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Regional Distributor Manager-Midwest

spindrift · 25 days ago

Spindrift’s DSD product lineup includes a single serve 16oz sparkling water and Spindrift Spiked. Join the team and play a critical role as we launch our newest products across the US with the best DSD partners in the game. We are looking for seasoned Distributor Managers who can build quality retail activations through our distributors and eventually lead others to do the same within their areas of responsibility. Spindrift’s beverage brands have consistently experienced extraordinary growth. As this continues, there will be significant opportunities to advance within the company.

This role will build the brand through distributor partnership, chain management, in-market event and sampling execution. The Regional Distributor Manager will maximize the Spindrift brand by overseeing our Distribution Partners’ execution and be the main point of contact for both Spindrift Sparkling 16oz and Spindrift Spiked within all channels of trade within a specific geography. Responsibilities for the role include:

Manage Spindrift Spiked and Spindrift 16oz DSD Distributors (typically the same distributor) – Ensure every opportunity within the market is explored and prime brand presence achieved, maximizing volume, revenue and profit.

  • Manage Spindrift’s Distributor Partner’s in a professional and influential manner, ensuring the Spindrift Brand is consistently top-of mind amongst other brands within their portfolio.
  • Stand out as a unique, thought-provoking partner, holding distributors to high standards by driving solutions to deliver opportunities versus overcoming issues.
  • Manage team consisting of a Market Development Manager (MDM) and Market Development Representative (MDR)
  • Meet weekly account visit expectations and communicate any wins/follow ups to distributor partners.
  • Get to know the distributors’ business and drive positive relationships across all levels of the organization and grow market share.
  • Ability to call on regional chains (large and small format) and work closely with distributor Key Account partners.
  • Routinely track and communicate chain mandates/authorizations to internal and external business partners to ensure 100% retail execution.
  • Create Annual Business Plan to deliver against volume and distribution KPIs, finding unique ways to continually expand product availability within the right outlets.
  • Utilize consumer and category data to educate distributor personnel and retail customers
  • Plan and implement incentive programs to deliver distribution, merchandising, display, and retail promotional objectives.
  • Sell in displays & programs and support with in-store sampling (on and off premise).
  • Work cross-functionally with Spindrift's logistics, marketing, finance, and Sparkling sales team.
  • Be a thought leader as Spindrift expands; we are looking for a smart, up and coming leader and offer an entrepreneurial environment that provides self-fulfilling opportunities.

Embrace the Spindrift Company culture

  • Help others on the team, influence vs criticize, and be humble
  • Partner with teammates and co-workers on various strategic initiatives throughout the year


  • Exhibit a willingness to do whatever it takes any time to grow the brand
  • 5+ years of experience working in the alcoholic beverage industry
  • Demonstrated sales record, success working with distributors, and good character
  • Self-motivated with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and people skills
  • Outstanding organization skills, time management, and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-growth, start-up environment
  • Proficient use of Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook
  • Experience with VIP and Circana (formally IRI) highly preferred
  • Willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Role model for the company’s culture

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to lift a case of product (40lbs) regularly with the ability and desire to physically assemble large displays
  • This is a critical in-market role, driving the brand across an important geography. This role will be based in the Chicagoland area, and will cover MN, WI, MI, and IL.
  • Must have access to a vehicle and be able to travel on a regular basis, up to 80% of the time.


In addition to the salary range for this position ($90K - $110K), Spindrift offers the following compensation and benefits:

  • Short-term and long-term incentive programs specific to level and department
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance, with a current employer contribution rate of 80% towards monthly premiums, regardless of plan type selected
  • Company-paid life insurance, and a 401k retirement savings plan
  • Biweekly car allowance, and monthly cell phone allowance
  • Annual allowances for personal use of Spindrift product, health and wellness, professional development, and social justice education
  • A host of voluntary benefits including but not limited to additional life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability insurance, pet insurance, commuter benefits, etc.
  • In addition to any paid leave benefits required by regulation, the company provides paid parental leave, vacation, sick, personal, bereavement, community service, and holiday time

Last updated on May 23, 2024

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