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Global Strategy Manager - Media

Global Strategy Manager - Media

This role will see the successful candidate work on one of the biggest clients of the global media agency. With a long-standing relationship, we have built an amazing level of trust and understanding, as we continue to deliver fresh and innovative thinking  To maintain and build on this great track record Globally, we are looking for a proven strategist to join us in the London Global hub.

The Strategy Manager will be possessing of both intellectual and emotional intelligence that can be applied quickly, smartly, and persuasively for expectant client stakeholders. Naturally inquisitive, you will have a passion for culture, technology, innovation… and a mindset that never rests around uncovering new, interesting insights that could lead to meaningful media ideas for our client. 

Our ideal Strategy Manager candidate will have worked in a strategy or media/comms planning role for a minimum of 3-4 years and will have a robust background in media/comms planning as a foundation for meaningful, strategic thinking.   Strong organization, creative thinking and confident presentation skills should come as standard.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Building local market and global relationships - It is of critical importance that Regional Hub teams and local markets respond positively to the Global Hub and its direction, as this is the core of our remit and indeed how the client stakeholders score our performance.  The Strategy Manager needs to quickly build confidence, approachability, and respect from local teams, and build relationships with a wider group of team members across Regional Hub Teams.
  • Intelligence gathering and analysis - A critical role in supporting the Global Strategy Director is to take immediate command of intelligence and insight inputs to help shape clear, informing Global media strategies for key launches/campaigns.  Whilst naturally the Strategy Manager will be fully conversant with standard agency tools such as TGI and GWI, we would expect a more inquisitive approach to intelligence gathering that embraces other sources such as Google Trends, Social Listening, following key commentators across social channels, trend sources etc
  • Global champion - In continuing our great success with applying the planning and implementation approach, the Strategy Manager must quickly become the go-to for all things.   Internally, you will be the champion and mentor to the wider Hub account team members, and will proactively collaborate and share with other Strategy Managers across the agency to improve the application.  Externally, for our regional teams, you will similarly be the go-to and gate for all responses to brief and media plan submissions, ensuring the centrally created strategy is followed and reflected in media plans before our central client stakeholders see the local market responses.
  • Contributing to thought leadership - To keep us front of mind and continually challenging the status quo, together with the global team in London the Hub creates a wealth of useful content such as competitive reports, market POVs, newsletters, new media opportunities, trend reports.   Again, working closely with the Global Insights Team, the Strategy Manager will play an important role in the delivery of these key client experience elements.
BEHAVIOURS & SKILLS
  • Perspective – Ability to identify the problem before rushing straight to ‘an answer’. To have a strong, informed and intuitive point of view quickly. Contribute to thought leadership etc with thoughts and ideas that are ‘theirs’ – we don’t want corporate reps, we want genuine and interesting people.
  • Responsibility – A ‘grown up’ with passion for the work over ownership of it. You will have a can-do attitude and be able to get on with different types of people. Keeping calm under pressure is vital.
  • Collaboration – The role will suit a collaborator not a lone thinker – someone who can connect with the team around them, motivate this team around the task and help deliver excellent all round solutions.
  • Empathy – To display empathy with the public and culture – it is our job to be the ‘consumer in the room’ and to respect and look after them.
  • Strong analytical skills – Comfortable working with data, from pivot table and excel formulas to using dashboards and effectively extract necessary information to write insightful presentations
  • Curiosity – A lateral thinker, spotting creative solutions and unconstrained by rigid media siloes. Restlessness and a healthy degree of constructive cynicism – our industry is in constant beta test as technology and consumers evolve, strategy leads need to help identify opportunities and ways to ‘be better’.
  • Presence – Genuine, honest, an open but that can bring gravitas, energy and personality to a room – a person that people can trust and believe in and be inspired by.   A team player, not a lone player, inspiring but open and embracing.
  • Knowledge – Experienced in the world of communications planning – understanding the world in which we operate as a media agency and the competitive media landscape we sit within.
  • Excellence – Track record as a self-reliant player who can be trusted to deliver to a high standard, simply, comprehensively and within deadlines and showing organizational ability, balance big picture with eye for detail and ability to ensure the team ticks all the boxes.


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