Executive Marketing Leader

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Executive Marketing Leader
Reports to: CEO

Who You Are

You will thrive here as a key member of the executive team, if you are a forward thinker who is obsessive about discovering customer and market needs and delivering innovative products to significant commercial success. The Executive Marketing Leader will play an instrumental role in achieving Ascent’s growth and financial objectives, working closely with the CEO to create and execute a strategic marketing plan.  

We are seeking a game-changing marketing leader to own all areas of marketing, including but not limited to, product marketing, demand generation & account-based marketing, content marketing, branding, public relations, channel marketing, marketing analytics, trade shows and events. The Executive Marketing Leader has experience at high-growth companies and is a great coach who has hired, managed and led top-performing marketing teams.

As the Executive Marketing Leader at Ascent, you will be a key decision maker and leader in guiding the direction of the company from day one. This is a high impact leadership role at an exciting time at Ascent to support taking our products to the next level of maturity and realize significant market opportunities. 

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Quickly gain a deep understanding of Ascent’s products, how they are implemented and intended to be used by customers
  • Develop, communicate, and execute our marketing strategy and plan
  • Hire, lead, mentor, and grow a team of dynamic and diverse marketers responsible for our demand generation, customer retention, product marketing, partner marketing, brand, and PR programs
  • Align strategies to ensure brand consistency across online campaigns, customer meetings, conferences and events that resonate with our customers and prospects in the Financial Services industry
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the sales process and product/services value propositions to position and sell high-value solutions to our existing and potential customer base through thought leadership and blogging, social media, and speaking engagements
  • Optimize spend across various marketing channels
  • Continuously refine our comprehensive go-to-market plans across multiple geographies, channels, and market segments in collaboration with the Sales Team
  • Keep the company up-to-date with market trends and competition
  • Work closely with the Customer Success team on developing and operationalizing an upsell program 
  • As an Executive Team member, forecast and present on strategy and progress to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis

Required Skills & Abilities 

  • Significant lead generation experience with the ability to show what you did and how you measured your performance through metrics with a demonstrated record of results.
  • Successful at account penetration and can help grow existing accounts and excels at supporting sales, developing collateral and “Go To Market” messaging
  • Strong understanding of brand, inbound, and outbound marketing in enterprise software
  • Proven experience in running all facets of a robust Marketing organization including content, creative, PR, events, product marketing, ABM, and SEO demand generation
  • Ability to set and drive strategy to make a big impact, ensuring the company’s goals are achieved 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively communicate with all internal and external stakeholders 
  • Possess and display exemplary leadership qualities and collaborate well with employees at all levels of the organization
  • Executive level presentation skills
  • Organized and can budget resources effectively

Experience:

  • Recent and significant experience in a marketing leadership position at an enterprise software company, marketing software directly to Fortune 500 companies. Financial Institutions a plus
  • Proven experience building a world class brand while in a marketing leadership role as the company’s positioning is going to shift from being a breakthrough technology to a more mainstream solution
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial atmosphere of a fast growing company and has been through the experience of scaling up an enterprise to significant organization size and revenues at least once in their career
  • Previous senior level marketing management experience in a high growth environment leading teams of marketers 
  • Deep understanding of sales tools (e.g. HubSpot) and a track record of leveraging technology in order to improve sales performance

Benefits

Ascent employees enjoy many benefits and perks, including:

  • Competitive compensation - base, bonus + equity
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance; premiums paid 95% for the individual 
  • Medical premiums paid 50% for covered dependents
  • Medical HSA/FSAs
  • Life insurance 
  • 401K 
  • Disability benefits
  • Dependent Care FSA 
  • Flexible PTO
  • Remote work stipend
  • Professional development stipend
  • Charitable matching gift program
  • The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!

Who We Are

Ascent is a Chicago-based startup that closed its Series B funding round of $19.3M in Fall 2019. Founded only four years ago, the team has since grown to over 50 full time employees, led and supported by an executive team and board of directors with extensive experience in technology, regulatory compliance, sales and business operations. Ascent serves global financial institutions such as ING and CommBank, and is also working directly with regulators around the world in order to continually improve and advance our product.

A first mover in building proprietary RegulationAI™, Ascent delivers market leading regulatory knowledge as a groundbreaking new way for financial firms to manage compliance. It is our mission to help our customers protect their business from regulatory and reputational risk while reducing their overall cost to comply. 

We prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion and believe strongly that a team with different backgrounds and perspectives produces better results. Together, we are solving a $64 billion global problem in regulatory compliance. Watch this video to learn more about what we do.

Ascent is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Technology we use

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  • Sales & Marketing
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Location

Our neighborhood is your neighborhood! Ascent has embraced a remote culture with a collective commitment to virtual teamwork and open communication.

An Insider's view of Ascent

What are some social events your company does?

Our leadership really believes in building and strengthening our community here at Ascent. We have regular, non-work-related opportunities to connect virtually, including social breakout sessions, lunch & learns (including cooking demos and magic shows!) and games.

Shubhangi

Regulatory Intelligence Analyst

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team coordinates work that needs to be done by both people and machines. We do this by creating delightful interfaces/experiences for our users and by augmenting our workflows with machine learning to produce work that’s intuitive and efficient. This means my team gets to play with fun tech from the frontend all the way to the back.

Conrad

Senior Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Prior to joining Ascent, I used to believe "brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not". Here at Ascent, irrespective of your gender, race or color, the opportunity to impact and change the world around you is evenly distributed and all anyone would require to succeed is the passion and desire to solve problems.

Sunkanmi

Software Developer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Our job as a leadership team is to provide context, not solutions. The people working directly on a project are in the best position to make decisions, so we hire smart people and then trust them. We're here to support our teams and to make sure efforts are aligned across the company.

Chris

CTO

What are Ascent Perks + Benefits

Ascent Benefits Overview

Everyone brings a unique set of skills and talents, and we want to take advantage of everything you have to offer. We also want to make sure you get as much out of this opportunity as you put in, and we’ll give you the support you need for Ascent to be a transformational period of growth in your career.

Our team enjoys a number of benefits and perks, including:

- Competitive compensation
- Medical, dental, vision, mental health insurance – with individual premiums 95% paid by Ascent
- 401K offered
- Unlimited PTO and Paid Holidays
- Flexible work schedule
- Charitable Matching Gift Program
- Professional development stipend
- Remote work stipend
- Commuter benefits
- The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Charitable Matching Gift Program - annual match of employee donations to organizations of their choice
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Employer-paid Long Term Disability provided, covering up to 60% of annual salary. Voluntary Short Term Disability is also available.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Multiple plan options with Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well an HSA (Heath Savings Account).
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
There is an on-site gym in Prudential Plaza which is free to employees.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Ascent offers Dependent Care FSA
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Ascent also provides 3 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Ascent offers a completely flexible scheduling and work from home policy.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Ascent offers a generous professional development stipend per year.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Ascent hosts bi-weekly lunch and learn meetings with internal and external speakers.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

We want to create an environment where people can do their best work. That means supporting our employees in their careers, in their health, and in their lives. We're always looking for ways to concretely demonstrate these values. For example, we pay 95% of our employees' individual health premiums!

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