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business development MANAGER

Jikoni is looking for a dynamic, detail-oriented food enthusiast with a strong sales background as a contract business development manager (this position is part-time with the opportunity to grow to full time) to support our studio rentals & production agency and manage stakeholder relationships and projects. You must be ambitious and energetic to help us expand our client network, and create and apply an effective sales/growth strategy. This is an opportunity to work and learn in a highly collaborative and growing business with a team that creates the food content for the digital media and provides a space to share and create. The goal is to drive sustainable financial growth through boosting sales and forging strong client relationships.

 

The ideal candidate will be a proactive self-starter who has prior Agency experience and is comfortable with client outreach, sales, and strategic partnerships. You must be highly collaborative and able to multitask. You should be a natural relationship-builder, organized, and detail-oriented. 

 

As a business development manager at Jikoni, you will get to do more than just manage creative projects. You will be the go-between for clients and the production team to deliver successful creative projects. More specifically, you’ll get to:

  • Develop new relationships to with prospective clients and maintain existing business 

  • Direct new business activities from initial contact through closing; planning, and engaging with internal resources as needed.

  • Assist the company in reaching goals and objectives related to sales, profitability, and industry penetration

  • Work closely with our studio team to create client pitches

  • Identify and analyze the right opportunities for the company through any possible channels

  • Develop a growth strategy focused both on financial gain and customer satisfaction to achieve monthly/quarterly goals and growth targets

  • Research industry trends and uncover new leads

  • Communicating our story, promotions, and partnerships across various channels

  • A strategic thinker with strong communication skills

 

Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of experience in sales and client-facing roles 

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, sales, communications, marketing, advertising, or any relevant field

  • Experience in a creative agency or video production with strong knowledge of new media

  • Demonstrated interest in media, film, and food

  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills

  • Comprehension of contemporary and traditional sales and partnerships strategies

  • Ability to create high-quality presentations and pitches

STUDIO ASSISTANT

The Studio Assistant will be responsible for maintaining Jikoni Studio film and office spaces, performing receptionist duties, and assisting producers with current projects. This is an entry-level part-time position averaging 20-40 hours per week. The ideal candidate is someone who is proactive and well organized with an administrative background that wishes to work in a production studio environment that has a great passion for video and food.

Jikoni Studios is located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. Local candidates-only with reliable transportation. Please include a cover letter expressing your interest in food media & video production. Applications without a cover letter will not be accepted. To apply please submit your resume and a cover letter to jobs@jikoni.co

Key duties include:
• Front desk duties such as answering phones, taking messages, answering business inquiries, and tracking receipts
• Maintain the appearance and organization of the Jikoni studio spaces
• Conduct studio tours and be the site representative for studio rentals
• Production support- helping Jikoni producers in the preparation for shoots including running errands (car required)
• Assist clients with rentals of in-house cookware & production gear
• Take behind-the-scene images for Jikoni social media pages
• Keep office supplies, cleaning supplies, and office snacks stocked

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE
• At least 1+ year front desk/reception experience 
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel
• General understanding of video production & cooking
• Passionate about food & cooking
• Social-media savvy
• Highly organized and has a great sense of time management

  

Internships

The Jikoni part-time internship program is open to undergrads, graduate students, and post-graduates. Our internship program touches all areas of editorial including research, social media, digital marketing, and video production.

Internships last for at least 3 months and require a minimum of 15-20 hours a week (2 days), however, interns are welcome to work with our team 5 days a week.

The Jikoni interns work closely with our team as we work to build a recipe platform that's inclusive for all foods and stories.  The ideal candidate is someone who would like to learn about the food-media industry and is interested in digital media. 

To apply please submit your resume and a cover letter to internships@jikoni.co

STUDIO INTERN

  • Help maintain organization and cleanliness of studio spaces to ensure all studios are ready for client arrivals

  • Assist on set during production days, greet talent, take/pick up lunch orders

  • Help break down and put away equipment, props, ingredients, and reset studio for next client

  • Assist in the pick-up/return of various items such as groceries, gear, expendables, and props