AE/SAE Chicago (Bel)

Chicago, IL 75231

Employment Type: Direct Hire Category: Account Executive, Direct Hire Job Number: 25117

Job Description

Freeman+Leonard is searching for an Account Executive or Sr. Account Executive for a national shopper marketing and retail advertising agency in Chicago.

Candidates MUST currently be local to Chicago and have shopper marketing agency experience to be considered. The role will eventually be back onsite at agency' s Chicago office with a flex schedule.


The Account Executive serves as a liaison between the client and the internal team by supporting client contact/communication, ensuring flawless execution of project work and owning delegated projects. The Account Executive also manages account finances, manages client and creative team expectations, and maintains knowledge of industry trends.


Core Accountabilities
  • Provides direction to creative and production via standard forms (job starts, change orders, SOW and mechanical orders)
  • Assists and at times leads in development, management and execution of client programs including, but not limited to, the following activities:
  • Written communications (briefs, change orders, conference reports, client communication)
  • Detailed preparation of status reports including managing timelines and budgets
  • Timeline and budget development/maintenance
  • Vendor meetings and management
  • On-time delivery of materials and meeting in-store dates
  • Managing billing for projects
  • Preparation of and leading brainstorms
  • Understands available and appropriate tools and tactics to reach target
  • Understands technical aspects and techniques related to creative, digital and production
  • Plays an active role in developing, fostering and maintaining client relationships
  • Maintains daily status report for all project team is working on and works with the Account Supervisor on updating client team on projects
  • Participates and at times leads efforts for presentation development and client presentations
  • Leads financial management (estimating time and costs, written estimates, cost-to-dates/tracking, invoices) on specific projects
  • Leads post-program analytics for all programs executed by team
  • Maintains basic knowledge of client’ s business – product knowledge, branding, pricing, product offers, sales volume, key costs of sale, business economics, marketing channels
  • Builds industry and client awareness to keep team and agency up to date on market changes, client competitors, etc.
  • Maintains a foundational understanding of digital marketing and retail tactics as it relates to promotions and shopper marketing


Core Skills
  • Communicates thoughts, ideas, information and messages in writing and orally, completely and accurately, to appropriate people
  • Is clear and concise in direction to others to keep program running on time
  • Builds internal/external relationships
  • Relates to others in an open and accepting manner
  • Develops relationships with others as a key priority
  • Treats others with respect
  • Shows consistency with principles, values and behaviors
  • Follows through on commitments
  • Develops a give and take attitude
  • Strives for win-win solutions
  • Attention to detail
  • Applies high-level of attention to detail
  • Work can be relied upon for thoroughness and accuracy
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple workstreams/projects at any given time
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and materials for appropriate action
  • Time management
  • Ability to manage own (and teams’) time effectively, setting priorities and meeting deadlines
  • Proactive manages timelines as well as stays ahead of the timeline to ensure delivery
  • Presentation skills
  • Shows confidence in front of an audience
  • Able to deliver the message clearly and concisely
  • Understands their audience and delivers message appropriately
  • Problem solving
  • Able to use logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions
  • Grasps complex issues
  • Is excellent at honest analysis
  • Maintains a positive demeanor even during challenging situations
  • Looks beyond obvious and does not stop at first answer
  • Involves appropriate resources in identifying and solving issues
  • Proactively surfaces problems and presents them to appropriate people in an honest, nonjudgmental manner
  • Sound business and professional ethics

  • 1-5 years in an agency environment
  • Education: Four-Year Degree (preferred but not required)

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