Brand Specialist


Chicago, IL, US, 60654

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role: 


Barry Callebaut is a global organization poised for growth; a company which has embraced the vision to delight its customers, while out-performing its competitors, a business which is committed to sustainability, has innovation in its DNA, is a leader in complex manufacturing and supply chain solutions and is focused on being a best-in-class employer. Barry Callebaut seeks diverse and passionate people who thrive in a dynamic environment, focused on continuous learning, living BC’s Values and of course loving chocolate.


The Brand Specialist promotes the Barry Callebaut product range to increase brand awareness and provide a value added service to customers. 

Key responsibilities include: 


  • Promote product range (all brands) by calling on chefs, bakers, and confectioners--both current customers and prospects--to familiarize them with products available from Barry Callebaut for their applications.
  • Provide technical assistance to customers and prospects when needed, while continuing to strengthen the relationship with the customer and provide a value added service. Relationship building with chefs, bakers, confectioners, and others in the culinary community is an essential part of this job.
  • Plan and facilitate events and trade shows
  • Development and implementation of a Chicago City strategy – planning events and execution, building Sweet Table Chicago community, converting businesses to our brands.
  • Event planning and execution - Working with Sales Manager and Marketing team to plan city events (dinners, demos, shows, etc.)
  • Look for organizations/companies to be involved with to increase brand awareness.  
  • Social Media - Get more active on social media gaining a Chef following and promoting all of the market activities. Partner with Marketing to do Chef interviews promoting products used, incentives to get tags, etc.  
  • Work with local culinary schools students to promote more awareness to BC.


About you:


  • Culinary background strongly preferred 
  • Sales and/or Marketing experience preferred
  • Must be a people person. Personal, positive and energetic
  • Must be detailed oriented, organized and great with follow ups
  • Must be proactive, highly-motivated, entrepreneurial and a proven hunter
  • Knowledge of local food scene and self-starter desired
  • Strong oral, written and presentations skills required
  • Salesforce experience is helpful
  • Comfortable using various social media platforms
  • This position requires a car (travel expenses will be reimbursed)
  • Open to traveling outside of Chicago when needed


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:


  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
  • 12 paid holidays, generous PTO, plus your birthday off
  • Environment that welcomes workplace flexibility 
  • An atmosphere where diversity is embraced, and inclusivity is second nature. We call it #OneBC! Just ask our champions with the Americas Women’s Forum and the Racial Equality Forum!
  • Ability to grow personally and professionally within an organization that values development and internal career growth
  • Be part of our mission in making sustainability the norm through Forever Chocolate with priorities centered around prospering farmers, zero child labor, carbon and forest positive, and creating 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products.  

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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