Learning & Development Specialist at SPINS LLC

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Who We Are 

For over 20 years, SPINS' mission has been to increase the presence and accessibility of natural and organic products to encourage healthier and more vibrant living. By leveraging SPINS’ industry-leading proprietary data and analytics, our technology enables deeper, more engaged relationships between Retailers, Brands and Consumers through our platform, web, and mobile products.

The Opportunity

In 2019, SPINS launched its first ever Learning & Development team. In a short period of time, we’ve achieved high adoption and interest, with the majority of our employee population participating in instructor led or eLearning courses each month. The learning culture at SPINS is actively supported by our CEO and Leadership team, and the investment in Learning & Development continues to increase as the company records growth with no end in sight. Our work has tremendous impact; we are measured not just by output, but also the culture we are building and impact we have on the growth and development of each one of our employees.

The Leaning & Development Specialist will help assess, design, deliver and measure learning & development activities across SPINS. This position will support learning initiatives by delivering and administrating programs via SPINS’ Learning Management System. The focus of this role is approximately: 70% Instructional Design and 30% Delivery/Facilitation of both live in-person and virtual classes.


The L&D Specialist is an expert at creating and delivering training that most effectively teaches and transfers desired skill, knowledge and behavior from the learning environment to optimal on-the-job performance. The Specialist develops performance driven learning solutions, using best in class multimedia techniques to create training programs that are engaging and help learners achieve performance objectives.

  • Design and develop e-Learning, instructor-led, blended and/or action learning training programs that are engaging, activity-based, and results-oriented. Create engaging learning activities and compelling course content that enhances retention and transfer of knowledge. You will have tools available to support your success in the role including our LMS (Litmos) and Authoring Tools (Vyond & Articulate 360).
  • Act as the subject matter expert for instructional design and collaborate with team members, client sponsors, and topic subject matter experts (SMEs) to write instructional content that is concise, engaging, and appropriate for the audience.
  • Build effective relationships and partner with subject matter experts and business leaders to gather content information, determine and implement highly effective learning solutions with planned reviews.
  • Create materials using the most effective delivery platform such as instructor led, e-Learning, virtual, on-the-job training, webinar and video. Incorporate the most effective teaching methods and taxonomy based on the learning need.
  • Transform learning activity designs represented in storyboards, PowerPoints, scripts, etc. into digital media and printed assets, taking advantage of ever-changing technological capabilities and features. Edit documents/learning treatment from multiple sources to achieve a consistent style and voice with a professional look and feel.
  • Upload, test and maintain content within the learning management system and assist with continuous updating of training material, update class attendance, deploy surveys and assessments.
  • Develop measurement and accountability mechanisms that evaluate job readiness or performance, enabling continuous improvement.
  • Develop and conduct train the trainer sessions as appropriate, allowing others the ability to deliver the content effectively and as designed.
  • Deliver and facilitate classroom training including but not limited to new hire training and professional/managerial skill development classes.
  • Participate in the logistics of scheduling courses & classrooms, ensuring course materials and needed meals/refreshments are supplied, communicating and marking with our audiences and tracking program data

What you bring:

  • Minimum of 3 + years of demonstrated and successful experience in employee development/training, including designing, developing and delivering learning solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience developing learning programs and media assets, including video, animation, graphics, simulations, e-Learning and live instruction support material.
  • Proficiency in e-learning software (e.g. Articulate 360)
  • Experience in developing video-based and whiteboard content (e.g. Vyond)
  • Demonstrated training, facilitation or presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to convert technical or complex information into easily used and understandable text and graphics.
  • Understanding of SCORM and experience with publishing and tracking learning objects in an LMS.
  • Familiarity with video production, including video recording, lighting, audio, and editing.
  • Familiarity with modern design principals and importance of corporate branding standards.
  • Proficiency with web publishing technologies and platforms, including learning management systems.
  • Knowledge of adult learning principles and emerging instructional design trends.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Effective communication in visual, verbal and written form.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Please be prepared to share your portfolio/work samples.

How We Work

  • Direct – We communicate with clarity, honesty and respect in all situations and embrace opportunities to provide solution-oriented feedback.
  • Determined – We are committed to overcoming all obstacles to achieve results. We adapt to change, seek opportunities to learn and rapidly translate that learning into action.
  • Passionate – We go above and beyond to help our partners achieve their goals. We challenge assumptions and are comfortable forging new paths.
  • Collaborative – We leave our egos at the door, believing that working together we will produce an outcome that’s greater than each individual contribution.

If we haven’t convinced you to join us yet, this just might! Sure, we have a great core benefit program but SPINS also offers its team members:

  • Company subsidized commuter transit program
  • Gym, bike storage and showers onsite
  • Fresh and healthy snacks daily
  • Vibrancy 360 Wellness Program: Free yoga and fitness classes, onsite massage, volunteer opportunities, client product demos, outings, and more.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SalesforceCRM


We are just steps from the Merchandise Mart, located in the bustling River North neighborhood of Chicago.

An Insider's view of SPINS LLC

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The beauty of our mission lies in the fact that we're impacting all consumers to live healthier and more vibrant lives, and this transcends to our own team members within the office. With our mission in mind, we cultivate an office environment and culture where we support team members to live their best lives.


Chief People Officer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

If you work on the QA engineering team, you will learn about all of our different products and work with the various development and product intelligence teams that make up SPINS. You will gain an understanding of how our company works from end to end.

AJ Rudolph

Manager, Data and Software Quality

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Over the years, I've worked for both corporate and not for profit organizations and SPINS feels the most nurturing and organic. Individuals and teams are empowered to define a path to success. If you are curious and passionate, you can forge multi-disciplinary partnerships & make a difference beyond the boundaries of your specific department/role.


Senior Product Owner

What makes someone successful on your team?

We bring creativity to obstacles, living principles that drive innovation. We work smart; always striving and learning. We want you to chime in. We want you to be you. We're diverse, confident, collaborative, and unafraid. We don't punish progress which sometimes takes two steps back. We refactor. We're quality, at velocity.


Chief Technology Officer

What are SPINS LLC Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

Paid Maternity & Paternity Leave: SPINS provides six weeks of paid maternity leave (or more broadly speaking, primary caregiver leave), and six weeks of paid paternity leave (or secondary caregiver leave).

Flexible Schedule: Our teams offer flexible options to serve business goals and accommodate personal needs.

Full access to SPINS’ comprehensive wellness program "Vibrancy 360" which includes: chef led cooking demonstrations, yoga, natural/organic fare in kitchens, office gym with personal training sessions, running club, volunteer opportunities, massages, meditation, in-office happy hours

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