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Advantage Solutions Manager Strategic Planning in Minneapolis, Minnesota



Successful brands drive brand loyalty & advocacy by delivering experiences & messages that are meaningful to their audience. At SixSpeed, we believe this starts by understanding how people’s passions and values shape their beliefs, choices, and actions. It’s why everything we do starts with people and why our strategists become entrenched in understanding the psyche of people who are propelling some of today’s most adventurous brands forward.

We’re seeking a Manager Strategic Planning who is exhilarated by the challenge of understanding & activating the niche audiences of adventurous brands. This person will mentor, inspire, and lead a small but talented department in understanding audiences and competitors while keeping up with the speed of culture and bringing powerful insights and truths that spark great creativity. The Manager Strategic Planning brings a holistic and innovative understanding of the consumers our brands touch and leads the pursuit of breakthrough moments through which insight and opportunity are realized.

Ultimately, you’ll drive brand growth and momentum by leading a team to identify, inspire, and connect passionate communities of people who share a common belief or purpose with the brands that SixSpeed represents.

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


  • Serve as lead strategist working alongside creative and account team members on our clients’ businesses, ultimately assuring the quality of the strategic and creative products the team produces

  • Be an expert in culture and an integral part of agency development by discovering industry best practices, trends, and new strategies

  • Develop research plans and conduct in-depth consumer immersion and digital ecosystem analysis to uncover unique insights

  • Gain understanding of our client’s target audiences, develop personas, understand decision journeys, and find piercing insights to help fuel meaningful creative work and communication plans.

  • Act as a catalyst to our teams in seeking out new ways to add value to the brand and in identifying future opportunities

  • Take on overall responsibility for understanding consumer issues, leveraging insights, writing briefs and conducting briefings on multiple brands

  • Forge strong relationships with high-level marketing clients

  • Deliver bold, strategic vision and direction for client’s brands and puts them into action and practice for clients

  • Pioneer and utilize new research methods

  • Contribute to new business efforts with strategic approaches and relationship development

  • Be a student of the marketing landscape to proactively discover industry best practices and unique marketing strategies

  • Help identify areas of growth for the Strategy Team’s frameworks, processes and capabilities

  • Make decisions related to project approach, resourcing, and timing

  • Presentation of insights, marketing strategies, and completed work to internal teams and clients

  • Effectively communicate connection team value, approach and capabilities to both clients, partners, and coworkers

  • Create and iterate SixSpeed strategic frameworks, processes and capabilities and effectively teach them to others


  • You tout a degree, preferably in the realm of Marketing, Business, or Communications.

  • You have 8-10 years of relevant industry experience in marketing or advertising and strategy

  • Question everything, reshape assignments and always look to work on the next big thing

  • Is a knowledgeable leader, interested in growing and mentoring strategists at all levels, as well as growing shared knowledge in the strategy department

  • Detail-oriented, passionate, motivated, ambitious, resourceful, professional, and a critical thinker

  • Organized, open-minded, and capable of delivering tangible results in a fast-paced and creative environment

  • Endlessly curious— you’re someone who loves to learn, observe, and understand the people and things that surround us

  • You’re someone who can flex both analytical and creative thinking


SixSpeed is an Integrated Marketing and Brand Experience Agency focused on working with outdoor adventure and lifestyle brands. We pride in collaborating with clients who are as passionate as us in serving active and passionate communities. We are driven, genuine, fearless, spontaneous, positive and hard working. These are the qualities of a SixSpeeder we hold with the highest regard. We make ourselves indispensable to our teams by tackling challenges head-on and crossing the finish line together.

SixSpeed is a division of Advantage Solutions.


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.

Job Duty

· Responsible for the management of a team of research analysts, including Manager, Market Research, each assigned to categories/channel expertise on a given client(s) ensuring client needs in preparing presentations that contain data and analyses for both internal (client service, field and creative teams) and external (client) use are met.

· A support member of internal Client specific senior management team (assigned to a unique client), positioned as the senior planner on assigned client with specific responsibility of client development in the areas of research, insight, and strategy development.

· Author presentations, independently as well in mentorship that clearly “connects the dots” of research, data and information, yielding actionable conclusions that result in strategically sound marketing solutions/programs. Provide new business support.

· Strategic lead on a given piece of business interfacing with clients and client marketing research groups at the management level to promote and build deeper client partnerships in order to advance IN’s connectivity across client departments.

· Ongoing process improvements to best manage strategic planning, insight, and data requests from clients.

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 is an essential duty and function of this job. Driving is not an essential duty or function of this job.

  • Travel up to 20%

Minimum Qualifications

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

Field of Study/Area of Experience: Business, Marketing, Communications, other related experience

  • 5+ years of experience in brand marketing, promotion agency, shopper marketing, or promotional/shopper marketing research

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

· IRI, Nielsen, and other syndicated research data gathering and analysis experience; usage only.

· Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills

· Ability to make oral presentations

· Ability to visualize and plan objectives and goals strategically

· Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and web browsers

· Proficient in the use of Market Research, Nielsen/IRI, Simmons, Mintel

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 Advantage Solutions 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).

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

Primary Posting Location : City Minneapolis

Primary Posting Location : State/Province MN

Primary Posting Location : Country US

Requisition ID 2021-398206

Position Type Full Time

Category Marketing (Corporate): Integrated Marketing, Experiential Marketing