Marketing Specialist

Ace Hardware Corporation

Ace Hardware Corporation has grown to become one of the nation's leading retailer owned cooperatives with more than 5,000 domestic and international stores and an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. Our annual retail sales in the multi-billions rank Ace in the top 25 of all U.S. retailers. If you're passionate about your career and want to contribute to a company you can believe in, consider sharing your talent with us. Join us in continuing our legacy of making Ace "the helpful place."

Emery Jensen Distribution is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ace Hardware Corporation that distributes hardware & home improvement products to the independent Pro Lumber, Paint, Hardware, and E-retailer customer segments.

Position Details

Marketing Specialist
Northern Illinois
Oak Brook, IL

The Marketing Specialist works for the Wholesale Promotions Coordinator to execute promotional activity in all channels of Emery Jensen Distribution (Pro, Paint, Independent Hardware, Grocery and e-Comm). With the Promotions Coordinator, the Marketing Specialist is responsible for execution, communication, coordination of both national and regional programs and promotions. The Marketing Specialist is also responsible for promotional event creation and deliverables related to form, function and content for these large sales drivers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • The Marketing Specialist owns the execution and fulfillment of deliverables on the annual promotional calendar(s), for all channels and categories for Emery Jensen. This requires working in conjunction with multiple departments within Ace Corporate and Emery Jensen teams, to meet deadlines and expectations under the direction of the Wholesale Promotions Coordinator 
  • The Marketing Specialist, at the direction of the Wholesale Promotions Coordinator, will own the proper content and execution of all promotions and programs. These deliverables include: promotion and program set up, promotion and program timing and duration,Item images, descriptions and prices, proofing of all promotional data prior to internal and external roll-out, timing of promotion and program communication, both internally and externally, including verbal, electronic communication, printed materials, advertising, etc., promotion and program tracking both during ongoing events, and on a cadenced (quarterly, annual) basis for repeated events. 
  • The Marketing Specialist owns effective execution of differentiated promotions and sales programs by channel and region. In order to successfully manage these multiple and varied programs, the Marketing Specialist must develop and maintain relationships within the Emery Jensen organization: Merchandising team, Ace Event Planning group 
  • The Marketing Specialist, under the guidance of the Wholesale Promotions Coordinator, will own the execution of content for Emery Jensen trade shows. This includes working closely with Emery Jensen Channel teams on the details of promotional offerings. Deliverables include numerous promotions, servicing thousands of dealers for all channels and regions. This content creation will take several months of working toward an actionable deadline. The Marketing Specialist will assist the Promotions Coordinator with execution of other show related deliverables, such asvendor programs (drop ship forms, Power Buys, etc.). 
  • The Marketing Specialist is indirectly responsible for fostering better understanding and awareness of our promotional activity among Emery Jensen team members. Creating higher awareness and 'sense of urgency' will help manage the timeliness and deadlines on promotional deliverables.

Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of commonly used Merchandising (Retail & Wholesale) concepts, practices & procedures 
  • 4-year college degree and at least 3 years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communications skills a must 
  • Proactive, detail oriented, well organized 
  • Ability to meet deadlines involving lots of collaboration with others at all levels of the organization

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