Strategy Director

Comms & Strategic Planning London, England


Position at MediaCom

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Strategy Director - 12-month FTC


Overview of role


MediaCom London is looking for a brilliant comms planner or strategist to join our market-leading strategy team.


You will work on a range of clients depending on your interests, experience and skillset, but will most likely include two or three of some of the agency’s highest profile accounts.



Reporting of the role


You will report to the Joint Heads of Systems Strategy Team.



3 best things about the job

  1. The System Strategy team sits right at the heart of Mediacom – we’re probably the only team that are connected to everyone – from Systems Intelligence (insights, business science), to Creative Systems, 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.


  1. 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; Thought leadership – writing and presenting provocative points of view for internal, client and industry, Consultancy – developing consultancy for beyond the brief projects, Strategic Excellence – developing the planning process, creating and running master classes, facilitating workshops internally and externally and Award winning ideas - running Innovation Slams – showcases of the best innovation from 20+ media partners, running Connected Pitching – a 24 hour turnaround brief for all of the junior planners in the agency, leading collaboration with creative partners, media owners and start-ups.


  1. Working in the most diverse team of strategists in London, twelve senior strategists with backgrounds in media, creative, digital, data and research, there is always someone with a different perspective to bounce ideas off.


Measures of success


In three months, you would have:

  • Establish working relationships with senior client stakeholders.
  • Written thought leadership piece, in line with Seeing the Bigger Picture agency vision.
  • Integrated into planning teams with a clear way of working.



In six months, you would have:

  • Gain positive feedback from client stakeholders and planning teams internally.
  • Added to and /or developed strategic training for planning department.
  • Created roadmap of opportunities to make impact on your clients and the agency. 


In 12 months, you would have:

  • Have led the strategic direction for a significant piece of retention or prospecting new business pitch.
  • One piece of client work worthy of entering to awards.
  • Demonstrated impact on client business that has led to greater effectiveness, more innovation or amazing ideas.



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.


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.



About MediaCom


MediaCom is the UK’s largest planning and buying agency, with over 1,400 employees across five offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

We believe in People First, Better Results. This means that through investing in our people’s whole-person wellbeing, careers and capabilities and creating a culture of belonging, we achieve brilliant results for both our clients’ businesses and our own. We champion individuality and diversity in our people through an abundance of initiatives and training, and attract and retain the greatest talent in the industry.

Our mission is to See the Bigger Picture for our clients. We apply our unique ‘Systems Thinking’ philosophy and technology to all marketing levers: media, message and data. As a result, we design communication strategies that deliver short term results and help brands build for the future. 

MediaCom represents some of the greatest brands in the UK and beyond, both big and small. This includes Sky, British Gas, Sony, Boots, DFS, TUI, The Coca-Cola Company, Tesco and Cancer Research UK. Our client work is celebrated at the industry’s most prestigious ceremonies, and we were named Campaign’s Agency of the Decade for 2009 and 2019.

MediaCom is a member of WPP, the world's largest marketing communications services group, and part of GroupM, WPP’s consolidated media investment management arm. As such, we have access to the richest data, most robust benchmarks and most advanced capabilities in the market. This helps us provide comprehensive solutions to all marketing challenges.

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