Pernod Ricard USA logo

State Director, IL

Chicago, IL
Position Tit le: State Director, IL

Location: Chicago, IL, US, Remote

Careers that unlock the magic of human connection

Who we are

Pernod Ricard is a global premium spirits and wine company. We're the team behind leading brands such as ABSOLUT® Vodka, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, and Avión™ Tequila, as well as many more superior wines and exquisite champagnes!

Working at Pernod Ricard is all about igniting conviviality in that all that we do. Derived from the French word, convivialité means human connection, authenticity, friendly, and jovial. Conviviality is energy and spirit with a splash of je ne sais quoi and is a core philosophy around how we live and work at Pernod Ricard. Here, we are team players, dream makers, trailblazers, movers and (cocktail) shakers. We have a passion for living life to the fullest, making a new friend every day, and realizing our potential as people and as a business!

The salary range for this role, based in Illinois is $162,400.00 to $203,000.00 , range will vary if outside of this location. Base salaries are determined during our interview process, by assessing a candidate'sexperience, skills against internal peers and against the scope and responsibilities of the position.

Position Summary

At Pernod Ricard USA, we have accelerated and transformed our organization around experiences of conviviality, placing the consumer at the heart of our business model. The State Director plays an important role in our mission to drive the success of our complete portfolio across our entire customer base.

In summary, the State Director plays a leadership role in driving and motivating our Distributor partners to execute our plans to grow the holistic PR USA Spirits, Wine, and Champagne portfolio and beat the market in assigned state(s). This role is accountable for driving the performance of all channels (On and Off-Premise) in a priority state(s) based on internal benchmarks of percentage of overall NNS & resourcing thresholds. This person leads a team of Market Managers. The State Director is a key contributor to State-level pricing execution, S&OP forecasting, transformational initiatives, joint executional planning, and the AOP. The position is highly coordinated with our Distributor partners in the establishment of a State-level Distributor agenda, coverage, and quotas / incentives. The successful candidate is data-driven and highly capable of utilizing digital tools, platforms, and channels to drive State-level strategy, decision-making, and business opportunities.

This position reports directly to the Area Vice President. Reporting to the State Director are a Team of multifunctional Market Managers.

Major Responsibilities / Accountabilities

- Lead distributor partners to sell and execute against the holistic PRUSA brand and portfolio plans and programs in designated state:
  • Drive State strategy against all brands and channels for PR USA's complete portfolio; align Distributor to these strategies and goals, and effectively apply performance management guardrails.
  • Manage dedicated Distributor resources (when applicable) within State and partner closely with split-book and full-book Distributor teams to ensure prioritization of PR USA portfolio of brands.
  • Serve as the local Distributor's main point of contact for communication - establish and foster Distributor relationships at the State and Local levels and attend local Distributor calls / meetings in coordination with Customer Development team, as needed.
  • Drive Distributor execution of programming while working within the context of Market's AOP.
  • Ensure data-driven decision making in assigned State through the utilization of data dashboards. Effectively utilize the data meet market goals, as well as to regularly track and inform Distributors of progress against goals.
  • Enforce and measure Distributor's utilization of service standards.
  • Utilize educational materials to educate Distributors on PR USA portfolio.
  • Collaborate with Distributors, Field Marketing, and Customer Development team (as applicable) to ensure timely and accurate POS ordering, logistics, and distribution from HQ to our Distributors and to key accounts.
  • Conduct "work withs" with distributor and PR USA field and Customer Development team (as applicable) to ensure compliance and keep abreast of distributor practices and customer trends.

- Lead and drive the State P&L, pricing execution and demand forecasting, achieving all relevant financial targets and KPIs:
  • Own state-level demand planning forecast by closely working with Distributors, Chains, and Field Finance; follow process driven by Commercial Planning & Operations team.
  • Set strategic direction for State across all channels for spirits, wines & champagne.
  • Contribute to the development of the market AOP and joint executional planning, specifically setting State priorities, channel plans KPI / ROI expectations.
  • Contribute to State-level transformation initiatives.
  • Ensures execution and compliance of pricing, within guardrails defined by RGM.
  • Manage / oversee State A&P, LMF, and S&OP Demand Forecasting within guardrails defined Finance / S&OP.
  • Collect State / Channel insights and disseminate them via Field Marketing to support broader planning processes (i.e. channel plans, field marketing, etc.).
  • Chains collaboration (if applicable):
    • Partner with team on Chain State-level planning, execution, and performance management.
    • Support National Chains team to maintain positive relationships with Chain distributor personnel and accounts in assigned markets.
    • Ensure an aligned approach between Chains and non-Chains resourcing, allocations, and growth plans.

- Team leadership, coaching, and development (for direct and indirect reports):
  • Overall:
    • Drive corporate culture of inclusivity, high accountability, and high performance across team.
    • Set consistent performance standards to drive PR USA beating the market and promote the consistent use of management dashboards to drive business decisions and monitor compliance / progress against goals.
    • Reinforce ethical operations across team to ensure operation within full legal compliance with state and local regulations.
  • For Direct Reports:
    • Increase performance impact through clear, strategically aligned objectives and key results (OKRs). Ensure OKRs are meaningfully and effectively prioritized and cascaded throughout the team.
    • Conduct quality performance huddles, occurring monthly, with direct reports that focus on goal planning and tracking, employee development, and two-way feedback.
    • Ensure decision-making is data driven.
  • For Indirect Reports (where there is strong cross-collaboration with stakeholders):
    • Work closely with leader of Customer Development, as applicable, to ensure high customer satisfaction, especially in outlets with high potential and top volume / NNS
    • sist in identifying emerging / new key accounts in-market; ensure there is optimal resourcing and account coverage between PR USA and Distributor teams.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter with strong leadership, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to collaborate effectively across functions with passion and enthusiasm. Strong entrepreneurial ability to work around obstacles, results driven, and a bias for action with a pilot/learn/scale approach.
  • Education:Minimum Bachelor's degree (or equivalent)
  • Experience / Background:Minimum 10-15 years of work experience in relevant sales leadership role, preferably within the wine and spirit or consumer goods industry.
  • Travel: This position may travel up to 30% of the time.

Required Competencies

- Functional Competencies:
  • The ability to foster trust and to influence diverse team members across various functions; ability to leverage relationships to accelerate delivery; ability to use these skills to facilitate connection with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Exceptional cross-organization consensus-building skills with the ability to gain buy-in and universal alignment.
  • Strong financial and business acumen; understanding of State's customer and distributor requirements, including legal statutes.
  • Proven experience driving strategies to execution, as well as delivering results through others.
  • Management-level communication and reporting; can communicate effectively in customer / distributor meeting.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize digital tools, platforms, and channels, as well as analyze data and dashboards to drive strategy, decision-making, and business opportunities; uncover themes to make effective recommendations; and monitor compliance/track progress against goals.
  • Strong proficiency in problem solving, prioritization, and the ability to multitask in a rapid-changing environment.
  • Experience coaching and leading teams, fostering an inclusive culture and environment.
  • Entrepreneurial and able to thrive in ambiguity.

- Leadership Competencies:
  • Growth Mindset: Strategic mindset - Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.
  • Consumer Centricity: Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Drive Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Deliver through collaboration: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Bold and Agile: Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder; courageous; strong decision-making ability that keeps the organization moving forward.
  • Grow Diverse Teams: Leverages and values diversity of profiles to build empowered teams and develops talents creating a sense of belonging to help them meet both their career goals and the organization's goals.

Ready to work with spirit? Read on...

Life and perks at Pernod Ricard

Proud to belong - Just as we help to create moments that matter for our customers, we lead by example every day...bringing our whole self to work and building bonds that celebrate the human spirit, diversity, and foster deep connections.

Empowered to soar - We set high expectations and seek to get the most out of life. Through flexibility and a hybrid workstyle, as well as unique learning opportunities, generous tuition reimbursement, and one-of-a-kind learning programs, we passionately grow our skillset.

Committed to care - We are deeply committed to the long-term sustainability of our people, our industry, and our planet. We call this return on responsibility. From environmental sustainability to supporting local communities, our commitment is steadfast.

Inspired to dream - We treasure new experiences and are proud to develop as people, not job titles. From rich immersive learning programs in Paris to exciting high-profile events, we blend a love of exploration into all that we do.

Our hybrid work style

At Pernod Ricard North America, our work philosophy celebrates the magic of human connection with the flexibility needed to provide one's most meaningful contribution. Our hybrid teams will work remotely the majority of the time and unite on-site two days per week or 40% of the time. Our team is empowered to start and finish their day at a time that works best for their lifestyle with the whole team available during the core hours of 10am-3pm.

Plus, great benefits and perks to toast to a life filled with support including:
  • Competitive compensation including performance bonuses
  • Domestic & international career development opportunities
  • Competitive paid time off plan + wellbeing days
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Product allowance to enjoy on Pernod Ricard products
  • Gym reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • BetterUp Care wellness benefits including nutrition, sleep, executive coaching, etc.

And much, much more! Check out to view our extensive people programs and support.

Pernod Ricard USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It employs qualified individuals based solely on ability, training and experience, and does not and will not, discriminate for or against any employee or applicant for employment or promotion based upon actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service or any other classification protected by law. Offers will be subject to United States local terms .

Job Posting End Date:

Target Hire Date :

Target End Date :