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Marketing Manager

Company Name: IKEA
Employment Type:Full Time
Location: Dubai
Experience: 3+ years
Degree: Bachelor
Gender:Any
Age:Any  
Nationality: Any
Salary:Unspecified
No. Of Vacancies:1
Job Description:
Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim Group today is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Structured into five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and healthcare; employing more than 35,000 employees across more than 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Al-Futtaim Group partners with over 200 of the world’s most admired and innovative brands. Al-Futtaim Group’s entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organization to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate. 
By upholding our values of respect, excellence, collaboration and integrity; Al-Futtaim Group continues to enrich the lives and aspirations of our customers each and every day

Job description
Overview of the role
To assist the GCC Marketing Manager to:
Increase top of mind awareness and emotional attributes of IKEA brand through several advertising campaigns for the IKEA Brand & Concept.
Reach the required visitor volumes for optimal sales targets by assisting on daily operations.
increase IKEA presence in target consumers’ daily life cycles thanks to PR and in store events.
Territory coverage the GCC area: the UAE, Qatar and Oman.

What you will do
STRATEGIC MARKETING PLANNING
Assist the marketing manager in creating the long-term marketing strategies as well as the opening strategies for the existing and new stores in the covered territories.
VITALITY CALENDAR
Assist the marketing manager in executing the vitality calendar activities and ensure the strategic priorities are reflected in the campaigns.
Liaise with range for product selections and pricing as well as co-ordinate day to day work with the agency.  Inform the store about the marketing support before launching the activity
MARKET RESEARCH
Assist and execute the briefs from the marketing manager for all covered territories for market research needs based on the regional long-term research strategy set by the Brand Communication Manager.
Co-ordinate with contracted research companies, both locally commissioned and commissioned by our principles, to assess our realistic market position and to help us to place ourselves against the predefined IKEA positioning objectives.
Conduct market analysing to help with understanding our target demographics, catchment areas, lifestyles and so forth that will assist the marketing manager in business planning and new territory penetration plans.
Assist the marketing manager in analysing new territories or re-evaluating existing ones by being able to understand and utilise macroeconomic indicators.
BUDGETING
Assist the marketing manager in budgeting for all the covered territories by keeping an updated file on media costs, media effectiveness, and keeping track of all invoices to the department.
Ensure cost consciousness in all activities, taking three quotes for all external work, negotiate better prices on on-going basis.
Make sure to take part cost effectiveness initiatives and spend within the allocated budget to reach the agreed strategic objectives.
PROJECTS
Focus on giving maximum assistance to the marketing manager on all new store opening projects by executing the overall strategy, independently managing media and PR liaisons and agency work on all artwork.
Actively contribute with ideas, and suggestions and liaise with all necessary departments (internal and external).
ANNUAL PR AND EVENTS EXECUTION
Recommend and finalize the annual PR calendar for the IKEA Brand in order to reflect and promote IKEA’s long-term priorities, leadership businesses, as well as IKEA UAE’s own business needs (e.g. Increasing exposure of wider range, even lower prices, quality perception and specific business area needs).
Liaise with the store management teams and necessary 3rd parties such as event companies to execute the planned events in perfection in the planned time frame. Make sure the events are well communicated amongst the co-workers and ensure their full commitment. Be actively present during the event.
In addition to the in-store events organize activities for press members and industry insiders (i.e. internal decorators) where they can actively engage with the IKEA brand and IKEA products.
Plan and execute press trips in line with IKEA Brand priorities.

Required skills to be successful
Organization and planning skills
Excellent communication skills
Excellent proofreading skills, attention to details
Good English language writing skills
Multi-tasker
Computer literate and advanced level (All Microsoft office especially Excel, Word and PowerPoint)

What equips you for the role
Must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in related field, preferably in retail marketing, communication, or advertising
Fluency in Arabic
Must have the ability to create an environment where the IKEA values are a strong and living reality that embraces the diversity of co-workers and visitors:
Customer focus
Individual Accountability
Continuous Improvement
Personal Leadership
Teamwork