- Title: SmartyPants Vitamins / Rock N Roll Marathon
- Production Company: Upgrade to View
- Rate: Low Budget ($200.00 per day for a 7 hour day)
- Travel Details: Applicant must be local to the city listed on the job, but part of the job involves going on location, and production will cover travel costs on location
- Non-Union Job
LA-based, fast-growing, omni-channel supplement company is seeking a Tour Manager to drive our branded Sprinter crew van and manage our sampling activations at major events around the US.
This part-time contract position is an excellent fit for a personable, responsible, flexible touring professional who is excited about the opportunity of being on the road, managing a team, and representing a fun, smart, premium quality brand.
As our office is based in LA (Marina Del Rey), we would strongly prefer to hire someone who lives locally, but the position involves driving and flying all over the US.
MAJOR TASKS INCLUDE:
Been doing it since you were 16, right? And nothing beats a cross-country road trip, right? Well, before you jump at the chance to see our beautiful nation while cruising down the highway blasting Taylor Swift, please be aware that you will be responsible for a large, expensive, somewhat unwieldy vehicle and its precious contents.
How large? Approximately 23 feet long, 6.5 feet wide, 9.5 feet tall. That means no indoor parking garages and no fast-food drive-throughs. It means strategizing to avoid parking challenges and using caution in tight spaces. It’s a bit like being in charge of a beautiful but clumsy Great Dane that could easily trample a chihuahua if you don’t keep him properly leashed. In other words, it’s a little bit fun, but mostly, it’s serious business.
And speaking of adorable, this is also a big bold branded vehicle, so when you drive it, there’s no flying under the radar. You are representing the SmartyPants brand at all times. This means using extra courtesy and caution when driving, never smoking anywhere in or near the vehicle, and of course being willing to pass out free samples of SmartyPants whenever someone may ask.
You’ll also be responsible for carefully packing and safely transporting our custom-made display items while you drive a total of approximately 12,300 miles by yourself.
If this still sounds exciting to you, that’s awesome! Read on.
2) Event Management.
You will travel to and manage SmartyPants’ activations at approximately 11 major events in 2017 from mid-May through early December, driving to most of them and flying to some.
The large majority of these events will be Expos and Finish Line Festivals in the Rock N Roll Marathon Series, of which SmartyPants is a major sponsor.
At each Expo, you’ll be responsible for loading in and setting up a 20x20 footprint that includes 4 sampling kiosks, 2 backwalls, and a bag toss game involving giant gummy vitamin bottles. At each Finish Line Festival, you’ll be loading in and setting up a 10x10 footprint with an outdoor tent and podium.
At each event, you’ll be ensuring that all product has arrived on time in the correct amounts and arranging product for display and sampling.
You’ll also be training and managing up to six local Brand Ambassadors at each event as well as sampling our products yourself. This means you’ll need to have a clear, detailed understanding of SmartyPants’ products and brand, and be able to communicate detailed information in a clear, accessible way.
DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
We like really smart people, risk-taking people, flexible people, thoughtful people, ambitious people, and people with a healthy sense of humor in times of stress.
A few essentials:
- The skill to drive a large vehicle and the stamina to live alone on the road for days at a time. You don’t need to be a professional driver by any means, but some touring experience is preferred.
- A sense of visual presentation
- Attention to detail
- Patience, flexibility, and strong communication skills
- The physical ability and the patience to lift, arrange, unpack, and repack large display items with no damage to the items (or others, or yourself)
This job would suit someone with brand activation or film or music production experience, who has worked in a fast-paced environment where thinking on your feet and improvisation are the key to success and an atypical schedule is the norm. Again, touring experience is a plus; the desire to be on the road is essential.
This is a part-time contract position. Your work schedule will be atypical. For example, you may work 10 days straight driving to and managing an event, and then have 2 weeks off before traveling to the next one. You are welcome to pick up other contract work during the off times, but when you are on the road and managing our events, this job should be your only job.
We pay a healthy day rate and per diem and cover all travel expenses and lodging.
However, the right person for the position will see much more in it than a fun road job and dollar signs. They’ll see the potential to help build an awesome consumer brand and the long-term upside of working for a company seeking to do good in our chaotic modern world.
Reports to Regional Brand Manager.