Client Partner

Comms & Strategic Planning London, England


Position at EssenceMediacom

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Client Partner -Sky Portfolio

Job Overview

Gain a deep understanding of our client’s businesses, applying sector & industry knowledge to simplify the landscape and identify EssenceMediacom’s (and WPP) ‘s role in creating positive change to grow our businesses together. With responsibility for all senior client relationships, you will understand the need for transformation in modern business and provide strategic guidance in addressing that. Key Responsibilities of the role include:


Client Service:

  • Be the key contact and escalation point for the senior clients, actively engage and build client strong relationships – become indispensable.
  • Provide thought leadership, opinion and introductions to EssenceMediaCom’s specialist services
  • Improve SLA band position YoY at portfolio level

Strategy & Planning:

  • Plan the transformation (especially around digital & data) for the clients
  • Ensure that 2021 strategies built with clients by consumer group are being delivered
  • Replicate integrated, creative and effective success of ‘The Collector’ across all other consumer groups including NOWTV
  • Drive adoption of evidence-based planning across all consumer groups and work in sync with Digital Partner to deliver always-on learning loop between planning, execution and optimisation via Acceleration


  • Work with the Managing Partner to drive new revenue growth across the group, with particular a focus on business science, digital consulting and additional services
  • Work with the Managing Partner to protect the financial health of the P&L. Maintain PRF, contractual obligations and realise new revenue opportunity presented by Incentivised Partner Programme.
  • Ensure that teams within the Sky Portfolio develop and maintain a rigorous set of operational processes around campaign budget management and reconciliation with a view to achieving zero financial write off in the year.

Team Management:

  • Deploy and further stretch a whole-brained reorganisation within the Business Unit
  • Lead and inspire a team of 33
  • Drive efficiency and effectiveness gains by bringing NOWTV into bigger Sky Group team
  • Maintain HIPO ratio of 20-25%
  • Create succession management plans within the team at BD and AD levels to create opportunities for individuals and the ability to flex resource & talent across EssenceMediaCom

Who does the role report into?

You will report into the Managing Partner.

What are the 3 best things about the job?

  1. Lead Marketing Client Relationships on Biggest Advertiser in the UK Take advantage of the opportunity presented by working on a fast-paced, high-performing, multi-faceted client business whose three sectors are all in growth and are increasing investment against a very challenging domestic economic backdrop


  1. Flexibility and Opportunity to Build Prototype for Media Agency Future Model One single-client team and flexible resource budget with ambitious client and management team determined to win in a fully addressable, data-driven agency future
  2. Lead and support on the commercial health of P&L. Provide support to the Managing Partner on commercial & growth planning for each consumer group - while encouraging the team to look at new commercial opportunities to grow our businesses together (client & EssenceMediaCom)

What are the measures of success?

  • Contract extension / renewal in 2022
  • Maintain and retain HIPOs
  • Transform team talent map
  • Deliver proven, effective campaign and therefore commercial success across each consumer group
  • Delivered incremental revenue growth from additional services outside media (targets to be set)
  • Improve SLA band position YoY at portfolio level
  • Actively taking over ownership of commercial elements of the role from the Managing Partner


What will you need?

  • Deep planning experience and ability to manager multiple senior clients
  • Detailed knowledge of the commercial levers and profitability of our products to drive incremental and sustainable growth for our business
  • Creatives revenue opportunities to drive profitability
  • Identifies and implements efficiencies and cost controls in their area/client 
  • A commercial approach so all decisions/proposals are aligned to the commercial objectives of the agency.
  • Instilling commerciality in their teams
  • Ability to influence the most senior and demanding clients/partners/internal stakeholders to gain commitment and drive decisions
  • Conflict management and/or negotiation with the ability to create win/win solutions without lasting damage
  • Instigates tough conversations internally and externally
  • Builds and uses extended networks of influence
  • Develops new ideas that have sound business benefit and impacts the wider agency to improve performance
  • Challenges the Status quo - Seeks innovative and new ways to deal with challenges and finds creative solutionsRe-examines traditional strategies and practices and ways of working, to improve products, services, and work. 
  • Big picture thinking with the ability to juggle multiple projects at once
  • Ability to spot new trends and disruptions before they hit the mainstream and implement them to create better work for our partners and/or clients.
  • Clear understanding of the challenges our clients face in the industry and uses this to work proactively to find solutions and deliver value
  • Respected and sought out by wider agency/ industry as expert in their area for advice and solutions
  • Leads by influence and example (role modelling) to inspire and motivate the team
  • Aligns people to accomplish results and assigns clear accountability for important objectives.
  • Resilience and calm in the face of adversity and builds resilience in others
  • Highly connected, works across the agency to build collaborative relationships.
  • Embraces and manages ambiguity and complexity


What we can offer you.


-          Company pension scheme

-          Private medical insurance

-          25 days holiday (increases with length of service)

-          Life assurance

-          Permanent health insurance

-          WPP share options scheme

-          Discretionary bonus scheme

-          Free eyecare vouchers and money off glasses

-          Extensive training and development

-          Corporate gym memberships

-          Cycle to work scheme

-          Interest free travel loan

-          Free breakfast (cereal and fruit)

-          Smart shopper (online discount on a variety of products)


Sounds good? We’d love to hear from you!


About EssenceMediacom

We are a global communications agency leading with breakthrough thinking, building explosive growth for brands, and helping our clients see the bigger picture. Our daring global network of 10,000 influencers help our clients breach traditional boundaries in media, uncover novel ideas, and unleash exponential growth. EssenceMediacom challenges conventional thinking to build, propel, and supercharge our clients’ businesses at scale and lead our industry in critical areas such as diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability.  

EssenceMediacom understands that our people are tasked with big goals: building breakthrough growth for brands and leading with breakthrough thinking in our industry. Our people are at the heart of this work because their ideas will enable us to decode the intersections of people, content, and technology to bring our aspirations to life. Our success is down to our eclectic, diverse, and talented people. EssenceMediacom is a place for us to grow our careers and expand our horizons. EssenceMediacom is committed to building an agency culture that supports our people, puts diversity at the forefront of our operations, and creates opportunity for all. This collective culture will be our “new power” where ideas are freely exchanged, and collaboration is actively encouraged in a place where you can innovate in our hyperconnected world.  


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