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Senior Presentation Specialist at Guardian in New York, New York

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

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At Guardian, you will play a key role in our presentation support team. You'll be constantly offering strategic insights and suggestions, mobilizing resources, and leading the creative development of all custom presentation materials in support of finalist opportunities for our largest customers. You will have a seat at the table developing custom pitch strategies. Your fresh and innovative ideas will be heard. You're going to need to be agile. You'll need to be a tech-savvy digital storyteller. You're going to have to roll up your sleeves, tap into your creative side, and flex your leadership muscles.

You will lead internal support for the presentation process from start to finish. You will create compelling and memorable presentation materials that reflect our customer focus. You will lead the debrief process to uncover lessons learned and drive improvements in our presentation support team.

In exchange for doing fun and challenging work you will be appreciated. You will have a seat at the table in setting pursuit strategies, and the satisfaction of knowing you had a hand in helping us grow and serve more customers.

You are

  • You really like developing presentations. You're adept at uncovering the story and illustrating it visually.
  • You're a savvy, strategic thinker. You know how to set a pursuit strategy, and you have the creative chops to boil complex information down into concise messages that move your audience to action.
  • You enjoy the "hunt". Winning business for a company you respect feels great, and you like knowing you had a hand in bringing a new customer on board.
  • You see the bigger picture and understand where presentations fall within the pre-sale pipeline, and you're eager to gain exposure to other customer touchpoints (e.g. proposals, requests for information, etc.)
  • You know how to illustrate ROI, long-term customer value, and market competitiveness.
  • You understand that context drives content and are adept at developing impactful presentations for in-person and virtual meetings alike.
  • You are an expert in PowerPoint, and have experience and/or a significant appetite to work with more interactive and digital presentation software tools (e.g. Ceros, Prezi, Visme, etc.)
  • You have 3-5 years of relevant experience, preferably some of it in roles where you have had to wear many hats and "do some of everything."
  • You understand that presentations aren't about static slides, and you're comfortable developing video and audio content on-the-fly.
  • You know how to engage an audience. You strategically design presentations to encourage meaningful dialogue and discussion resulting in a call-to-action.
  • You are a strong leader. You can lead conversations and run efficient meetings, but you know when to listen - and what to listen for.
  • You are an exceptional communicator. From written to verbal to visual, you know how to set the story and adapt it to any medium.
  • You know your way around a pitch.
  • You are a great partner. You know how to flex your personal style in order to effectively deal with diverse and strong personalities at all levels across an organization.
  • You don't just take orders from others. You know how to speak up and offer strategic insights and creative ideas.
  • You are both technical and creative. You embrace new technologies and are often ahead of the technological curve.
  • You learn from every presentation you work on. You have an analytical side, and understand how to extract, synthesize and communicate debrief insights.
  • You are humble and fearless.
  • You are a presentation manager and are time, project and detail oriented. You cross every "t" and dot every "i". But you can respond to a new or unique situation since you understand the meaning behind the process.
  • Above all else, you care about your team. You consider it your pseudo family.
You have

  • Relevant experience or a BA, BS, or MBA in Communications / Marketing / Sales Strategies
  • 3-5 years of strategic presentation development
  • Understanding of presale development process and project execution experience
  • Medium to advanced PowerPoint skills
  • Experience developing video and audio content for use in both in-person and virtual presentations.
  • Excellence in understanding sales strategy and objectives
  • Experience with presentation automation software a plus
  • Experience with virtual presentation software - Teams, Skype, Webex, Zoom, etc. - a plus
  • Experience with digital presentation platforms - Ceros, Prezi, Visme, etc. - a plus
  • Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) accreditation desirable
  • Other industry accreditations (AMA, Adobe Creative Suite certifications, etc.) desirable

You will

  • Create compelling and memorable presentation and proposal materials that reflect our customer focus and detail our expertise
  • Lead the creative and develop ways to incorporate digital, audio and video into presentations and proposals.
  • Lead support for presentation process from start to finish
  • Collaborate across teams to deliver an excellent experience for our distribution salesforce, broker's and client's.


  • Remote, work from home OR in person regional office in Bethlehem PA, New York, NY or Holmdel NJ.
  • Occasional travel (5-10 %) may be required.
  • May be required to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines.

Our promise

Through skill-building, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities, we provide opportunities to build communities and grow your career, surrounded by diverse colleagues with high ethical standards

We offer

  • Meaningful and challenging work opportunities to accelerate innovation in a secure and compliant way.
  • Competitive compensation package.
  • Excellent medical, dental, supplemental health, life and vision coverage for you and your dependents with no wait period.
  • Life and disability insurance.
  • A great 401(k) with company match.
  • Tuition assistance, paid parental leave and backup family care.
  • Dynamic, modern work environments that promote collaboration and creativity to develop and empower talent.
  • Flexible time off, dress code, and work location policies to balance your work and life in the ways that suit you best.
  • Employee Resource Groups that advocate for inclusion and diversity in all that we do.
  • Social responsibility in all aspects of our work. We volunteer within our local communities, create educational alliances with colleges, drive a variety of initiatives in sustainability.

Guardian has been helping people protect their futures and secure their lives for more than 150 years. Every day, we serve approximately 27 million people through a range of insurance and financial products. As one of the largest mutual insurance companies, we know what matters most: putting the needs of our customers first. Because everyone deserves a Guardian. Learn more about Guardian at

Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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