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August 26, 2021
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Now Hiring: VP Business Development – Brand Strategy and Innovation

Seed Strategy, Inc. (A Burke, Inc. company) is a fast-paced brand strategy and innovation agency that accelerates growth for our clients’ businesses – global Fortune 500 companies in CPG, healthcare, retail and others. We focus on upstream strategy to unlock opportunities, creating fresh ideas grounded in consumer insight and storytelling that move people and organizations. We have creatives, strategist, researchers, and marketers collaborating to develop and execute winning plans for new product and service ideation, brand positioning and renovation, portfolio strategy, category and domain expansion, and strategy and creative illumination, to name just a few.

Our agency is unique in its “flow to work” philosophy, eliminating traditional hierarchy and leveraging each team member’s unique strengths and interests across a variety of strategic and creative assignments. In addition to excellent benefits including paid time off, free parking, and a 401(k) match, as part of an employee-owned company, all employees share in the company’s growth and financial success through annual stock distributions.

What you’ll do:

The VP Business Development – Brand Strategy and Innovation position will report to the EVP, Head of Growth and focus on new business development and act as the strategic lead on their portfolio of client work. This person will collaborate with a team of Seed strategists and creatives to deliver breakthrough strategy, insights and ideas that drive our clients’ business growth. This person will ideally be at our Cincinnati area HQ but could also work from a remote home office located elsewhere in the US.

  • Identify prospective clients to introduce and present Seed’s capabilities, designing and pitching a tailored strategic vision and plan to bring their brands in a new direction, invigorate brand marketing, new product and service ideation, expansion of categories, etc.
  • Partner with client counterparts in areas of brand positioning, insights and innovation pipeline development
  • Manage multiple projects at once at various stages of development, able to be hands-on in all strategy projects
  • Stay current on the latest in brand marketing and innovation across multiple categories (CPG, healthcare, food, or others) to bring fresh ideas to the forefront; share your knowledge and expertise in these areas
  • When regular business travel is appropriate again, you may travel to Seed HQ (if remote) and client/prospective clients approx. 20%, almost exclusively domestically

What you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing, or relevant (MBA preferred) AND 8+ years at an agency or client/CPG company where your role focused on creating brand strategy and/or innovation in new products/services
  • Proven financial successes in new business development that have resulted from your proactive networking, referrals, client relationship building, and delivery of excellent results
  • Demonstration of how you can help Seed to grow our client base while also excelling at cultivating and building relationships with current clients; you’ll have a passion for client relationship management, growth, and retention
  • Holistic and agile strategic thinking abilities allowing you to see and lead clients in brand vision, positioning, portfolio architecture and growth strategies
  • Inspiring and persuasive presenter and storyteller confident in facilitating workshops, pitches, and presentations
  • Demonstrated history of leadership, guiding small internal cross-functional teams consisting of other strategists, creatives, and marketers – you can be one of the generals to the nicest special forces team of heroes for our clients!

Seed Strategy and Burke, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Employers. As part of our hiring process, we conduct a criminal background check on all potential employees. You may be asked to provide additional information for that purpose. (A conviction does not necessarily bar an applicant from employment.)


To apply, go to: https://phg.tbe.taleo.net/phg04/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=BURKE_INC&cws=38&rid=545


Seed Strategy and Burke, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Employers.

 

 

Now Hiring: Strategist

Are you a strategic practitioner who can untangle complicated business problems? Are you a team-player and natural storyteller? Do you have ideas that CEOs and CMOs should hear? If so, then join the rest of us as we use our talents to battle ambiguity and inspire clarity within the walls of some of the world’s most well-known companies and brands.

Job Description

Strategists are key within the strategic team (Project Directors, Strategists, Sr. Strategists, Creatives, Sales). Here at Seed, you would be responsible for working with internal Seed and external client teams in the creation and execution of important strategic and creative deliverables that meet client objectives and challenges. In addition to contributing ideas and helping to execute details of client projects, the Strategist will be responsible for leading projects including a multi-disciplinary team of designers, writers, researchers and other strategists.

This position will be located in our headquarters office in downtown Cincinnati, OH. For now, due to COVID restrictions, you may work from your home office located anywhere in the Greater Cincinnati area.

As a member of the team you will:

  • Partner with client counterparts in areas of brand, innovation, insights, advertising and marketing to strategically lead initiatives
  • Contribute to and sometimes lead more than one key project at a time
  • Craft key deliverables such as strategic landscape assessments, new product concepts, foundational brand/product strategy documents and business storytelling presentations
  • Design and facilitate team work sessions, ideation sessions and other workshops
  • Collaborate with external client teams and internal research insights teams regarding the appropriate objectives and methods
  • Bring ideas and carry out all areas of marketing strategy from innovation, new concepts, branding, social media, digital marketing, and so much more
  • Travel 10-15%, domestically and globally (No travel required during COVID restrictions)

Your past experience should reveal:

  • Related Bachelor’s degree; MBA is preferred
  • 3+ years in strategic marketing consulting, account/client management at a creative agency demonstrating a proven ability to drive organizational alignment and influence stakeholders
  • Experience leveraging popular methodologies used for solving ambiguous innovation and creative business challenges
  • Experience in innovation and the product development process, developing brand vision, positioning, portfolio architecture and growth strategy creation; storytelling and presenting in a way that is inspiring, clear and persuasive
  • Understanding of many common qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, and analyzing market share and competitive data
  • Working knowledge of customer/channel selling & P&L management
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills and intellectual curiosity
  • Demonstrated history of leadership, guiding cross-functional teams
  • Excellent visual and technical skills in MS PowerPoint

Seed Strategy and Burke, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Employers. As part of our hiring process, we conduct a criminal background check on all potential employees. You may be asked to provide additional information for that purpose. (A conviction does not necessarily bar an applicant from employment.)


To apply, go to: https://phg.tbe.taleo.net/phg04/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=BURKE_INC&cws=38&rid=537


Seed Strategy and Burke, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Employers.

 

 

Now Hiring: Graphic Designer

Seed Strategy, Inc. (a subsidiary of Burke, Inc.) is a fast-paced growth acceleration firm focused on upstream strategy, consumer insight and new product innovation for global top Fortune companies. Seed Strategy grows big ideas for brands around the world, many of which you have likely experienced. Our agency is unique in its mix of strategists, entrepreneurs, researchers, thinkers, writers, artists, designers, musicians and photographers, among others. This blend of strategic and creative talent allows us to leverage each team member’s unique strengths across a variety of challenges. Our independent spirit doesn’t end with our staff. In a world of corporate-holding-company giants, we are a nimble, mid-sized, employee-owned company where all employees share in the company’s growth and financial success.

Job Description

The Graphic Designer is an integral member of our creative team and organization. With the help of senior team members, Designers are responsible for conceptualizing, designing and executing a variety of materials to attract clients, successfully address their varied needs and promote Seed and Burke in the marketplace.

What You’ll Do:

  • Collaborate with senior team members to conceptualize and design solutions for both client and internal company needs. These solutions may take the form of data visualization, visual storytelling, consumer personas, PowerPoint beautification, promotional marketing, product packaging design, website graphics and event materials—all relying on your training and experience in aesthetics, typography and visual communications.
  • Contribute to a diverse mix of projects including research deliverables (e.g., reports, scorecards, infographics), sales and conference presentations, branding, new product innovation and internal marketing support.
  • Inspire the team by staying on top of new technologies, technical advancements and design trends.
  • Work on multiple projects at once, responding to requests with agility.

What You’ll Need:

  • BS/BA/BFA in Graphic Design or equivalent
  • Three-plus years of graphic design experience
  • A collaborative spirit and excellent interpersonal, planning, communication and presentation skills
  • A proactive, organized, detail-oriented working style to ensure accurate, on-time delivery for every task
  • Data-visualization expertise with a proven ability to bring data to life in a compelling way
  • The ability to communicate creative ideas through sketches or other agile methods to create excitement and drive early alignment
  • Proficiency turning conceptual ideas into polished deliverables
  • Strong competency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft PowerPoint and a core understanding of Microsoft Word, Excel and Google Workspace
  • The ability to prepare final art files for print production
  • Experience designing, formatting and uploading graphics for the web (esp. via WordPress)
  • Relevant samples of your work

Seed Strategy and Burke, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Employers. As part of our hiring process, we conduct a criminal background check on all potential employees. You may be asked to provide additional information for that purpose. (A conviction does not necessarily bar an applicant from employment.)


To apply, go to: https://phg.tbe.taleo.net/phg04/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=BURKE_INC&cws=38&rid=561


Seed Strategy and Burke, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Employers.

 

 

 

About Seed Strategy

Seed Strategy, Inc. (a subsidiary of Burke, Inc.) is a fast-paced growth acceleration firm focused on upstream strategy, consumer insight and new product innovation for global Fortune 500 clients. Seed Strategy grows big ideas for brands around the globe. Our agency is unique in its mix of strategists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thinkers, writers, artists, designers, researchers, musicians and photographers, among others. This mix of strategic and creative talent allows us to leverage each team member’s unique strengths across a variety of challenges. Our independent spirit doesn’t end with our staff. In a world of corporate holding company giants, we are a nimble, mid-sized, employee-owned company where all employees share in the company’s growth and financial success.


 

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Send us your cover letter, resume, samples, website or whatever helps tell your story. We’ll see if there’s a fit or keep you in mind next time there is.

For positions within the Creative group, please contact us at:
creativejobs@seedstrategy.com

For positions within the Strategy group, please contact us at:
strategyjobs@seedstrategy.com

 

Seed Strategy and Burke, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Employers.

 

About Seed Strategy

Seed Strategy, Inc. (a subsidiary of Burke, Inc.) is a fast-paced growth acceleration firm focused on upstream strategy, consumer insight and new product innovation for global Fortune 500 clients. Seed Strategy grows big ideas for brands around the globe. Our agency is unique in its mix of strategists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thinkers, writers, artists, designers, researchers, musicians and photographers, among others. This mix of strategic and creative talent allows us to leverage each team member’s unique strengths across a variety of challenges. Our independent spirit doesn’t end with our staff. In a world of corporate holding company giants, we are a nimble, mid-sized, employee-owned company where all employees share in the company’s growth and financial success.


 

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