Careers

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We’re always on the lookout for new additions to the Matrex team. Chicago-based, we’re a diverse group of designers, brand strategists, and project managers who go the extra mile to keep projects on track and clients happy. If you think you’d be a good fit, we’d love to hear from you. Send your resume and any relevant work samples to careers@matrexexhibits.com.

Current Openings

Estimator

Matrex is seeking an Estimator to provide timely and accurate pricing information pertaining to the company’s exhibit fabrication or other services, accounting for production methods, timelines and established material costs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Analyze drawings, floor plans, models and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.
  • Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing, and scheduling work.
  • Prepare and submit budget estimates, progress and cost tracking reports
  • Maintain close contact with Purchasing and Vendors, to assure pricing accuracy.
  • Recommend new or alternate vendors and material application, where appropriate.
  • Confer with engineers, contractors and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates.
  • Consult with vendors and personnel in other departments to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.
  • Provide accounting with estimated job costs on custom or rental projects.
  • Periodically monitor and audit projects for adherence to contract.
  • Recommend changes in pricing policy, based on (favorable or unfavorable) variances on completed projects.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Associate’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 2-4 years’ experience with a thorough understanding of all phases of exhibit fabrication, detailing, I&D, shipping and logistics.
  • Experience in the trade show/exhibit industry preferred including a strong working knowledge of current vendors and materials used within the industry.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and operate under short lead times and time constraints.

Proven ability to:

  • Complete projects on time and within budget
  • Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness
  • Communicate changes and progress
  • Respond promptly to customer needs
  • Focus on solving conflict, not blaming
  • Participate in meetings
  • Identify and apply cost saving measures
  • Use spreadsheet software; Inventory software; Project Management software and other computer program

Contact Us to continue the discussion.  All inquiries will remain completely confidential.

Manager, Marketing and Strategy

Manager of Marketing and Strategy

The Manager of Marketing and Strategy leads our brand strategy and marketing capabilities for our clients across a multitude of vertical markets. The position primarily involves driving the development and execution of persuasive RFP content and implementing internal and external strategies to strengthen Matrex’s market presence by differentiating us against competitors to support the company’s growth.

The person will be an experienced professional with a passion for branding and brand strategy, strong multi-channel experience with a history of proven results.

This role is comprised of two areas of responsibility:

  • Strategy/Business Development
    • Help guide the pitch process, including assessing initial opportunities, collaborating with key internal stakeholders on pitch deliverables, interfacing with prospective clients, and creating written RFP responses
    • Lead the upfront research and analysis of potential clients’ business; including but not limited to industry, product/brand portfolio, goals/objectives, target audiences and their identified challenges.
    • Collaborate with Executive Creative Director to provide rationale for Matrex’s client integrated solutions, with respect to overall strategy, brand story, message mapping, engagement efforts and tactics that support strategic approach.
    • Represent Matrex’s strategic capabilities in key client presentations as the Healthcare/Pharmaceutical industry expert and brand strategist.

 

  • Marketing
    • Serves as a steward of the Matrex brand including sales material and collateral, branding, value proposition, etc.
    • Work closely with and act as advisor to leadership team on marketing strategies to advance the objectives of the organization
    • Translate business goals into marketing strategies that promote growth, profitability and sustainability.
    • Actively lead annual brand planning initiatives to uncover new opportunities that support company growth
    • Work closely with business development team members to insure go to market strategy is executed as planned
    • Ensure that overall traditional and digital marketing, including branded collateral/ capabilities efforts, website design and organization, inbound marketing and social media serve as a valuable resource for potential customers.
    • Keep abreast of the latest SEO, SEM and digital marketing industry information, trends and opportunities
    • Lead the creation, development and execution of social media content marketing strategies including conducting social media competitive and social listening audits and, with the support of junior team members, creating social content, channel, operational and measurement strategies.
    • Work with other members of the organization to identify newsworthy stories and case studies for external purposes
    • Oversee the entire awards process from validating agency work, assessing entry categories, managing the awards submission both written and video and managing the awards tracker.

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, MBA preferred
  • 10+ years client or agency experience required
  • Excellent team builder and leader, steady leadership amongst ever changing circumstances
  • Ability to assess the existing marketing plans and strategies and implement improvements where needed.
  • A clear history of being a “game changer” and leading a strong team to “take your business to the next level” in terms of marketing plan development and execution.
  • Analytic and quantitative skills, specifically mobile marketing metrics are a must; knowledgeable with all standard KPIs
  • Solid understanding of media landscape as well as SEO/SEM that can elevate brand/product discovery/engagement
  • Direct marketing experience with online advertising, content marketing, social/community marketing, affiliate marketing, email, website analytics and website conversion metrics
  • Experience writing persuasive content
  • Extremely driven and curious self-starter who can consistently uncover areas for improvement in marketing strategy and tactics and carry through to implementation
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and organize work to meet deadlines and multiple requests, work effectively under pressure and under tight timelines

 

Warehouse Technician

Matrex is seeking a Full Time Warehouse Associate that is detailed oriented, a self-starter, professional and friendly. A Qualified Candidate will have the ability to work independently, and with other crew members.

Matrex Warehouse Technician ensures that every project is delivered on time and to our client’s expectations.

Responsibilities:

· Lead or assist in the preparation of exhibit, event, or retail properties, graphics, and product for shipment

· Ensure that all properties and supplies are shipped to support a flawless set-up

· Prepare and complete orders for delivery or pickup according to schedule (load, pack, wrap, label, ship)

· Load / unload trucks of properties, graphics, and product

· Lead or assist in accurate and timely check-in of client properties, graphics, and product

· Assist with set-up and dismantle of properties as needed

· Communicate and cooperate with supervisors and coworkers

· Follow quality service standards and comply with procedures, rules and regulations

· Keep a clean and safe working environment and optimize space utilization

· Organizing warehouse

· Interpreting Assembly Drawings

· Light janitorial work

· Unpacking Items into Inventory and Stocking

· Modular Exhibit Systems

Qualifications

· Shipping/receiving experience

· Ability and experience operating a forklift

· Ability to lift up to 75lbs

· Proficient at using a computer and sending email computer skills (Word, Excel) a plus

· Good follow-up skills, Detailed, Self-Motivated

· Works well alone and with others in a fast-pace, rapidly changing work environment, occasional weekend work and overtime is required during the busy periods with tight deadlines.

· Must be able to read, write and speak English fluently

· Must be at least 18 years old

· Must pass drug test and background check

· This is a full time-temporary, day shift position.

LOCAL APPLICANTS ONLY. No relocation will be provided.

Senior Programmer

Matrex is looking for senior programmer to work in our PerformanceScience department. The ideal candidate will have significant strategic, creative and tactical experience in creating never-been-done-before experiences that help brands tell their story and compel audiences to engage. He/She will have the ability to see the ‘big picture,’ the technical expertise to define the solution and the competence to execute flawlessly.

This role includes development of all aspects of a digital experience, including the frontend user experience and interface, backend technology, database design, server configuration and api development.

Examples of the type of programming include: Digital touch/gesture/motion activities, augmented and virtual reality, mobile app and web development, RFID/NFC/iBeacon, projection mapping, holographic effects, and multi-player gaming.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work with managers to prioritize opportunities, define the vision, scope, and requirements for interactive offerings.
  • Translate key business challenges and client needs into digital opportunities.
  • Generate compelling digital experiences to exceed client objectives.
  • Identify and leverage UX insights to influence strategy
  • Participate in research & development, new business development, client management, technical feasibility, architecture and vendor management.
  • Participate in the development process, including estimating, timeline management, programing, hardware decisions, quality control, resource management and application deployment
  • Provide project management as needed including requirement definition, scoping and planning, creative problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • Ensure a high standard of deliverables in a fast-paced environment including code quality, user interface and overall experience design.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional departments to ensure the needs of each project are met in a timely manner.
  • Attend events and act as technology point-of-contact on-site to ensure programs are executed flawlessly.
  • Create, maintain and refine functional and technical specifications and documentation standards.
  • Support the development of quality assurance documentation and test plans.
  • Support the development of coding standards and guidelines as well as conducting code reviews.
  • Keeps abreast of industry trends, best practices and competitive landscape, and actively seek emerging digital technologies that will improve engagement ROI.
  • Support troubleshooting of internal and client issues.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree; 5+ years technical experience
  • Experience creating digital experiences that garner industry attention and drive business
  • Thorough understanding of basic application architectures and principles of web/software/mobile/social/installations production and development
  • Diverse development experience in front and back-end technologies
  • Experience building campaigns and platforms that are executed in live event-type environments
  • Experience with the following required:  HTML, Jquery, vb.net, SQL, Objective C, Unity, c#.net, Access, Programmers Discretion

Skills:

  • Ability to work cross-functionally across all departments and levels of the organization.
  • Ability to ask questions and challenge the status quo
  • Strong communication skills and presence during client meeting and presentations
  • Deep understanding of architecture and optimization of digital applications
  • Demonstrated ability to balance workload of multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience in preparing proposals and presentations for all levels of a client’s organization
  • An inventive spirit to discover and deploy technology in new and exciting ways within the event industry.
  • Dedication to accuracy and attention to detail
  • A working knowledge of electrical engineering is a plus

 

 

 

Senior Exhibit Designer

Senior Exhibit Designer

This is your opportunity to be a leader in a collaborative design environment, to work with our
design-centric clients and create exciting and award-winning exhibit solutions.

 

Must haves:

  • Talented designer who possesses the ability and passion to create trade show environments from ideas through completion and inspire the creative team in the process.
  • Our very creative, dynamic environment produces concepts and designs for a range
    of clients. Pushing creative boundaries, solving problems, and communicating complex ideas
    on the fly.
  • You will work with different disciplines and departments to transform ideas into engaging experiences. Be skilled at harnessing different team perspectives and forming them into strategic solutions.
  • Effectively and often, within the creative team, across the company, with clients. Possessing the ability to present and champion great thinking, and provide keen insights.
  • Be self-motivated and thrive on turning challenges into opportunities.
    Always looking for better ways to do what we do.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with Create Director to define the goals of each project
  • Understanding of the client’s brand, products, needs and objectives, as well as the motivations behind customers’ buying decisions
  • Participating in/and accountable for the entire design process, from initial research through
    final design.
  • Working closely with cross-functional department managers, project managers, project teams and other design department staff to assure that all work is on schedule and within client’s budget
  • Creating unique, rich exhibit designs that meet the client’s/brand’s goals and objectives and are intellectually and emotionally compelling.
  • Working collaboratively with other departments to ensure all design solutions align with estimating, production & operational capabilities
  • Participating in professional development opportunities to stay informed of trends in the exhibit and design fields, learn from and share knowledge with colleagues, and build relevant partnerships.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of industry design experience or in a related field
  • Bachelors degree in a design-related field or equivalent
  • Strong design portfolio that represents design presentation skills related to the face-to-face marketing industry.
  • Strong competency to work collaboratively in a team, assume responsibilities, prioritize and meet multiple project deadlines
  • Solid understanding of creative process from conception through production
  • Strong knowledge of latest exhibit industry trends, production techniques, materials,
    and methodologies along with basic engineering to produce optimal solutions.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent personal presentation & communication skills to a wide variety of audiences
    (client and internal)
  • Ability to communicate (written and verbally) with all stakeholders to effectively convey design ideas and concepts and direct the development of design solutions.
  • Ability to accept and incorporate feedback from client, colleagues and supervisors.
  • Expertise in 3D Studio Max and V-ray rendering environment a plus.

Matrex Exhibits is an organization that offers:
– A generous compensation package.
– Advanced technology throughout our organization.
– Health & Dental Insurance.
– 401K and Profit Sharing.

All inquiries will remain completely confidential.
Please send resume and portfolio samples.

 

Sr. Account Manager

The Senior Account Manager (SAM) is the direct contact between the business development staff (and client input) and the various production departments of the company. The SAM maintains relationships with new and existing accounts, serves as the direct contact for the client and work with them through all stages of production. Manage and communicate production information including service orders through internal systems and reviews/confirms details with producing divisions and outside vendors.

NOTE: You need a minimum of 3 years TRADE SHOW or EVENT PRODUCTION experience to apply for this position.

Additional duties include:

Senior Account Management Responsibilities

  • Interacts and directs the efforts of all departments; from the creative process through construction and exhibit installation.
  • Manages the transition of accounts from Business Development and supports accounts accordingly. Fulfills all of the client’s requirements.
  • Uses industry knowledge to understand and recommend products and services that are most appropriate for maximizing client results.
  • Understands client needs and their personal drivers and motivators. Identifies opportunities which can further solidify the customer partnership.
  • Develops, monitors and distributes timelines and schedules.
  • Researches specific projects and assist the Business Development Strategists with compiling proposals.
  • Responds to client needs with a sense of urgency.
  • Assists at the installation of exhibits on show site which may require some travel.
  • Be well organized with the ability to multi-task and plan ahead while managing four to five accounts at any given time.
  • Is responsible for reconciliation of SOW estimates to final invoicing.
  • Manages floorplan/booth layout development, designs/renderings, graphics coordination and organization of archiving process.
  • Confirms jobs and requests necessary information to prepare service plan requirements.
  • Prepares show site information as requested which may include supervisor packets, floor plans/layouts, travel information and transportation.
  • Works closely with business development and operations on assigned jobs in advance and at show site, as required.
  • Ensures production information is communicated effectively to all production teams involved with the event or project and follow through to completion, including variance reporting.
  • Archives all show information for future reference along with invoicing support, graphics and any necessary changes on future events.
  • Must be able to travel 25-50% of time.

Requirements

  • 3-5 years trade show Account Manager experience
  • College degree preferred
  • Strong knowledge of trade show service suppliers and vendors
  • Articulate with strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Aggressively and pro-actively works to identify potential issues.
  • Strong organizations skills.
  • Experience with budgets and creating estimates and projections.
  • The ability to manage several complex projects from inception to completion.
  • Must be positive, energetic, self-motivated, proactive and team-oriented.
  • Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit, and thrives working in that environment.
  • Contributes to our partnership with clients as a brand steward, and fulfills the Matrex commitment to understanding and fulfilling our clients’ needs.

 

Contact Us to continue the discussion.  All inquiries will remain completely confidential.