• Managing Director, Consumer Packaged Goods Industry

    US-NY-New York
    Position Type
    Full-Time Salary
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    Ketchum is seeking a leader to run our NA CPG industry.


    What are we looking for? Qualified candidate will have a deep understanding of the consumer package good space, be a natural networker and hunter, an inspiring leader and talent magnet and an exceptional, sought out client counselor.  We’re in need of someone who’s strategic, creative, collaborative and fun, but also detail-oriented. That’s right, you’ve gotta be the yin AND the yang.


    This is a truly an awesome opportunity to lead a fast growing, high performing practice, that delivers award winning work for clients. We want someone who takes strategic ownership of the work they do, the type of person who can provide high value, strategic thinking to clients it in the am and then roll up their sleeves and dig into writing a new biz deck in the afternoon. Someone who is never too busy to carve out time to teach and mentor staff. A strong leader, who is still a hands-on contributor who loves the work they do and shares that enthusiasm.


    We are more than just a public relations & communications agency. We change the game with every campaign we touch for our clients through innovative and out the box ideas we manifest. In a culture, which is fast moving, fun and collaborative; we are seeking only those who can inspire others, who are fearless and consider themselves one of the best in the business. Is that you?  If so, stop reading and start applying.

    About the Job

    • Serve as the leading internal and external ‘face’ of the CPG industry group for North America
    • Work with client teams across the network to build a profitable, growing, industry-leading and award-winning business
    • 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
    • Responsible for oversight of industry group business, including staff deployment and utilization, staff coaching and nurturing, revenue generation, expense control, income projections and activities related to executing the annual business plan and to meeting profit and growth objectives
    • Develop and contribute to thought leadership and content and product development to drive incremental and new business opportunities
    • Provide senior client counsel for current and prospective clients; lead client relationship for accounts as assigned
    • Generate visibility for Ketchum in the marketplace to reach key prospects, influencers, and top talent
    • In-depth knowledge of our own industry, our clients’ industries and within specialism, along with future trends affecting these areas
    • Stay current with new developments in the industry and innovative executions relevant to clients’ business, and to develop agency POVs that inspire actionable strategies
    • Provide visionary leadership and drive the strategy of the industry group. Demonstrate an ability to partner with and lead senior-level talent
    • Grow and retain talent through timely, effective, and consistent use of performance management, succession planning, coaching, and other talent management tools. Identify and drive participation in training, development, and career growth opportunities for team members and self. Contribute to training and career development programs designed to deepen the expertise of team members, particularly helping to develop the next generation of leaders
    • Attract, grow, engage and retain talent. Contribute to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture, where every employee feels a sense of belonging


    • Proven senior leader and innovator with at least 15 years integrated marketing/communications expertise, and a collaborative, charismatic and inspiring leadership style
    • Proven thought leader and innovator within sector of expertise
    • Client-side experience a plus
    • Entrepreneurial mindset, a passion for new business and a proven track-record in generating, leading and converting opportunities
    • Action-oriented and a proven track-record in translating innovative ideas into actionable programs
    • Strong awareness of PR, marketing and business, economic, political and social trends
    • Digital capability and success operating successfully in a disrupted retail environment 
    • Ability to travel to various offices for new business pitches, client meetings and other requirements of the role

    About Ketchum

    As a global communications consultancy with 90 plus years of experience, Ketchum is a trusted partner who is equal parts creative and analytical. Ketchum is a place where all perspectives and points of view are welcome and encouraged. We are a collection of communications specialists, content creators, creatives, researchers, data analysts, media pros, digital strategists, issues and crisis counselors, and tech nerds. And we love when those worlds collide to create the very best teams and solutions for our clients. We work with the world’s leading brands, emerging start-ups, and everything in between. We are beyond proud to have created some of the most celebrated and award-winning campaigns in our industry. We’re just crazy enough to think we can impact the world – and how it responds to ideas – through communication.


    We encourage our employees to be curious, brave, inspiring, and a force for good. Let’s talk. Come belong at Ketchum!


    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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