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Manager, Brand Experiences at Daniel J. Edelman Holdings in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Public Relations 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Edelman is a leading global Communications Marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Edelman was named one of Advertising Age’s “Agency to Watch” in 2014; one of Forbes’ “14 Most Influential Agencies of 2014”; and The Holmes Report’s “2013 Global Agency of the Year.” Edelman was awarded the Grand Prix Cannes Lion for PR in 2014 and was among Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” for the third time in 2014. Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Intelligence (research) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, experiential), a joint venture with United Talent Agency.

Edelman is an equal opportunity employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

UEG is an award-winning global agency specializing in entertainment, sports and lifestyle marketing. We create breakthrough marketing by leveraging the people, places and platforms that shape pop culture. Our suite of services includes celebrity/influencer programming, music-film-tv/digital-sports partnerships, communications, branded content and experiential. 

The team at UEG is a dynamic group, bringing together best-in-class expertise across entertainment, sports and lifestyle, paired with a strong understanding of brand building and effective marketing communications. This is a work hard, play hard environment where a true passion for culture are married with the desire to create business changing work for our clients.

The Manager is responsible for contributing to the management and growth of several accounts and programs, with focus on event development and execution for a variety of event types (i.e. media events, mobile tours, sponsorships/partnerships, festivals, B2B, B2C, etc. and knowledge of emerging trends in pop culture, lifestyle, sports and entertainment.

Day-to-day responsibilities include but are not limited to:  

Account Management

  • Work with UEG team members to develop comprehensive integrated marketing, promotion and event programs that include strategic planning and built-in metrics, including but not limited to:  

    • Program/client research 

    • Creative brief development 

    • Brainstorm sessions (lead and participate) 

    • Development and management of program budget estimates 

    • Support of overall concept development 

  • Play key role in account management process for their set of accounts and programs including but not limited to:  

    • Contract development and negotiations (internal/external)  

    • Weekly status reports (internal/external) 

    • Ongoing budget and production timeline management 

    • Vendor research and management 

    • Writing of decks, presentations etc.  

    • Program reporting/metrics/recap reports 

  • Develop necessary production documents including but not limited to:

    • Production schedules 

    • Run of Show documents 

    • Vendor briefs 

    • Staff training documents 

    • Key messaging documents 

  • Troubleshoot program issues by developing solution-oriented plans  

Event Production 

  • Venue, location and event research, negotiation and management 

  • Onsite execution including but not limited to set-up, activation and load-out, which may include long hours and heavy lifting of elements 

Financial Management 

  • Responsible for planning and managing: 

    • Program set-up within existing financial system  

    • Day-to-day budget tracking 

    • Vendor invoice/PO 

    • Billing issues 

Business Development 

  • Grow network of industry clients and participate in relevant professional organizations and networking activities 

  • Support the new business process, including identifying new business opportunities and helping support the RFP response process

  • Identify opportunities to pull in cross-discipline teams to provide clients best solution for their business needs.  

  • Develop program case studies and assist with submitting agency work for awards and industry recognitions 


  • Display utmost respect for clients, team members and others
    Lead and participate in team building activities  

  • Be ethical in all business dealings  

  • Possess intermediate strategic thinking abilities 

  • Focus on business improvements and are ambitious for excellence, constantly search for opportunities to improve the business 

  • Promote and endorse organizational change efforts through own words, actions and priorities  

  • Act as a positive role model for effective team working, facilitate the operation of the team of which they are a part  

  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and pursuit of excellence in all operations  

  • Work effectively with agency’s different departments and foster solid intra company relations

Qualifications A Manager candidate must: 

  • Have at least 2 years of relevant experience within the event marketing field and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferably in marketing, communications and/or advertising 

  • Have knowledge of event production – development, execution, wrap-up/recap

  • Be a creative individual who is able to provide smart and strategic recommendations to their team and to clients for a particular program

  • Be Responsible for overseeing multiple experiential programs; maintaining a high quality of account service and overall program execution 

  • Possess superior communication skills, be able to multi-task efficiently and be detail oriented. 

  • Be able to quickly prioritize tasks and quickly pivot from one task to another 

  • Be versatile onsite and contribute to all aspects of event execution 

  • Must have the ability and be willing to travel as needed 

  • Have an understanding of social media/digital marketing and campaigns 

  • Have an understanding of the public relations field and a passion for the event marketing industry