• Brand Manager

    Job Location CA-ON-Mississauga
    Kao Canada
    Job ID
  • Overview

    Kao is a leading marketer of beauty care products. Innovative business practices and breakthrough product introductions have propelled Kao to enjoy worldwide success with its much-loved Jergens® skincare products and other popular brands including Biore®, Curel®, Ban®, and the John Frieda professional haircare brands.


    We are looking for innovative, entrepreneurial professionals with fresh ideas who would like to be part of a dynamic organization, consider the following assignment as a Brand Manager.


    This position’s role is to drive brand performance, grow brand equity and share by activating distinctive consumer insights. The Brand Manager supports the brand team’s pursuit of insights that enable the team to know its consumer deeply and create engaging brand experiences and supports the Senior Brand Manager in setting the brand’s consumer communications and innovation strategies.


    The Brand Manager is responsible for the execution of projects related to the brand’s communications and innovation plans as defined by the Senior Brand Manager. This role interacts with agency partners in support of communications strategy, planning and implementation. This role supports a brand’s communication and innovation activities by collaborating with sales, trade marketing, operations, product development, demand planning, global marketing and finance on various generating demand initiatives.



    • Use consumer and marketplace data and trends to support developing a deeper understanding of the demographics, psychographics, and behavioral drivers of the brand’s consumer or a particular consumer segment.
    • Manage brand projects and assignments in a way that demonstrates an understanding of key consumer insights and an ability to activate them in relevant communications and innovation activities.
    • Support the brand’s need to identify and understand what the brand stands for in the hearts and minds of consumers including brand identity, essence, vision, mission and core values to drive relevant communications and innovation.
    • Leverage data, trends and support from cross functional team to help build a robust and actionable learning plan to address knowledge gaps in consumer, brand, product, business and marketplace learnings.

    Consumer Communication

    • Manage consumer communications projects that develop a creative territory that brings the brand to life and enables effective consumer communication with a digital and social first approach
    • Assist in identifying optimal engagement strategy and campaign structure to reach consumers when and where they are most receptive.
    • Lead initiatives in the communication plan around specific touchpoints or consumer targets including agency and cross-functional team management,  planning, execution and results measurement.
    • Demonstrate the ability to manage projects on time and on budget as well and demonstrate decision-making abilities around investment alternatives that mitigate risk and maximize return.

    Innovation & Renovation

    • Leverage consumer, shopper and marketplace data to support defining a brand’s short-term and long-term innovation strategy. In collaboration with cross-functional and external experts, lead innovation projects in support of the brand’s innovation strategy such as new idea generation and validation, commercialization strategies and plans and channel- or customer-specific opportunities.
    • Identify innovation and renovation opportunities
    • Assist with the development and execution of a product strategy for a brand


    • Leverage consumer and marketplace data and trends to support Senior Brand Manager in developing an annual plan to closely align the efforts of Marketing and Sales to generate optimal demand for the brand
    • Prepare, present and sell-in aspects of the brand plan to management, cross-functional partners and external stakeholders.
    • Assists in creating the annual communications plan including recommended touchpoint plan, activation/implementation plan and measurement
    • Support Senior Brand Manager in implementing a consumer centric brand plan to drive and/or sustain long-term brand health including equity, awareness and engagement.


    Bachelor Degree and a minimum of 3 years of work experience in consumer marketing, brand management or product management;

    OR a Master’s Degree in Business, Marketing, MBA or related field is required.



    • Experience leading marketing communication projects including digital and media strategies is preferred
    • Experience in Consumer Packaged Goods Industry (CPG) is preferred
    • Experience partnering with cross-functional teams and agency partners is preferred
    • Experience developing strategic brand/product plans, such as communication campaigns, commercialization strategies is preferred
    • Experience leveraging data and trends to generate insights to understand consumer behavior is preferred


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