VP/SVP, Food (Cultivate)

Food & Nutrition
US-CA-San Francisco
Position Type
Full-Time Salary


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We are seeking a highly engaged and influential foodie to run our fast growing Cultivate Specialty group, housed within our world renowned Global Ketchum Food & Beverage Practice. 

The ideal candidate will have an established network in the national natural and organic community and be a credible thought leader in the space among other recognized thought leaders. 

About the Job

  • Leverage established network in the broad national/U.S. N & O community to grow business
  • Provide credible thought leadership (trends, insights)on behalf of our agency and Cultivate
  • Work with the leadership team to identify growth categories in the space. Build a compelling Ketchum offering around key growth categories.
  • Quickly generate 'followership' internally among those who want to grow/develop their careers in this space
  • Work with client and specialist teams across the network to continue to build a profitable, growing, industry-leading and award-winning business within the agency
  • Visibly and actively engender an entrepreneurial, sales-driven culture, focused on generating growth opportunities from clients and prospects, and providing unique growth and development opportunities for current and future Ketchum talent
  • Provide senior counsel and nurture relationships and deliver high value with and to clients. Impact strategic business and marketing decisions from a communications standpoint. Bring a value-added approach to all issues and projects.
  • Demonstrate strategic understanding and application of social media and digital tools.
  • Stay current with new developments in the industry and develop agency POVs that inspire actionable strategies
  • Help shape a culture of respect and integrity, influence others to give their best performance, and ensure compliance with agency policies IND13  #LI-ML1


  • Agency or professional services background is a must
  • At least 10 years of experience, with a proven record in the natural and organics space
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, a passion for new business and a proven track-record in generating, leading and converting opportunities
  • Strong awareness of PR, marketing and business, economic, political and social trends
  • Consummate networker with high visibility and profile internally and externally - and a commitment to building on that profile 
  • Ability to travel to various offices for new business pitches, client meetings and other requirements of the role

About Ketchum

As a global public relations and communications agency with 90 plus years of experience, Ketchum builds brands and reputations for clients.  We start conversations, build communities and engage stakeholders—and have a lot of fun doing it.  We inspire and empower our people to think about products, companies, issues and challenges in a different way.   And we’re just crazy enough to think we can impact the world – and how it responds to ideas – through communication.


We believe great ideas shatter expectations, change thinking and build brands.  We call this break through, and it’s our mission to deliver it.  How?  Very simply—our people.  By listening, cultivating diverse perspectives and rewarding fearless creativity, we’ve developed a culture of break through.  

What we offer

  • Robust benefits program 
  • Generous time off policies 
  • Retirement program with company match 
  • Workplace flexibility 
  • Business casual dress code 
  • Workplace and off-site social gatherings 
  • Yoga @ work 
  • Professional learning and development opportunities 
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • Paid maternity/paternity leave 
  • Transit benefits

Interested?  We’ve got an opportunity for you.


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