Digital Category Strategist

    • Cincinnati, OH

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Job Title: Digital Category Strategist

FLSA Status: Full Time - Salaried, Exempt

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Who is pep:

When smart business, a drive for success, and a family atmosphere combine, you get pep! At pep, we help deliver the strategy for brands worldwideâ€" seamlessly managing all the details so that the brand can stay focused on their big picture. Through our expertise in marketing operations, we help execute our clients’ marketing campaigns more effectively than anyone else in the world. We know that sourcing is essential to brand success as well, so we’ve become experts in leveraging scale and spend to save our clients’ time and money. We’re not all talk- our results back us up too! To date, we’ve managed campaigns for over 750 brands, delivering an average of 21% savings on over $5 billion in marketing spend. Our success also pays it forward to our employees by allowing us to offer paid parental leave, work-life flexibility and remote working opportunities to name a few. Want to be a part of something original? Check out our growing team and join us!

Summary of Position:

The Digital Strategist is responsible in developing, leading and executing digital capability strategies to evolve pep’s capabilities and deliver against goals and objectives. Primary focus will include a mix of established and emerging digital marketing tactics such as sweepstakes, consumer rewards, websites, digital coupons, mobile rebates, digital media, influencer marketing, augmented reality and voice activation. You will deliver digital marketing expertise across the internal teams and external stakeholders from Discovery through Commercialization. You will work closely with our pepNext team to support scouting for new digital capabilities. Manage key stakeholder relationships across the business to understand and solve business problems through digital technology.

In addition, you will engage with suppliers and handle procurement activities to support our growing digital business. This position will play a key role in growing pep’s overall capabilities and business.

Key Responsibilities and Attributes:


  • Accountable for developing and executing a strategic approach to source digital services which deliver against client and company goals
  • Embed excellence in category management across the category including sourcing, cost management, contract management, supplier relationship and development management, and value delivery
  • Identify and provide conflict resolution and solutions to challenges and issues within the digital category

Business & Supplier Engagement:
  • Understand the digital marketing industry and promotional marketing supplier base to identify, consult and recommend digital marketing solutions to clients Work collaboratively with client leadership, sales and other key stake holders to deliver benefits within sourcing, cost management, supplier relationship management, supplier development and innovation.
  • Responsible for identifying, qualifying and implementing new supplier partners in the industry that will continue to meet business needs
  • Responsible for overall supplier relationship and performance management of KPIs within the supply base
  • Collaborate with client services team and sales to recommend digital marketing programs by consulting and advising digital solutions
  • Responsible for conducting RFIs, RFPs, negotiations, contracts and various supplier agreements with supplier partners
  • Extremely organized and communicates well with others across various divisions within the company
  • Collaborate and proactively meet with project managers and process champions to improve and streamline processes that provide value and efficiency

Essential Experience:
  • Bachelors in Business or Communication; or a minimum of 7+ years within sourcing, digital promotion marketing experience and/or production.
  • Significant digital marketing experience
  • Comfortable being client facing
  • Ability to mentor, grow and work harmoniously as part of a larger team
  • Ability to effectively problem solve
  • Effectively utilizes staff including delegating as appropriate
  • Ability to manage healthy business processes
  • Proven ability to lead change

Knowledge/Skills Preferred:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. A successful candidate will have the following skills:
  • Preferred, but not required: Bachelors in Business or Communication a 2.8+ GPA from four-year college or university; or Minimum 18 months of applicable business experience
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals as well as operate internal, online systems
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
  • Ability to be client facing
  • Ability to mentor, grow and work harmoniously as part of a larger team
  • Ability to do intermediate-level math (calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages)
  • Ability to apply common-sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Effectively utilizes staff including delegating as appropriate
  • Ability to manage healthy business processes
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have experience in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Power Point, and Excel. Typing skills should be a minimum of 55 wpm
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

*pep provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, pep complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

pep expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of pep’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge .


Pep manages timelines, budgets, and vendor coordination for promotional marketing projects so clients can focus on performance to ultimately produce profitable results.

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