Blaze Partners is seeking a client strategist to join our growing team. Agency and/or client-side brand marketing experience is preferred. Successful candidate will possess the following qualities:
Consistent and rigorous attention to detail
Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
Self-sufficiency and a desire to work semi-autonomously
Interest in strategic and creative problem-solving (i.e., not always taking the obvious route)
Strong natural communication skills, both verbal and written
Willingness to learn (and help implement) new processes in an agile, growing creative business environment
Develop and foster positive client relationships though outstanding service, effective communication and unwavering resolve in helping to solve specific business challenges.
Develop client-facing presentations, proposals and read-outs—build strong cases and compelling arguments using data, research, creativity and industry trends. Provide overall presentation support to partners and colleagues.
Create and manage milestones for assigned projects by monitoring job progress—track schedules, communicate changes and proactively address and resolve workload barriers. Work with partners and colleagues to forecast upcoming workload, identifying peaks and valleys.
Oversee project execution and promote a smooth workflow between internal agency functions, freelancers, partner agencies and clients.
Have a solid working knowledge of advertising production: print, direct mail, digital (banners, emails, social etc.) and video so that compelling solutions and accurate timelines can be created and adhered to.
Participate in ongoing refinement of agency project processes, tools, software and policies.
Contribute to the development of the Blaze vendor/freelance talent network by participating in Portland networking opportunities throughout the year.
Uphold quality standards for the agency. Ensure that agency processes and documentation is followed. Maintain complete paper/email chain and files for all projects.
BA or BS (or better) with experience in an advertising/creative/agency environment.
A healthy right/left brain balance.
Strong communications background, excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, strong project management and time management skills.
Results-driven with strong analytical skills.
Ability to work independently and accurately.
Intellectual curiosity and a desire to remain current on industry trends.
• Entrepreneurial — We expect you to think and act Like You Own the Place.
• Collaborative — At the core of this job is an innate desire to Make Everyone Better.
• Smarter — We expect this individual to Be Visionary and while s/he doesn’t necessarily have to be the smartest person in the room, s/he should know who is and how to reach them.
• Ego-free — Check your ego at the door. We expect that this individual can thrive in a fast paced, dynamic environment without rubbing people the wrong way.
• Results Driven — This individual will be critical to our client's success. We expect that s/he always bring it back to the results. Our client success is our success.
Finally, it's important that this candidate bring a sense of fun and optimism. We feel fortunate to have curated a wonderful team of smart, talented and adventure-minded individuals who understand the importance of what they do, without losing sight of the big picture.
Greater Portland/Casco Bay