27 days ago
  • Level Senior
  • Professions Account Director
  • Type Full Time
  • Location London, United Kingdom

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We are a global marketing agency that creates connected brands. We harness creativity, technology and culture to create connected brands that drive value for our clients and impact the world.
Our clients include global FMCG, automotive, pharma, sports, travel, alcohol and beauty brands. We have more than 7,000 employees with principal offices in 33 locations across six continents.
Reporting into and working very closely with the Business Director; the Account Director will lead on projects for the client, partnering with a great team of clients to take the client business to the next level. The Account Director will be creatively driven and responsible for the delivery of quality creative work that meets the client’s needs and addresses their business problems. They will do so through the effective management of their own team, and their ability to lead and inspire others inside and outside the agency.


Working with...
  • Internal: Agency management/leadership team; Agency account team, including planners/strategists; Creative teams and directors; Creative services and production staff; New business team; Human resources; Finance/accounts.
  • External: Client marketing team, including Marketing Director; Client procurement personnel; Other agencies in their client's roster e.g. Media, Public Relations; Regulatory bodies; New business opportunity contacts.
  • Account Directors will report to the senior management team of the agency, usually the Managing Director. They will also report to the Finance Director on account profitability. They will manage staff within their team, being accountable for their performance and providing them with professional development opportunities.
Responsible for...
  • Leading client accounts within the agency, with overall responsibility for the client- agency relationship.
  • Working with planners to interrogate client briefs, by challenging and asking questions, to develop communications briefs that meet business needs in an effective and accountable way. This is done in collaboration with Media Planners and Strategists from roster agencies to ensure integrated work is delivered for the client.
  • Supporting the Account Planner in writing inspirational creative briefs and going on to direct the strategic development of creative work, presenting and selling this effectively to clients.
  • Ensuring the profitability and growth of client accounts.
  • Identifying, developing and converting new business opportunities with existing and future agency clients.
  • Negotiating contracts and fees with marketing directors and client procurement personnel.
  • Managing the work, performance and professional development of team members.
  • Leading and inspiring those outside of the core team, including creative teams and those in other agencies working on the same account.
  • Reporting key financial and team data to the agency’s senior leadership, finance and human resources departments.
  • Maintaining a detailed awareness of relevant market trends affecting their accounts, and developments in the wider advertising and communications industry.
  • Those who succeed are...
  • Able to lead and inspire their team, the wider agency, clients, and other external partners.
  • Commercially and creatively astute.
  • Effective negotiators.
  • Unafraid to take charge when necessary, be decisive and then build support for those decisions.
  • Responsible and accountable for their own and others’ work, delegating effectively to balance a varied and demanding workload, and appreciates that the team working well can achieve much more than any individual.
  • Prepared to share credit and shoulder difficulties.
  • Good at evaluating creative work; able to give and receive feedback to support its development.
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about their client’s business, and where and how advertising contributes to its success.


  • Good prospects- If you work hard you could potentially move up into different departments within the agency.
  • A great opportunity to gain a foot in the door to a fun and dynamic industry.
  • Lots of talented people to meet and work with.
  • Lots of opportunities to help on different projects beyond the day to day admin role.
  • Supportive and friendly team.
  • Buzzy, fun atmosphere.
  • Good perks.
  • SOON TO BE based in a central location.
(Following successful completion of your probationary period)
  • 20 days’ holiday per calendar year, rising to 22 days after 2 years’ service and an additional 1 day per year up to a maximum of 25 thereafter
  • You will receive 3 additional discretionary days holiday to be taken between Christmas and New Year
  • Auto enrolment into the pension scheme after 3 months at 4% contribution. After one year's service the company will match the contribution up to 5% upon request.
  • Private healthcare with BUPA after one year’s service
  • Group Income Protection at up to 75% of salary for up to 5 years
  • Life Assurance Cover at 4 times annual salary
VMLY&R is a proudly and defiantly diverse employer. We only care that you are a good human, who is amazing at your job, who is interested and interesting, who wants to do truly transformational work. We don't care much about gender identity, sexual preference, skin colour, able-bodied-ness, marital status or otherwise of our team members. We just want to work with the best.

Skills Required

  • Account Direction

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