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Manager, Agency Specialist (Hardware)

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Aquent's client, a large tech company headquartered in Mountain View, CA, is seeking an Agency Relations Manager for a 12–month assignment. In this role, you will lead agency relations for the Hardware Marketing Team and partner closely with business leads to extend, manage, and evolve the creative resource ecosystem. You’ll drive innovative high impact programs designed to educate key stakeholders and partners, steer projects to the right agencies, and manage the ongoing, aggregate day-to-day relationships.\

This is a cross-functional and cross-regional role involving work across many teams, including marketing, creative, digital, legal, finance, procurement, and others, as well as collaborating with regions. This role involves significant contact with agencies. Good oral and written communication skills are essential.

Top 3 Daily Responsibilities:
1. Work across the hardware marketing and cross functional teams to consolidate, manage, and evolve the creative resource ecosystem
2. Partner with hardware marketers, global agency relations, supplier sourcing, legal, and business affairs to assess current agency usage, recommend future agency usage, and set up tight agency rosters by critical need area.
3. Manage the ongoing, aggregate day-to-day relationships with key agency partners

Additional Responsibilities:
- In partnership with global agency relations, and hardware leadership, drive agency review process and bi-annual agency business reviews
- Create a central hardware briefing process, approval flow, and reporting system
- Work across and consult with hardware marketing to connect the right projects with the right creative partner, to coach/help refine briefs, validate budgets and costs, mediate relationships as needed
- Work with business affairs, supplier sourcing and agency relations to negotiate rate cards and contracts
- Work with third party cost consultant partner, strategic sourcing, and hardware marketing leads to roll out formal production review process.
- Assist with broad training and education of hardware marketers in the agency management/creative management spaces

Required Qualifications:
- BA/BS degree - no specific field required. (In lieu of degree, 4 years relevant work experience)
- At least 5 years of work experience in brand and technology marketing
- Experience working on both the agency and client-side
- Candidates with agency-side planning, production, and account management experience preferred, across multiple brands

Nice to have's:
- Candidates with brand-side marketing experience would be highly valued
- Proven track record of successfully managing cross-functional teams and agencies
- Ability to effectively operate in a fast-paced, constantly evolving, team environment
- Ability to influence and communicate cross-functionally with all levels of management

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