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Athene Distribution Marketing Strategist in West Des Moines, Iowa

We are Athene. At Athene, we are driven to do more. We are a leading retirement services company that issues, reinsures and acquires retirement savings products designed for the increasing number of individuals and institutions seeking to fund retirement needs. We see every day as a new opportunity to measure ourselves against the best - and then we don't stop until we've set the bar even higher. We're ready to help you achieve more.


The Distribution Marketing Senior Partner role is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of marketing initiatives that support Athene’s retail business development and sales initiatives. This individual possesses a strong understanding of the financial services sales process, channel variations and the firm/producer acquisition & onboarding process. The position will create and execute marketing strategies for new firm onboardings, key conferences, high value advisors/firms, sales activation marketing programs and other initiatives as assigned.


  • Become an annuity distribution expert. Partner with sales and account management to maintain an in-depth understanding of Athene’s distribution channels, translating insights into marketing strategy.

  • Maintain a strong understanding of how Athene’s solutions fit within the financial planning sales process, leveraging data and insights to create relevant, differentiated marketing programs.

  • Create and execute marketing strategy that supports sales and business development targeted objectives and goals including strategic development and execution of; marketing programs, new firm onboardings, conference support, sales collateral, training materials and presentations, ensuring all business needs are met.

  • Leverage data and insights to develop strategies based on marketplace acceptance, marketplace need, emerging market directions and understanding of the competitive environment.

  • Partner across retail marketing team to integrate distribution insights across all marketing initiatives.

  • Lead cross functional teams as needed to accomplish assigned projects or business objectives. Team composition and duration will vary depending on project business requirements.

  • Operate within Athene’s project management process, including use of project management software to initiate, track and monitor progress on assigned initiatives.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing or related field.

  • Five (5+) years of experience in the insurance or financial services industry in marketing, sales, relationship management or related business experience.

  • Proven understanding of marketing best practices, and how to use data and market insights to shape effective marketing strategy

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to maintain in-depth understanding of retail distribution channels and how annuity solutions fit in the overall financial planning process.

  • Excellent communication skills with ability to develop and articulate business cases and presentations.

  • Strong project management disciplines. Proven ability to deliver results on time and on budget.

  • Highly effective problem resolution, analytical and organizational skills. Ability to identify, assess and create strategic solutions.

  • Ability to collaborate with and influence at multiple levels within an organization

  • Ability to travel occasionally – up to 5% of time.

NOTE: Successful candidate will be required to complete a pre-employment background check.

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Athene celebrates diversity, is committed to inclusion and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

We are driven to do more. More for our customers and the financial professionals who offer our products. If you are driven to do more and love the challenge of pursuing more, Athene is your kind of company. You will find we offer more than the basics to create a diverse, inclusive and dynamic work environment at our various locations.

Based on your location you will experience a unique blend of: • Benefits to meet individual needs including, but not limited to, a 401(k) and/or pension plan with a company match, paid time off, paid holidays, job-related tuition reimbursement, medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. • Career development opportunities including a Leadership Development Program, self-guided trainings and periodic Lunch & Learns. • Amenities that include "dress for your day" work attire, in house coffee bar, on-site café, ergonomic desks, game room area and on-site fitness facility. • Volunteer opportunities to give back to the community, company-sponsored volunteer events throughout the year, individual non-profit volunteer time that can earn grant money, and non-profit matching gift program.

Athene USA is also proud to be recognized for the following: • Best places to Work in Money Management by Pensions & Investments, 2020 • Iowa's Top Workplaces; since 2015 • Bermuda Top Ten Employer; 2019 • United Way of Central Iowa awards

• Advocate & Volunteer; 2016 • Spirit of Central Iowa; 2017, 2019 • Game Changer; 2018 • Impact-Maker; 2018, 2020 • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Awards • Patriot Award, 2018 • Pro Patria Award, 2019 • Seven Seals Award, 2019 • Military Friendly® Employer; since 2017 • Military Spouse Friendly® Employer; since 2017 • LGBTQ+ Friendly Employer by Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2021 • Excellence in Education LOMA;10 plus years • Structured Retail Products (SRP) • Best Carrier Award; 2017 & 2018 • FIA of the Year; 2019

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