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Advantage Solutions Director Digital Strategy in Sacramento, California

Summary

Director, Digital Strategy

At our Company, we grow People, Brands, and Businesses!We are seeking a highly dynamicDirector of Digital Strategy to be responsible for leading agency clients in the activation of technology in the marketing mix. The DDS works with client service, brand planning and creative directors to recommend digital solutions that leverage agency capabilities and respect client readiness. The DDS works as an SME, provides direct coaching to select contributors in the digital planning team and peer coaching to other functional leaders. DDS is co-accountable with business leaders for agency KPIs, providing leadership in the digital visioning of the agency, and creating a plan to advance agency competencies.

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What we offer:

  • Full-Time Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, Life)

  • 401(k) with company match

  • Training and Career Development

  • Generous Paid Time-Off

Responsibilities:

  • Develop digital strategies to align with client goals while fostering relationships and uncovering new business opportunities.

  • Stay on trend using best practices to create innovative campaigns using emerging technologies.

  • Ability to drive business development through Incremental work, Incremental is defined as net new digital enablement through the implementation of additional systems, applications, infrastructure, etc. to existing and new agency clients.

  • Can independently manage expectations with stakeholders and drive prioritization efforts based on user request and available resources and budget.

  • Ownership of all department and project budgets from a Capital and Operating expense perspective.

  • Contribution of time toward innovative initiatives. Lead effort(s) around industry-specific research / skunk-works projects to explore business efficiencies, revenue generation or data collection and insight.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degreeor equivalent experiencerequired

  • 10+ years of experience developing strategies for digital activation across multiple channels within a fast-paced, agency environment

  • Excellent methodology and planning skills with “big picture” mindset

  • Experience with B2B and B2C audiences (foodservice preferred)

  • Proficient in Project Management tools (i.e., MS Project) or similar project tool (s)

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

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 Director, Digital Strategy is responsible for leading agency clients in the activation of technology in the marketing mix. The DDS works with client service, brand planning and creative directors to recommend digital solutions that leverage agency capabilities and respect client readiness. The DDS works as a SME, provides direct coaching to select contributors in the digital planning team and peer coaching to other functional leaders. DDS is co-accountable with business leaders for agency KPIs, providing leadership in the digital visioning of the agency, and creating a plan to advance agency competencies.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

Client Leadership

  • Develop digital strategies to align with client goals while fostering relationships and uncovering new business opportunities

  • Ability to understand how to translate/author business requirements and industry drivers into actionable project work and product roadmap

  • Collaborate with creative, client service, brand planning, and analytics teams to research consumer insights and measure campaign effectiveness to make recommendations

  • Stay on trend using best practices to create innovative campaigns using emerging technologies

  • Provide mentoring and guidance to existing staff and career development

  • Ability to work autonomously with little oversight or supervision – in a highly accountable way

  • Provide oversight to projects and related tasks that meet cost, schedule and resource constraints

  • Comfort level with direct interaction with top-to-top clients and able to present to executive leaders, as routine course of business

Strategic Direction

  • Ability to drive business development through Incremental work, Incremental is defined as net new digital enablement through the implementation of additional systems, applications, infrastructure, etc. to existing and new agency clients

  • Ability to drive agency toward Innovative work, Innovative is defined as R&D type projects focused on leveraging progressive technologies for business benefit (with a bias for saleable projects vs R&D projects)

  • Ability to work with business stakeholders to develop ROI for initiatives and prove value of investment

  • Owns an active role in helping meet objectives around department annual efficiency and cost savings initiative

  • Ownership of a 3 year strategic plan

Stakeholder Relationships / Leadership Accountability

  • Can independently manage expectations with stakeholders and drive prioritization efforts based on user request and available resources and budget

  • Own a defined communication plan for stakeholders that include specific deliverables on a set frequency (e.g.: daily calls, weekly or monthly status reports, quarterly roadmaps, etc.)

  • Develop relationships with stakeholders so that the DDS position becomes the trusted single point of contact for stakeholders for all initiative communications

  • Demonstrate ability to handle challenges tied to team dynamics or team conflicts independently

General Administration

  • Ownership of all department and project budgets from a Capital and Operating expense perspective

  • Participate in agency ELT meetings and accept responsibility for implementation of general management priorities

  • Coordinate and align the assignment of resources with cross-functional stakeholders

  • Take accountability for individual and team annual goal setting exercises

  • Take accountability for completion of annual performance reviews for all team members

Innovation - Contribution

  • Contribution of time toward innovative initiatives. Lead effort(s) around industry specific research / skunk-works projects to explore business efficiencies, revenue generation or data collection and insight.

  • Looks for areas in the business to enhance agency capabilities

  • Keep abreast of new hardware, software and digital marketing trends

Additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department

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 and function 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:

  • 10+ years of experience developing strategies for digital activation across multiple channels within a fast paced, agency environment

  • Excellent methodology and planning skills with “big picture” mindset

  • Abreast of emerging trends and ability to educate and influence direct reports and clients in collaborative, cross functional environment

  • Excellent communication and persuasive skills with the ability to interpret data to make sound recommendations

  • Proficient with digital platforms and analytical tools

  • Proven experience developing new business

  • Experience with B2B and B2C audiences (foodservice preferred)

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

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

  • Strong written communication and verbal communication skills

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Proficient in Project Management tools (i.e., MS Project) or similar project tool (s)

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

  • Excellent customer service orientation

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.

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-MO-Springfield | US-IL-Chicago | US-LA-Baton Rouge | US-CA-Sacramento | US-NY-Albany

Primary Posting Location : City Springfield

Primary Posting Location : State/Province MO

Postal Code 60601

Primary Posting Location : Country US

Requisition ID 2021-402897

Position Type Full Time

Category Professional: (IT, Finance, Legal, HR, Talent Acquisition, Administrative, Customer Service)

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