Global Food and Beverage Chair

New York / San Francisco / Chicago / Washington DC / Los Angeles / London / Austin / Atlanta
Edelman – Other /
Full-Time /
As the Food and Beverage Chair at Edelman, you will play a pivotal role in leading and developing our food and beverage client portfolio across the globe. You will be responsible for driving client relationships, managing campaigns, and ensuring the delivery of top-notch advisory and integrated solutions services to clients within the food and beverage industry. This role requires a deep understanding of the food and beverage landscape globally, strong leadership skills, and a passion for strategic communication.

Key Responsibilities:

Client Management:
·        Act as a trusted advisor to global clients, understanding their specific Food & Beverage needs and providing strategic counsel.
·        Foster long-term relationships with clients, proactively identifying potential opportunities tailored to their organizations.
·        Build and maintain strong relationships with key clients in the food and beverage sector globally.
·        Understand clients' business goals, challenges, and market trends to provide strategic counsel.
·        Act as the primary point of contact for clients and ensure their needs are met effectively.

·        Serve as the primary leader and visionary for Global Food & Beverage sector, setting strategic goals, and driving the overall direction of the group.
·        Develop innovative Food & Beverage strategies, frameworks and IP that are leading industry best practices, considering the unique needs and challenges of different markets across the globe.
·        Collaborate with regional leadership to integrate food & beverage initiatives into the company's broader business strategies.
·        Develop, gain buy-in and execute comprehensive integrated strategies tailored to the food and beverage industry across each region.
·        Identify and leverage emerging industry trends to create innovative campaigns that align with clients' business objectives.

Team Management and Development:
·        Provide daily strategic counsel, guidance, and leadership to food & beverage team members 
·        Communicate a compelling and inspiring vision of future possibilities and direction to team; create a climate that encourages entrepreneurial behavior, learning, and collaboration
·        Drive capability growth and business growth strategies
·        Partner with food & beverage team members across the globe to better fuel the overarching growth of the firm
·        Ensure constant professional development of team, consistently holding self and team accountable for behavior and performance 
·        Establish sense of food & beverage community and ongoing knowledge sharing
·        Proactively offer food & beverage expertise and strategic counsel to Edelman teams and be requested in equal measure
·        Demonstrate behaviors consistent with Edelman’s values 

Business Development and Thought Leadership:
·        Actively contribute to business development efforts, collaborating with the regions to identify and pursue new food & beverage opportunities.
·        Enhance the company's reputation as a thought leader in food & beverage through speaking engagements, industry conference participation, and publication of articles or whitepapers.
·        Stay updated on industry trends, consumer behavior, and market dynamics in the food and beverage sector.
·        Use market insights to guide strategy and campaign development.
·        Conduct competitive analysis to identify opportunities for clients.

·        Bachelor's degree in public relations, communications, journalism, or a related field (Master's degree preferred).
·        Extensive experience (15+ years) in food & beverage communications.
·        Proven track record of successfully managing high-profile multinational corporations or prominent organizations.
·        Exceptional leadership skills, with the ability to inspire and guide a diverse team.
·        Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills.
·        Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong client relationships and effectively engage with stakeholders at all levels.
·        Deep knowledge of food & beverage communication tools, social media platforms, and digital communication strategies.
·        Demonstrated experience in business development, including client acquisition and relationship management.
·        Recognized industry expert with a strong network and involvement in professional organizations.

Edelman is a global communications firm that partners with businesses and organizations to evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Our 6,000 people in more than 60 offices deliver communications strategies that give our clients the confidence to lead and act with certainty, earning the trust of their stakeholders. Our honors include the Cannes Lions Grand Prix for PR; Advertising Age’s 2019 A-List; the Holmes Report’s 2018 Global Digital Agency of the Year; and, five times, Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work. Since our founding in 1952, we have remained an independent, family-run business. Edelman owns specialty companies Edelman Data & Intelligence (DxI) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, lifestyle).

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