Marketing Associate - Ready to Drink Innovation

Nestle USA - Arlington, VA3.7

Foods people love. Brands people trust. And a career that nourishes your future like no other.

If you're driven by the passion to do something meaningful that changes lives, Nestlé USA is the place for you.

We're in 97% of American homes, and as the leading nutrition, health and wellness company, our goal is to continue to provide more nutritious foods, strengthen our local communities, and reduce our environmental and climate impact.Joining Nestlé as a Marketing Communications Associate means you can make an impact on an enormous scale.

This position’s role is to drive brand performance, grow brand equity and share by activating distinctive consumer insights specific to our Ready to Drink (R2D) Category. The Marketing Associate supports the brand team’s pursuit of insights that enable the team to know its consumer deeply and create engaging brand experiences and supports the Manager in setting the brand’s consumer communications and innovation strategies. The Marketing Associate is responsible for leadership and execution of projects related to the brand’s communications and innovation plans as defined by the Marketing Manager. This role interacts with agency partners in support of communications strategy, planning and implementation. This role supports a brand’s communication and innovation activities by collaborating with sales, shopper marketing, operations, product development and finance on various generating demand initiatives.

Use consumer and marketplace data and trends to support developing a deeper understanding of the demographics, psychographics, and behavioral drivers of the brand’s consumer or a particular consumer segment.
Dive into demand landscape for the consumer/brand by utilization of digial insight tools
Manage brand projects and assignments in a way that demonstrates an understanding of key consumer insights and an ability to activate them in relevant communications and innovation activities.
Support the brand’s need to identify and understand what the brand stands for in the hearts and minds of consumers including brand identity, essence, vision, mission and core values to drive relevant communications and innovation.
Leverage data, trends and support from Manager, Shopper Marketing and Market Research to help build a robust and actionable learning plan to address knowledge gaps in consumer, brand, product, business and marketplace learnings.
Consumer Communication
Manage consumer communications projects that develop a creative territory that brings the brand to life and enables effective consumer communication with a digital and social first approach
Assist in identifying optimal engagement strategy and campaign structure to reach consumers when and where they are most receptive.
Lead initiatives in the communication plan around specific touchpoints or consumer targets including agency and cross-functional team management, strategy, planning, execution and results measurement.
Demonstrate the ability to manage projects on time and on budget as well and demonstrate decision-making abilities around investment alternatives that mitigate risk and maximize return. Identify opportunities and lead initiatives that activate the brand’s nutrition health and wellness proposition in communications
Innovation & Renovation
Leverage consumer, shopper and marketplace data to support defining a brand’s short-term and long-term innovation strategy. In collaboration with cross-functional and external experts, lead innovation projects in support of the brand’s innovation strategy such as new idea generation and validation, commercialization strategies and plans and channel- or customer-specific opportunities.
Identify innovation and renovation opportunities and lead initiatives in support of the brand’s nutrition health and wellness proposition
Assist with the development and execution of a product strategy for a brand
Leverages brand, consumer and marketplace data and trends to support Manager in developing an annual plan to closely align the efforts of Marketing and Sales to generate optimal demand for the brand
Prepare, present and sell-in aspects of the brand plan to management, cross-functional partners and external stakeholders.
Assists in creating the annual communications plan including recommended touchpoint plan, activation/implementation plan, stewardship and measurement
Support Manager in implementing a 3-year consumer centric brand plan to drive and/or sustain long-term brand health including equity, awareness and engagement.

Close supervision is received from the Marketing Manager.


Assists in achieving corporate objectives on Market Share, Sales Volume Growth, Brand Health, Marketing ROI and Product Performance.


Bachelor Degree and a minimum of 3 years of work experience in consumer marketing, brand management or product management; OR a Master’s Degree in Business, Marketing, MBA or related field is required.

Experience with ready to drink products and projects
Experience in Consumer Packaged Goods Industry (CPG) or Beverage focused products is preferred
Experience leading marketing communication projects including digital and media strategies is preferred
Experience partnering with cross-functional teams and agency partners is preferred
Experience developing strategic brand/product plans, such as communication campaigns, commercialization strategies is preferred
Experience leveraging data and trends to generate insights to understand consumer behavior is preferred