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Advantage Solutions Associate Producer Agency in E Saint Louis, Illinois

Summary

PRODUCTION MANAGER

SixSpeed is a purpose-built integrated marketing agency, offering a core set of capabilities that drive transformational connections, ultimately inspiring people to take action. We are currently seeking an Associate Producer for our amazing, growing team.

An Associate Producer is the logistical brain and boots on the ground for all experiential, photo and video productions, translating conceptual energy and creative intention into action. This person will help serve as the project conduit for all event and capture productions, stitching into the ideation, development, execution and delivery phases of the project. Additionally, they will be master communicators, connectors, and collaborators across our internal teams and external production partners.

*Although our Minneapolis office is accessible, we are open to hiring fully-remote candidates for this position.

THE TASK AT HAND

  • Assist in production-related roles to properly support planning and onsite needs

  • Contribute to the development of production scope and deliverables, and contribute to the development of production estimates, plans and timelines

Project Execution

  • Lead small-scale projects and work on complex projects with the support of senior staff

  • Research, coordinate and secure external vendors, contractors and estimates

  • Discuss production plan and associated timeline for implementing deliverables with project team and hold yourself to adhering to established plans and timelines

  • Actively participate in and contribute to internal production status meetings

  • Gain an understanding of the budget throughout the life of the project

  • Support activation with an eye on quality execution

  • Maintain a flexible attitude and approach

Controlling / Variance Management

  • Maintain working knowledge of the production budget

  • Coordinate and secure third-party vendors and quotes

  • Monitor and manage production expenses throughout the project

Project Closing

  • Contribute to budget reconciliation comparing production expenses on the P&L to the budget

  • Contribute to a post-activation report, identifying wins, learnings and opportunities

WHO ARE YOU

  • Bachelor's degree in Art, Communication, Marketing or other related field

  • Entry-level experience in the advertising or marketing industry

  • Natural ability to organize, prioritize and multitask

  • Demonstrate professionalism, enthusiasm, self-motivation, resourcefulness, conceptual judgement and the drive to learn in a fast-paced environment

  • You take pride in your creative thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Exemplify dynamism; flexing between the big picture and small details

  • Anticipate and identify potential issues and proactively communicate and resolve conflicts or variance.

  • You’re curious; not afraid to raise your hands and ask questions and are motivated by hands on learning

  • Excellent ability to organize, prioritize and multitask. You likely maintain a to do list and are obsessed with the finer details

  • Willing and eager to prioritize diversity and inclusion, especially when working with external and internal partners.

WHO WE ARE

Driven, genuine, fearless, spontaneous, positive and hardworking; these are the qualities we hold with the highest regard. We make ourselves indispensable to our teams by tackling challenges head-on and crossingthe finish line together.

Responsibilities

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.

Position Summary

The role of the Production Manager is to lead the day to day operations, procurement negotiations, presentation, and development of client assets, giveaways, signage, print collateral and field support services for new business opportunities and existing accounts.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Solicit, negotiate and analyze bids from vendors in order to secure most favorable quality, innovation, pricing, shipping, and scheduling. Submit quotations for customer pricing and internal budgets.

  • Review cost estimates against budget to identify variance opportunities

  • Direct and coordinate production schedules on all dashboard projects

  • Work with management, client services and operations to proactively manage projects to budget and identify unique areas for savings

  • Ability to communicate status and meet outlined deliverables of all projects at all times including daily maintenance of project dashboards, project review meetings and collaboration with client presentations

  • Organize and maintain all folders and hard copy library resources and archives

  • Source, introduce and secure design and exhibit resources that develop value and innovation communicate unique findings with team

  • Source, negotiate and secure national, regional and local equipment, exhibit and supply vendors, identifying unique solutions, photographers, best in class pricing and cost saving methods for improvement

  • Identify and attend approved trade exhibits, shows and regular company field programs to develop and maintain knowledge base

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports

Hires, retains, trains, coaches, guides, directs, and develops direct reports using company-wide processes, tools and resources

Indirect Reports

May delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports

Travel and/or Driving Requirements

  • Travel and Driving are not essential duties or functions of this job

Minimum Qualifications

The following are the minimum job-related qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job

Education Level: (Required): Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

Field of Study/Area of Experience: Production and/or procurement management

  • 3-5 years of experience Production and/or procurement management

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Strong prioritization skills

  • Skill in supervising to include delegating responsibility, training and evaluating performance

  • Conflict management skills

  • Decision making skills

  • Analytical and research Skills

  • Team building Skills

  • Cooperates with others and proactively contributes to a positive working environment

  • Puts company and departmental goals above individual interests-contributes to the development of team goals and plans

  • Ability to direct, lead, coach, and develop people

  • Ability to visualize and plan objectives and goals strategically

  • Ability to research and analyze data effectively

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment

  • Track record of building and maintaining customer/client relationships

  • Flexible and adaptable, able to change and alter according to changes in projects or business environment

  • Ability to work independently and prioritize duties with minimal supervision, in order to meet deadlines

  • Ability to complete multiple duties with accuracy shifting from one to another with frequent interruptions and competing deadlines

  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Adobe photo shop, and web-browsers

  • Takes charge in a positive way

  • Cooperates with others and proactively contributes to a positive working environment

Environmental & Physical Requirements

Office / Sedentary Requirements

Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

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.

Important Information

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-MN-Minneapolis | US-CA-Culver City | US-CO-Aurora | US-IL-E Saint Louis | US-AZ-Green Valley

Primary Posting Location : City Minneapolis

Primary Posting Location : State/Province MN

Postal Code 90230

Primary Posting Location : Country US

Requisition ID 2021-403563

Position Type Full Time

Category Creative & Product Services

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