Associate Director

Mid-level Professionals Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


About APCO Middle East

Home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, the Middle East and Africa region has a pivotal role to play in driving global conversations – from environmental policies to religion and pop culture. The UAE and Saudi Arabia are clear leaders in this equation, although the wave of innovation continues to transcend borders.

APCO launched its regional operations in 2006 in Dubai. Growing from a team of less than 30 consultants, APCO today has over 200 people from 32 countries working in teams across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Manama and Kuwait. Our projects also take us to Cairo, Amman, Muscat, Beirut and other markets in the Levant.

With a portfolio of over 100 clients, APCO’s MEA offices deliver public relations and digital communication support across health, food, consumer & retail, finance, technology, real estate & hospitality, non-profit and public affairs practices. The region also offers specialized services, created for the Middle East, such as our Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model and our Compass and License to Operate offerings.

In addition, APCO’s global AI Comms Lab, a first-of-its-kind innovation center which utilizes artificial intelligence to build and protect the reputations of major global brands, governments and organizations is driven from the Dubai office.

From helping governments connect with the private sector and civil society, to supporting the Pope’s historic visit to the region and launching iconic brands and destinations, we understand the nuances of the Middle East and pride ourselves on making an impact.

 

Associate Director

The Associate Director is a client leader responsible for leading/managing large client relationship(s) and client teams. She/he manages and takes ownership of client projects by supervising project teams and delegating projects and tasks effectively. The Senior Associate Director is responsible for identifying and driving the strategy which supports the client’s objectives, including everything from developing communication plans to properly scoping and pricing work, as well as managing work activities and resources within agreed upon budgets. The Senior Associate Director invests significant time in identifying and pursuing new business opportunities.

In addition, the Associate Director consistently demonstrates strategic and analytical abilities, as well as exceptional written and verbal communication skills. The Senior Associate Director interfaces with all levels of staff and serves as the primary client contact, managing the client relationship(s).

 

Demonstrating successful performance as an Associate Director

  • Leads teams around business development opportunities
  • Demonstrates an understanding of effective project management, can effectively address issues, and understands how managing account engagements tie to APCO’s business success and makes changes as necessary to improve account performance
  • Develops positive reputation and has visibility within the APCO network
  • Is viewed as a thought leader in the market
  • Establishes strong network across APCO and engages in productive exchanges with colleagues to promote knowledge sharing and business opportunities
  • Confidently leads internal and client meetings, offering knowledgeable observations and suggestions; establishing credibility by insights shared; encouraging and motivating others to communicate ideas
  • Serves as principal client contact; knows when to leverage senior level relationships within APCO to further build the relationship within the client organization
  • Consistently demonstrates APCO’s values in all interactions with colleagues, vendors and clients
  • Participates in annual business planning, forecasting opportunity with clients managed
  • Takes ownership and actively engages in team member development; demonstrating thoughtful planning to increase individual skill sets by setting smart objectives
  • Shares opportunities across the network looking for the best resources to service the account(s)
  • Demonstrates an understanding of effective project management, can effectively address issues, and understands how account engagements tie to APCO’s business management
  • Ability to integrate digital and social media tactics with overall communications strategy
  • Management of high-level client relationships, and development of strategies to support client goals.
  • Work closely with multiple client stakeholders on an ongoing basis to discuss goals, identify opportunities and recommend media/services
  • Prepares reports, metrics and analysis, financial statements
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with clients, attending meetings, workshops and seminars

 

Qualifications & Standards

  • Ideally, a minimum of 8-10 years’ experience in communications, public relations, policy, sustainability or advocacy work
  • Proficiency in writing, media relations, persuasive communications, digital media and consulting
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to understand project realization and utilization metrics
  • Highly networked in the region with the skills to develop new business relationships for the firm
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field or equivalent
  • Ability to communicate in Arabic will be considered an advantage

 

What the Role Can Offer You

  • The opportunity to be part of a fun, dynamic, ambitious and growing team within a large agency
  • The chance to work on leading local, regional, and global brands
  • Play a crucial yet flexible role, shaping the thinking and direction of major projects
  • The opportunity work on some hugely significant projects for some of the biggest new launches in the industry
  • The chance to work across all elements of communications including digital, social, public relations, consumer, B2B and corporate
  • The opportunity to work with a truly global agency, collaborating with teams and talented individuals across the office and in other markets

 

The Company

Founded in 1984, APCO Worldwide is an award-winning, independently owned global communication and business strategy firm with offices in major cities throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. APCO combines a global perspective with local expertise to help clients around the world manage challenges, opportunities, perceptions and reputations. APCO clients include corporations and governments; industry associations and nonprofit organizations; and many of the top companies on the Fortune 500. The firm is a majority women-owned business.

 

About APCO in the Middle East and North Africa

Home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, the Middle East and North Africa region has a pivotal role to play in driving global conversations – from environmental policies to religion and pop culture. The UAE and Saudi Arabia are clear leaders in this equation, although the wave of innovation continues to transcend borders.

APCO launched its regional operations in 2006 in Dubai. Growing from a team of less than 10 consultants, APCO today has over 200 people from 26 countries working in teams across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Manama and Kuwait and our projects take us to countries across the region and the Levant. APCO was awarded Best Agency in the Middle East by PRWeek in 2019 and Best Agency to Work for: EMEA Network by PRovoke Media in 2017 and 2019.

With a portfolio of over 100 clients, APCO’s MENA offices deliver public relations and digital communication support across health, food, consumer & retail, finance, technology, real estate & hospitality, non-profit and public affairs practices. The region also offers specialized services, created for the Middle East, such as our Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model and our Compass and License to Operate offerings.

In addition, APCO’s global AI Comms Lab, a first-of-its-kind innovation center which utilizes artificial intelligence to build and protect the reputations of major global brands, governments and organizations is driven from the Dubai office.

From helping governments connect with the private sector and civil society, to supporting the Pope’s historic visit to the region and launching iconic brands and destinations, we understand the nuances of the MENA region and pride ourselves on making an impact.