Account Director - Retail & Leisure

Retail + Leisure London, United Kingdom


Position at Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Retail + Leisure is a team of around 18, working across - as the name suggests - retail, leisure and also sport, entertainment, consumer technology and travel clients. We believe that there is now so much cross-over between these sectors, that we can share insights and inspiration across the team. Work is fast paced, varied and challenging, as the team run busy press offices, devise and implement major brand initiatives - both globally and locally - and activate social media programmes.

We are looking for a talented, creative and strategic Account Director, with global experience to join one of our leading sports and sports culture brands within Retail + Leisure. You should have excellent client servicing skills, be a true creative strategist and a flair for developing a deep and broad understanding of your clients’ business; campaign management; and the ability to generate great global ideas and sell them to clients. Female-focused campaign experience preferable.  

In addition, we would like to see candidates from a content, publishing and digital background, with a strong understanding of e-commerce, partnership marketing; influencer marketing; and more broadly an ability to engage the 16-30 consumer with bold creativity. The ideal candidate will be someone who has worked in an integrated communications role for global consumer brands - female-focused campaign experience preferable.  


  • Strategic + creative thinker with attention to detail, particularly under pressure
  • The ability to find creative and strategic solutions to business need
  • Demonstrable record in creating impactful, big brand campaigns
  • Team player with the ability to work collaboratively in a high performing team
  • Socially literate and well-versed in data and insight gathering and analysis
  • Proficient in preparing and managing budgets
  • Strong organisational skills with solid attention to detail
  • Strong and persuasive communication and client service skills
  • Passion for integrated communications
  • Ability to drive strong earned media coverage
  • Global/Pan-European/regional brand experience ideal


  • The opportunity to develop under the guidance of some of the best in the industry
  • The chance to gain first-hand experience working on high-profile international brands
  • Exposure to globally-recognised clients and campaigns centred upon performance and purpose
  • The ability to work alongside a passionate and supportive team
  • Joining one of the world’s most respected, award-winning PR agencies
  • Our dedicated training academy The Hub which provides a breadth of skills enabling our people to take ownership of their career development and become trusted advisors to their clients


  • 28 days annual leave
  • Comprehensive health insurance (Bupa)
  • SMART pension scheme
  • Heavily subsidised on-site bar
  • WPP employee discount scheme
  • Group life assurance scheme
  • Enhanced maternity + paternity scheme
  • Vouchers + extra day’s holiday for key milestone anniversaries
  • Our dedicated interactive training academy - ‘The Hub’