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Digital Ad Operations Specialist
Our client, an entertainment company, is seeking a Digital Ad Operations Specialist to join the Global Marketing team. Responsibillities: Serve Digital Ad Operations in a support role related to administration, billing, and policy assessment. Reviewing all Digital IO’s for policy compliance, assisting Ad Operations with rep agreements, and maintaining a list of approved digital vendors and clients with non-standard billing terms. Manage Prisma log-ins for Ad Sales, including managing the addition and deletion of users, as well as troubleshooting access issues Revenue Partnerships Work with finance on monthly reconciliation and billing as part of company rep partnership in Canada Process and track all invoice payments for the Ad Operations teams Insertion Orders Carefully review all digital IO’s for compliance to company policies and in-line with IAB standard terms and conditions Liaison with agencies and internal teams to coordinate changes to terms and conditions Sign Insertion Orders on behalf of the company if in compliance with company policy Billing Terms Track all campaigns whose terms exceed 30 day payment term policy and provide updates on that list to Digital Ad Ops, Finance, and Credit and Collections on a monthly basis Vendor Tracking Working with Vendor Management, will maintain a list of approved digital vendors approved to run on digital platforms. Musts: 3-4 years of work experiences in a related industry experience BA/BS or equivalent work experience Has intermediate knowledge of Ad Sales digital business, inventory knowledge, & operational processes Experience with contract reviews helpful Proven experience with operating independently of highly defined, routine processes while adhering to organizational needs Attention to detail a must Enjoys working as part of a team in a fast-paced environment Has experience and enjoys both working independently and collaboratively with a team Does this sound like you? Apply today!
Our client is seeking a Technical Project Manager to join their team in the far northern suburbs. Scope of Responsibilities: Supervise groups of interconnected projects and their alignment with business objectives. Capture key communication points and consolidate various channels into a single management tool. Translate higher level strategic business goals into practical work units and understand their interdependency Quantify the impact on projects when we need to decide to divert resources to support the operation of the existing platform Quickly identify blocking issues and facilitate discussions among stakeholders to resolve issues on the spot or determine the next steps and timelines to resolution. Set and monitor deliverables and milestones Conduct continuous risk assessment, identify project challenges and effectively communicate them to upper management Release Cycle Management and release dependency resolution Ideal Candidate will be: Detailed oriented, precise, and will continuously remove ambiguities Extremely well organized as projects tend to have communication all over Outgoing and personable, with the ability to quickly facilitate meetings and video conferences with key stakeholders to remove issues on the spot Come from a software development background with an undergraduate degree in computer science Must have managed an overseas development team remotely Flexible with the scope of responsibilities to step into roles not typical of the program or even project manager. For example, participate during testing of the product to evaluate product benefits and UI/UX quality as they relate to business objectives Have a strong interest in product design and understanding customer/market fit Does this sound like you? Apply today!
Onward Search has a new opportunity with a great client. This opportunity is for an Art Director that can start immediately onsite at our client’s office in Chicago, IL. Our client is looking for an experienced, innovative and strategic candidate with a proven track record of developing and executing strong creative strategies for big brands. If you are a natural storyteller and live for creating solutions that really make a difference, apply right now! RESPONSIBILITIES -Partner with members of the creative team and business partners to develop and produce effective communications -Manage multiple concurrent jobs -Fill in for the Creative Director, if needed -Demonstrate expert knowledge of advertising and marketing trends and translate business intent into creative strategies and executions that market products effectively -Interpret market research and test results, as well as use findings to focus targeted marketing messages -Take part in presentations QUALIFICATIONS -Bachelor’s degree or military experience -Must have at least 4 years of experience developing creative for digital and traditional marketing channels (5 years preferred) -Must have at least 2 years of experience designing for web, mobile and social (4 preferred) - Previous experience working in either/both client servicing Ad-Agency or in-house creative corporate culture -An impeccable eye for design, compelling imagery and composition -Ability to inspire and drive the development of powerful, concise marketing -Strong creative strategies rooted in consumer insight and marketing objectives -Understanding of the media (print, online, mobile) and its limitations -A knowledge of industry best practices and the ability to identify, address and incorporate emerging trends into strategic development -The ability to navigate through complex processes, client organizations and ambiguity
Our client, a CPG firm in the health and beauty industry is seeking a Promotions Coordinator to join their marketing team. In this role, you will be primarily responsible for promotional and communication programs with consumers, trade customers and healthcare professionals. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS Handles all the executional aspects associated with the implementation of each brand’s promotional program (i.e., special packs, coupons, refunds, samples, brochures, premiums, professional efforts, direct mail programs, etc.) on a timely and accurate basis, using Adage and Cognos, as necessary. Assists in package run outs associated with package redesigns, formula changes, etc. Proactively seeks, evaluates and develops viable new promotion opportunities, directly leading efforts with vendors and/or other manufacturers’ brands through contract and execution stages. Develops and oversees tracking of annual brand promotional spending details, including reconciliation of Finance and Marketing spending and budget data on a monthly basis. Solicits and analyzes cost quotations on potential brand-specific sampling, direct mail, market research and new deal initiatives. Manages the interface with coupon and refund distribution and redemption services and provides input to the Executive Assistant, Marketing for monthly refund redemption reports. Leads and executes - as needed - all aspects of assigned brands’ social media and website efforts and serves as backup to Digital Media Associate. For Sales Meetings, provides the development of sell sheets, develops and ensures development of data relevant to these tasks, and coordinates materials distribution. Proof reads copy, trademarks, etc. on all packaging changes and promotional materials. Compiles and analyzes data to evaluate research and promotion programs, as assigned for ad hoc summaries, business reviews, etc. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE A 4-year college degree in marketing; or, equivalent in training and experience is required. 1+ year experience within a marketing team Strong skills in a Windows environment, including Word (intermediate), Excel (intermediate) (intermediate), and Powerpoint (intermediate). Rapid attainment of capabilities with basic functions of Cognos, Adage, Nitro and ORC. Strong interpersonal skills to interact with various levels of internal & external customers.
Brand Development Lead
Our client, an internationally recognized CPG brand is seeking a Brand Development lead to join their internal marketing team. This person will be responsible for project management of the brand development of new product launches. Duties and responsibilities include: New product development, working with internal resources including R&D from concept thru commercialization Packaging development, including graphic and structure changes on new and/or existing items, working with internal resources including Design, Tech. Packaging and Purchasing Advertising and Promotion development Consumer research and analysis Provide financial analysis of key corporate initiatives – may including but is not limited to: New item launch post-audits Execute regular item margin analyses Develops ROI analyses prior to project launches Leads all aspects of on-going content management of one of more brand/category websites and/or social media sites: Contributes to new idea generation in all product categories and department processes. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Bachelor's degree in Marketing (or related field); Master's degree preferred 3+ years experience in brand development and launch Proven track record of successful project leadership. Computer literate in a Windows environment (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint at intermediate skill levels). Rapid attainment of capabilities with basic functions of Cognos and Adage 1. Normal office environment and working conditions.
Digital Marketing Associate
Our client, a nationally recognized CPG brand, is seeking a Digital Marketing Associate to join their internal marketing team. This person will be responsible for planning, development, execution and measurement of all digital communication and activation efforts for their assigned brand. Responsibilities: Handles all aspects of brands’ digital media programs (including but not limited to social media, influencer efforts, websites, SEO/SEM campaigns, content for e-commerce platforms and digital advertising) on a timely and high-quality basis. Plans, gains agreement to and executes social media campaigns and posting schedules Authors copy and project manages image development and acquisition Tracks all agreed performance metrics and reports to management Ensures consistent high-quality and up-to-date websites and content Oversees and project manages influencer selection and content development Recommends and manages approved budgets for digital marketing programs Ensures continuous improvement in digital efforts Participates in authorship and regular review of standard operating and business operating procedures. Proactively seeks, evaluates and develops viable new digital marketing opportunities, directly leading vendors through contract and execution stages. Solicits and analyzes cost quotations on potential digital communication and activation programs. Regularly monitors functionality of digital platforms and websites, and recommends/takes timely corrective and preventive action as needed. Performs monitoring and community management tasks on social media platforms, including responding to posts as called for in established standard and business operating procedures. Stays attuned to developments in digital marketing and legal environment and uses to ensure organizational awareness of relevant best practices. Compiles and analyzes data to evaluate digital and other programs as assigned for ad hoc summaries, business reviews, etc. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE A 4-year college degree in marketing; or, equivalent in training and experience is required. 3+ years of digital and social marketing experience including paid social, web analytics and SEM/SEO in a consumer goods environment. Strong understanding of social and native advertising platforms, including but not limited to Facebook Ads Manager, Instagram, etc. Understanding of SEO/SEM platforms (especially Google) and analytic tools (e.g. Google Analytics, Google Trends, Webtrends).
Our client is seeking an experienced Software Developer to be embedded within its QA organization. This resource will be tasked with developing comprehensive test-automation solutions to validate frontend web user-interfaces and backend APIs. The ideal candidate will be proficient in Java, with a solid understanding of object-oriented programming. They will also have a knack for writing clean, readable, and maintainable code. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: • Use Java and/or Groovy to develop, enhance, and maintain code that is designed to verify the quality of software across all layers (Unit, Service, and UI). • Help identify gaps in test coverage and develop quality test code to fill such gaps. • Actively participate in code reviews to ensure that object-oriented design best-practices are followed at all times. • Proactively work with Product, QA, and Development right from inception through functional validation and launch. • Assist with issue triaging and root cause analysis. • Take pride and ownership over the quality of the product being shipped. EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: • Hands on Software Developer with 4-5 years of professional Java development experience. • Proven skills in utilizing Junit/TestNG for testing. • Firm understanding of Agile Development (Scrum, Kanban, Lean, XP, etc) • Data driven, with strong problem-solving skills with analytical capabilities to be able to support theories/solutions using underlying data. • Ability to critique work of self and others constructively. • Strong written and verbal communication skills. • Enthusiastic and energetic with an inherent curiosity to break code and stress test it! PREFERRED SKILLS: • Hands-on experience with Selenium WebDriver and/or Appium. • Understanding of CI/CD automation pipelines using Jenkins, and Docker. • Familiarity with Linux or UNIX operating systems. EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent with minimum of 4+ years of Java development experience.
Social Media Coordinator
Our client in the Loop is looking for a social media contractor to support the launch of an influencer program. The role will entail the enablement of a user-generated content curation tool, content management and organization, as well as integration within other owned communication channels. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: Help lead the launch and enablement of a user-generated curation tool Act as a liaison between stakeholders by supporting, organizing & collaborating with teams during enablement. Coordinate and manage Influencer interactions (incoming inquiries, evaluation, coordinating with multiple stakeholders and database management.) Lead content organization, optimization, curation and approval workflows within the tool. Secondary support for larger campaigns & initiatives that may contain user-generated content. Communicate and align key stakeholders within the different levels of the organization to ensure efficient workflow by tracking and handling deadlines, prioritizing tasks, coordinating meetings and managing ad-hoc requests or initiatives. Escalate problems as necessary, provide updates and visibility of potential roadblocks to ensure success. Report out key project management metrics to the various stakeholders Identify and pitch opportunities to integrate and amplify user-generated content throughout owned channels. EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of 5 years of experience working in a social media role. Knowledge and experience of working with influencers. Strong familiarity or experience within project management (creating timelines, organization of deadlines & managing multiple stakeholders at once.) Creativity and immersion in social media, with in-depth knowledge and understanding of social media platforms. Ability to work with a variety of partners and team members across different departments. Highly self-motivated. PREFERRED SKILLS: Strong time management skills. Top notch organization skills Tool enablement and execution experience Strong attention to detail Excellent writing and language skills Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities. EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business, Advertising, Communications, or technology-related. Does this sound like you? Apply today!
Field Marketing Manager
A fortune 500 organization with offices downtown Chicago, is seeking a Field Marketing Manager to join their corporate team. In this role, you will be charged with driving revenue through marketing plans that address local and regional business objectives/challenges per market. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop and execute local annual marketing plans by providing strategies based on business objectives, market analysis, forecasts, and best practices. Serve as the first responder for local marketing consultation about corporate marketing tools, programs, campaigns and brand standards Develop local marketing turnkey solutions that can be tested, refined and implemented to address key business needs Document and share local marketing and brand best practices to help drive positive business results Work with Brand, Digital Media, Corporate Communications teams to ensure alignment between local, regional and brand digital marketing initiatives Collaborate with internal marketing and cross-functional teams to proactively identify areas of opportunity to activate in the field Perform ongoing analysis of local digital campaigns and beta tests to continually optimize annual marketing plan performance EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: 7+ years of marketing experience required. Significant marketing experience in hospitality, lodging or travel industry is preferred, experience working with/in franchise models preferred Experience in both strategic planning and tactical marketing execution with a heavy emphasis on digital including display media, SEO, social media and email marketing Knowledge of digital marketing tools including Conductor, Facebook Business Manager, Adobe Analytics and Sprinklr Demonstrated ability to drive and execute successful local marketing programs from the ground up Significant experience developing digital marketing plans Proven depth of analytical ability to understand the hotel business or other related business categories and apply that knowledge to developing and executing marketing programs. Superior presentation and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work with all levels of management Record of providing innovative solutions to solve old problems High level of relationship management and leadership skills. EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4-year institution required Master's degree preferred Does this sound like you? Apply today!
Our agency client located in the Loop is seeking a Creative Director to join their media team. This candidate will be someone with the tools and skills to create content that ranges from big ideas, to beautifully written and designed executions, exceptional social campaigns, to awe-inspiring experiential. A creative director with the imagination and ingenuity to help shape a project, campaign or pitch with insightful ideas, a sharp point of view, and a wide selection creative tools and skills - including an intimate understanding of video and design production. We’re also looking for a strategic thinker who is interested in helping to further build and develop a creative department that leads the charge in producing best in class, media fueled content. SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES Content creation from start to finish: ideation, development (copy and design), presentation and production Work in lock-step with internal Starcom content creative, media partners and publishers, strategy, activation and client teams to create best in class consumer content experiences including on-air, digital, social, mobile and experiential campaigns Creative presentation and pitch deck design and creation Present creative to client teams and/or clients Report to and work/collaborate with the Director of Content Make smart, constructive use of creative direction and feedback Develop a deep understanding of client goals and objectives Participate in brainstorms for a variety of brand teams Ability to thrive in an environment that encourages consistent, daring, creative thinking Oversee a variety of projects at one time Keep up with design trends and technology (aka. Never stop learning and growing) Potential to manage and lead full-time and freelance junior Designers/Art Directors REQUIREMENTS Four-year bachelor’s degree with concentration in an affiliated field: copywriting, design, art, marketing, advertising, communications 5+ years of progressive levels of responsibility within a creative agency, entertainment industry, or production company Understanding of main design software: Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, etc. Superior PowerPoint and Keynote skills Intimate knowledge of video editing, production and animation Demonstrated leadership and management skills Superior collaboration and communication skills, including presenting creative and POV’s Ability to recognize quality creative opportunities Comfortable working with and around CEO’s and agency leads Sophisticated understanding of entertainment, consumer trends and insights Strong positive attitude, analytical aptitude, creativity, intelligence, organizational skills and a motivated spirit Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving abilities Ability to work successfully with teams on multiple projects under tight deadlines. High attention to detail. Comfort with ambiguity and change Success working in a fast-paced, high stakes environment