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Empower is looking for associates who can directly impact the success of our company and clients.

In return, we want to foster the experience and skills necessary for the next step in your career.

The following positions are currently open. If you don’t see a position that interests you, email jobs@empowermm.com along with your resume and share how you can make a difference with us.

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Resumes should be sent to jobs@empowermm.com.

VP, Digital Client Leadership, Chicago Illinois

The VP of Digital Client Leadership will be responsible for the overall strategy and execution of all digital marketing channels to drive business, increase awareness, engagement and conversion for our clients. The right candidate must be well versed in all digital channels such as paid search, organic search, comparison shopping, remarketing, display and affiliate marketing. This role will be responsible for directing our clients’ budget toward the most profitable long-term strategies that drive results for our clients. Working knowledge of analytics to gain intelligent and actionable insights in order to develop/optimize client strategies.

This is the key leadership role for our Chicago Empower office and therefore will guide/lead a cross functional team of digital marketers and analyst, while working with internal and external partners that support our clients’ business. It is important for the individual in this role to have some traditional media experience as it relates to buying and planning, TV, radio, print out of home etc.

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

LEADERSHIP:
  • Manage and lead teams to bring creative and strategic thinking to every plan/project.
  • Responsible for leading the integration charge between practices within Empower for the clients he/she manages.
  • Delegate decision making when appropriate to allow others to develop problem solving & decision making competencies.
  • Work with the team to set objectives & goals and develop the appropriate tactics to achieve them.
  • Responsible for professional and personal development via training and attending industry conferences as a representative of Empower.
  • Responsible for the development and sharing of detailed Client Briefs with Empower Practice teams (target audience, objectives and strategies, ROI goals, etc.).
  • Works with Practice Leaders to develop compensation arrangements (including contribution margin goals)
  • Partner with the Decision Sciences team to measure and evaluate Return on Investment (ROI), Return on Objective (ROO) and/or other measurement metrics (e.g., Payout)
  • Final decision-maker as it relates to client recommendations.
    CLIENT MARKETING:
    • Accountable for the development and execution of Client Satisfaction (Partnership Review) action plans.
    • Develop relationships with client’s senior level counterpart and jointly handle unfamiliar problems, situation, or issues.
    • Responsible for the Client Discovery Process (gathering all marketing information and historical learnings).
    • Understands the client’s customer through Empower’s Planning processes and understand their marketing objectives to develop and measure the client’s, Return on Investment (ROI), Return on Objective (ROO) and/or other measurement metrics.
    • Develop Empower point-of-view on new and key media/marketing tools and apply ideas and concepts for the client.
    • Ensure the clients’ media and marketing needs are addressed and analyzed in order to develop an effective media strategy.
    • Maintains awareness of relevant industry and market trends; develop analysis and report key insights regarding those trends and communicate to the client appropriate action steps regarding those insights
    • Maintains a thorough knowledge of clients’ business and recommends ways to improve media buying plans efficiency and effectiveness.
    • Assist in the development and presentation of annual client P&L, compensation agreements, and oversees account profitability.
        BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT:
        • Partner with the New Business team by generating leads by identifying new business opportunities, assist/attend pitches, work with Specialists to develop strategic media recommendations, and provide resources as needed.
        • Works with the New Business team to determine the hours and compensation needed for new client assignments.
        • Determine the appropriate time and method to expand our current client relationship.
        • Prospect and develop opportunities to grow Empower revenue with potential new clients.

        QUALIFICATIONS:

        EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
        • Knowledge and skills at a level normally acquired through the completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent knowledge or experience.
        • 5+ years experience developing traditional and digital media strategy, managing holistic programs and online media campaigns.
        • Solid understanding of traditional marketing principles and how they apply to the digital medium.
        • Minimum of 5 years experience in Marketing / Agency environment is required.
        SKILLS, SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES:
        • In-depth knowledge of office software such as e-mail, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
        • Ability to collaborate and build strong relationships with clients and coworkers.
        • Broad understanding of measurement and analytics coupled with experience with the implementation of branding and marketing effectiveness studies.
        • Negotiates with others in order to reach an agreement/solution that meets client needs.
        • Highly enthusiastic, passionate, curious, confident, tenacious in learning and show initiative to research new ideas.
        • Superior listening skills & creative problem resolution skills and effective business writing.
        • Self-directed, considerable initiative and the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
        • Accepts ultimate accountability for own work.

        Please submit resumes to jobs@empowermm.com.

         

        Digital Media Specialist/Senior Specialist

        The Digital Media Specialist is fascinated by the digital ecosystem. They approach their work with enthusiasm and a desire to help their team and to grow professionally. The Digital Media Specialist knows the terminology, tools, and partnerships to leverage in order to create successful digital media plans across a variety of clients. Digital Media Specialists have experience to lean on, which gives them confidence in client communications and as challenging situations arise. They have a background that includes planning, buying, and campaign stewardship across publishers, ad networks, and social media, as well as a working knowledge of the programmatic buying space.

        Digital Media Specialists are generally responsible for:

        • Building an understanding of a brand’s customers and competitors
        • Developing consideration sets for advertising opportunities
        • Writing RFPs and overseeing the RFP process
        • Using the Empower Scorecard to evaluate submitted proposals
        • Putting together plan recommendations, presenting to account teams and clients
        • Overseeing the execution of approved advertising campaigns; including working with Ad Ops and Media Associates on flawless budgeting, billing, trafficking, creative QA, and campaign launch
        • Stewarding digital media campaigns, including optimizations and troubleshooting
        • Leading regular reporting on digital media campaign effectiveness, including finding key insights and merchandising plan successes as they relate back to the campaign objectives

         Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

        • Sharp attention to detail
        • Organized, thoughtful approach to prioritizing work and completing tasks
        • Strong work ethic
        • Equal willingness to learn and to teach
        • Innate curiosity and passion for technology
        • Analytical approach with the ability to think creatively
        • High degree of initiative
        • Customer service mindset
        • Strong relationships with media partners
        • Superior listening and creative problem resolution skills
        • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills

         Digital Media Tools:

        • Nielsen @Plan, NetView experience a plus
        • Fiddler, Firebug developer tool experience a plus

        Qualifications/Education/Experience:

        • Bachelor’s degree
        • 2-5 years digital media planning/buying experience (title and salary commensurate to experience)
        • Working familiarity with ad servers (DFA, PointRoll, FlashTalking)
        • Working familiarity with media accounting systems (MediaOcean, Prisma)
        • Experienced at creating, passing, and overseeing successful implementation of tracking pixels
        • Proficient with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel

        Please submit resumes to jobs@empowermm.com.

         

        Digital Media Associate

        The Digital Media Associate is fascinated by the digital ecosystem. They approach their work with enthusiasm and a desire to help the team and to grow professionally. Our Digital Media Associate will learn the terminology, tools, and techniques we use at Empower to motivate consumers to purchase our clients’ brands in a complicated, evolving digital landscape. The Associate plays a supporting role on the Digital Media team.

        Digital Media Associates assist Digital Media Specialists in:

        • Building an understanding of a brand’s customers and competitors
        • Developing consideration sets for advertising opportunities
        • Working with media partners and overseeing the Request for Proposal process
        • Executing approved advertising campaigns, including budgeting, billing, trafficking, creative quality assurance, and campaign launch
        • Stewarding digital media campaigns, including optimizations and troubleshooting
        • Regular reporting on digital media campaign effectiveness

        Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

        • Sharp attention to detail
        • Organized, thoughtful approach to prioritizing work and completing tasks
        • Strong work ethic
        • Willingness to “wash windows” while learning new things and building experience
        • Innate curiosity and passion for technology
        • Analytical approach with the ability to think creatively
        • High degree of initiative
        • Customer service mindset, with background in service industry a plus
        • Superior listening and creative problem resolution skills
        • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills

        Digital Media Tools:

        • Nielsen @Plan, NetView experience a plus
        • Doubleclick for Advertisers or other 3rd party ad serving platform experience a plus

        Qualifications/Education/Experience:

        • Bachelor’s degree
        • Some experience in a professional environment
        • Proficient with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel

        Please submit resumes to jobs@empowermm.com.

         

        Technical Director

        The technical director will lead the development production and client services arm of the technology practice.  This practice will produce both internal technologies as well as external web applications.  This person is responsible for ensuring the work coming in to the team is well defined and safe (reasonable expectations have been set).  Additionally, this person is responsible for ensuring that work being delivered by the programmers adheres to our best-in-class standards.

        Ensure all new work is clearly defined and safe for the team to take on.

        • Collaborate with project stakeholders and our user experience specialist to document functionality and technical requirements. Documentation should adhere to our requirements standards, as detailed in our knowledgebase.
        • Ensure all work coming into the development team is clear (functional requirements are well documented, with areas of risk denoted).
        • Determine how long (number of hours) it will take to complete defined work, and communicate areas of risk with respect to small, medium, and large tasks.
        • Communicate estimated task and project milestone turnaround times to project stakeholders based on the estimates provided by the team and with respect to their current workload.

        Maintain our standards, perform development and server administration, and manage our asset pipeline.

        • While this is primarily a leadership role, this role will need to get into the weeds from time to time to help the team program and solve problems.
        • Collaborate with the team to maintain our development standards and processes.
        • Set up and maintain asset pipelines on all development projects, leveraging a combination of git, npm, bower, gulp, sass/scss, and node.
        • Perform code reviews and course correct where needed to ensure the produced code is best-in-class.
        • Own development quality assurance process, ensuring what is delivered matches what is specified, while adhering to our documented standards.
        • Build testing plans for all development projects and communicate these plans to the project stakeholders.
        • Stand up and maintain all servers (production, staging, and local dev), adhering to our server and asset pipeline standards in each instance.
        • Ensure the developers have access to the information and assets they need to perform their work and assist in moving any roadblocks.
        • Ensure tasks and milestones are completed on time.
        • Ensure project progress, and risk, is clearly communicated to project stakeholders.

        Collaborate with the Vice President of Technology to build and maintain an “on-tap” network of developers.

        • Attend developer meet-ups, identify talent recruitment opportunities, socialize with the vibrant local developer community in Cincinnati to foster a good reputation and to grow a team of talented and positive developers.
        • Continuously search online for new potential freelance contractors who can execute a varying set of work types.
        • Maintain our contractor database and make recommendations to the project stakeholders based on personality, capability, cost, and other factors.
        • Solicit feedback from the team and stakeholders and leverage that feedback to constantly make improvements to the execution and final delivered work.

         Required Experience

        • Developing websites and applications (front-end and back-end).
        • Writing javascript, php, ruby, and other languages.
        • Setting up asset pipelines (git, gulp, npm, node.js, bower or compass, etc).
        • Working with SASS/SCSS
        • Working with Foundation or Bootstrap
        • Setting up production servers (local, staging/testing, live)
        • Leading teams of developers and providing hands-on assistance where needed.
        • Juggling multiple concurrent projects in production at one time.
        • Providing accurate estimates against clear requests and pursuing clarity/creating technical requirements when requests are not clear.
        • Leading quality assurance and testing.
        • Pair programming with fellow developers, and performing code reviews.
        • Communicating project progress and risk to stakeholders.

        Some additional experience that would be beneficial but is not required:

        • Experience building and maintaining large SQL databases
        • Experience writing scripts in python or powershell
        • Experience building data architecture plans.
        • Experience pulling and normalizing data from multiple sources and source types.
        • Experience building custom wordpress themes and plugins.

        Please submit resumes to jobs@empowermm.com.

        Empower is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

         

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