Careers

Careers at Benchmark Drinks

We are always on the look-out for passionate and enthusiastic people to join our team.

Current Positions available 

July 2020  

National Account Manager – Northern Region

Overview:

In this role you will need to have a strong network of relationships that allows you to open the door to the largest retail customers in the north of England. You will be challenged to create new business and achieve budgeted sales volumes in Morrison’s, ASDA, The Co-Op and Booth’s. You will be required to be self motivated, disciplined and have a can do attitude. You will support the wider efforts of the major multiple grocers account team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Achieve budgeted volume and profit targets
  • Establish on-going contact and execute the trading plan within the parameters laid out in the marketing strategies
  • Network all personnel in grocery accounts to develop and identify sales opportunities
  • Ensure regular sales contact at all relevant levels within customer base, internal and external
  • Manage and process invoices, PRFs, claims and deductions to agreed levels
  • Sign off monthly finance/promo reports
  • Ensure forecasts are accurate and worked well in advance
  • Agree price and duty increases in a timely manner
  • Attend and present at quarterly internal business reviews
  • Network vertically and horizontally to gain maximum effectiveness and penetration
  • Maintain close communications with other functions (eg logistics, finance) to ensure that actions are in line with company policies and culture

Other Accountabilities:

  • Assist the control of credit and payment within accounts including resolving any outstanding queries and ensure prompt settlement of all debts
  • Set up Joint Business plan models in conjunction with the finance team and to track and report variances to the plan, suggesting corrective action
  • Work very closely with the management team feeding in relevant commercial information as required/identified
  • Maintain accurate account files and administrate effectively within deadlines
  • Regularly review progress of accounts with the management team

Key Skills and Experience:

Functional

  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Strong sales skills
  • Ability to analyse data to build arguments for commercial benefit
  • Ability to formulate and agree customer LTAs
  • Advanced Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

Behavioural

  • Can do attitude
  • Ability to foster strong customer working relationships
  • Willingness to network and gain intimate knowledge of the customer
  • Team player
  • Accountable for own actions

Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years sales experience at least at Account Executive level within the grocery sector, demonstrable track record of achievement and willingness to take on extra responsibility

Application Process:

  • Please submit your CV, cover letter and salary expectation to info@benchmarkdrinks.com
  • All applicants must have a right to work in the UK

 

Role:   Operations Manager

Overview:

In this role you will need to have fantastic attention to detail, be able to multi task and the ability to extract information to ensure the supply chain of the business runs smoothly. You will be responsible for logistics, procurement, forecasting, operations, third party production and stock management. The ability to communicate and interact with internal and external customers is essential given fast pace at which the company is growing. We are looking for a highly ambitious person looking to learn at a fast pace. We are open-minded on experience level.  This is a London based role with occasional travel to Bristol.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ability to work with the sales team to interpret demand and manage the master forecasting schedule
  • Communicate with partner wineries around the world to procure both bulk and finished wines to satisfy demand
  • Working with our third party bottling facility, ensure effective communication around the production schedule
  • Managing our third party logistics both for both product inputs and customer supply
  • Procurement of dry goods and components
  • Stock management and weekly reporting
  • Master product forecast and production planning

Key Skills and Experience:

  • Highly organised
  • Growth mindset
  • Hands on analytical person with the ability to problem solve
  • Wine industry and S&OP experience
  • Comfortable with data & spreadsheets or eager to learn
  • QuickBooks experience would be desirable but not essential

Application Process:

  • Please submit your CV, cover letter and salary expectation to info@benchmarkdrinks.com
  • All applicants must have a right to work in the UK

 

Role: Accounts Assistant

Overview:

  • Benchmark Drinks is now looking to hire a full time Accounts Assistant to join the finance team. You will need to have fantastic attention to detail and be able to multi task.  You will be reporting to a hands on and supportive Finance Director.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Helping the Finance Director bring the accounting function in house
  • Raising purchase orders and setting up new vendors
  • Processing purchase invoices (matching to POs, getting invoices approved, coding invoices and allocating costs, recording within QuickBooks)
  • Raising sales invoices (setting up new customers, applying correct pricing, applying correct bank account details, applying correct VAT treatment, recording within QuickBooks)
  • Processing online banking payments and sending out remittance advice statements
  • Credit control
  • Resolving supplier and customer queries
  • Researching business queries
  • Monthly VAT returns including EC Sales List Reporting
  • Preparing for month end (supplier statement reconciliations, bank reconciliations, stock reconciliations, accruals and prepayments, month end journals etc)

Key Skills and Experience:

Highly Desirable:

  • QuickBooks

Desirable:

  • Stock / Production experience
  • Foreign currency experience
  • Interest in the wine industry

Application Process:

  • Please submit your CV, cover letter and salary expectation to info@benchmarkdrinks.com
  • All applicants must have a right to work in the UK
Botham wines Lords

I’ll be honest with you, creating my own wine range is probably better than scoring a hundred at Lords

Sir Ian Botham

I have a great passion for rosé and have loved working for the last two years on developing Kylie Minogue Wines. Working with the brilliant team at Benchmark Drinks we have created a rosé that I am truly enamoured by, it’s fresh, light and the perfect pink” 

Kylie Minogue

Graham Norton Sauvignon Blanc has proved widley successful, and is currently the fastest growing New Zealand wine brand in the UK.

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