Advantage Solutions Amazon Account Director in Chicago, Illinois
Amazon Account Director
About the Director Role:
E-commerce is a fast-paced industry, and the only constant is change- we are looking for someone dynamic, curious & confident to join our team as a Director for our Amazon CPG business. This role is responsible for providing strategic, tactical, and operational leadership on the highest levels. Leading a team that is focused on providing Amazon-focused e-commerce strategy and best-in-class execution for many customers including some of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods brands. In a work-from-home environment; teaching training and the development of all team members are essential to creating a positive culture. Collaboration with other business management & Advantage Unified Commerce teams is crucial for success in this role as our Enterprise approach and breadth of services are key to our approach. In addition to leading the team & client relationships, new business development is a core focus that all leaders actively participate in.
Oversee and drive client growth within existing account portfolio and is responsible for helping achieve the team and division’s annual sales budget via current client growth, new service creation, new business development, etc.
Works directly with managers having regular communication with them to ensure they are driving the business forward and helping them address short- and long-term goals, initiatives & challenges
Understand the needs of clients to ensure the team is consistently meeting and exceeding expectations of relationships, while also understanding our contractual duty
Develop standards, systems, and best practices (using people or technology) to consistently improve upon our ways of working
Innovate upon & improve current offers
Building the formal frameworks and methodologies for key strategic issues both leveraging existing resources and creating new innovative concepts across the organization, ensuring processes are in place
Participate in hiring of business managers & strategic business advisors
Collaborates with executive leadership and peers to ensure understanding of key initiatives and results.
Actively engaging in company culture & leadership, driving a fun, positive, virtual work environment that is scalable, collaborative, and results-oriented.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
Must have Amazon CORE + Fresh experience in the CPG industry
Expert level influencing skills – the ability to manage internal and external boundaries, set expectations, and build alignment at varying management levels/client interface
Expert level execution skills - the ability to coordinate mutually agreed expectations of what is promised to the customer into measurable business results
Expert level credibility skills – ability to use personal effectiveness to link relationships, processes, and business methodologies with cost-saving activities
Excellent strategic thinking and process development skills
Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Must be able to effectively handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously in a highly complex environment
Team player with good people skills
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 Director functions as the main client relationship manager of Agency consumer promotion and shopper marketing program deliverables within multiple categories or retail channels. Primary role is to provide thought leadership as the face of the Agency to the senior-level sales/marketing team during the conceptual development, communication design, execution and analysis of programs.
A successful Account Director will focus on financial health of the client, organic business development, effective and efficient program management of the Agency team and results that are in concert with client and retailer initiatives. Proficiency in conceptual selling and consulting will be defined by effective written and oral communication skills with clients, customers, and agency partners.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
P ersonal Accountability
Demonstrate product category or retail channel ownership with Marketing and Sales client base to show Agency thought leadership as a consultant
Cultivate strong relationships with client trade, sales and marketing teams, including 3 rd party agencies as required, to harmonize cross-functional client communications from inception to analysis of client programs
Oversee proposals and program presentations for effective and efficient resources to meet the client goals and agency revenue targets
Identify new business opportunities within existing clients as well as with extended client base
Synchronize and standardize best practices for client program execution, budgets, tracking, and post-promotional reporting in accordance with company systems and processes
Effective recruiting, hiring, training, and development of direct reports
Other related duties as assigned
Serve as financial relationship owner for cross-agency team departments and/or clients to deliver timely client decisions and approvals
Activate assignments and encourage partnership with Planning team members to develop category, channel, customer and competitive brand marketplace insights, identify most value consumer targets, communication strategy, innovation opportunities, promotion program objectives, strategies and tactical recommendations for programs, leveraging key consumer/ shopper insights that drive behavior change
Engage, mentor and inspire Agency cross-functional team by teaching the fundamentals, empowering proactive thinking, communicating team goals and considering succession planning/hiring needs
Identify cross-company Marketing Services revenue-driving opportunities
Other related duties as assigned
Safety: must have the ability to perform the job safely by demonstrating full awareness of his/her surroundings. Will utilize proper safety techniques and equipment use when necessary. Will be proactive in alerting Management of any unsafe act or condition to prevent injuries.
Hires, retains, trains, coaches, guides, directs, and develops direct reports using company-wide processes, tools and resources
May delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to 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.
Education Level: (Required) Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
(Preferred) MBA Degree or equivalent experience
Field of Study/Area of Experience: Marketing and/or Public Relations
-3-5 years of experience in team supervisory
-6-8 years of experience in the role of leader/manager in agency or brand management, including experience in shopper marketing
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to make oral presentations
Team building Skills
Flexible and adaptable, able to change and alter according to changes in projects or business environment
Excellent customer service orientation
Track record of building and maintaining customer/client relationships
Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and web-browsers
Ability to complete multiple duties with accuracy shifting from one to another with frequent interruptions and competing deadlines
Strong prioritization skills
Ability to exercise sound judgment
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.
The Company is 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, the Company shall 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.
Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Primary Posting Location : City Chicago
Primary Posting Location : State/Province IL
Primary Posting Location : Postal Code 60601
Primary Posting Location : Country US
Requisition ID 2023-430946
Position Type Full Time
Category Client Services/Account Management
Minimum USD $125,000.00/Yr.
Maximum USD $145,000.00/Yr.