Account Director

Job description

Leading creative agency based in London seek a new Account Director

We are Kitchen.
We make wonderful stuff.
We make logos for the Queen.
We make brands from scratch.
We make websites for craft beers and global charities.
We make TV ads in Cuba.
We make content that goes viral
We make press, tube and billboard ads you’ll ve proud to show your mum.
We make pitch winning ideas (some very big ones actually).
We make banners for bananas and social for shakes.
We make time to lunch together.
We make team hangovers in Switzerland, Barcelona and Marrakech.
We make everyone welcome at interviews.

Kitchen is a leading integrated Advertising Agency based in London. We were delighted to come top in the new business performance league put together by the AAR last year by winning 5 out of 5 pitches (including a luxury yacht), so we must be doing something right.

Personality is key to us. We require a candidate who is bursting with passion. We are an independent agency of creative, ambitious and energetic people. We love what we do and we love working with each other. It is also important you are someone who likes and can contribute to a fun, vibrant agency culture.
We are looking for a candidate who can deliver outstanding work in the following areas;
Provide leadership across a portfolio of accounts, inspiring the highest standards in all team members whilst directing the Agency’s longer-term relationship with the Client.
The role currently reports directly into the Partners so offers a unique opportunity to grow into a more senior leadership role so ambition and fire to progress is a must.

Develop strong and trusted Client relationships; act as a partner in developing marketing strategy and add real value to the Client’s business. The AD will be the Client’s first point of contact on strategic, creative and resource matters.
Contribution towards the team
Be responsible for effective team working, be willing to instil rigour and process into the agency to ensure all projects run on time and on budget.
Mentor, drive and support the development of junior account managers. Be an open sounding board and help structure their progression within the company.

Contribution towards Insights
Should nurture a deep understanding of challenges facing the Clients business in the short to mid-term.
Have a thorough understanding of all dynamics operating in the market and in the consumers’ relationship with the brand.
Should have a good cross-discipline understanding, ie. an up-to-date grasp of planning and media tools, print and production techniques, above and below-the-line communication channels including TV and filmed content, PR, Direct Marketing, Social, Sponsorship and digital/Interactive.
Contribution towards Ideas
Actively seek to inspire creative team from the outset through innovative briefing techniques, providing an overall vision and direction for the creative work, ensuring it is set in the correct business context.

Ensure Creative teams remain motivated and enthused from the moment of briefing to the final stages of production.

Be an excellent judge of creative work, willing and able to fight for the best work in any Client/Agency forum.

Build the trust of key clients, giving them the confidence to buy brave ideas.

Give serious consideration to the best way to sell creative work through the Client and then do so with total conviction.

Work closely with Planning Director to produce inspiring and unusual strategies that offer the most effective use of Client’s budget and provide a showcase for the agency’s creative

Contribution towards Implementation

Ensure Client understands the creative development and production process, negotiating sufficient time and budget for the Agency to deliver its best work.

Ensure the Agency allocates sufficient and appropriate resource to complete tasks effectively.

Contribute to good financial management of the business; improving profitability and maximising revenue wherever possible; monitoring all billing procedures, contributing to business/resource planning process, alerting management to any likely changes in billing/income, any potential write-offs etc.

The Package

Highly competitive salary to match experience (IPA benchmarked)
Group Pension Scheme (Scottish Widows)
Flexible working arrangements
Minimum of 25 days holiday per annum (rising to 30 days)

The Agency

We combine bright, young people who want to change the world with experienced specialists who know how to make it happen. We sit round a big kitchen table and work in an open, collaborative way (often with you at the table). We challenge each other in our shared goal of making wonderful stuff. If you work with one of us, you work with all of us.

We start by finding what makes you tick but more importantly what stops you ticking. Using KultureLab, our proprietary culture tool, we root out your brand’s Wonder, interrogating your backstory, culture and product. We dig deep to understand the way people, employees and consumers, think about, relate to, use and talk about your product and brand.

Then we ask some big questions: How can this brand keep people alert and open to new possibilities? How can it inspire change? How can we force reappraisal? What about the brand is authentic and timeless? What about this brand will get talked about, remembered and bring people together? What is the story of this brand that will provoke wonder?