, and appealing to customers as possible

  • Increasing the volume of products that are sold within the category, and improving the speed of inventory turnover within the category

  • Working knowledge of the products, consumer needs, buying practices, sales goals and retail environment related to the merchandise category

  • Effective planning and forecasting in order to maximize the profitability of inventory flow

  • Balancing projected forecasts and actual sales

  • Strategic project planning and execution

  • Trend analysis

  • Financial analysis

  • Contract negotiations

  • Problem solving

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Marketing, Communications, Business Administration or related degree

  • 7-10 years of account management, sales or sales management experience

  • Management experience with sales teams selling into mass merchandisers

  • Direct selling experience with large or big box retailers

  • Sound communication skills - as evidenced by the ability to educate and influence internal and external staff. Must have the ability to formulate and present effectively to individuals/groups.

  • Selling Skills – need to be able to set goals and drive sales to attain these goals with strong selling skills. Must have the ability to close and follow through on the sale.

  • Strong analytical skills – to be able to review and make decisions on merchandising, programming, promotional and financial.

  • Cross-functional "literacy" – critical to be able to work with support functions such as Supply Chain, Marketing, Finance, Legal and others.

  • Strong problem-solving capabilities - as evidenced by a track record of finding feasible solutions to difficult problems, especially in an environment with incomplete information and tight timelines

  • Negotiation – must have the ability to effectively negotiate contracts, support programs and sell in opportunities. Need to be able to manage and work effectively with the Buying Team.

Employee Type Regular Full-Time

Degree Preferred Graduate Degree

Requisition ID 2017-113905

Posted Date 7/12/2017

Location US-TN-Nashville

Zip Code 37214

Functional Area Consumer Sales

Category Sales

As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action employer, it is the policy of Bridgestone to consider for employment all individuals regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.