Senior Account Executive

Job description

This role sits within Bicycle’s Client team, supporting Account Managers and Business Directors. This team builds relationships with our clients, gets under the skin of their brands, coordinates all projects and campaigns, and develops media plans for advertisers’ communications.

The role will report to a Senior Account Manager, who in turn reports to a Business Director. Clients are to be confirmed, but will be 3-4 brands across a mix of advertiser verticals (perhaps including alcohol).

We need a bright, enthusiastic, proactive, ambitious individual who wants to develop their advertising career, and would thrive in an integrated, fast-growth environment where they’d have close contact with Board-level colleagues and senior clients. They should have some media agency experience, ideally from a client/comms planning team.

Responsible for:
- Schedule, coordinate and attend all client planning, status and reporting meetings, virtually and face to face. Take notes and ensure agreed actions are recorded and followed up. Support the Account Managers with coordination and communication, maintaining organised, accurate documentation of plans, reports, and other resources.
- Research your client’s market, competitors and target audience using various industry tools, as well as news and social media. Ensure this data you gather is well organised and up to date.
- Help to design best in class media experiences across traditional paid media and digital channels, together with the activation teams. Maintain a detailed, up to date knowledge of all your client’s media plans, and proactively speak to your team to understand the rationale behind them.
- With guidance, organise and attend your training to develop your understanding of media agency operations, account management processes and planning principles, with organisations such as the IPA, Google, Meta and Thinkbox, as well as internal inductions. Spend time with key media owners to understand their products, and proactively consume advertising industry news to maintain a knowledge of the evolving landscape.
- Attend and contribute to idea generation sessions, using the industry knowledge you’ve acquired to date as well as your own observations of societal and cultural trends to assist strategic development and communications design.
- Liaise with the creative/production specialists - you know exactly which creatives have been delivered and when, and flag any potential delays with relevant stakeholders. You collate and share in situ campaign imagery and proof of posting.
- Perform timely and accurate account billing and administration.
- Proactively manage payment and booking deadlines, and work with the Account Manager and Bicycle’s finance team to keep payments and cash flow on track.
- Monitor campaign reporting, regularly speak with all activation specialists and understand optimisations. Develop a detailed knowledge of your campaigns’ performance trends and the definitions of and relationship between KPIs across all traditional and digital channels.
- Enthusiastically input into wider agency projects to continually enhance our profile, productivity and culture. Act as an ambassador for Bicycle.

Essential Skills & experience:
- 1+ year in a media planning and buying agency, ideally in an account management and/or communications planning role, across both digital and offline channels
- Working knowledge of a media booking system, e.g. Mediaocean (Prisma, Media Explorer, Buyer Workflow)
- Solid understanding of media metrics, formats, environments, channels, why they’re used and how they relate to brand and business objectives
- Working knowledge of research tools like TGI, Touchpoints, Nielsen Ad Intel and Google Analytics
- Experience collating media campaign reports and talking clients through them
- Experience running client status meetings
- Able to confidently build relationships with clients, colleagues and partners
- Good general knowledge - you pay attention to the news and cultural trends
- Good knowledge of either Microsoft or Google Office Suite (Sheets, Excel, PPT, Slides etc)
- Analytical, numerate and commercially-minded
- Collaborative and great team player, though also able to think independently and proactively seek solutions
- An excellent multi-tasker, exceptionally well-organised, outstanding attention to detail
- A fast-thinking problem-solver, undeterred by unexpected change
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
- Always proactive, inquisitive and positive
- A passion for brands, communications and creativity

Please send a cover email with your CV, outlining why you're interesting in the role and Bicycle, and what makes you well-suited for this position.
This role is usually based in our London office 4 days a week.

The Package

Salary £29,000 - £32,000, dependent on experience

Flexible, extensive benefits post probation. These include:
Cycle to work scheme (of course)
Additional day of holiday per year for volunteering
Additional holiday for every full year as an employee after 2 years
Dog-friendly offices
Annual away day & monthly socials
Free Audible membership
Private healthcare, death in service, pension
Generous training budget
Employee assistance program
Personal development fund to explore your passions and hobbies
Annual performance-based bonus scheme of up to 8.3% of salary, relative to time at Bicycle

The Agency

Bicycle was founded by four people in 2021 because they believed that a better type of agency wasn’t just possible, but needed.

We are 100% independent, with no external investment whatsoever and proudly offer a full-service media and creative solution with fully global capabilities. We’re built on the power of ‘And’: creative & media, brand & performance, art & science, data & creativity, man & machine.

We are now 40 strong and one of the fastest growing agencies in the world. We already count Livescore, Carwow, Virgin Bet, OFX, Sarson’s, Zenb, ANNA Money, CVH Spirits, Tate & Lyle, Kroo, Royal British Legion, Branston Pickle, Movember, Moju and Estrid amongst our clients.

We won The Drum’s Global Start-up of the Year Award in 2022 and were recently shortlisted for Campaign’s Start-up of the Year Award.

Development is core to our growth and is evidenced by us being accredited IPA CPD Gold status in 2023 and 2024. We are home to smart people who want to create incredible work on interesting brands.
In 2023, we were awarded B-Corp status and shortlisted for The Drum’s Best Places To Work.

In 2024, we were accredited the People First Promise badge by the IPA in recognition of our commitment to our people and their mental wellbeing.