Account Director – Design & Branding Agency - West London - to £55k

London (West), London (Greater)
To £55k
17 Oct 2016
14 Nov 2016
Marketing Disciplines
Account Management, Brand
Industry Sector
Agency, Creative Design Agency
Contract Type
Work Experience Level
Agency-side or Client-side
Agency Side
Job Role
Account Director

Account Director – Design & Branding Agency - West London - to £55k

Stunning, boutique design and branding agency seeks an Account Director to oversee a portfolio of exceptional FMCG brands.

The Agency

The agency are one of the new ‘want-to-be-at’ agencies of 2016. They are doing exceptionally well and people love working there.

Their client base is 99% FMCG clients – they work with some of the biggest and best brands around and it’s a portfolio that will make you WANT to get out of bed in the morning to work on.

In a nutshell – The Account Director Role

The agency are looking for an experienced and hands-on Account Director to join their exciting, creative, forward-looking team.

You need to be passionate about design because stunning design is what you will work on in this role. You will have an opinion on brands, know what you like and don’t like and how you can influence change for the better.

Being a leading brand design and marketing consultancy means they get to work with incredibly talented people and some fantastic companies, and if that gets you going they’d love to hear from you.

The Account Director will report into the Head of Account Management and the agency are looking for an Account Director who enjoys the strategy side of the role as well as someone who has a key eye on profitability.

You are an Account Director who also enjoys managing people, even if you have limited experience of that – you know when and what to delegate and you get a buzz from bringing on people and developing them.

You will typically have 1-2 years’ experience at Account Director level and it is preferred that you come from a small – mid-sized agency so you understand the dynamic and demands of working in that type of environment as from time to time the role can be very ‘hands on’ – it’s not a role where you will bogged down with process!

The Ideal Account Director

The ideal Account Director will have a design / branding agency background but an integrated agency background wouldn’t rule you out either.

What is key however is a knowledge of print production (and ideally digital print production) and branding.

Packaging design / POS design experience would be a nice to have also but isn’t essential.

The Clients and Your Personal Characteristics

The Account Director will work with the most creative, open-minded clients on the planet – nice people who trust you and your team to come up with some cracking ideas on a daily basis.

You’re so bright your doctor’s prescribed you a dimmer switch! You’re so multitasking, you’re reading this whilst unicycling. You’re so self-motivated, you’ve already applied for the job and you haven’t even read the description yet! You obsess about detail, you crush deadlines, you’re as persistent as a spider, as organised as the mafia and change gear like Lewis Hamilton.

Discrete like Bond, professional like Jobs and you understand why a job description like this should be fun to read.

Account Director Role Requirements

You will look after the agency’s clients to ensure they deliver their promises. Sometimes, they need to give people a little reminder, a push or even a nudge with tact and diplomacy!

You will put together proposals, estimates, specifications, schedules and briefs. Occasionally you will turn your hand to a bit of planning, research and creative brainstorming, whilst overseeing your Account Managers, who, by the way, all have superhuman powers (specifically, 2 Account Managers and 1 Account Executive).

Typical projects include brand positioning, packaging and digital, events alongside good old new business, it’s an exciting and diverse Account Director role!

You will handle…

  • writing creative briefs
  • cost proposals and budgeting
  • mentoring and directing your account team
  • providing consultative advice
  • research and insight
  • internal briefing
  • internal reviewing
  • client presentations
  • profitability reporting

You will need…

  • at least five years’ experience in a busy agency environment
  • a working knowledge of print and production processes
  • to be well-versed in the digital environment
  • an excellent knowledge of marketing strategies
  • to be able to manage and own a P&L
  • knowledge of brand strategy work in a commercial B2C environment
  • to be comfortable taking ultimate responsibility for account performance
  • to use your brand understanding to keep the work on-brief (as well as on-schedule)
  • excellent literacy, numeracy and administrative skills

How much?

The agency always start by asking you – what sort of a salary are you looking for? You tell them what you’re likely to cost and they will tell you if their pockets are deep enough.

What next?

If they like the cut of your jib, your CV and the things people say about they will invite you over for a cup of tea. They don’t like first interviews as they’re a tad formal. So, instead, they’ll just give you a tour of their place and tell you all about themselves.

Stunning agency, fantastic role – Account Directors please send us your CV today.

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