Advantage Solutions Account Executive Agency in Naperville, Illinois
Account Executive Agency
The Account Executive serves a dual advocacy role within The Alchemedia Project. They are the agency’s representation to the client and are expected to advocate our strategic and creative position. Likewise, they are the client’s representative within the agency and must represent the client’s best interest in producing work. They must lead clients, thinking out ahead of the assignment and managing the details deftly.
It is critical that the Account Executive demonstrate natural leadership qualities. They must lead with intellect and relational skill; while wielding influence with peer group to produce work in a timely and profitable manner.
Account Executives manage day-to-day client interaction, bring insight and value to the process and ensure all projects deliver with excellence; on-time and on-budget. Responsible for accurately understanding the client’s objectives and requirements, thoroughly documenting the assignment and communication of the information to the design and development team via the Producer.
Desired Media & Technology Knowledge
The Account Executive need not be an expert in either media or technology, but must be more versed in these related fields than one might find in an agency of a different nature.
Basic understanding of Closed Loop Marketing Systems
Comprehension of integrated media and the notion of lead-generating mediums working together
Basic understanding of Content Management Systems (CMS) a plus
Understands the principles of web analysis and the use of web analytics tools
Education & Training
- BA, BS or MBA degree with emphasis in Marketing Communications, or related field; or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
2 to 4 years marketing and/or agency experience with at least 2 years in an online marketing capacity, including:
A basic understanding of Web technology platforms
Working knowledge of technology solutions that integrate online and offline marketing elements
Understanding of strategic marketing principles and hands on experience executing holistic marketing plans
Experience executing projects and integrated multi-media campaigns against strict deadlines and budgets
Be self-motivated with a positive attitude in both independent and collaborative team environments
Ability to effectively communicate with Project Management and client teams
Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
Compelling presentation skills a plus
Demonstrated decision-making, analytical and problem solving skills
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft applications (Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Microsoft Project)
The Company is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. The company services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.
The Account Executive serves as the agency liaison with the client to ensure that the client’s needs and objectives are achieved through execution of strategically grounded marketing programs. Primary role is development, implementation, financial management and post-analysis of promotional programs in conjunction with client and/or customer personnel. A successful Account Executive will deliver measurable results to the client for their brands through flawless program management. Additionally, they must be able to collaborate effectively to deliver on mutual client and retailer objectives. Results will be obtained through effective communication and superior follow-up with the client, customer, internal agency and all third party vendors.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
Primary Job Responsibilities – Personal Accountability
Perform project management duties including: program tracking, timeline development and management, budget management and reconciliation, post-promotional analyses, and internal and external reporting
Interface with the client on a regular basis to plan and manage programs and events; the amount of interaction with the client will be prescribed by the needs of the specific client service team and client relationship
Develop effective client and retailer relationships to facilitate communication and execution with internal departments, including creative and production, to ensure that client deliverables are successfully achieved
Determine project components based on objectives, including concept, event, tactics, associated costs and identify third party vendors who offer those services
Research, negotiate, and plan with third party vendors and organizations, based upon scope of tactical execution plan, to deliver flawless execution
Often necessitates securing of a minimum of three (3) third party quotes to secure best rate for service provided
Collaborate with company’s sales force, broker organization and/or marketing team throughout program development, execution, and post analysis
Build and own complete understanding of managed brands/retailers
Other related duties as assigned.
Primary Job Responsibilities – Cross-Functional Accountability
Responsible for managing the creative development process and ensuring all concept, graphic design and copy elements are completed with the appropriate communication priorities and client approvals
Support agency partners with coordination of deliverables and updates
Communicate and interact effectively with agency team members in all departments and/or clients to deliver timely information and reports
Other related duties as assigned
This position does not have supervisory responsibilities for direct reports
This position does not have guidance or mentoring responsibilities for indirect reports
Travel and/or Driving Requirements
Travel is an essential duty and function of this job. Driving is not an essential duty or function of this job.
Travel up to As needed
Education Level: (Required) Bachelor's Degree o r equivalent experience
Field of Study/Area of Experience: Marketing
-1-2 years of experience in consumer product, brand or agency
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to complete multiple duties with accuracy shifting from one to another with frequent interruptions and competing deadlines
Ability to make oral presentations
Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills
Team building Skills
Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment
Good interpersonal skills
Flexible and adaptable, able to change and alter according to changes in projects or business environment
Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and web-browsers
Creative thinker and self-starter who is able to effectively handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
Strong organization, negotiation, and problem solving skills
Environmental & Physical Requirements
Office / Non-Sedentary Requirements
Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work may be performed in an office or warehouse environment. Typically requires the ability to spend 66%+ hours each work day doing the following activities: stand for extended periods of time, walk, bend, stoop, or climb. May have possible exposure to dust, and may require the ability to lift and/or push up to 50 pounds 33% - 66% of the time.
Additional Information Regarding The Company Job Duties and Job Descriptions
Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.
Any estimate, schedule, or guideline provided to associates in this job description or elsewhere in connection with their jobs is only intended to help describe job duties and for planning purposes. Regardless of any such estimate, schedule, or guideline, associates must always record all time worked for our company (which includes but is not limited to on-site work time in an assigned store, office, or other work location; required waiting time; administrative time; and work-related travel time).
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.
Are you passionate about Service Excellence, Results, Integrity, Entrepreneurial Focus and Leadership: These are our values at Advantage Solutions. Come learn why “Winning Together” is more than just words on a piece of paper. It is the vision by which we live our mission as an organization: "To create outstanding value for clients and customers through superior sales execution, operational excellence and innovative marketing services."
AdvantageSolutionsis committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, AdvantageSolutionsshall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.
Advantage Solutions will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box) Ordinance. All of our positions require the satisfactory completion of a background check. Please be aware that acknowledging or having criminal convictions does not constitute an automatic bar to employment. Factors including, but not limited to age and time of the offense, seriousness and nature of the violation, and rehabilitation will be taken into account.
Primary Posting Location : Address 1200 E Woodhurst Drive, Building V
Primary Posting Location : City Springfield
Primary Posting Location : State/Province MO
Postal Code 65804
Primary Posting Location : Country US
Requisition ID 2018-168767
Position Type Full Time