Marketing Communications Specialist | Iowa Chapter of the American Marketing Association

Marketing Communications Specialist

Company: Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health – North America

Full time
Des Moines, IA


The Marketing Communications Specialist plans and executes a wide array of marketing projects and events – both internal and external – in coordination with the broader Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health – North America marketing team and under the direction of a Manager. The Specialist acts as a crucial liaison for the Marketing Communications department by tracking and shepherding projects from conception to completion.

We Are Kemin For over half a century, Kemin has been dedicated to using applied science to address industry challenges and offer product solutions to customers in more than 120 countries. Kemin provides ingredients to feed a growing population with its commitment to the quality, safety and efficacy of food, feed and health-related products to customers in more than 120 countries. Established in 1961, Kemin is a privately held, family-owned-and-operated company with more than 2,800 global employees and operations in 90 countries, including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

As a Kemin team member, you’ll receive…

  • A competitive financial package - in addition to your salary, we offer an uncapped bonus opportunity, 401k match program, and paid vacation and holidays.
  • Robust health and wellness support - we are proud to offer a fitness reimbursement (for your whole family!), an on-site fitness center, a restaurant with seasonal fresh food options (and the ability to order food to bring home), and free fresh fruit in break areas- to name a few.
  • Continued learning opportunities - Kemin offers tuition reimbursement and recently launched a new corporate university with online and in-person training opportunities for growth and development throughout your entire career.


  • Execute projects such as advertising campaigns, promotional activities, literature creation, customer communications, and PR strategies.
  • Work with a variety of media, including, but not limited to, print, digital, point-of-sale, social media, video/interactive media, and direct mail.
  • Develop internal and external materials and communications which increase marketing effectiveness and help build and create brand awareness, including, but not limited to, press releases, website content, employee communications, sales and marketing collateral, tradeshow materials, presentations, trade publication articles and more.
  • Assist with the development of strategic marketing plans that support product and overall business growth goals.
  • Ensure that marketing, public relations and communications efforts adhere to established brand guidelines and regulatory requirements.
  • Work with a variety of metrics and determine ROI on various department-related tactics, including customer-facing events and advertising.
  • Act as overall project coordinator, maintaining project timelines, interacting with agency partners, coordinating media lists and editorial activities.
  • Research and identify new marketing-related technologies and strategies which drive future initiatives and make knowledgeable recommendations to the team.
  • Provide copywriting support including proofreading, drafting of new materials and execution of regulatory review process.
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse staff team to create and implement cross-organizational, integrated marketing strategies, including research & development, product management and sales to develop sales tools and marketing collateral; and regulatory affairs to prepare and execute plans that support market expansion.
  • Attend events, trade shows and customer visits to execute and manage on-site activities as directed and represent Kemin to customers and other key audiences.
  • Responsible for managing portions of the marketing budget for applicable projects.


  • 3+ years previous corporate or agency experience in marketing/advertising, communications, and/or public relations.
  • Experience in animal health, agriculture or one of the life sciences is also preferred.
  • Understanding of and hands-on experience with various job-related tools, such as content/asset management tools, website development platforms, social media platforms and management software, media monitoring tools, and more.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to set priorities and handle multiple projects efficiently in order to meet deadlines.
  • A reliable, flexible, self-starter with strong initiative and the ability to maintain a professional demeanor while working under pressure as there is a high level of accountability for one’s work.
  • High attention to detail, high accuracy, and some analytical abilities.
  • The ability to present ideas effectively and communicate well with customers, vendors, peers, and all levels of management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a diverse team environment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
  • Must have a marketing mentality as it relates to marketing products in the industry, with the ability to gather key information and translate it into commercial-facing collateral.
  • A high degree of personal motivation, a desire to make an immediate contribution, and possession of a distinct sense of urgency.
  • The position requires the ability to gather information and take the initiative to make decisions when deadlines occur.
  • Ability to maintain effective strategic relationships with key partners including external agencies, freelancers, and technology companies.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing work environment and stay on top of the latest online technologies, techniques, and best practices.
  • International experience is a plus.

As a condition of employment, Kemin will require you to provide documentation showing you have received a COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated. Kemin is an equal opportunity employer, and all reasonable accommodation will be considered.

A post-offer background check and drug screen are required. Additional pre-employment requirements may be necessary based on position.

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