Brand Manager


About Blistex:

Blistex was founded in 1947 as a small, family-run company in the business of developing and marketing lip care products, primarily in the United States. Our objectives in those days were to create quality products, achieve consistent growth and become an innovative leader in lip care.

The pursuit of quality and customer service led us in 1967 to create our research and development facilities, as well as build our own manufacturing and corporate headquarters complex in Oak Brook, Illinois. This move enabled us to have pinpoint control of every phase of our business from product formulation and testing to manufacturing and marketing. Over the years, consistent growth was fueled by constant innovation in the Blistex product line. New products were added and existing products improved as Blistex moved into worldwide lip and health care markets.

Today, the Blistex tradition is carried on by the third generation of our founding family. And we still believe in our original goals. Product quality. Growth. Innovation. And leadership. Some things should never change.

Blistex manufactures, tests and distributes a full line of quality lip care products.

Position Details

Brand Manager
Northern Illinois
Oak Brook, IL

The Brand Manager plans, organizes, and provides the leadership to achieve the Company’s fiscal year volume/profit objectives for assigned brand(s). He/she has full authority to operate this position in accordance with Company policy and as directed by the Director, Healthcare Brands and/or the Vice-President, Marketing. The individual analyzes sales information compiles reports on revenue and profitability, conducts comparative analysis against competitors, provides forecasts/projections and strategic plans to predict market evolution and product direction. The incumbent executes plans to ensure viability of assigned brand(s) controlling the evolution of sales for assigned brands and contributing to the ongoing improvement of the Department and Company. He/she is responsible for designated new products or product lines, including development, roll-out, and testing and coordinates promotions and advertising efforts of products or brands under his/her responsibility.The position may be responsible to hire, lead/manage, develop, and retain one Marketing professional.


1. Initiates, recommends and secures management/interdepartmental agreements to marketing strategies, plans and budgets, including (but not limitedto):

  • New products (including ideation, concept development and testing, formula/package development, graphic design, selling story development, etc.) 
  • Promotion 
  • Cost savings 
  • Package changes 
  • Pricing 
  • Ad strategy/copy development 
  • Media planning and stewardship 
  • Product changes

2. Ensures timely and high-quality execution of plans in all areas outlined above and makes appropriate plan changes as dictated by ongoing businessconditions.

3. Proposes, tests, and evaluates new strategic and tactical approaches to all areas of the marketing/product developmentmix.

4. Maintains processes to continuously develop new product ideas and leads research and system evaluation of new ideas to determine their consumer, trade, financial, and operations viability.

5. Maintains and manages specific activities of advertising/media agencies and oversees public relations brand campaigns.

6. Leads annual brand planning and budgeting efforts.

7. Positively motivates and clearly communicates to all departments and appropriate agencies to ensure agreement and timely/high quality execution of new initiatives.

8. Provides ongoing data-driven analysis and definition of key opportunities for maximizing volume and profit potential for assigned brands and ensures consistent pursuit of these objectives.

9. Assists Sales in developing brands’ general merchandising strategies, financial guidelines, etc. on a data-driven basis.

10. Exercises administrative control over personnel assigned to him/her (i.e. interviewing, training, departmental orientation, salary reviews, performance appraisals, etc.) in conjunction with the Vice-President, Marketing.

11. Through individual guidance, mentors and coaches brand personnel to succeed and grow in their positions, develop their skills and future potential, maintain a high level of knowledge in the marketing industry, and understand/adhere to established Company policies, procedures, philosophies, and business practices.

12. Orients new employees from other disciplines on Marketing, product line and promotional issues related to assigned brands.

13. Identifies, recommends and contributes to systems and process changes that will improve productivity, capability, cooperation, and/or morale of own department and other disciplines.

14. Takes affirmative action in all conditions of employment to ensure that equal opportunity efforts and results are consistent with Company policies and procedures.

15. Strengthens the Marketing Department by contributing innovative ideas, expertise, knowledge, high professional standards, Team spirit, and pride in the Company.


1. A Master’s Degree in Marketing or Business Administration or equivalent in training and experience is required.

2. The knowledge and skills required for this position are typically acquired in 2 to 3 years of real-world experience and/or advanced academic Marketing environments.

3. Proven strengths in the following areas:

  • Leadership 
  • Analytical, strategic, and tactical thinking 
  • Managing, developing, and working with others 
  • Motivation and drive

4. Past participation in development/execution of advertising and promotional campaigns, brand planning processes, and sales communications efforts.

5. Ability to analyze and draw insightful conclusions from qualitative and quantitative consumer and syndicated retail research.

6. Proven track record of successful project leadership.

7. Considerable management skills are required to successfully perform the planning, directing, reporting, and administrative responsibilities of this position.

8. Considerable interpersonal skills are required to interact with all levels of internal and external customers; the need to lead, persuade, and sell to Management, agency, cross-discipline, and subordinate personnel requires a high degree of interpersonal human relations skills.

9. Computer literate in a Windows environment (i.e. Word, Excel, etc.).

10. Ability with basic functions of Cognos, Adage, and Nitro that allows for quality performance of relevant tasks outlined as essential job functions above.

11. Ability to use office machines and e-mail quickly and effectively.

12. Must be discreet with confidential information to which he/she has access.

13. Willingness to accept other duties, as assigned.

14. Must possess the ability to develop and maintain an effective working relationship with internal and external customers, function as a team player, accept constructive criticism from management and comply with Company policies.

« Back