• Advantage Solutions
  • $54,500.00 -78,500.00/year*
  • Shakopee, MN
  • Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
  • Full-Time
  • 2693 Co Rd 79

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The Event Specialist generates excitement, customer engagement, brand awareness, and increased product sales through conducting event demonstrations. The Event Specialist is responsible for physically preparing, maintaining, and cleaning the demonstration area (including physically assembling and otherwise setting up and later breaking down the demonstration cart); actively marketing the product being demonstrated by physically approaching nearby shoppers to gain their attention and interest; preparing (e.g., cooking) and providing food or beverage samples or otherwise demonstrating the product to those shoppers who are successfully drawn in; and reading program materials as assigned to be able to conduct informed product-related discussions with consumers.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct demo event for approximately 5 hours

  • Get out in front of and move around cart area to approach customers within 10 feet of cart
  • Engage customers in a professional and memorable manner which generates enthusiasm for the product and the event and helps create a positive shopper experience
  • Educate the consumer about the products, create brand awareness, and drive product sales
  • Prepare product samples using demo equipment such as sharp knives, cooking appliances, and other food preparation tools
  • Offer product samples to consumers
  • Keep cart adequately stocked with samples, ingredients, and products for purchase, obtaining items from locations throughout the store as needed
  • Maintain the area surrounding the demo in a safe and clean condition
  • Set up event within approximately 15 minute period

  • Push cart weighing up to 52-74 lbs. a distance of 150-300 feet from storage area to event execution area
  • Carry appliances/equipment weighing up to 20 lbs. a distance of 5-10 feet
  • Retrieves product and supplies (requires lifting up to 20 lbs., reaching overhead; and carrying up to 20 lbs,up to 40 lbs at some locations,for a distance of 5 feet)
  • Assemble cart and construct/set-up/display Point of Purchase materials, insert price signs, display product information, and lift signs up to 5 lbs.
  • Set up and display product/materials on cart

  • Break down and clean up event within approximately 15 minute period

  • Clean-up and sanitize cart
  • Disassemble cart
  • Push cart weighing up to 52-74 lbs. a distance of 150-300 feet from event execution area to storage area
  • Return appliances/equipment by carrying items weighing up to 20 lbs. a distance of 5-10 feet
  • Wash utensils and cookware
  • Perform administrative work

  • Study product materials to develop product knowledge
  • Review event schedule
  • Complete call reports
  • Attend trainings
  • Check voice mails and emails
  • Participate in scheduled calls with Supervisor/others as needed
  • Supervisory Responsibilities

    Direct Reports

    This position does not have supervisory responsibilities for direct reports

    Indirect Reports

    This position does not have guidance or mentoring responsibilities for indirect reports

    Travel and/or Driving Requirements

    Travel and Driving are not essential duties or functions of this job

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education Level: (Required): High School Diploma or GED orequivalent experience

    Significant experience in event marketing, demonstrations, sales or retail/grocery is highly desirable

    Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Active listening
  • Ability to understand and apply new information, procedures or principles to perform job duties
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures
  • Ability to complete multiple duties with accuracy shifting form one to another with frequent interruptions
  • Time management
  • Detail orientation
  • Basic computer skills to enter and locate information, including familiarity with Word, Excel and Internet usage
  • Teamwork
  • Excellent customer service orientation
  • Dependability
  • Drive/Initiative
  • Positive demeanor
  • Sales orientation
  • Flexible and adaptable, able to change and alter according to changes in projects or business environment
  • Willingness to uphold ethical standards, laws and company policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of the Company's demo guidelines related to selling, preparing samples, and safety
  • Ability to use demo preparation and cooking equipment such as small countertop appliances, utensils and thermometers
  • Knowledge of food safety policies and procedures
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to move throughout demo area to engage the customer
  • Ability to move to locate products and supplies
  • Ability to visually locate merchandise and other objects
  • Other Requirements

  • Execute demonstrations on scheduled date and time (subject to any schedule adjustments necessary to properly complete set up and break down or as otherwise modified by management)
  • Stand for up to 6 hours (other than legally required breaks/meal periods) and actively move around store up to a distance of about mile to obtain, set up, and clean up demonstration cart and related equipment/materials; obtain product from shelves; conduct demonstration event
  • May need to pass online Food Safety certification (all training hours will be paid for by the Company)
  • Certain product demonstrations may require specialized talent, experience, expertise, skills, knowledge, certification, or duties in order to be eligible to conduct a particular event. If an associate does not satisfy the particular requirements for the specialized event, he/she would remain eligible for the standard, non-specialized events otherwise available to all associates in the position (to the extent such positions are available). Examples of the talent, experience, expertise, skills, knowledge, certification, or duties which may be required to conduct a specialized event include (without limitation): ability to satisfy requirements necessary to conduct product demonstrations involving alcoholic beverages; Food Safety Certification; Responsible Alcohol Server Certification; video game /other consumer electronics knowledge, skills, and experience
  • Reliable access to a computer and a phone on a daily basis
  • Satisfactory completion of background check/drug testing subject to applicable law
  • Must perform the job safely and utilize proper safety techniques and use of equipment when appropriate.
  • Ability to be flexible and willing to work extended hours when necessary
  • Environmental & Physical Requirements

    Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work is performed in a retail in-store environment. Typically requires the ability to spend 66%+ hours each work day doing the following activities: engage in considerable physical activity, ability to lift and/or push up to 74 pounds, stand on feet for long periods of time, use products or cook food as appropriate for the demonstration, and may be required to work in extremely cold conditions (i.e. refrigerated and freezer sections). The use of proper safety practices when handling the products and/or cooking is essential.

    Additional Information RegardingThe Company Job Duties and Job Descriptions

    Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by ones supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The Companyshall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

    Any estimate, schedule, or guideline provided to associates in this job description or elsewhere in connection with their jobs is only intended to help describe job duties and for planning purposes. Regardless of any such estimate, schedule, or guideline, associates must always record all time worked for our company (which includes but is not limited to on-site work time in an assigned store, office, or other work location; required waiting time; administrative time; and work-related travel time).

    Important Information

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.

    The Companyis committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, the Companyshall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

    The Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box) Ordinance. All of our positions require the satisfactory completion of a background check. Please be aware that acknowledging or having criminal convictions does not constitute an automatic bar to employment. Factors including, but not limited to age and time of the offense, seriousness and nature of the violation, and rehabilitation will be taken into account.

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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