Edelman Chicago is seeking a high-energy Senior Account Executive to join our growing financial communications team. You'll partner with us to help top companies tell their stories to key audiences for clients across industries. If you are looking for a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, and want to work with clients who change the world, we want to talk with you. Edelman's Chicago financial communications practice is at the forefront of helping financial services companies tell their stories and navigate the consumer, social, regulatory and technology shifts taking place across the industry.
About Financial Communications & Capital Markets:
Edelman's Financial Communications & Capital Markets team is a boutique strategic consultancy with the reach and resources of the world's largest public relations firm. We advise public and private companies on strategy and capital markets communications to position them within the financial community during normal-course business and transformative events (M&A, IPOs & spin-offs, C-suite transitions, bankruptcy, shareholder activism, etc.), while also working with some of the most well-known financial services and technology companies to strategically build their brands via integrated communications programs.
We are seeking a Senior Account Executive who will be a proactive self-starter, working with account teams and clients in banking, financial technology, venture capital, insurance, payments, private equity and more to develop and co-manage integrated programs for our financial services clients. These programs include earned media relations, investor and influencer relations, social media and written editorial content, among other disciplines. We are looking for a team member who is able to run the day-to-day activities on key accounts, making the connection points across the client, account team and senior leaders at Edelman. This person will be a self-motivated leader who enjoys creative thinking, and will have a push-the-boundaries attitude to generate a constant flow of engaging strategies and tactics for clients, acting as a role model for other Edelman team members to do the same.
Application of key client information, including general business strategy, industry trends and issues, products/services, key opinion leaders, customers and competitors
Contributes to client correspondence and account management (e.g., daily updates, activity reports, etc.)
Plays key role in developing key messages that map back to clients' objectives
Demonstrates the ability to write, edit and proofread to create high quality internal and external, channel-appropriate communications content
Demonstrates research abilities to support client programs and understands research techniques to assist with various Edelman consulting processes, including analysis of media coverage and online conversation (volume and tone) and identification and categorization of various stakeholders, including organizations and individuals to be engaged by clients
Serves as daily client contact and as client lead on specific workstreams
Tracks and monitors project financials (e.g., budget vs. actual)
Coordinates and helps plan media outreach programs including tours, events, conferences, interviews and new media outreach
Successfully pitch client stories and manage media relationships, supporting a team in researching media and target audiences, analyzing online conversations, and driving ongoing proactive news bureau activities
Develop messaging, and write press materials, social media content, direct communications materials and other documents, including briefing books and FAQs
Build relationships with third-party influencers and internal business partners to meet client needs
Works with account leads to introduce existing clients to relevant and new Edelman capabilities, including resources outside of group, to advance their business goals
Oversees junior staff's work products to ensure quality and consistency
Ensures performance expectations, career development plans and goals are set and reviewed annually during the formal performance review process for all direct reports
At least two years of relevant experience in communications and/or related fields, including research, advertising, management consulting, media or publishing.
A bachelor's degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university
Proven ability to lead and manage multiple small or medium-sized projects simultaneously
Agency experience with the ability to develop a clear understanding of the clients' businesses and their missions, as well as their key stakeholders: consumers, employees, investors, regulators, media, vendors, partners, other businesses/organizations, etc.
Demonstrated ability to help develop communication programming and plans, implement integrated tactics and impart knowledge to junior account team members
Able to perform well under pressure, manage multiple projects and be a strong team player
Strong research, writing and editing skills, as well as the ability to interact with clients professionally and maintain relationships with media members