Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC dba Advantage Solutions

  • VP Client Services Agency

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Primary Posting Location : City
    Chicago
    Primary Posting Location : State/Province
    IL
    Postal Code
    60603
    Primary Posting Location : Country
    US
    Requisition ID
    2018-159483
    Position Type
    Full Time
    Category
    Client Services/Account Management
  • Marketing

    VP Client Services Agency

     

    The VP Client Services is responsible for overseeing the P&L and managing the business operations function globally within the organization.  Leads a team who manages a single or multiple large clients as well as functional teams focused on managing client results, contracts, pricing, profitability and overall execution of program goals. Pivotal role in the design and management of client programs/contracts at retail chains nationwide.

     

    Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC dba Advantage Solutions is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Responsibilities

    Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC dba Advantage Solutions 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. Advantage Solutions 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 VP Client Services is responsible for overseeing the P&L and managing the business operations function globally within the organization.  Leads a team who manages a single or multiple large clients as well as functional teams focused on managing client results, contracts, pricing, profitability and overall execution of program goals. Pivotal role in the design and management of client programs/contracts at retail chains nationwide.

     

    Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

     

    Client Management

    • Retain and grow client relationship
    • Strategize and drive formal client program reviews; manage to all client/contract expectations
    • Oversee and drive for timely, accurate and efficient client reporting that offers ROI and field marketing intelligence that is valuable to clients
    • Develop and manage client P&L versus budget; manage client revenue and gross margin forecasts; identify, plan and budget headcount and expenses required to meet growth plans.

    Team leadership

    • Oversee Client Sales team (Sales leader and AE’s), as well as dedicated Account Services team (if applicable) to ensure that client business plans are executed
    • Set expectations and interface closely with all stakeholders on the Executive Leadership Team on performance against execution goals
    • Set up and manage to service level agreements among the departments 
    • Build processes and infrastructure to enable scalable, profitable growth
    • Oversee management of staff priorities, workload balancing/utilization, employee recognition/rewards and routine staff professional development to keep turnover at a minimum and staff morale high

    Business Development

    • Develop and implement business operating plans which formally identify additional business opportunities and specific ways to strengthen our service delivery with our clients.

    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 is an essential duty and function of this job. Driving is not an essential duty or function of this job. 

    Travel up to  25%

     

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education Level: (Required) Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

                                         

    Field of Study/Area of Experience: 

    • 10+ years of experience in sales and marketing, consumer packaged goods, or food brokerage organization
    • 5-10 years successfully managing a P&L, budgeting and forecasting and managing client expectations either personally or through a team
    • Experience working with Vice President or Sales level and above positions
    • Experience in Brand Management, Customer Management, Category Management and Shopper Marketing a plus
    • Previous experience with managing 10+ direct reports; reporting directly to VP or C-level executive

    Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

    • Ability to make oral presentations
    • Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • Excellent customer service orientation
    • Ability to ensure a high level of service and quality is maintained
    • Ability to complete multiple duties with accuracy shifting from one to another with frequent interruptions and competing deadlines
    • Analytical and research Skills
    • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment
    • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and web-browsers

    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.  A detailed Environmental and Physical Requirements document is available in the Total Rewards department. 

     

    Additional Information Regarding ASM 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. ASM 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.  ASM 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.

                                        

    Are you passionate about Service Excellence, Results, Integrity, Entrepreneurial Focus and Leadership: These are our values at Advantage Solutions. Come learn why “Winning Together” is more than just words on a piece of paper. It is the vision by which we live our mission as an organization: "To create outstanding value for clients and customers through superior sales execution, operational excellence and innovative marketing services."

     

    Advantage Solutions 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, Advantage Solutions 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.

     

    Advantage Solutions will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box) Ordinance.  All of our positions require the satisfactory completion of a background check. Please be aware that acknowledging or having criminal convictions does not constitute an automatic bar to employment.  Factors including, but not limited to age and time of the offense, seriousness and nature of the violation, and rehabilitation will be taken into account.

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