Vitamix

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Vitamix Olmsted Falls, OH, USA
Full Time
Vitamix is unquestionably the premium brand of high-performance “blenders,” but if you talk to people that own one, they rarely refer to it that way. It’s a “Vitamix” and is often considered as a piece of culinary ‘fitness equipment’ that is a critical part of a daily health routine and more broadly, a healthy way of life. And, it comes in a multitude of colors that allows anyone to match it to their other kitchen appliances - you don’t put it away, you show it off. Who knew fitness could taste this good?!   For consumers, Vitamix can be found domestically in places like William Sonoma, Sur la Table, Crate & Barrel, Target, Amazon, and at Vitamix.com. But with offices in the US and UK, Vitamix is found in over 130 countries around the world.   Ultimately, Vitamix is the Global-leader in high-performance blending solutions for home and commercial use, is preferred by more chefs than any other brand and is found in the top 50 restaurants in the world. It is relied upon by over 150 culinary schools in the US and has been used to train more than 52,000 students and master chefs worldwide. If it is not a Vitamix, it’s just a blender.   Vitamix is seeking a Sr. Engineering Manager, Product Platforms that will lead Engineering teams in the development, maintenance, and deployment of key product platforms that deliver to the established performance, quality, and reliability standards representative of the Vitamix brand. The Product Platforms Engineering Manager successfully delivers prioritized programs by properly allocating resources and leading the Product Platforms team through all technical aspects of the product development process including scoping, concept feasibility, should costing, design for reliability, testing & qualification, and implementation into production. S/he ultimately helps increase and/or retain market share through the development and launch of high quality, customer-centric designed products and by embracing Vitamix’s purpose, mission and values.   Duties & Responsibilities: Lead Engineering teams to successfully develop and deploy product platforms according to the operational plan. Execute programs on-time and within budget. Drive platform consolidation and component standardization efforts across portfolio of products. Drive differentiated value creation throughout our product platforms. Lead competitive assessments, should cost modeling and performance analysis across portfolio. Align product features, benefits, and variable costs to market position and ensure projects are prioritized and scoped accordingly. Collaborate with Marketing & Product Management to translate our differentiated value story into commercial collateral. Routinely interact with the sales team and key customers to understand their needs, answer product questions and tell our story. Become the trusted advisor internally and externally for our product platforms. Collaborate with Sales, Product Management, Engineering and Operations to develop annual operating plans and product roadmaps that achieve short and long-term business objectives. Drive culture of speed, agility, transparency and accountability. Empower cross-functional teams to deliver new product development programs through collaboration and metrics alignment.  Champion the development and implementation of new tools and methodologies across platforms team for System Design, Predictive Modeling, Design for Reliability, Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, and Should Cost. Drive teams to consistently and efficiently deliver against program commitments. Identifies opportunities for improvement with any new project, utilizing warranty feedback, labor reporting, safety statistics, material cost, etc. Provides technical support to sales, engineering, production and quality throughout the project to ensure critical elements are achieved. Manages and leads direct reports, including hiring, coaching, mentoring, performance management, and development.  The ideal candidate will also possess: Alignment with Vitamix’s culture and CORE which defines its Purpose, Mission, and Values. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel. Expertise around Vitamix competencies: Accountability, Strategic Vision, Business Acumen, Critical Thinking, Leads for High Performance, Decisiveness, Resourcefulness, Prioritization. Knowledge of project management techniques and tools. Knowledge of NPD methodology and tools, particularly stage-gate. Possesses and displays excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to convey information in a clear, focused and concise manner Strong people leadership including setting a vision, motivating people toward it and the delivery of exceptional results under tough conditions. Ability to present technical information in business-friendly and user-friendly language to non-technical audiences. Demonstrated ability to interface and maintain effective relationships with all levels of employees in a team-oriented environment Ability to shift priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities. Demonstrated ability to lead, coordinate, and manage complex projects Ability to build consensus and decision making through influence. 15 years’ related experience, with at least 10 years of technical management experience 5 years’ experience in a project management capacity, including all aspects of process development and execution A Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering required.
Vitamix Olmsted Falls, OH, USA
Full Time
Vitamix is unquestionably the premium brand of high-performance “blenders,” but if you talk to people that own one, they rarely refer to it that way. It’s a “Vitamix” and is often considered as a piece of culinary ‘fitness equipment’ that is a critical part of a daily health routine and more broadly, a healthy way of life. And, it comes in a multitude of colors that allows anyone to match it to their other kitchen appliances - you don’t put it away, you show it off. Who knew fitness could taste this good?!   For consumers, Vitamix can be found domestically in places like William Sonoma, Sur la Table, Crate & Barrel, Target, Amazon, and at Vitamix.com. But with offices in the US and UK, Vitamix is found in over 130 countries around the world.   Ultimately, Vitamix is the Global-leader in high-performance blending solutions for home and commercial use, is preferred by more chefs than any other brand and is found in the top 50 restaurants in the world. It is relied upon by over 150 culinary schools in the US and has been used to train more than 52,000 students and master chefs worldwide. If it is not a Vitamix, it’s just a blender.   As our everyday lives change, Vitamix continues to expand its leadership position in the marketplace because of its raving fans and passionate advocates (and some of the best salespeople). The successful candidate will be a seasoned professional with 10+ years’ related experience. The Sr. Manager, Brand and Relationship Marketing will be responsible for developing brand communication strategies to generate demand and grow market share for both the Household and Consumer sides of the business. These strategies will be grounded in deep consumer/customer product and market understanding. This position will establish clear objectives for brand communication and a vision for short and long-term success by developing integrated brand activation plans, in partnership with the team’s Director, with the assistance of direct reports, agencies and cross-functional teams.   Duties & Responsibilities: Brand Planning Partners with Director on annual brand planning, setting priorities, calendar and budget. Develops fully integrated marketing plans across advertising, retail, promotions and communications, in collaboration with cross-functional teams. Oversees project timelines, deliverables and approval process on marketing plans and campaigns. Builds and executes strategies, creative and communications across Household and Commercial divisions that differentiate the brand. Oversees localization of plans and roll outs across all international markets.   Brand Measurement Partners with the Business Insights team and research partners to determine brand health metrics to be tracked over time. Uses brand health metrics to establish campaign KPIs and goals. Leverages learnings to adjust brand activations based upon key metrics.   Brand and Integrated Marketing Owns the brand globally and collaborate with cross functional leaders on domestic and international marketing strategies and plans; drives integration across agencies and teams to have a consistent creative look and feel for the Household and Commercial sides of the business. Champions simplified process, communications and workstreams to ensure cross-functional teams have best in class relationships and integration of plans. Works with cross-functional teams, aligning all plans to annual brand objectives, priorities, and calendar.   Brand Execution Oversees branding projects including brand style guide development to ensure a consistent look and feel across channels and staying relevant to target consumers/customer. Maintains a deep understanding of Recipe and Food Preparation guidelines and applies to campaigns, assets and activations. Oversees implementation of brand style such as photography and video development. Activates brand campaigns in accordance with guidelines.   Consumer/Customer Targets Owns the target consumer for Household, and possess a deep understanding of who they are. Inform consumer research projects for product development, marketing initiatives and campaign direction. Maintains laser focus on priority verticals for the Commercial business, and understands the User/Chooser dynamic; develops expert knowledge of their needs to inform the research, brand and marketing approaches.   Advertising and Media Strategy Leads the development of creative briefs and oversees agency management throughout creative process. Champions best in class creative; seeks out other categories and competitive brands to benchmark against. In partnership with Director, leads strategic media process including driving prioritization of initiatives, investment allocation and activities to align with brand objectives. Drives media type, investment allocation across the purchase funnel. Works with agency and cross functional partners to implement and oversee campaign progress. Tracks measurement and optimizes creative and budget/tactics as needed. Maintains digital first focus across all activation campaigns, creative, budget allocations and media plans.   Insights Uses data to develop and optimize activation plans. Recommends research needs to inform activation strategies such as shopper, creative effectiveness testing and mix analysis. Immersion in marketplace and consumer journey to uncover new communication opportunities. Ability to build and sell business case and recommendations for new strategies.   General Leads and mentors marketing team members to build and maintain the Vitamix culture, employee engagement and ongoing talent development. Stewards the Corporate CORE and culture.   The ideal candidate will also possess: Alignment with Vitamix’s culture and CORE which defines its Purpose, Mission, and Values. Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, especially in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Expertise around Vitamix competencies: Strategic Thinking, Analytical Thinking, Direction and Empowerment of Others, Organization and Attention to Detail, Business Savvy, Creative Thinking Style, and Drive for Results. The ability to translate marketing objectives into strategies and plans. Proven success in developing and executing a comprehensive marketing plan that is integrated across multiple consumer touch points. A strong digital marketing understanding. Strong brief writing experience. The demonstrated success leading cross-functional teams/projects. Strong communication skills and ability to develop and present materials. Solid leadership and decision-making skills. The proven ability to manage and develop a team. Expert-level knowledge of marketing principles and practices. The proven ability to collaborate with and achieve actionable results through others, plus the ability to build strong and sustainable relationships, and the capability to interact within all levels of the organization. A Bachelor’s degree (four-year college or university) in Marketing, Communications, Business or related field.  
Vitamix Olmsted Falls, OH, USA
Full Time
Vitamix is unquestionably the premium brand of high-performance “blenders,” but if you talk to people that own one, they rarely refer to it that way. It’s a “Vitamix” and is often considered as a piece of culinary ‘fitness equipment’ that is a critical part of a daily health routine and more broadly, a healthy way of life. And, it comes in a multitude of colors that allows anyone to match it to their other kitchen appliances - you don’t put it away, you show it off. Who knew fitness could taste this good?!   For consumers, Vitamix can be found domestically in places like William Sonoma, Sur la Table, Crate & Barrel, Target, Amazon, and at Vitamix.com. But with offices in the US and UK, Vitamix is found in over 130 countries around the world.   Ultimately, Vitamix is the Global-leader in high-performance blending solutions for home and commercial use, is preferred by more chefs than any other brand and is found in the top 50 restaurants in the world. It is relied upon by over 150 culinary schools in the US and has been used to train more than 52,000 students and master chefs worldwide. If it is not a Vitamix, it’s just a blender.   Vitamix is seeking a Sr. Manager, External PR and Communications who will ensure that all internal and external communications support and promote both the Vitamix and Vitamix commercial brands in accordance with brand positioning and guidelines. The Sr. Manager has responsibility for management communications, corporate and business-unit media relations, crisis communications, employee communications, and community relations. This role will interact with all levels of the organization as well as interact with the community, media and industry organizations.  This position will lead all functions of both internal and external communications in partnership with the team’s Director, with the assistance of direct reports, agencies and cross-functional teams .     Duties & Responsibilities: Internal Communications Manages agency partnerships while providing guidance to ensure that brand guidelines, standards and processes are aligned to brand, culture and corporate objectives. Leads the initiative to brand from the inside out through activities including employee storytelling. Designs, develops and implements an employee communications strategy in close partnership with Human Resources. Leads the creation of a compelling editorial calendar for various employee groups and executes to ensure a regular and manageable cadence of communications. Develops a strategy for and produces and manages content on the company intranet. Re-imagines company intranet in partnership with external agencies as needed. Responsible for regular cadence of communications with employees to enhance our culture and CORE, engage our people, inspire enthusiasm for our company and brand and inform and strengthen the employee community across geographies, business units and functions. Builds understanding of our corporate strategies, initiatives, progress and successes. Leads the implementation of significant company-wide employee and partner meetings and events. Leads community activation, communications, and owns local media relations. Provides corporate communications PR support. In partnership with external agencies and direct reports, creates compelling digital assets (video and photography for internal use as required.   External Public Relations In partnership with agency and direct reports, creates and executes on a comprehensive, strategic external communications plan that is aligned to the Vitamix and Vitamix Commercial brand strategies and in service to the organization’s objectives. Guides agency partners to create and execute proactive public relations plans and keeps them up to date on relevant messaging and information. Oversees message/media training of internal stakeholders Reviews and oversees approval of press releases and outreach to targeted members of the media. Evaluates work against a defined set of KPIs and makes necessary adjustments to meet goals Manages public/media relations support of tradeshows and events. Manages public/media relations activities in support of the Vitamix Foundation. Manages external communications events and crisis management activities for key functions, including Legal and Human Resources, and responds to media/press inquiries. Ensures an innovative and impactful brand approach to engagement with the media in partnership with agencies and cross-functional teams. Responsible for the day-to-day management of agency relationships. Close collaboration with Sr. Manager, Social Media and Community on public relations activity, particularly as it relates to influencers.   Product Placement Develops strategic plan for product placement approach and makes decisions about product placements accordingly. Owns relationship with outside vendor to obtain product placements in movies, television shows, and commercials.   Corporate Communications Councils senior management on communications opportunities and issues and provides direct communications support to the President & CEO, with support from external agencies. Consults with leaders across the organization about their employee communication needs and assists in the execution of their employee communication plans. Creates, manages and/or contributes to an array of communications vehicles, including executive presentations, newsletters and announcements.   Crisis Communications Drives the development and implementation of an integrated crisis communications process and plan, with support of external agencies. Executes internal crisis communications as needed.   Charitable Sponsorships Develops and adheres to guidelines pertaining to charitable donations and sponsorships and makes decisions on what and how to support accordingly for Vitamix, Vitamix Commercial and the Vitamix Foundation. Responsible for managing the budget associated with charitable sponsorships.   Corporate Social Responsibility Partner with Social Media and Community team to develop and communicate the brand’s position on matters pertaining to diversity and inclusion, sustainability and climate control.   General Leads and mentors communication and marketing team members to build and maintain the Vitamix culture, employee engagement and ongoing talent development. Stewards the Corporate CORE and culture. Manages budgets associated with the role’s areas of responsibility   The ideal candidate will also possess: Alignment with Vitamix’s culture and CORE which defines its Purpose, Mission, and Values. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Expertise around Vitamix competencies: Strategic Vision, Accountability, Change Champion, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Leads for High Performance, Organizational Savvy A high level of credibility, expertise and executive presence is expected. Experience in crisis/issues communications, public policy communications and brand reputation management. Possesses a finely-honed ability to communicate complex issues and topics in a clear, persuasive and easily understood manner both verbally and in writing. Possesses dynamic presentation skills for communication to internal and external organizations and groups as needed. Proven ability to collaborate with and achieve actionable results through others, plus the ability to build strong and sustained relationships. Capability to interact with all levels of the organization. 10+ years leadership experience managing direct reports. Requires travel to shows and events in the US and International locations; up to 20% travel A Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Business or related field