Brand Manager


Reports To:

Manage and execute day-to-day PR activities for all assigned agency clients.

Main Role:

Responsible for driving long-term relationships between the agency and its clients. Provides strategic counsel to clients. Oversees and is ultimately responsible for all initiatives for assigned clients.

Why We Need You:

Brand managers are the “advocate” for the client’s brand within the agency. They provide essential business and marketing advice and should be seen as a part of the client’s internal marketing team. They are the “drivers” of producing agency revenue.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the client’s brand’s ally within the agency
  • Oversees all activities for client’s initiatives in partnership with project manager
  • Serves as agency leader across all disciplines to produce integrated programs for client’s brands.
  • Monitors revenue and identifies new revenue streams for assigned clients
  • Approves all monthly billing for assigned clients
  • Keeps ClientTrac projections updated and informs director of any changes. Is responsible for meeting annual projections for assigned clients
  • Provides strategic counsel/direction to internal team and clients
  • Writes and kicks-off all project briefings with internal team
  • Manages annual planning process for all assigned clients
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of client’s business, category, competitive landscape and customer base in order to provide sound strategies to clients
  • Writing and delivering conference reports after all client meetings
  • Review execution of client work to make sure agency is delivering strategic solutions at every level
  • Establish and maintain an overall proficiency in other agency disciplines including media, public relations, digital, etc.

Specific Skills and Qualifications Preferred: 

  • Relationship building skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to work well with multiple personality types
  • Leadership and team-building skills – internally and externally
  • Strong business acumen
  • Ability to think on a strategic level
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Works well with deadlines


Education Required:

4-year college degree

Computer Skills:

Microsoft Office programs

About the Company:

Stone Ward is a medium-sized full-service ad agency with two locations: Chicago, IL and Little Rock, AR, with teams working across both offices. This position is located in the Chicago office in River North.

Stone Ward is a company of people who help good clients who offer good products and services succeed. One part ad agency. One part technologists. One part connectors of brands and people – in mass or one to one.

We do this for companies who share our business philosophy of building good, defined by us as lasting trust built between brands and their customers and between the agency and our clients. A belief in the potential of every person, every client and every idea. A commitment to give something back. And a willingness to be measured against the highest standards of excellence, every day.

Specialties

marketing, advertising, digital strategy, public communications, social media, media planning and buying

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Communications Account Executive


Main Role:

Manage and execute day-to-day PR activities for all assigned agency clients.

Location:

Chicago, IL

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a strong understanding of assigned client(s) business and their industries to provide direction in planning and executing public relations plans/programs. 
  • Develop and present public relations strategies and plans to client(s). 
  • Develop and maintain strong relationship with client contact(s). 
  • Responsible for day-to-day requirements and demands of clients as well as provide client with regular contact and updates for projects. 
  • Coordinate and execute status meetings with clients and other contacts. 
  • Performs general public relations responsibilities including: media relations and pitching, media kit documents, writing press releases, media training 
  • Create and communicate “clip report” for client. 
  • Excellent business writing skills for award submissions, press releases, blog and social posts. 
  • Serve as back-up for public relations senior account manager when needed. Identify, cultivate and maintain relationships with local, regional, national and trade media 
  • Research media coverage and industry trends. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel for client meetings and events that may include some weekend travel. 
  • Create and pitch fresh story ideas for client. 
  • Have understanding of social media platforms in order to provide guidance on content. 
  • Maintain agency responsibilities (time sheets, status meetings, internal team meetings, etc.) 

Skills/Abilities for Success: 

  • College degree 
  • 2-4 years experience in marketing and/or public relations 
  • Good verbal and written communications skills 
  • Detail oriented 
  • Roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic 
  • Positive, can-do-it attitude 
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)


About the Company:

Stone Ward is a medium-sized full-service ad agency with two locations: Chicago, IL and Little Rock, AR, with teams working across both offices. This position is located in the Chicago office in River North.

Stone Ward is a company of people who help good clients who offer good products and services succeed. One part ad agency. One part technologists. One part connectors of brands and people – in mass or one to one.

We do this for companies who share our business philosophy of building good, defined by us as lasting trust built between brands and their customers and between the agency and our clients. A belief in the potential of every person, every client and every idea. A commitment to give something back. And a willingness to be measured against the highest standards of excellence, every day.

Specialties

marketing, advertising, digital strategy, public communications, social media, media planning and buying

Think you have what it takes?