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Iowa State Job Bank Employer Sales Development Associate in DES MOINES, Iowa

Job TitleSales Development AssociateJob DescriptionI. Job Summary | Major goals and objectives.The Sales Development Associate (SDA) position reports into Headquarters Marketing.The SDA provides strategic marketing support to the sales force, assisting with the overall multi-platform sales efforts, as the sales team's primary resource for marketing intelligence, sales materials, presentations and category development.This position requires excellent communication, creative problem-solving skills, and experience in brand/marketing storytelling. It requires a balance of strategic, tactical and creative abilities as well as strong interpersonal and overall communication skills. Vital that candidate has capacity to juggle multiple tasks and be able to execute on several projects simultaneously.II. Essential Job FunctionsWeight % Accountabilities, Actions and Expected Measurable Results60%Provide client marketing support, collaborating with internal counterparts to build effective relationships with clients and ultimately help sell through media proposals.Ideate media strategy and story based on research analysis and insights.Build cohesive, persuasive proposals utilizing research to highlight media solutions.Utilize all resources to create effective, persuasive and compelling sales materials, customized for client or category/industry - with the goal to produce the best possible materials for clients and the sales team you supportManage the expectations of the sales team and prioritize requests based on opportunity and deadline.25%Perform and provide research from syndicated sources in a digestible format to position products and services in the smartest way, highlighting competitive strengths in the marketplace and overcoming any objections raised by client.Be a strategic partner for the sales team, developing big ideas and appropriate thought-provoking materials that help generate business.15%Keep abreast of and communicate market trends and industry issues, as well as company and product/service strategies.Accompany sales account executives on calls once or twice per quarter, in order to keep a pulse on needs in the marketplace, effectiveness of sales materials currently in use, and to identify any opportunities for improvement.100%III. Minimum Qualifications and Job Requirements | All must be met to be considered.Education:A Bachelor's Degree with a concentration in marketing is strongly preferred (and/or equivalent, relevant work experience).Experience:2-4 years of media experience preferredSpecific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Strong time management skills.Positive attitude with natural problem-solving mentalityHeightened attention to detail.Ability to project manage multiple requests at the same time.Ability to work under pressure while handling multiple projects with tight deadlines.Ability to work successfully with a wide variety of personalitiesMust be skilled in Microsoft Office, especially PowerPoint and Excel.Experience with syndicated research tools like MRI, ComScore, Nielsen and others a plus.Requires a balance of strategic, tactical, and creative abilities; strong interpersonal and communication skills; the capacity to juggle multiple tasks and execute several projects simultaneously.% Travel Required (Approximate): > 10%#LI-CM1It is the policy of Meredith to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Meredith will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. Accommodation requests can be made by