Retail Solutions Architect at SPINS LLC

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 Who We Are

For 20 years, our 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. At the core of our work lies a passion to create a culture of sustainable health & wellness.

This Retail Solutions Architect role reports to the SVP Retail and be responsible for providing pre-sales technical / cross-functional support to internal and external clients while ensuring utmost customer satisfaction. It will provide direction and specialist knowledge in applying SPINS’ proprietary technologies/applications to client and prospect’s critical business needs and objectives. This role will develop and deliver high-quality presentations while following the defined SPINS sales processes.

The Retail Solutions Architect presents and articulates advanced product features, benefits, and possesses knowledge of the entire suite of SPINS solutions for Retail clients. The ideal candidate will design, validate, and present software solutions to include advanced product concepts, potential customized application elements, and possibly even 3rd party complimentary partners/products. This role will easily articulate SPINS’ product's strengths, especially relative to various competitors.

What You Will Do

  • Provide exemplary pre-sales technical expertise through technical and product presentations, demonstrations, pilot implementations, and ongoing sales consultation – SME on SPINS’ Retail facing tools.
  • Drive the adoption of solutions within strategic accounts, expanding usage across departments within the Retail accounts. Translate product/technical features into value drivers.
  • Develop and maintain training materials for Retail partners using a train the trainer approach (stored on SharePoint)
  • Build working knowledge of competing products and how to technically sell against them.
  • Drive Retail-focused priorities with Product Management and Marketing during the refinement of existing and new products.
  • Gather initial product requests and frame product issues for discussion and resolution with Product and Engineering teams
  • Create consistent, repeatable workflows within the Retail function to embed SPINS data and solutions
  • Should they arise, describe problems succinctly to enable issue management
  • Build program management and process discipline across all Retail accounts at SPINS
  • Assist SVP of Retail in tracking success, value, and revenue across Retail function

What You Bring

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 10+ years of prior Pre-Sales, Solution Architect, or Retail selling experience with software in a SaaS/Cloud environment, selling/presenting to C/VP level buyers
  • Comfortable with executing chairside meetings and roundtables with user groups to identify opportunities to drive value and/or pain points with incumbent solutions
  • Outstanding professional, sales, and technical capabilities; able to professionally challenge the status quo
  • Comfortable supporting both Large and Emerging Retailers with ability to tell compelling stories, showcase relevant case studies, and sell listeners on value of proposed approach.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills needs analysis, positioning, business justification, ROI projections, and closing techniques.
  • Possess "best of breed" functional sales experience that could be applied across an entire sales area in general or specific functional categories, driving sales enablement through data-driven prioritization of opportunities in working with multiple sales leaders and teams at SPINS.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and ability drive complex, customized solutions and projects to fruition while working with multiple levels of contacts internally and externally
  • As a SPINS SME you will assist in driving industry training for the sales teams and thought leadership content for the marketplace

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous Sales/Solution Engineering experience within a Syndicated Data organization and/or survey/data collection/market research software and systems
  • Experience in working directly for/or with Retailers
  • Syndicated Data Experience/Analysis a major plus
  • Previous experience in, including pre- or post-Sales support
  • Experience in being managed against a quota with consistent pipeline reviews
What SPINS Offers

When we began working from home in March, we were committed to keeping the healthy and active SPINS culture for our employees. Keeping the culture is high priority to us as we have continued to hire and onboard new employees even while we worked remotely. We listen to employee feedback as we plan when and how we will return to the office in the future. While we can’t have some of our favorite in-office perks (plenty of snacks, onsite gym, and bike storage), we’ve continued to find ways to stay true to SPINS:

  • Virtual yoga, HIIT, and Kinstretch classes each week
  • Each employee is allotted 8 hours to use to volunteer with an organization of their choice.
  • Stay connected with other SPINS employees for a weekly PELOTON ride together
  • 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.
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Technology we use

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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?

Knowing motives, responsibilities and objectives is key in building functional cross collaboration. If you take ownership of this and do your own research (look up their org chart, LinkedIn profiles, read through work produced) in conjunction with asking questions this goes a long way to mutual understanding.


VP, Customer Success

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

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We have a unique culture where our decision making is not encumbered by heavy processes like those at multi-billion dollar companies and at the same time, in the last few years, our leadership team has added structure that adds rigor to our operations and product development.


SVP, Product & Designs

What are SPINS LLC Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Salt and Light Coalition is a grassroots movement mobilizing individuals and organizations to empower survivors of trafficking to live meaningful and purposeful lives. - https://saltandlightcoalition.
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

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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