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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Weber Shandwick - Account Director/Vice President

Position Overview:
The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick is looking for a motivated Account Director/Vice President with 8 – 15 years of experience to join our fast growing food/farm/agribusiness team.  In this role, you’ll assume a significant leadership position within an important and growing sector of our Minneapolis office.  You’ll help develop the strategic direction of the group, support existing business growth, lead client and account teams and be part of our new business initiatives.
Essential Leadership Competencies and Attributes:
-Demonstrated ability to quickly win client confidence and assume leadership of significant ongoing projects/work streams.
-Ability to confidently engage with clients.  Demonstrate industry/category knowledge melded with communications know-how to solve marketing and communications challenges.
-Maintain very high level of client confidence, backfill highly regarded senior practitioners (be a strong #2 and evolve toward that “client’s first call for help” role quickly.)
-Proven ability to build and develop strong and trusting relationships with clients and with middle/junior staff.
-A proven track record of leveraging experience and knowledge to develop and lead strategic and tactical plans primarily in a business-to-business context
-An in-depth understanding of agribusiness/agri-marketing/food processing/food manufacturing
 
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
-Building strong peer-to-peer relationship with senior clients
-Developing long term strategic plans and program recommendations for clients
-Leading new business initiatives
-Providing leadership to staff members
-Balancing workload between accounts and account staff
-Preparing for and leading client meetings and presentations
-Developing and implementing issues response and management recommendations
-Developing creative, high quality content to support client business objectives
-Providing on-site leadership at client and agency events and conferences
 
Qualifications:  
-BA or BS in Business, Marketing, Communications or related degree
-Proven success in solving marketing and communications problems for companies in the food or agribusiness categories primarily in a business-to-business context
-Proven track record in new business development
-Proficiency in client strategy and team leadership
-Expertise in not only traditional media strategies but new media strategy and campaigns as well
-Strong leadership, supervisory and management skills
-Agency experience a big plus

What’s in it For You?
-You’ll have substantial client contact; project management; team management; plan and strategy development. 
-Our office has earned local recognition for our ‘great place to work’ environment.  We operate under a collegial model where all voices are appreciated.
-Help develop and grow a farm and food practice area identified as strategically important to the Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick and to the agency overall.
- Work with colleagues who are leaders in their fields.  And you’ll have the opportunity to be coach, mentor, role model for our highly talented cohort of junior-level employees.