Account Supervisor, Corporate Reputation & Food Advisory

Edelman in Chicago, IL

  • Type: Full Time
position filled


Account Supervisor/Senior Account Supervisor, Corporate Reputation and Food Advisory About the Opportunity: Edelman Chicago is seeking a high-energy corporate communications Account Supervisor (AS) or Senior Account Supervisor (SAS) with expertise in the food sector to serve as a day-to-day lead on one Edelman’s largest food clients, as well work to grow Edelman’s Food and Agriculture sector across the Midwest. The global food and beverage landscape is complex and so are the challenges facing our clients. As more and more companies look to successfully integrate environmental, economic and social issues into their business operations, we are looking for a corporate communications professional with a strong passion for food. This individual will help advise clients and lead projects related to corporate reputation, crisis/issues, sustainability, food safety, earned media, executive positioning, thought leadership and industry communications.S/he will relevant experience acting as a day to day client lead managing multiple concurrent programs. S/he will have strong client service and leadership skills providing solid recommendations on proactive and reactive approaches. S/he will work with team members across multiple disciplines and be responsible for ensuring full team meets deadlines in a timely manner to a high standard as well as have experience and capabilities, in tactical planning, earned media strategy creation and outreach, and measurement and analysis of work executed.  Key Responsibilities 
  • Serves as daily client contact, working to develop a strong partnership rooted in open dialogue, mutual understanding, and respect
  • Demonstrates proficiency in media relations, including creating and driving outreach plans, message development, growth of contact network and effective pitching and training of spokespersons on speeches and presentations; ability to manage and maintain relationships with national business and food media is critical 
  • Plays a key role in the planning and development of integrated communications campaigns inclusive of earned media, thought leadership, corporate communications, creative, paid and analytics; effectively collaborates with integrated agency partners and across Edelman teams
  • Effectively presenting the agency’s recommendations and food and agriculture point-of-view to clients with excellence
  • Oversees quality and operational performance of accounts, developing and managing clear program timelines and ensuring work follows Edelman/client process standards
  • Demonstrates proficiency in writing skills to craft internal and client correspondence, communications plans, press materials, client presentations, etc. as well as is able to successfully present POVs and work to gain internal and client alignment
  • Builds network of food and agriculture industry players and participates in relevant professional organizations and networking activities that will grow Edelman sector
  • Assists with the development of accurate project budgets using the firm’s financial system, working with internal discipline partners to manage projects within budget parameters
  • Commits to continuous learning and staying up-to-date with emerging technologies and trends, working to understand how they integrate into communications programs
  • Demonstrates behaviors consistent with Edelman’s values, Code of Ethics and Business Conduct
  • Basic Qualifications 
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university 
  • At least four years of relevant experience in corporate communications, including earned media, corporate reputation, thought leadership and crisis/issues
  • Additional Qualifications:
  • Food industry experience a must, agriculture experience a plus
  • Proven ability to manage large projects and small teams on one or more sizable accounts 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to delegate tactical assignments and accurately judge and edit work of others 
  • Candid communicator who can organize, clarify and communicate complex ideas quickly, succinctly and accurately.
  • Thrives as a multi-tasker with a high degree of organization and poise; oversees multiple projects at the same time and maintain overall awareness of the work that’s being executed to enable you to quickly context switch and provide counsel and problem solve.

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