Strategic Planner

The Mars Agency

The Mars Agency is an award-winning, independently owned global commerce marketing practice with a growth-for-clients focus. With talent spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia,we create breakthrough, connected commerce solutions by balancing the smartest humanity with the latest technology. The agency’s latest MarTech platform, Marilyn®, is the industry's first and only end-to-end commerce advisor.

Position Details

Strategic Planner
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

We’re looking for a Strategic Planner to work on a major consumer goods client. Candidates must reside in a commutable distance to one of The Mars Agency’s hub locations: Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Minneapolis, Bentonville, Dallas or Nashville.


  • Review, with others, client objectives and input and develop short and long-term integrated marketing strategies for the client. 
  • Work cross-functionally within the agency to ensure the successful execution of client and agency strategies. 
  • Perform secondary research on industry trends, reports, and consumer trends to develop insight. 
  • Finds and synthesises trends and cultural fuel. 
  • Supports the development of and conducts primary research, for either client or agency. 
  • Works with rest of the planning team to develop strategic implications 
  • Works with internal partners (creative and client leadership) and other planning team members to develop and write creative briefs and communication propositions. 
  • Review Creative concepts and provide additional input or recommendations on client and project strategy. 
  • Support ongoing competitive assessments and industry news relative to shopper and consumer segments. 
  • Consumer/Shopper overview 
  • General market trend analysis
  • Competitive/Category behavior assessment 
  • Supports others across the larger planning team 
  • Executes projects with excellence 
  • Builds experience 
  • Builds trust 
  • Manages time effectively 
  • All other duties as assigned by Manager.


  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, or related field.
  • At least one year of experience in marketing strategy or insight type role.
  • Understanding of integrated marketing principles, particularly shopper/commerce. 
  • Ability to synthesize information from various sources and extract key messages. 
  • Highly creative with first-rate conceptual, visual and writing skills. 
  • Superior oral communication and presentation skills. 
  • Highly resourceful, with strong research skills and a working knowledge of marketing analytics. 
  • Proactive and able to work independently. 
  • Self-starter with strong problem-solving ability. 
  • Strong deadline orientation and ability to effectively prioritize and meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to work in a flexible, dynamic and fast-paced environment. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite (PowerPoint, Excel and Word) and Google Suite (Mail, Docs, Drive).

The Mars Agency has developed a wide variety of inclusive benefit plans and policies that address and promote the needs of all employees and their family members, including comprehensive group health plans, a parental leave program that includes paid maternity and paternity benefits for pregnancy, adoption and surrogacy, flexible paid time off, a broad and confidential employee assistance program, ongoing wellness support initiatives, trusted financial health advice and guidance, promotion of education through tuition support and assistance, and a flexible and supportive work environment and culture.

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