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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Weber Shandwick - Group Manager

Position Overview:
The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick is looking for an account leader with 6 – 8 years of experience to join our food/farm/agribusiness team.  You’ll assume leadership for accounts within an important and growing sector of our Minneapolis office. 
Essential Leadership Competencies and Attributes:
-Demonstrated ability to quickly win client confidence and assume leadership of 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 high level of client confidence.
-Proven ability to build and develop strong and trusting relationships with the client and with junior staff working on this business.
-A proven track record of leveraging experience and knowledge to develop and lead strategic and tactical plans.
-An understanding of agribusiness/agri-marketing/food processing/food manufacturing
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
-Building strong relationship with clients
-Balancing workload between accounts and account staff
-Preparing for and leading client meetings and presentations
-Developing and implementing issues response and management recommendations
-Providing on-site leadership at client and agency events
-Participating in and helping with new business activities
-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
-Agency experience a big plus but not essential
-Expertise in not only traditional media strategies but new media strategies and campaigns as well
-Crisis issues response and management experience very helpful
-Strong leadership, supervisory and management skills
What’s in it For You?
-Have important 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.
-Work with colleagues who are leaders in their fields.  And you’ll have the opportunity to be coach, mentor and role model for our highly talented cohort of junior-level employees.