Senior Account Executive
Ketchum - Chicago, IL

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Two simple words remind us that great ideas shatter expectations. Two simple words set Ketchum apart.

break through

When we say break through, it means our employees work to create the changes our clients seek, to exceed their expectations, and to bring tangible benefits to their business and fulfillment to our own careers. This belief has led to enjoyable and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with many of the best-known brands in the world, and with the up-and-comers that will be tomorrow’s top brands. It’s what sets Ketchum apart, what attracts people to Ketchum, and what makes them want to stay!

Additional information on Ketchum and its award-winning work can be found at .

We are looking for a Senior Account Executive to join our team on a high profile piece of business. Ideal candidates would have an integrated PR background as well as exposure to food, agriculture and/or CPG clients.

Specific responsibilities include:
Act as primary client contact; continually foster client-agency relationship to build trust and become a valuable resource to client.
Continually build understanding and knowledge of clients’ business and competitive environments; apply this information in preparing and presenting strategically focused programs and recommendations.
Play key role in account activities including special events, media relations, program development and implementation, etc.
Be flexible and facilitate teamwork within account team; coordinate team resources and create opportunities for junior staff to take on more responsibility; fully utilize agency resources to create the "best teams" for your clients.
Demonstrate ability to effectively develop full range of written materials including plans/recommendations, key talking points, press releases, byline articles, speeches, client correspondence and reports.
Develop and monitor program plans and budgets for profitability; report status to client and agency management on a regular basis.
Explore and create opportunities for incremental business growth within your clients’ organizations.
Participate in the research, writing, and presentation of new business proposals.
Take advantage of internal and external networking opportunities to enhance professional development and agency/office visibility.
Seek counsel from financial manager to understand the client/agency financial policies and procedures as they relate to client plans/budgets; follow up on receivables.
Develop an understanding of various research methods; coordinate internal and external resources in implementing research projects.

Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or a related field
Four to six years of public relations experience

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