Careers

Forefront Networks is currently hiring in multiple departments. Click below to review the overview of the role and the job requirements. In addition, full time employees enjoy:

  • Ownership of programs and goals, with the ability to help shape strategies
  • High levels of autonomy and mentorship
  • Employer-paid health benefits and paid time off

+ Senior Account Director - Corporate Partnerships

10+ years of experience required

Work from anywhere

  • Austin (Headquarters), Denver, Nashville, Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio preferred
  • If not based in Austin, TX - travel to Austin headquarters monthly

About Forefront

Forefront Networks produces large-scale public events, exclusive private events, and provides event services to corporate clients including sponsorship sales, activation design, event production, marketing programs, virtual events, and gifting solutions. Account Directors at Forefront are responsible for selling sponsorships and corporate hospitality for portfolio events including the Austin Trail of Lights in Austin, TX, Live in the Vineyard, and Live in the Vineyard Goes Country in Napa Valley, CA, to name a few. Account Directors at Forefront are also responsible for selling solutions to our clients to meet their event-related and experiential marketing needs.

Job Brief

We are looking for a Senior Account Director to undertake account management responsibilities. Duties will involve both managing relationships with clients and guiding internal account support personnel. An effective Account Director has great aptitude in building and maintaining customer relationships. They also possess excellent planning and leadership abilities to coordinate and integrate internal resources required to provide solutions for Client opportunities.

As the senior point of contact for the client, the Account Director will coordinate the resources needed to service projects, build strategic operational plans, and balance the expectations of clients with the execution of creative work.

The goal is to ensure that the Forefront retains existing clients, expands its client base and increases customer satisfaction through successful projects, facilitating further growth.

Senior Account Director Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create detailed sales business plans including budgets and activities for each account in the assigned portfolio
  • Set up goals and objectives for each account and communicate to internal support teams
  • Manage the entire sales cycle including finding prospects and leads, identifying new sales opportunities, developing compelling proposals, contracting each project, ensuring objectives are accomplished, and building strong trust-based client relationships.
  • Serve as the primary interface between client and internal support team providing regular feedback and insight throughout the project
  • Understand customer requirements and needs to offer suitable solutions that generate new business
  • Identify opportunities to up-sell and cross-sell
  • Ensure the timely delivery of services and products to clients
  • Resolve issues to maintain and strengthen customer trust
  • Communicate overall quarterly/annual progress/KPIs to senior management and external stakeholders

General Activities

  • Taking a lead in clients’ marketing and, advertising event and experiential strategies
  • Leading a team to provide the utmost level of client service
  • Liaising with clients at a senior level on a day-to-day basis
  • Promoting the expansion of business with existing clients
  • Working with other senior managers to generate new accounts
  • Completing projects to a specific schedule and within an agreed budget
  • Using skills to push clients, and Forefront, creatively and strategically

Qualifications

  • 10 years of experience in Account Director or similar role with proven track record of success
  • Background in events, experiential, brand activations, and/or integrated marketing campaigns
  • Solid understanding of budgeting and progress reporting
  • Sense of ownership and pride in performance and the impact on company-wide success
  • Enthusiastic and passionate team player
  • BS/BA in business administration, sales or relevant field
  • Plans and strategizes at a senior level
  • Persuasive and confident in approach to creative projects
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Effective matrixed team management capabilities and organizational skills
  • Keen attention to detail and budgetary restraints
  • Knowledge of performance evaluation techniques and metrics
  • Aptitude in fostering long-term relationships
  • Ability to travel as needed

Skills Required

  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Outstanding knowledge of MS Office
  • Knowledge of CRM software - Salesforce.com is a plus
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Time-management skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

APPLY TODAY

+ Production & Operations Manager

About Us

Forefront is an experiential and entertainment agency based out of Austin, Texas, with access to a distinct portfolio of live, virtual and hybrid event platforms collectively designed to build connections between brands and their audiences. We concept and execute a range of experiences that vary in size, scale, budget and audience. We deliver on the goals of our clients; whether focusing on the brand, the guests, or both. We also entertain corporate guests, communities, all facets of the music industry, and media.

Forefront Networks Production & Operations Manager

Forefront is looking for a passionate and experienced event production and operations manager to help plan and execute live and virtual events. This role requires excellent and detailed event-planning skills along with the ability to define project milestones and deadlines and coordinate with both internal teams and external contractors.

The ideal candidate can balance creativity with logistics, finance planning, and vendor management duties. They should excel at multitasking and balancing big picture concerns like permitting, power and infrastructure with details like signage and decor. This candidate will be responsible for effectively utilizing resources and personnel to set the stage for large-scale and intimate VIP live and virtual events.

The Forefront Production & Operations Manager will work on various programs within the company events portfolio. For 2021, that includes Live In The Vineyard (LITV) and Live In The Vineyard Goes Country (LITVGC) in Napa Valley, California, Keep Austin Weird Day, the Austin Trail of Lights and potentially other events throughout the United States.

This person must be detail oriented, thrive under pressure, have exceptional written and verbal communications skills and be a self starter. This person must also have a passion for people, production and operations with a knack for providing meticulous care and attention to all projects.

Specific Responsibilities

Developing the on-site experience and flow of each event:

  • Supporting the design, layout and plan for each event
  • Providing ideas and recommendations for best flow and experience
  • Providing ideas and recommendations for the “look and feel” of the event
  • Assisting and performing site inspections and return with recommendations for all relevant aspects of production
  • Designing layouts and CADS

Planning, managing, and executing any and all on-site production needs for each event including but not limited to:

  • Rentals and tents
  • Power and lights
  • Staging and audio
  • Fencing and security
  • Waste management

Oversee hiring and management of staff, on-site teams and temporary resources:

  • Identifying needs
  • Recruiting and assign team
  • Supporting the onboarding process
  • Tracking hours and payment
  • Managing the team on site

Managing and adhering to the production budget set for each event:

  • Sourcing quotes
  • Identify cost-saving opportunities
  • Developing key relationships with stakeholders

General Responsibilities:

  • Establishing and maintaining relationship with city and state agencies, third party contractors and specialized vendors
  • Developing timelines, ensure adherence to timelines, and management of deliverables assigned
  • Ensuring health and safety regulations are met at each event
  • Maintaining smooth communication and workflow for both internal and external clients
  • Working with all internal teams regarding logistical needs for any event or activation as assigned
  • Sourcing all needs through vendors and ensuring they are appropriately incorporated into the overall event
  • Tracking and documenting all relevant invoices to ensure timely payments and processing
  • Assisting in tracking budget costs throughout the course of project and communicating scope changes that impact the budget to project leads in a clear manner
  • Understanding profit margins and effectively meet or exceed them
  • Utilizing strong internal partnership skills while working cross-functionally with the relevant internal teams to ensure that project are implemented with internal stakeholders as required, and that client vision and satisfaction is met
  • Exhibiting exceptional written and verbal communication skills with attention to detail
  • Maintaining consistent, timely on-site presence for all events and activations produced by Company
  • Providing immediate response to requests for assistance to events in progress.
  • All other duties as assigned including but not limited to supporting any builds or infrastructure needs for the office

Ideal Skills and Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of live event production experience
  • Experience in live large-scale and intimate VIP events
  • Ability to execute multi-day, multi-event experiences
  • Ability to engage and activate remote teams across multiple departments
  • Specialization in production and operations - layouts, infrastructure, permitting
  • Expertise with multiple thematics
  • Firm business understanding, financial acumen and alignment to business objectives
  • Stellar presentation, problem-solving and project-management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Negotiation skills when looking for the best price for rentals, suppliers and contractors
  • Time-management skills and the ability to work under pressure
  • Problem-solving skills and diplomacy
  • Proactive, flexible and target-driven
  • Proficiency with google sheets and excel required
  • Proficiency with 2D and 3D CAD/Design software
  • Build/fabrication experience a plus
  • Ability and willing to support load in and out during events
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Willingness to travel and work holidays, nights and weekends
  • Ability to travel

Personal Characteristics:

Forefront is looking for a leader and a team player with a ‘can do’ attitude, someone who says yes more than no. Multiple assignments in process at one time is the norm and fast turnover is often a requirement meaning that organization and a keen eye for detail are mandatory. A creative person at heart with the right level of practicality will succeed in this role. Forefront believes that “Best is Standard” and contributing positively to that existing culture is key.

APPLY TODAY

+ Activations Manager

About Us

Forefront is an experiential and entertainment agency based out of Austin, Texas, with access to a distinct portfolio of live, virtual and hybrid event platforms collectively designed to build connections between brands and their audiences. We concept and execute a range of experiences that vary in size, scale, budget and audience. We deliver on the goals of our clients; whether focusing on the brand, the guests, or both. We also entertain corporate guests, communities, all facets of the music industry, and media.

Forefront Networks Activations Manager

Forefront is looking for a passionate and experienced activations manager to help design, plan, and execute activations for both owned and client projects. This role requires experience with design-build projects and detailed planning and budgeting skills. This person can define project milestones and deadlines and coordinate with both internal teams and external contractors.

The ideal candidate can balance creativity with logistics, finance planning, and vendor management duties. They should excel at multitasking and balancing big picture concerns like permitting, power, staffing and infrastructure with details like signage and decor. This candidate will be responsible for effectively utilizing resources and personnel to create experiences within owned and client events.

The Forefront Activations Manager will be responsible for creating assets and activations within the company’s owned and client driven events portfolio. For 2021, that includes Bevo Blvd, Live In The Vineyard (LITV) and Live In The Vineyard Goes Country (LITVGC) in Napa Valley, California, Keep Austin Weird Day, the Austin Trail of Lights and potentially other events throughout the United States.

This person must be detail oriented, thrive under pressure, have exceptional written and verbal communications skills and be a self starter. This person must also have a passion for people, production and operations with a knack for providing meticulous care and attention to all projects.

Specific Responsibilities

Developing Activations Plan:

  • Supporting the design, plan and budgeting for each activation
  • Providing ideas and recommendations for best flow and experience of each activation
  • Providing ideas and recommendations for the “look and feel” of each activation
  • Assisting and performing site inspections and return with recommendations for all relevant aspects of production for the activation
  • Creating 2D and 3D renderings of each activation

Planning, managing, and executing any and all on-site production needs for each activation including but not limited to:

  • Rentals and tents
  • Power and lights
  • Staging and audio
  • Flooring & Fencing
  • Waste management

Oversee hiring and management of staff, on-site teams and temporary resources for each activation:

  • Identifying needs
  • Recruiting and assign team
  • Supporting the onboarding process
  • Tracking hours and payment
  • Managing the team on site

Managing and adhering to the production budget set for each activation:

  • Sourcing quotes
  • Identify cost-saving opportunities
  • Developing key relationships with stakeholders

General Responsibilities:

  • Establishing and maintaining relationship with city and state agencies, third party contractors and specialized vendors
  • Developing timelines, ensure adherence to timelines, and management of deliverables assigned
  • Ensuring health and safety regulations are met at each activation
  • Maintaining smooth communication and workflow for both internal and external clients
  • Working with all internal teams regarding logistical needs for any activation as assigned
  • Sourcing all needs through vendors and ensuring they are appropriately incorporated into the overall event
  • Tracking and documenting all relevant invoices to ensure timely payments and processing
  • Assisting in tracking budget costs throughout the course of project and communicating scope changes that impact the budget to project leads in a clear manner
  • Understanding profit margins and effectively meet or exceed them
  • Utilizing strong internal partnership skills while working cross-functionally with the relevant internal teams to ensure that project are implemented with internal stakeholders as required, and that client vision and satisfaction is met
  • Exhibiting exceptional written and verbal communication skills with attention to detail
  • Maintaining consistent, timely on-site presence for all events and activations produced by Company
  • Providing immediate response to requests for assistance to events in progress.
  • All other duties as assigned including but not limited to supporting any builds or infrastructure needs for the office

Ideal Skills and Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of live event design-build activation experience
  • Experience in live large-scale and intimate VIP events
  • Ability to execute multi-day, multi-activation experiences
  • Ability to engage and activate remote teams across multiple departments
  • Specialization in production and operations - layouts, infrastructure, permitting, build
  • Expertise with multiple thematics
  • Firm business understanding, financial acumen and alignment to business objectives
  • Stellar presentation, problem-solving and project-management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Negotiation skills when looking for the best price for rentals, suppliers and contractors
  • Time-management skills and the ability to work under pressure
  • Problem-solving skills and diplomacy
  • Proactive, flexible and target-driven
  • Proficiency with google sheets and excel required
  • Proficiency with 2D and 3D CAD/Design software
  • Familiarity with latest creative technology
  • Build/fabrication experience
  • Ability and willing to support load in and out during events
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Willingness to travel and work holidays, nights and weekends
  • Ability to travel

Personal Characteristics

Forefront is looking for a leader and a team player with a ‘can do’ attitude, someone who says yes more than no. Multiple assignments in process at one time is the norm and fast turnover is often a requirement meaning that organization and a keen eye for detail are mandatory. A creative person at heart with the right level of practicality will succeed in this role. Forefront believes that “Best is Standard” and contributing positively to that existing culture is key.

+ Event Program Manager

Forefront is looking for a passionate and experienced events program manager to help plan and execute live and virtual events. This role requires excellent and detailed event-planning skills along with the ability to define project milestones and deadlines and coordinate with both internal teams and external contractors.

The ideal candidate can balance creativity with logistics, finance planning, and vendor management duties. They should excel at multitasking and balancing big picture concerns like venue and contractor selection with details like decor and meal planning, effectively utilizing resources and personnel to stage large-scale and intimate VIP live and virtual events.

The Forefront Events Program Manager will work on various programs within the company events portfolio. For 2021, that includes Live In The Vineyard (LITV) and Live In The Vineyard Goes Country (LITVGC) in Napa Valley, California, Keep Austin Weird Day, the Austin Trail of Lights and potentially other events throughout the United States.

This person must be detail oriented, thrive under pressure, have exceptional written and verbal communications skills and be a self starter. This person must also have a passion for people and customer service with a knack for hospitality providing meticulous care, attention, and service.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supporting the brainstorming of event concepts and themes
  • Organizing and managing every aspect of an assigned event or program
  • Creating event or program timelines and understanding the dependencies for each goal
  • Staffing an event or program team appropriately
  • Manage team members assigned to completing tasks and deliverables
  • Mapping out and ensuring the best possible customer journey from beginning to end
  • Anticipating attendee needs and making preparations against potential risk
  • Preparing and managing event budgets
  • Researching and booking venues
  • Organizing suppliers, caterers, staff, and entertainment
  • Managing set-up, tear-down, and clean-up operations.
  • Maintain smooth communication and workflow internally and externally
  • Utilizing all adopted project management tools and processes
  • Creating and and expressing written plans such as run of shows, timelines, contact sheets, load in and out documents, emergency plans, etc
  • Utilizing adopted project management tools and processes
  • Providing weekly updates on accomplishments, obstacles and priorities
  • Developing post-event reports on the effectiveness of each program

Skills and Qualifications

  • 5+ years of live event experience
  • Experience in live large-scale and intimate VIP events
  • Ability to execute multi-day, multi-event experiences
  • Ability to engage and activate remote teams across multiple departments
  • Familiarity with hospitality services - lodging, travel, and transportation
  • Expertise programming multiple thematics
  • Familiar with virtual event programming and execution
  • Firm business understanding, financial acumen and alignment to business objectives
  • Stellar presentation, problem-solving and project-management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Negotiation skills when looking for the best price from venues, suppliers and contractors
  • Time-management skills and the ability to work under pressure
  • Problem-solving skills and diplomacy
  • Understanding of event promotion and sponsorship
  • Proactive, flexible and target-driven
  • Proficiency with google sheets and excel required
  • Able and willing to support load in and out during events by lifting and moving products and light infrastructure (boxes, tables, chairs, etc)
  • Willing to travel and work holidays, nights and weekends

Personal Characteristics

Forefront is looking for a leader and a team player with a ‘can do’ attitude, someone who says yes more than no. Multiple assignments in process at one time is the norm and fast turnover is often a requirement meaning that organization and a keen eye for detail are mandatory.

A creative person at heart with the right level of practicality will succeed in this role. Forefront believes that “Best is Standard” and contributing positively to that existing culture is key.

APPLY TODAY

+ Account Director - Corporate Partnerships

5+ years of experience required

Work from anywhere

  • Austin (Headquarters), Denver, Nashville, Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio preferred
  • If not based in Austin, TX - travel to Austin headquarters monthly

About Forefront

Forefront Networks produces large-scale public events, exclusive private events, and provides event services to corporate clients including sponsorship sales, activation design, event production, marketing programs, virtual events, and gifting solutions. Account Directors at Forefront are responsible for selling sponsorships and corporate hospitality for portfolio events including the Austin Trail of Lights in Austin, TX, Live in the Vineyard, and Live in the Vineyard Goes Country in Napa Valley, CA, to name a few. Account Directors at Forefront are also responsible for selling solutions to our clients to meet their event-related and experiential marketing needs.

Job Brief

We are looking for an Account Director to undertake account management responsibilities. Duties will involve both managing relationships with clients and guiding internal account support personnel. An effective Account Director has great aptitude in building and maintaining customer relationships. They also possess excellent planning and leadership abilities to coordinate and integrate internal resources required to provide solutions for Client opportunities.

As the key point of contact for the client, the Account Director will coordinate the resources needed to service projects, build strategic operational plans, and balance the expectations of clients with the execution of creative work.

The goal is to ensure that the Forefront retains existing clients, expands its client base and increases customer satisfaction through successful projects, facilitating further growth.

Account Director Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create detailed sales business plans including budgets and activities for each account in the assigned portfolio
  • Set up goals and objectives for each account and communicate to internal support teams
  • Manage the entire sales cycle including finding prospects and leads, identifying new sales opportunities, developing compelling proposals, contracting each project, ensuring objectives are accomplished, and building strong trust-based client relationships.
  • Serve as the primary interface between client and internal support team providing regular feedback and insight throughout the project
  • Understand customer requirements and needs to offer suitable solutions that generate new business
  • Identify opportunities to up-sell and cross-sell
  • Ensure the timely delivery of services and products to clients
  • Resolve issues to maintain and strengthen customer trust
  • Communicate overall quarterly/annual progress/KPIs to senior management and external stakeholders

General Activities

  • Taking a lead in clients’ marketing, event and experiential strategies
  • Leading a matrixed team to provide the utmost level of client service
  • Liaising with clients on a day-to-day basis
  • Promoting the expansion of business with existing clients
  • Working with other team members to generate new accounts
  • Completing projects to a specific schedule and within an agreed budget
  • Using skills to push clients, and Forefront, creatively and strategically

Qualifications

  • 5-10 years of experience in Account Director or similar role with proven track record of success
  • Background in events, experiential, brand activations, and/or integrated marketing campaigns
  • Solid understanding of budgeting and progress reporting
  • Sense of ownership and pride in performance and the impact on company-wide success
  • Enthusiastic and passionate team player
  • BS/BA in business administration, sales or relevant field
  • Persuasive and confident in approach to creative projects
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Effective matrixed team management capabilities and organizational skills
  • Keen attention to detail and budgetary restraints
  • Knowledge of performance evaluation techniques and metrics
  • Aptitude in fostering long-term relationships
  • Ability to travel as needed

Skills Required

  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Outstanding knowledge of MS Office
  • Knowledge of CRM software - Salesforce.com is a plus
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Time-management skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

APPLY TODAY