Account Director - Sport Brand (ISSUES)

Sports London, United Kingdom


Position at Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Account Director- (Sports Brand) – Brand Reputation and Issues Management


We’re looking for a talented, strategic, and level-headed Consultant (Account Director level), with global brand reputation & issues management experience to join our team.

You will have experience in delivering industry leading client counsel at pace and have a deep understanding of how cultural and political topics (via a true connection to the editorial and social agenda) are affecting the world of sport and youth culture. Supporting the brand to navigate challenging cultural conversations and to develop industry leading strategies to define how a brand should and could show up around its purpose.

You’ll be a second to none communicator, managing multiple internal and external stakeholders across all levels and markets. Providing teams with guidance to pro-actively and reactively tackle the global news agenda.


The ideal candidate will be someone who has delivered successful issues management for global consumer or sports brands, supporting them to communicate with their audiences at pace with transparency, authenticity, and a human voice.

Work will be inspiring, varied and challenging and include: 

  • Experience with one of the world’s best sports brands
  • Being part of a driven and ambitious team 
  • Management of client relationships – across all levels
  • Market and client liaison  
  • Truly embedded across the full breadth of the brand with a direct line to stakeholders of every level
  • Using data and insights to strengthen approaches and measurement of successes



  • Creative and strategic thinker
  • Be a confident solo decision maker, able to solve complex issues at pace
  • Able to adapt tone of voice, and approach, to ensure all matters are handled sensitively and true to brand, audience and subject
  • Strong client handling and leadership skills; upskilling wider team on the nuance of issues handling
  • A team player with the ability to work collaboratively
  • Strong written skills with excellent attention to detail, particularly under pressure
  • Global communications experience is a prerequisite for this role
  • Please note, given the nature of this role, regular out of hours work is to be expected and will include weekend working hours


  • The ability to work alongside a passionate and friendly team who love their work
  • First-hand experience working on a leading global sports brand, known for its innovative, creative campaigns
  • Joining one of the world’s most respected, award-winning PR agencies
  • Best-in-class training through our dedicated Hub facility


H+K is a communications agency, always in beta and always changing. We are the first and only large agency to structure itself around sectors to deliver deep industry knowledge, supported by specialist areas of ideas and strategy, content creation and publishing. Everyone in our agency is expected to constantly evolve, reinvent their skills and set a new standard in the industry for their role.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies is creating a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone belongs.  As a company and as co-workers, we are building a workplace where everyone can reach their full potential and be their authentic self.  We are an inclusive employer and are happy to accommodate flexible working arrangements.