Overview

Strategy Director, 12 month fixed term contract
Wood Lane, London, W12

Company Description

Spark Foundry make up part of a thriving global media network and are part of the Publicis Groupe, one of the world’s leading communications groups. We are globally connected with over 8,000 employees in 110 offices across 70 countries.

Who We Are in the UK? 

Spark Foundry, the Acceleration Agency.

We help brands to identify, learn and respond to opportunities faster than the competition.

Every client has an area of their business they need to accelerate, from short-term goals to long-term transformation.

We’ve proven our approach during the most difficult year on record. Now we’re using it to provide a launchpad for their future.

Come be an accelerator with us.

How we accelerate

  • Planning: an approach that works in practice rather than theory, arming planners with the ability to create cutting edge campaigns
  • Intelligence: a suite of tools that give definitive answers to big questions, and uncovers actionable insights about real people
  • Trading: a model built on flexibility and trusted relationships, underpinned with bold guarantees
  • Relationships: a culture of asking challenging questions to better understand the brief – we are not a ‘yes’ agency
  • People: a strong history of recruiting talent from diverse backgrounds and accelerating their careers

Our Commitment

We are diverse though our experience, people and the clients we look after – and we celebrate that diversity. Our people hold us accountable to our beliefs and via regular surveys and our grass roots D&I team, The Collective, and internal next generation board, Firestarters, we hold regular events and work continually towards generating ideas, initiatives and educating our people to ensure we are a diverse and inclusive agency.

As part of our dedication to create an inclusive and diverse workforce, Spark Foundry is committed to equal access to opportunity for people without regard to race, age, sex, disability, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. 

Job Description

Spark Foundry is seeking a dynamic Strategy Director to join our team on a fixed term contract to spearhead innovative strategies for our client, Brown Forman (Jack Daniels Whiskey, Gin Mare, Woodford Reserve and many other household name spirit brands) and Clarins (the multi-national cosmetics company). As a key player in our agency, you'll have the opportunity to develpop brand strategies, drive consumer engagement, and revolutionize the way brands connect with their audiences.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead strategic initiatives for key client accounts, fostering direct relationships and ensuring a deep understanding of their business objectives.
  • Own new strategic briefs, distill key objectives, and develop communication structures for Planning and Investment teams.
  • Collaborate across teams to develop comprehensive strategies, integrating insights, technology, and effectiveness divisions.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, research, and debates, contributing to thought leadership articles, events, and award-winning papers.
  • Drive new business efforts, increasing agency revenue and solidifying your role as a changemaker within the organisation.

 

    Qualifications

    • Proven experience in a strategic role within media planning and buying.
    • Expertise in consumer behavior across media channels and technologies, leveraging insights for strategic advantage.
    • Knowledgeable about industry topics and research, contributing to marketing effectiveness.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, adept at fostering trust and navigating challenging conversations.

    Additional Information

    Spark Foundry has fantastic benefits on offer to all of our employees. In addition to the classics, Pension, Life Assurance, Private Medical and Income Protection Plans we also offer;

    • WORK YOUR WORLD opportunity to work anywhere in the world, where there is a Publicis office, for up to 6 weeks a year.
    • REFLECTION DAYS - Two additional days of paid leave to step away from your usual day-to-day work and create time to focus on your well-being and self-care.
    • HELP@HAND BENEFITS 24/7 helpline to support you on a personal and professional level. Access to remote GPs, mental health support and CBT. Wellbeing content and lifestyle coaching.
    • FAMILY FRIENDLY POLICIES We provide 26 weeks of full pay for the following family milestones: Maternity. Adoption, Surrogacy and Shared Parental Leave.
    • FLEXIBLE WORKING, BANK HOLIDAY SWAP & BIRTHDAY DAY OFF You are entitled to an additional day off for your birthday, from your first day of employment.
    • GREAT LOCAL DISCOUNTS This includes membership discounts with Soho Friends, local restaurants and retailers in Westfield White City and Television Centre.

    Full details of our benefits will be shared when you join us!

    Publicis Groupe operates a hybrid working pattern with full time employees being office-based three days during the working week. 

    We are supportive of all candidates and are committed to providing a fair assessment process. If you have any circumstances (such as neurodiversity, physical or mental impairments or a medical condition) that may affect your assessment, please inform your Talent Acquisition Partner. We will discuss possible adjustments to ensure fairness. Rest assured, disclosing this information will not impact your treatment in our process.

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