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Head of Strategy

Benefits:Medical Aid, Provident Fund, Group Risk Benefits
Location:Johannesburg
Job level:Management (Snr - Executive, 5+ yrs)
Type:Permanent
Company:Havas Johannesburg


The opportunity

The head of strategy is a critical role, responsible for shaping the strategic vision and direction of a leading media and creative agency operating in the dynamic African market. This role will drive insights-driven campaigns and ensure a deep understanding of the African consumer and media landscape for both the agency and its diverse clientele.
Key Responsibilities

Strategic leadership:
  • Develop and articulate the agency's overall strategic vision, ensuring alignment with market dynamics and growth objectives.
  • Oversee strategic planning, setting long-term goals, and ensuring effective implementation across the agency.
  • Lead the development and execution of innovative marketing and advertising campaigns that resonate with African audiences.
  • Innovation champion to review and lead the implementation of new interventions
Market analysis and insights:
  • Conduct in-depth market research, analyze consumer trends, demographics, and the evolving media landscape across diverse African markets.
  • Drive a culture of insights-driven decision making, using data analytics to inform strategic choices, creative executions, and optimize campaign performance.
  • Champion the development of proprietary tools and frameworks for understanding the African consumer.
Client collaboration:
  • Build strong partnerships with existing clients, understanding their business challenges and identifying strategic opportunities.
  • Lead new business pitches, showcasing the agency's unique insights, strategic capabilities, and creative excellence.
  • Nurture and expand client relationships through insightful thought leadership and proactive solutions.
Team leadership and development:
  • Guide and mentor a team of talented strategists, fostering a collaborative and innovative environment.
  • Attract, develop, and retain top strategic talent within the agency.
  • Ensure clear goal setting, regular feedback, and development opportunities for team members.
Thought leadership:
  • Represent the agency as a thought leader in the African media and creative industries through public speaking, publications, and industry events.
  • Establish the agency as a driving force behind understanding and engaging modern African consumers.
Qualifications:
  • 10+ years of progressive experience in strategic leadership roles within media, advertising, or related fields.
  • Proven track record in strategy development and execution for major brands, with experience in the African market being highly advantageous.
  • Deep understanding of consumer behaviour, market segmentation, and digital marketing trends across diverse African countries.
  • Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability to translate data and insights into actionable strategies.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and build relationships at all levels.
  • Proven ability to lead and inspire a dynamic team of strategists.
Tools:
  • TGI
  • BrandMapp
  • Orinco
  • Adintel
  • GWI


Posted on 17 May 15:03, Closing date 16 Jul

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Talent@havas.co.za

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