Senior Brand Manager

Seattle, Washington, United States Full-time

Who We Are

Mekanism is an award-winning, independent, full-service advertising agency made up of creative entrepreneurs. With offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Seattle, we serve as collaborative business partners with some of the world’s best brands, including Ben & Jerry’s, HBO, MillerCoors, Peloton, Facebook, Charles Schwab and Alaska Airlines. Our creative approach to brand building is best described as “The Soul & Science of Storytelling”: Communicating a brand’s purpose with ideas informed by data and rooted in human truths.

Mekanism has been named to Ad Age’s “Agency A List” and twice to their “Best Places to Work”. We have also been listed on Creativity’s “The Creative 50” and have been recognized by Effie as one of the “Most Effective Independent Agencies”. We have been profiled by The New York Times, Fast Company and ABC’s Nightline. Mekanism’s campaigns have been covered and studied by Harvard Business School.

We take great pride in making unconventional campaigns for brands in conventional categories.  Our patented blend of storytelling for emerging media takes a small army of Mekanistas to pull off.  What is a Mekanista you ask? Being a Mekanista requires a rare combination of being a strange, wonderful and talented person who enjoys coffee, Ping-Pong and impromptu rooftop jam and workout sessions.  We are smart, strange, wonderful folks that brave our contentious and often spirited brainstorming sessions to make advertising magic.

The Senior Brand Manager, Papa Murphy’s & New Business

The Brand Management Department is made up of creative-minded brand leaders. We are part account managers, part brand builders, part project managers and part creative strategists.  

The Mekanism Senior Brand Manager is a self-assured, collaborative, creative-oriented, problem-solver. They help our Seattle-based work grow by managing and sustaining current client relationships and projects, while working closely with the Brand Director and Managing Director to identify additional growth opportunities.

It is the Senior Brand Manager’s job to ensure that Mekanism values (creative, production, innovation, and beyond) are woven into everything we do on a day-to-day level. This requires keeping our teams organized, helping to hit deadlines and supporting the business overall while making great creative. They’re expected to learn a ton, make a few mistakes, but ultimately grow into one of the few client leaders at Mekanism.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Be The Go-To Person on all things Papa Murphy’s
    • Know the account better than anyone else. All Mekanistas should feel secure coming to you with any questions.
    • Build trust as the day-to-day partner lead on the business.
    • Be a quality control expert. No detail is too small, and nothing goes through the door without your stamp of approval.  
    • Stay current on all timelines, client briefings, launch dates & meeting times.
    • Manage multiple projects at any given time.  
    • Keep the team current on the category & competitor brands.
  • Champion Great Strategic and Creative Work
    • Partner with Creative, Planning, Project Management and Production to develop innovative media plans and effective work.
    • Manage daily communication with all teams – client, internal and partner agencies.
    • Partner closely with Managing Director on the development presentations.
    • Manage partner produced creative with internal teams, client teams and media partners.
    • Proactively help lead the account across all partner agencies.  
  • Build and Grow Relationships
    • Establish trust and credibility with your client counterparts and agency partners.
    • Develop strong collaborative and working relationships with the Mekanism creative, strategy, social media & production teams.  
  • Work Effectively Within a Team
    • In every meeting, foster teamwork & productivity.
    • Learn the various arms of production at Mekanism, and be able to represent each division to our clients.
    • Manage-up to Managing Director.
    • Train and motivate Brand Coordinator.
  • Seattle New Business Pitch Guru
    • Act as the pitch ringleader – externally running and internally rallying all key players to develop pitch work.
    • Facilitate alignment on what we need to do to win and ensure the work stays on brief.
    • Understand our process and be able to manage and drive all the moving pieces from qualifying and resourcing to presenting and running a post mortem.
    • Effectively work within a team and across departments – fostering teamwork and productivity in every meeting.
    • Do fast-paced, down and dirty research on prospective clients to ensure we are smart and have a strategic edge.
    • Sweat the small stuff. Make sure we have every detail covered for pitches from booking travel and managing printouts to providing AV and presentation support.
  • Support Financial Organization and Performance
    • Lead monthly billing meetings with brand teams to ensure profitability of account.
    • Develop an understanding of estimates & bids across retainer, media & production.
    • Keep a close eye on monthly burn reports and travel budgets
  • Account Administration
    • Partner with Project Managers to build creative and production schedules and manage timelines and expectations with client teams throughout project.
    • Organize meetings and calls internally and externally, to include agenda beforehand and recap just after.
    • Manage client and internal status reports.
    • Maintain up-to-date server organization and asset management.

Qualifications:

  • You must love pizza and be generally awesome.
  • You should definitely have a passion for problem solving, creativity and brands.
  • You could have 5-7 years of relevant or not so relevant advertising/marketing experience.
  • You should definitely have a passion for organization, problem solving, creativity and brands.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment where no day is the same and can sometimes be ambiguous.
  • You have the ability to change direction flawlessly on a dime.
  • You must be self-assured, self-starting, charismatic and quick on your feet.
  • You get excited by words like “strategy”, “innovation”, “nimble”, and “Mekanism.”

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