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Ketchum Senior Account Executive, Media, Food Ag + Ingredient in Chicago, Illinois

Ketchum is looking for a real foodie. Do you have a passion for understanding the behind-the-scenes of all things food - where it comes from, how it’s sourced, the sustainability practices used, new technologies that make it safer and healthier? Do you love consuming news about new culinary trends and chefs and get excited about new menu items at your favorite eateries? Do you have experience working on integrated marketing teams with a strong understanding of print/digital advertising, as well as emerging social media channels/digital marketing? This could be the perfect role for you!

  • Serve as point of contact for key clients

  • Plan and lead integrated marketing projects; drive timelines and budgets

  • Develop full range of written materials including media pitches, press releases, website updates, proposals, client correspondence and tracking reports

  • Work closely with creative and production teams and outside vendors to execute print and digital projects so that they come in on schedule and on budget

  • Brief media, creative and research staff and assist with the formulation of marketing strategies that meet the client’s creative brief

  • Continually build understanding and knowledge of clients' business, competitive environments

  • Provide strategic and creative ideas; engage in strategic planning on clients’ business and agency business

  • Drive content for client meetings, industry events and trade shows, promotions, media relations

  • Proven ability to manage account financials and maintain budget status reports

We’re looking for required skills, and they can come from any combination of education and experience. Diversity of thought and background are encouraged. Typical qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, English, Marketing or a related field preferred

  • Three to five years of experience in public relations agency or similar position

  • Very strong project management and writing skills required

  • Experience in B2B marketing a plus. Including foodservice, retail, ingredient (manufacturing) marketing and agricultural communications

As a global communications consultancy with 90 plus years of experience, Ketchum is a trusted partner who is equal parts creative and analytical. Ketchum is a place where all perspectives and points of view are welcome and encouraged. We are a collection of communications specialists, content creators, creatives, researchers, data analysts, media pros, digital strategists, issues and crisis counselors, and tech nerds. And we love when those worlds collide to create the very best teams and solutions for our clients. We work with the world’s leading brands, emerging start-ups, and everything in between. We are beyond proud to have created some of the most celebrated and award-winning campaigns in our industry. We’re just crazy enough to think we can impact the world – and how it responds to ideas – through communication.

We encourage our employees to be curious, brave, inspiring, and a force for good. Let’s talk. Come belong at Ketchum!

What we offer

  • Robust benefits program

  • Generous time off policies

  • Retirement program with company match

  • Workplace flexibility

  • Business casual dress code

  • Workplace and off-site social gatherings

  • Yoga @ work

  • Professional learning and development opportunities

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Paid maternity/paternity leave

  • Transit benefits

Interested? We’ve got an opportunity for you.

ID: 2021-11048

External Company Name: Ketchum Inc.

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Street: 225 N Michigan Ave