Mgr, Partnership Marketing, Zoro Tools at Zoro

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Zoro is hiring a Marketing Partnerships Manager, reporting to the Senior Director of Brand Development, for the Brand Development team located in Chicago, IL or Buffalo Grove, IL. We are looking for entrepreneurial-minded talent that thrives in a collaborative environment focusing on collective solutions that drive additional business and continually improves the customer experience.

The Marketing Partnerships Manager will be responsible for helping Zoro grow its brand awareness by establishing marketing partnerships with relevant external entities, exposing Zoro to a new audience of potential customers. This person will set the strategy, develop the guidelines and associated KPI’s for the Zoro Marketing Partnership Program. This person will need to be savvy at building relationships within Zoro but also externally so that Zoro has a portfolio of marketing partners external to our vendor relationships from which to leverage at any given time. This person will take ownership of our existing sponsor relationships with the Chicago Black Hawks and YouthBuild Lake County while expanding our partnership with American Express Small Business Network. A big portion of the role will be seeking partnership &/or co-branding opportunities with targeted industry business vertical entities that will help Zoro build awareness and credibility to the relevant audiences. This person will need to be comfortable with analytics and reporting to ensure the programs created are indeed driving measurable value for the company. This person should have experience managing large portfolios of revenue-generating activities as well as running sizable programs that have the ability to scale and grow over time. This person should have experience managing people formally and informally, as agency management will be involved with this role. Ideally, this person has managed direct reports and is willing and able to do so as this role expands. 


  • Developing and aligning the marketing partnership strategy with internal stakeholders.
  • Identifying and pursing co-marketing partnerships opportunities with entities within relevant industry segments.
  • Working with the external marketing partners to develop, manage, and execute various awareness-building campaigns.
  • Working with external agencies and internal Design Team members to develop creative assets to support the programs.
  • Working with Zoro Analytics to define the KPI’s and test plan that will measure the success of the various partnership campaigns.
  • Build upon successful campaigns to scale and iterate.
  • Brand team owner for the following existing marketing sponsor relationships: Chicago Black Hawks, YouthBuild Lake County.
  • Day-to-day management, execution, reporting, and on-going communication of the status and performance of the brand partnership programs.

Desired Background:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, or a relevant field with MBA strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years marketing experience in brand or product management role.
  • Experience with brand-building through partnerships, events, or experiences.
  • Marketing experience in an eCommerce business a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of business strategy and brand management as evidenced by experience, education and success in these areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross functional teams without direct authority.
  • Strong knowledge of marketing discipline, strategies and tactics.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Able to present at all levels of the organization.
  • Proven relationship-building skills to get desired results.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills.

Impact to the Organization:

  • Develops and deploys marketing partnership strategy and execution for Zoro.
  • Grows brand health measures through branded partnerships, events, &/or experiences.
  • Grows brand awareness through branded partnerships, events, &/or experiences.
  • Drives business customer acquisition through branded partnerships, events, &/or experiences.
  • Ensures marketing partnership programs are on-equity and on-strategy.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal company relationships: Sr. Director, Brand Development; Sr. Manager, Brand Development; Director, Product; Manager, Analytics; Manager, Direct Marketing; Manager, Affiliate Marketing
  • External relationships: Relevant B2B branded partners that are identified through the course of this role; Agency partners; Affiliate Marketing partners

Zoro is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status

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One office is located in the West Loop, offering diverse eateries and steps away from nightlife! The other is in the northern suburb of Buffalo Grove.

An Insider's view of Zoro

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

We are driven and work hard, because we are growing like crazy! We are in this together because we want to be, not because we have to. On the flip side, I've never missed one of my kid's ball games, concerts, parent-teacher conferences, and when I take a vacation, I'm actually allowed to take it (of course, I'm available if you need me, team)! :-)


HR Leader

What does your typical day look like?

As a Financial Analyst with Zoro’s Finance team, my typical day starts with generating daily sales reports and sending it over to our headquarters. Then, I talk to business unit owners and gather information that would impact our financials. Zoro has an encouraging collaborative environment…everyone is easily approachable!


Financial Analyst

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Zoro has an awesome test and learn culture where you can try new things and see what works and what doesn't and, most importantly, learn from those lessons and drive improvements. We constantly look for ways to do that - whether it is tools, engagement, processes or empowerment. We share best practices, feedback and suggestions from our agents.


Director, Customer Service

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

There’s a hunger for Design Thinking and making decisions based on customer feedback here at Zoro. Working on a scrum team as a UX Architect supports this directly but I’ll even get stopped in the hall by co-workers wanting to incorporate customer insights into their own projects. It comes from a culture of succeeding through collaboration.


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What are Zoro Perks + Benefits

Zoro Benefits Overview

Very competitive package - beyond your base salary, we offer bonuses, a 401(k) match and additional 401(k) incentive contribution, a full-scope of medical/dental/vision/life insurance benefits, voluntary benefits, shuttle service, a bunch of free food (free coffee, soft drinks, snacks, and free meals from time-to-time). Our North Suburb office has a subsidized cafe inside our offices that is a breakfast/lunch spot and coffee bar, in addition to a game room, recreation area and a rock room... yes a rock room... bring your axe and rock out on a break!

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Optional Voluntary Benefit
Wellness Programs
Discount partnership with Sky Fitness.
Onsite Gym
Buffalo Grove equipped with workout bench, dumbells, free weights, a basketball court, badminton court, ping pong, air hockey, bags, golf net, outdoor volleyball, and we've even played quiddich!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
3.5% contribution by Zoro on a bi-weekly basis (whether you contribute or not). Additional 3.5% target contribution based on annual company performance.
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
We've won a Dave Thomas award for having a solid adoption assistance program - that's pretty cool!
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Semi-annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Starting at 18 days per year with carryover option of up to 5 days.
Paid Volunteer Time
We like to give back to the local community. We have team builders focused on helping a variety of philanthropic organizations.
Paid Holidays
Zoro offers all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
We feature a range from shorts and t-shirts to those who embrace "Tie Tuesdays". Wear what makes you comfortable, but you may want to clean it up if you have an important customer in town!
Commuter Benefits
In our North Suburb office, we feature shuttle service to/from Buffalo Grove, Highland Park, and Deerfield stops. Also a commuter benefit program available as a voluntary benefit.
Company Outings
We've done many of these. From ball games to luaus to olympics to the zoo - Zoro finds ways to treat employees to lots of fun.
Game Room
Basketball, bags, driving range net, ping pong, badminton, video games, music room... we even played quiddich in our warehouse for our Harry Potter-themed Halloween event!
Stocked Kitchen
All offices feature coffee, soft drinks, sparkling water, tea, popcorn machine, random snacking opportunities, as well as an on-site cafe in our North Suburb office.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Sometimes happy hours provided by the company, but many team members get together outside of work because they want to, not because they have to!
Recreational Clubs
Softball, bowling, and dragon boat racing team... yes, dragon boat racing!
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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