Sales Manager Personal Care & Specialties

Job location:
Home Based - France
Created moment:
December 21, 2022
Job reference:
REQ - 06700

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Sales Manager Personal Care & Specialties

Job Summary


As a sales manager, for your perimeter, your role is to:

  • Take charge of the management of customers and prospects of the customer portfolio for which you are responsible

  • Drive business & market development within the geographical scope for the Personal Care & Specialty business segments.

    • Personal Care with focus on management of our main distributors in France, UK, Italy & Germany.

    • Specialty includes industrial or consumer niche markets (like pigments / leather treatment / home care). Geographical scope will be mostly France & Benelux

  • Participate in the development of the commercial strategy for your perimeter 

  • Be responsible for the commercial development and the profitability of the activity on all the markets present in your area


REVENUE MANAGEMENT : Revenues c. €5m

CASH MANAGEMENT : DSO (Days Sales Outstanding) - Payment terms

CUSTOMER CENTRICITY : Voice of the customers

NEW BUSINESS GENERATION : Participate in business developments projects - Cross selling


  • Number of customers: 25

  • Geographical zones: Specialty (France & Benelux) / Personal Care (EMEA)

  • travel time: 3-4 times a month


Hygiene Safety Environment missions: Ensure compliance with safety rules, educate teams on preventive measures to achieve our safety objectives

Commercial plan building, execution & monitoring

  • Participate to the building of the annual sales plan/ budget forecast and mid-term plan for your perimeter

  • Direct sales forecasting activities and set performance goals accordingly

  • Execute the commercial roadmaps developed for your segment or products or geography

  • Analyses sales trends/preparation of reports for management/advise on the business

  • Coordinate effectiveness of sales and development strategies including ensuring appropriate analysis and action plans are in place

  • Review and analyze performances against programs, quote and plan to determine effectiveness

  • Ensure business is servicing existing customer base at (or surpassing) expectations and developing new growth opportunities in each circuit and market segment.

  • Develop plans and strategies for developing new commercial opportunities and achieving the sales goals s with strong ability to build both internal and external relationships

  • Account management at medium account ; if relevant supports Key account manager or Sales directors for some large accounts, including but not limited to : negotiating short term and long term contract, Identify growth/ profitability improvement opportunities (using CRM opportunity management functionality) and advance the relationships with customers in order to fully capture them

  • Apply the pricing policy vis a vis the assigned accounts

  • Establish and nurture relationship with assigned customers (management, purchasing, R&D)

  • Identify sales development targets, elaborate and implement appropriate development strategy 

  • Ensure forecast accuracy and jointly manage customer relationship with Customer Service Team

Location: France



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Business related field or equivalent experience

  • Minimum 4-5 years experienced as a sales person

  • English & French speaker (must have). Italian would be a nice to have

  • Market & technical knowledge in Personal care or consumer applications is a plus

  • Location: France

  • Business development acumen and mindset / high energy & motivation (key requirement)

  • Strong interpersonal and communication (including negotiation) skills; value-added solution selling

  • Ability to positively influence others w/o direct reporting lines

  • Advanced problem solving skills

  • Strategic thinking, result oriented, concern for impact

  • Highly motivated and resourceful self-motivator

  • Taste for challenges - entrepreneurial mentality

  • Strong multi-tasking and time management skills

  • Ability to use common IT tools (Excel, Word, Gsuite, Web tools)

  • Salesforce skills would be an advantage

  • Mandatory  use of English (technical and commercial)

  • Regular and weekly trips (up to 60%)

  • Driving licence required


Leads self 

  • Actively drives own development. Seeks out opportunities to grow, develop and improve personal performance.

  • Manages own energy and emotions. Takes steps to set the right leadership example.

Leads others 

  • Understands each team member and how to get the best out of them.

  • Regularly provides feedback and encourages a feedback culture.

  • Demonstrates the courage and desire to tackle difficult conversations or decisions in the right way.

Communicates and collaborates 

  • Effectively networks to share knowledge and insight and to drive performance.

  • Clearly articulates own viewpoint and listens to and considers others’ views.

Deliver results

  • Delivers short term results while maintaining focus on the longer term.

  • Adapts to changing business priorities whilst maintaining focus on personal and team results.

Drives improvements

  • Gathers external insight from other organizations and customers to innovate and drive business performance.

  • Looks to find ways to do things better, quicker or more efficiently.

Position Type

Full time



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IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.