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Senior PR Account Director

Remuneration:negotiable Cost to company 
Benefits:Within the cost to company package
Education level:Diploma
Job level:Senior
Company:Viv Gordon Placements (VGP)

A fantastic opportunity has opened up for a dynamic senior account director at a leading PR Group’s Johannesburg office. We’re looking for someone with strong media relations experience, excellent writing and great client service skills. The role will see you overseeing a small team managing their consumer portfolio of great iconic brands. You will be required to lead this team to deliver on all the PR requirements of clients. Your portfolio may be expanded to include other agency teams and clients. You should be hands-on as you will manage some of your own clients. You will spend time on team development and the reviewing of high-quality deliverables to clients. You should be operational effective and efficient. Super opportunity, not to be missed!

  • Be an integral part of the senior leadership team
  • Involvement in strategy development and implementation for the growth of the agency
  • Source of leadership to junior staff in the agency
  • Input into key staffing decisions
  • Identify and motivate new ways of working, both creatively and operationally
  • Involvement in operational issues within the consultancy
  • Developing strong and agile teams
  • Mentorship and career guidance
  • Learning and development
  • Driving internal team culture
  • Assist with creation, conception, and presentation of integrated communications campaigns
  • Interpret the direction of strategy/planning and creative leads
  • Develop strategic and tactical client programmes. Demonstrate an ability to apply communications techniques in response to client briefs
  • Providing insight and consultancy to media monitoring teams/Newsroom
  • Write persuasively, creatively pitch stories and identify/develop story opportunities
  • Review journalist and influencer relationship-building programme
  • Identify and build relationships at multiple levels within clients
  • Build high-level knowledge of client’s market sector
  • Show excellent communication skills: express ideas and articulate concepts, recommendations, etc. in client or team meetings     
  • Demonstrate innovation and creativity
  • Identify trend topics/events related to clients and suggest ways to participate.
  • Have knowledge of the various social media channels used by clients, generate content for these platforms, manage them according to client guidelines and nurture relationships with influencers
  • Respond to comments, when appropriate, in order to foster a positive community and add value to the user’s experience
  • Review content, reports and PR/Influencer plans for sign-off or input
  • Senior point of contact on client portfolio
  • Participate and lead client meetings
  • Plan and participate in client review meetings with team
  • Demonstrate event management capability
  • Develop a consulting/advisory capability with client wherever possible
  • Finalise programmes and budgets for client
  • Assume accountability for financial aspects of cost management on client programmes and be aware of financial status of accounts at all times
  • Maintain an in-depth interest/knowledge of current affairs; look for links, opportunities to position the company to client as appropriate
  • Seek and develop opportunities for growth of new and existing business
  • Demonstrate strong proposal writing and pitch preparation skills in conjunction with Director
  • Demonstrate advanced presentation and influencing skills
  • Hold in-depth knowledge of competitive landscape
  • Build high-level analytical and research skills
  • Lead a team of consultants
  • Become a role model for junior staff throughout the agency
  • Support team development and staff team and project planning
  • Conduct appraisals for junior staff members
  • Contribute to and participate in personal development activities for junior staff (i.e. via coaching, workshop development etc.)
  • Actively look to maintain and build positive working relationships
  • Ensuring junior team members (especially SAM’s) take a leading role in account management and accountability

The successful candidate must have/be:
  • Relevant tertiary qualification
  • Strong Media relations experience
  • Strong writing skills - Able to write persuasively, creatively pitch stories and identify/develop story opportunities
  • Strong client service skills
  • Able to apply communications techniques beyond media relations in response to client briefs, including viral and web PR techniques
  • Show excellent communication skills: express ideas and articulate concepts, recommendations, etc. in client or team meetings
  • Able to demonstrate a self-starter approach
  • Able to demonstrate innovation and creativity.
Please submit your salary requirements along with your CV on application.

Should you not receive a response within one week, please consider you application unsuccessful.

Company Description

Viv Gordon Placements (VGP) is a specialist recruitment agency in the advertising, marketing, media, digital, public relations and publishing industries.

Posted on 07 Nov 10:30

Tamara Wolpert

+27 21 422 1037
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