Portfolio Manager Medicalization
Isilumko Staffing
Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZA
2d ago
  • A leading pet food company is looking for a prescription marketing individual. This person will be marketing the Vet Prescription Diets range of pet food.
  • This person would ideally come from a pharmaceutical / marketing background and has a Degree in PET Nutrition / Dietics or Bsc

    The purpose of the role

    Portfolio Manager Medicalization, responsible for development & execution of marketing activities for the VET pillar where relevant for South Africa to grow the sales of the specialized (Veterinary Health Nutrition).

    Responsibilities include, defining the strategic positioning and direction for each territory within the Veterinary portfolio supported by global guidelines, price positioning, identifying opportunities, defining the approach and strategic execution of the plans through the pillar with the overall objective to drive market share growth and become the leading veterinary prescription nutrition brand in South Africa.



    The role is part of the Vet marketing team and forms part of a cross pillar marketing team based in Johannesburg.

    Key Responsibilities

    Essential duties and responsibilities :

  • Marketing Strategy Planning :
  • Setting the strategic marketing direction and developing the annual marketing plan for the specialist range (VHN)

    Adapt global marketing activities for South African market

    Monitoring and coordination of marketing activities in the VET Pillar (promotions, merchandising, sampling actions etc.) in collaboration with the Portfolio Manager for Maintenance

    Preparation of annual marketing plan including development and activation

    Work with Trade Marketing Manager to create programmes to improve overall outlet compliance with marketing programmes.

    Develop in-clinic promotional themes and events around the major priorities and product launches

    Recommend changes to strategies based on results and findings

    Analyse and report the success / effectiveness (ROI) of targeted advertising campaigns, special events / promotions.

    Approves and oversees the creative development of promotional materials, website content, advertisements, and other marketing-related projects

    Communicates with various media buyers, advertising agencies, printers, suppliers and other services to help marketing projects come to fruition

    Organization of specialized VET seminars and congresses

    Collaboration with corporate affairs department to drive science behind our products

    Development and implementation of B2B and B2C strategies

    Follow up of marketing activities in the field during field visits

    Collaboration with CRM Manager to develop digital strategies to recruit new consumers

    Managing segmentation and categorization of clients within the VET pillar

    Participation in global VET marketing teamwork

    Ensure efficient marketing activation through Distributor / logistics support- ensure 3rd party logistics providers / distributors effectively plan for and roll out marketing activations nationally.

    Be an engaging role model and drive continuous growth of engagement within the team

    Role model adherence to the Five Principles and encourage living the Five Principles culture within the team.

    Contribute to the development of overall marketing plans, ensure effective implementation of marketing plans for VHN products in market in line with the OGSM 2025 goals and strategy.


  • Business Planning (AEP) :
  • Track brand / market performance of product, analyze and create action plan to deliver on defined KPIs ? Development of the pillar budget for VHN (including travel, promotion, advertising, etc.

    in close collaboration with other portfolio manager / s.

    Annual financial and monthly brand forecasting, gap analysis, and action plans.

    Develop annual 5-year brand plans and 1-year tactical plans which aim to deliver a) holistic customer solutions, b) cross stakeholder initiatives, and c) cross-channel / partnering activities that provide value to stakeholders and are aligned to strategic priorities.

  • Market (Market Conditions, Customers, Competitors) Analysis :
  • Conduct analysis of competitor activities, customer needs, technology and infrastructure, therapy adoption etc. Relevant to own portfolio in order to analyze impact of market conditions, guide local operations teams, report back to the local and regional teams (incl modifications to the local marketing plan).

  • Product Life Cycle Management :
  • Execute product plans in line with overall objectives; execute new product and services launches as required in coordination with cross functional teams;
  • plan and monitor inventories in line with sales requirements; highlight variances and track & report portfolio performance.

  • Marketing Communications & Operations :
  • Support development of localized key marketing communications around own portfolio, work closely with agencies and media to develop right messaging and its delivery;
  • seeking regional and global approvals where needed; tracking the effectiveness of the communication (Brand track) to drive differentiation for own portfolio.

  • Lead execution of marketing plans for own portfolio, coordinate with internal functions and external service providers, monitor on ground execution of programs / conferences / events / promotions etc.
  • troubleshoot, ensure the right set of metrics are in place for tracking success & determine corrective actions in line with AEP.

  • Stakeholder Relationship Management :
  • The needs of individual stakeholders are anticipated & met through tailored strategies, based on a deep, real-time understanding of the environment.

    Brand stories are owned by marketing, and deliver an emotional message, recognized & believed by stakeholders.

    Multi-channel engagements and non-traditional partnerships are routinely considered and leveraged to understand & enhance stakeholder experience.

  • Establish relationships with KOLs in the field; Identify key Physician champions; Develop support structure and relationship with sales representatives and sales management;
  • responsible for developing and maintaining local key opinion registers; assist in coordinating Veterinary symposiums and participates in main customer events.

  • Sales Enablement :
  • Understand and align own activities to portfolio sales and marketing objectives, map development needs & periodically conduct training for the sales teams (product / positioning / therapy / messaging etc.
  • ensure dissemination of the marketing collateral to sales teams and KOLs, provide guidance on product queries, monitor inventories and provide support to sales as required.

  • Collaborate with the Sales Manager to drive strategies for growth
  • Monitor effective execution by the sales force of KPIs linked to marketing activations within their respective regions.
  • Frequent field sales visits in respective regions. This may require travel on a regular basis and is therefore expected.
  • Travel to regions will be i n line with the region’s contribution to volume sales & relevant needs of the business .

  • Conduct marketing plan review meetings with sales team on regular basis (minimum quarterly)
  • Submit accurate product forecasts and participate on the S&OP+ team to drive efficient ways of working through the business
  • General Responsibilities
  • Achieves superior competitive growth and market shares. Exceeds sales targets while managing expense controls.

    Contributes to the strategic management of the operations through effective participation and close working relationship with all functions and stakeholders.


    Keeps the team focused on bringing scientific added value and services to customers as a source of competitive advantage in close collaboration with Scientific Communications

    Analyses national performance data and identifies areas for improvement.

    Understanding of overall business including business trends and corporate strategy, in order to identify opportunities and assess risk

    Proactively identifies customer needs and business opportunities and ensure that those are rapidly incorporated into the business plan and executed with the customer.

    Builds and maintains strong relationships with (internal) regulatory, sales, finance and customer service to enhance business performance.

    Builds and maintains strong relationships with (external) KOL’s and organisations, clinic administration, industry peers in order to create positive impact and change to attainment of business objectives & targets.

    Displays openness to change and a willingness to focus on the opportunities presented by change.

    Drives change by challenging the status quo. Identifies gaps and thinks strategically to bridge the gaps

  • Quality :
  • Ensures awareness and compliance with applicable standard operating procedures and governance requirements, comply with regulatory commitments;
  • As interface to Customer and Sales Organization has direct responsibility to facilitate, share documents and process to identify, notify and ensure any complaint or problem / s are addressed, thereby demonstrating high commitment to Quality in all interactions and behaviors;
  • Responsible to facilitate and champion the quality requirements and the message of compliance to internal and external customers for all events and campaigns.


    Problem solving (how the job gets done) The VET Portfolio Manager - Medicalization is to ensure that VHN range is being widely developed in the market, in line with the Brand Identity Charter by creating innovative and impactful marketing and sales materials that focuses on driving scientific leadership to accelerate brand recommendation.

    Being responsible for the VHN range in the VET pillar, range budget, managing all associated costs and ensuring efficient and effective market activations.

    Decision Making

    1) Predominant authority in developing the medicalization marketing strategy in the VET pillar in line with units OGSM, policies, and the Five Principles.

    2) Contribute to VET Sales & Marketing team decisions, overall brand strategic direction and ensure strong execution thereof.

    3) Responsible for VET Medicalization marketing KPIs and delivery thereof as a whole.

    4) Collaborative decision-making ability with Pillar Directors & GM with regards to strategy, and resources within the scope of the role in line with the budget, corporate policies, and the Five Principles.

    Key Relationships

    Internal stakeholders :

  • Advocacy Pillar Director
  • Advocacy Pillar Sales Manager
  • SPT Key Account Manager
  • VET, PRO and SPT Portfolio Managers
  • Supply and S&F teams
  • Regional & global marketing stakeholders
  • General Manager
  • External stakeholders :

  • Customers and key accounts in VET
  • Distributors
  • Logistics partners
  • Relevant agencies & suppliers
  • Academic Faculty (UP, Onderstepoort)
  • Job Qualifications Price of Admission Differentiators

  • BCom Marketing Honours, BSc Degree Dietetics an advantage, or equivalent National Higher Diploma. 2. At least 7 years appropriate experience within the medical devices, prescription pharmaceutical or associated healthcare industry.
  • Fluency in the English Language (oral and written)
  • Successful marketing management experience with multinational companies.
  • Prior market research or consulting experience would be an advantage
  • Must be mobile, position involves travel (national and international)
  • Should encompass leadership qualities and should possess decision making ability
  • be able to respond well to pressure
  • think creatively
  • Differentiators

  • Extensive global exposure & experience in various working environments
  • have knowledge of a wide range of marketing techniques and concepts
  • Proven strategic ability
  • Excellent B2C communication skills

  • Delivers consistent results
  • Creates collaborative relationships
  • Key Supporting Competencies

    Price of Admission

  • Action Orientated
  • Command Skills
  • Planning
  • Priority Setting
  • Drive for Results
  • Comfort with Higher Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Customer Focus
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Peer Relationships
  • Approachability
  • Negotiation
  • Problem Solving
  • Business Acumen
  • Creativity
  • Strategic Agility
  • Innovation Management
  • Key Functional Competencies

  • Essential
  • In-store presence
  • Experimenting to learn
  • Creating compelling strategies and plans
  • Analytical skills : turning data into insight
  • Being Noticed, then Remembered and Understood
  • Managing the Creative Process
  • Advanced

  • Develop & manage an Innovation Portfolio
  • Develop & deliver winning propositions
  • Fuel & roll out successes
  • Technical Skills

    Essential - MS Office : Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint


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