Experiential Marketing Manager

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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The Experiential Marketing Manager manages the team responsible for the strategic development, planning, and execution of experiential marketing initiatives including large-scale festivals, loyalty events, and brand support events.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s events are an opportunity to tell our story in a deeper, all-encompassing environment.  The Experiential Marketing Team Manager finds connections between event campaigns and overall marketing strategy to amplify the impact of our live experiences.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Core functions will include driving brand exposure and growth by setting overarching experiential marketing strategy and bringing those executions to life with a highly skilled team.

TEAM MANAGEMENT

  • Lead Experiential Marketing Senior Producers and Coordinators in their execution of excellent events and develop their skills
  • Cultivate live experience ideation and innovation
  • Work on creating structure and process within the event team
  • Leverage the team’s unique expertise to help grow the produced events business

EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING STRATEGY & INNOVATION

  • Work closely with Content Team and Brand Team to develop new concepts for events, both on-site and in-market
  • Provide a cost/benefit analysis around each event proposal
  • Work with Executive Team to gain approval for live experience concepts, keep informed of campaign progress, and clearly demonstrate value the company gained through post-event ROI reports
  • Create long term strategy and growth expectations for each event
  • Put together event creative plans for the launch of new products each year

LIVE EXPERIENCE EXCELLENCE MANAGEMENT

  • Accountable for highest quality execution of all events and festivals
  • When applicable, manage production company for all in-market events.
  • Manage in-market events by selecting cities, proposing event sites, understanding legal and permit needs
  • Manage communications around the release of festivals to the company, local regulatory bodies and community at large
  • Manage event budgets, paying strict attention to the bottom line
  • Develop strategy and author creative briefs for effective experiential campaigns ensuring consistent and creative interpretations of the brand in market.
  • Manage and track brand marketing budgets and ensure effective spending and ROI.  Responsible for build of budget workbooks, continued tracking and reporting throughout the planning and execution process.
  • Manage analytics and reporting for experiential activities.
  • Generate communications strategy by setting priorities to tell a focused story, defining tactics to increase event awareness therefore drive ticket sales and leading post-event follow up that feeds into next event occurrence.
  • Deliver organized, streamlined, flawlessly executed, & well-communicated project management. Set necessary meeting cadence with appropriate departments, set tone of all planning and execution, set necessary and appropriate levels of urgency and productivity standards.
  • Build comprehensive presentations to pitch strategic event ideas to peers and leadership team that clearly shows due diligence in research and event feasibility.
  • Create and maintain strong relationships with the sales team, enabling partnership when campaigns are executed in each of their respective markets.
  • Lead all internal and external project management of events and event series including building resourcing plans that adequately demonstrate justify headcount (current and potential needs).
  • Find opportunities to continue evolving best practices and creating SOPs for continuity as projects grow.
  • Learn, understand and train teams on legal processes within the beer industry and their affect our event strategy.
  • Understand ROI and be able to justify ideas with research, numbers, and facts that prove ROI.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent preferred OR relevant combination of experience and training
  • 5 years of event management experience required
  • Experience managing and negotiating vendor contracts
  • Experience designing, developing and delivering beer related events of varying degrees of complexity, including concerts, festivals, beer dinners and tastings preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years team management and people development highly desired
  • Craft beer industry experience preferred
  • Passion for craft beer required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Develop teams’ skills through leadership and coaching
  • Knowledge of how craft beer gets to shelf is strongly preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with a strong orientation towards providing outstanding customer service
  • Good organizational skills, problem solving skills and ability to manage complex programs within budget with successful ROI
  • Comfortable working in a small, family-run environment and have the ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.  Ability to compute ratio, rate, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs, calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, and percentages.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited or nonexistent standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Solid, practical knowledge of the Microsoft Office platform, including Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, and Publisher.
  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited or nonexistent standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job is often in a quiet office setting with occasional exposure to a manufacturing environment, which may include wet or humid conditions (non-weather), exposure to moving mechanical parts and loud noises, which may occasionally require hearing protection.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones and photocopiers.  When on the road producing events, this job is exposed to a variety of weather conditions, heat, cold, wind, rain and is required to work through them to deliver superior event experiences to our customers. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and maneuver up to 168lbs.

Additional REQUIREMENTS

  • Must have a valid Driver’s License with a driving record free of any major violations in the last three years
  • Must be willing to work non-standard hours, including some nights and weekends
  • Regular travel required, as event production is primarily in the market.  Travel may exceed 50% during peak months and is between 10-20% during regular times.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age to work for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

** This position will remain open until filled; online applications will be reviewed weekly **
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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