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Proposal/Presentation Strategist

Publication or Company 
Industry  Conferences/Events, Exhibits for Trade Shows, Sales/Advertising Sales
Salary Under $55,000
Benefits 401K/403B, Dental, Health
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Pleasant Prairie, WI
Job Requirements Position Personality:

You know who you are – you’re a proposal/presentation creating Rock Star! You’re able to craft a proposal or a presentation that grabs attention and wows. You love the chase. You love the hunt. You love the thrill of victory. But you’re not a salesperson, nor are you interested in becoming one.. You're smart, you're savvy, you have a strategic mindset (or approach) and the ability to develop strategies, generate ideas and string together strategies, concepts and words and package them in a way that engages, persuades and get results.

You fancy yourself a thought-leader and your avid reading and ongoing research keep you in front of the curve. You thrive on innovation and bringing new ideas to the table. You look for ways to combine resources so the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

You’re equally comfortable leading or collaborating and can hold your own with hard charging, ego driven team members. But your ego gets checked at the door because it’s not about satisfying that ego, it’s ultimately about satisfying that prospect or client. You love crafting the pitch, but you also know that the non-glamor of writing a successful RFI/RFP document can be just as critical and you shine in either scenario.

You've got some experience under your belt. You’ve helped land some really big wins and a couple of big losses, but you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and learn from the experience to emerge stronger and smarter the next time around. You’re impassioned and empowered to always find the right solution. You’re strategic, you’re dynamic, and you're just what we’re looking for!

Your head is in the game, your words speak volumes, and your energy is contagious. You're a Rock Star, and the keyboard and the board room are your stages.


Position Title: Proposal/Pitch Strategist June, 2014

Reports to: Vice President, Marketing Job Category: Non Exempt

Location: Pleasant Prairie, WI

Position Summary:

This position will be key in the engagement and development of new business opportunities through the primary responsibility of development of RFP/RFI documents, presentations and in-person presentations. Additionally, this person will be part of the MG marketing/magnify™ engagement marketing group and will lead and/or assist in the development of engagement marketing pitches and plans for prospects and clients.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
•THIS IS NOT A SALES POSITION, but you are an integral part of the team, assisting in proposing and winning business and the process that accompanies that.
•THIS IS NOT A TRADITIONAL MARKETING/BRAND MANAGER POSITION, but you will be integral in presenting the MG Brand through presentations and proposals.
•Business development leadership/support – RFP Proposal Writer ?Manage RFP/RFI process in conjunction with VP Marketing, VP Sales, AE, NBD, VP Creative, MG Management
?Develop Executive Summary for each opportunity and recommend process/team
?Develop working plan for incoming RFPs
?Manage timelines
?Source and write strategic responses for questions
?Direct or assist with research and development of specialty content
?Manage proofing process
?Work with design to develop appropriately formatted responses and related marketing tools
?Maintain and expand RFP library on ongoing basis
?Maintain database of wins/losses
?Participate in post win/post loss analysis and compile key learnings from each

•Business development leadership/support – Presentation Development ?Manage development of pitch-related presentations
?Work with AE/NBD to develop executive summary and pitch strategy for each presentation
?Participate with designated pitch teams and assist in assignment of deliverables and determination of appropriate presentation-related deliverables
?Develop and manage timelines
?Coordinate receipt of presentation assets from pitch team
?Provide direction to graphic and digital design teams for presentation development
?Oversee execution of additional presentation-related marketing assets
?Manage proofing process
?Participate in presentation/pitch where appropriate
?Manage evolution/updating of existing presentation assets as well as development of new elements.

•Engagement Marketing Strategy ?Assist with and/or lead opportunities with current clients or prospects to develop experiential plans featuring MG/magnify’s “Beyond the Booth” services.
?Perform tasks as available and as assigned; research, ideation, client deep dives, strategy formulation, pricing/proposal writing, collaboration with internal and external teams, presentation development, pitch process.
?Participate in internal and prospect/client meetings as appropriate.

•Misc. Marketing and Sales Support ?Assist in the compilation of research, data and deliverables for projects
?Assist VP Marketing in the development of non-pitch presentations
?Attend appropriate meetings
?Provide periodic progress reports to marketing and sales
?Misc. projects/initiatives as assigned


Ability to:
•Thrive in a creatively-charged environment
•Dive deeply into a client/prospect’s challenges, objectives, and overall brand to drive strategic solutions
•Demonstrate exceptional, strategic writing skills
•Develop powerful, compelling and convincing presentations using multiple presentation tools
•Be persuasive in client/prospect facing meetings and presentations
•Productively and proactively participate in collaborative internal and external meetings with internal and external resources
•Provide excellent project management skills, including the ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously
•Solve problems that are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring
•Demonstrate excellent computer skills
•Work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
•Demonstrate exceptional organization skills, including time management
•Use initiative and judgment within established guidelines.

Required skills/Experience/Education
•Exceptional persuasive writing skills
•Exceptional persuasive presentation creation skills
•Excellent computer skills: ?Position requires a strong command of Microsoft Office programs: Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
?Prezi experience a bonus
?Position is NOT a design position, so design skills beyond competent PPT are not required

•Strong verbal/written communication skills
•Outstanding, demonstrated time and project management abilities
•Understanding of and experience in one the following areas; ?Experiential/Face-To-Face Marketing, including exhibits or event marketing
?Agency account/writing/strategy experience
?RFP/proposal/presentation writing in a complementary industry (architecture, design, etc.)

•Persistent in a professional manner
•College degree in related field required
•Marketing/business development/agency background and 3-5 years of related experience
About Our Company MG Design Associates believes in cultivating the right combination of talent and heart, and then investing in our employees to create a work environment where everyone believes something special is always possible. Our actions inspire and our energy is contagious. We know what we do makes a real difference for our clients.