Strategy Director Retail

Comms/Strategic Planning London, England


Position at MediaCom

Strategy Director - MediaCom

Overview of job 
MediaCom is looking for a brilliant comms planner or strategist to join our market-leading strategy team. You

You will work on a range of clients depending on your interests, experience and skillset, but could include some of Innocent, Revlon, Dulux, Tesco, Boots, NowTV, Pinterest, Bayer, PSA Peugeot Citroen or Mars.

Reporting of the role

This role reports to the Managing Partner, CID (Challenge and Inspire department).

3 best things about the job:

  1. The CID team sits right at the heart of Mediacom – we’re probably the only team that are connected to everyone – from insights, to business science, to MBA, to implementational planning. We’re also relied on by senior management for advice. So despite the size of the agency, it’s very easy to make your mark as a MediaCom strategist.
  2. Because our role is to challenge and inspire the planning teams and the agency, not just lead upfront strategy, we get involved in lots of different types of projects; helping to develop award winning work, running Connected Pitching – a 24 hour turnaround brief for all of the junior planners in the agency, facilitating workshops internally and externally, leading collaboration with creative partners, media owners and start-ups.
  3. Working in the most diverse team of strategists in London, ten senior strategists with backgrounds in media, creative, digital, data and research, there is always someone with a different perspective to bounce ideas off.

What you will need

You will have solid strategic and problem-solving capabilities. This means you may well work in a strategy role at another media agency, however we are just as interested in brilliant, experienced media / comms planners who are looking for a move into a more strategic role.

You’ll be passionate about making great work happen, and be excited about the opportunities data has to drive both effectiveness and creativity on plans. You will have the ability to fuse creative and analytical thinking, simplifying the complex to give clarity of thought.

We’re looking for passion, enthusiasm, and a desire not just to develop great strategic thinking but a desire to help our planners turn it into award-winning execution across any channel.

Responsibilities of the role

Your role will be to help MediaCom consistently deliver the most innovative, creative and effective work in the industry.

We are looking for a creative problem solver.  You should bring a fresh perspective to any problem – always challenging yourself and those around you to connect thoughts & ideas in new ways, and in doing so help the rest of the planning team deliver brilliant, forward thinking work on every brief.

You will also help our clients answer bigger, long-term questions, keeping them up to date with the latest thinking, helping them understand consumer behaviour, and inspiring them with the new.

We work exceptionally closely with their other agencies, and you will also have a lead role in driving strategic integration with these partners, and in running workshops and brainstorms to develop creative ideas.

Around 75% of your time will be spent working with clients.  The rest will be flexible, depending on your own skills and passions, but would include a mix of new business pitches, continuing to the agency’s planning proposition, workshop facilitation, mentoring junior planners and client projects in areas that you have expertise in or are keen to develop.

This is a new role that will be expanding the team because of MediaCom’s growth.

*Although we cannot make guarantees, we welcome conversations about flexible working for all roles at MediaCom London*

The Team

The Challenge and Inspiration Department (CID) is MediaCom’s team of ten senior strategists. Our responsibility is to create market-leading, innovative and effective work for some of the UK’s most interesting clients. We work with account teams and other departments to push their work, to ensure that the strategies are as strong as they can be and that the execution is extraordinary.  As a team, we are involved as much in the execution of a strategy or idea, as we are in the strategic front-end planning.

We come from a range of backgrounds including media, creative, digital, data, social and research, and we all sit together at the heart of the agency, creating an exciting working environment. We also set the planning agenda for the agency – the philosophy, the process, and an inspiration programme. 

We are also closely connected to the CID teams in our Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Birmingham offices, as well as the MediaCom EMEA & Global strategy team in our London office, so have a unique opportunity to share our work and processes between regions & with our MediaCom markets, and get perspectives from outside the London bubble.

The Agency

We are proud of our track record of delivering brilliant, effective work for our clients. We have won more IPA Effectiveness Awards than any other media agency. In 2016 we won 11 awards at the Campaign Media Awards, including the Grand Prix for top performing agency.

Here at MediaCom, we know that our people are our greatest asset in making us the UK’s leading agency and so we make sure our employees are rewarded and looked after in terms of career growth, social life and personal welfare.

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We are an equal opportunities employer. All GroupM agencies are equal opportunities employers and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, gender identity, disability, culture/religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.