Acosta Sales & Marketing Customer Manager in Des Moines, Iowa


Des Moines Customer Manager for Natural Specialty Sales (division of Acosta)

Position is Des Moines based with very little travel. Individual will work with current

clientele as it relates to grocery distribution and promotional programs via local specialty distributor. Individual needs to be a self-starter, have very good communication skills (verbal and written), be a problem solver, good follow up, good computer skills and possess a positive attitude. Experience working with a distributor would be best. Knowledge of the Natural Organic space would be a plus. We work with many “on trend” products and entrepreneurial companies as well as large CPG companies that have carved out a niche in the Natural Organic space.


  • Deliver principals’ objectives to include volume and sales fundamentals (merchandising, assortment, pricing and shelving) goals at the assigned customers at the lowest cost.

  • Develop a Customer Business Plan that will deliver the principals’ business priorities.

  • Personally call on all decision-makers at the customer to sell business plans, programs and concepts that improve long-term business results.

  • Achieve results at the lowest possible selling cost while maximizing company revenue (to include brokerage, commissions, bonuses, contest earnings, etc.). Oversee all manufacturers’ expenditures at the customer.

  • Achieve competitively superior in-store presence in the assigned stores. Personally call on headquarters, supervisors and other customer operations personnel for both direct and indirect customers. Manage manufacturers’ trade marketing funds, process direct shipments (via the Sales Support Coordinator) and leverage data to sell concepts to the customer.

  • Operate within the designated budget.

  • Pro-actively communicate with key principals.

  • Collaborate with Retail Sales Managers on all major retail initiatives (new product introductions, selling drives, contests, etc.).

  • Effectively use knowledge of customer, market and principal—involve marketing, technology and administrative resources to accomplish objectives.

  • Provide timely information of selling priorities to Retail Sales Managers, supervisor and shared resources (marketing, technology and administration).

  • Pro-actively share information and customer/principal information with other team members to build organization capacity.

  • Utilize computer systems and technology to achieve the objectives of the Customer Business Plan. Develop and maintain skill levels to support the use of Acosta communication systems.

  • Provide feedback to the Team Leader and/or General Manager on how to build organizational capacity and improve our business.

  • Complete special projects as requested.


  • Bachelor of Arts Degree or equivalent work experience

  • A minimum of six months of relevant experience in retail (CPG industry), marketing, space management and/or resets. Sales administration or finance experience preferred.

  • Expertise in Microsoft software: PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook and thorough knowledge of web based applications. Must have excellent presentation and communication skills. Must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license

  • This position requires that you drive on behalf of Acosta Sales & Marketing, and as such, any DUI/DWI conviction in the past 36 months will be an immediate disqualifier for this position

Acosta Sales & Marketing is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Job ID 2018-145704

Work City Des Moines

PCN 202753

Position Type Regular Full-Time

Work Zip 50301

Category Field Jobs