Save for Later

Senior Account Executive

Account Management
Chicago, IL
Req ID: 8599

Description

About Us: VMLY&R

VMLY&R COMMERCE is WPP’s newest end-to-end Creative Commerce Company.  Built on the commerce expertise of Geometry and scaled through VMLY&R’s connected brand promise, we help modern brands grow by unifying marketing strategies around commerce. We believe the space of commerce holds the most untapped creative potential to grow brands and people.  Living CommerceTM is our proprietary approach and platform that guides how we work. By understanding how, when and why people buy, we deliver the most engaging and culturally-relevant creative commerce experiences across Retail, Experience, Design and Innovation. We do this as part of a network of 13,000 specialists across 80 countries, everywhere life intersects with commerce – this is end-to-end.

We're committed to building a united global network of creators and thinkers, regardless of their age, race, skin color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. With over 12,000 employees across the globe, our influence is made stronger by applying our collective experiences to tell stories that not only sell products and experiences, but also guarantee positive representations of all communities.

Our unique culture is rooted in a great deal of care for you and your success. Above all else, we are committed to strengthening your experience by ensuring your inner potential continues to be discovered.

We also offer about a dozen employee resource groups (ERGs) that allow you to tap into your personal identities, interests and passions. Our ERGs celebrate ethnic diversity, life as a working parent or caregiver, neurodiversity, the LGBTQ+ community, wellbeing, and more. Regardless of your interests, there is no shortage of opportunities to get involved, so tap into our global network and find where you can make your ideas come to life.

Where you shine

The Senior Account Executive manages the day-to-day activities to creatively execute and produce client marketing programs. They serve as the client contact on assigned brands/projects, ensuring client approvals are secured, client objectives are achieved, and timelines and budgets are met. Senior Account Executives communicate externally with the client and internally with the project team to keep all apprised of project status, updates, and changes. They mentor and develop junior team members.

What your success will look like

  • Build rapport and credibility with client based on trust, sound counsel, responsiveness to client needs and flawless execution 
  • Collaborate with client, account lead (director/supervisor), strategy and creative to develop creative briefs that solve for client’s marketing challenge
  • Serve as creative and executional lead for new, larger scale and/or more complex marketing programs; upon client concept selection, lead the day-to-day creative development from start to finish; secure required client approvals (e.g. creative briefs, budgets, creative materials, etc.); ensure progressive steps in the process are approved with adequate time to meet schedules
  • Lead internal and client meetings, presentations, and calls; prepare relevant documents, including agendas, presentation decks and follow up communications, etc.
  • Evaluate copy, layouts, artwork, media plans and productions materials and make suggested revisions in keeping with agreed upon strategies and business objectives
  • Keep agency team informed of client requests and changes; anticipate potential problems and potential implications; proactively develop and execute solutions
  • Manage project scope and budget; notify manager of client requests that fall outside of scope; alert client of financial and timing implications; secure client approval to proceed; and revise budgets as needed
  • Analyze program results, summarize findings, and recommend program enhancements and/or changes to improve going forward
  • Assist senior leadership in the development of program recaps and associated presentations for clients based on analysis of results and recommendation
  • Monitor status of work-in-progress and client budgets; lead internal status meetings with finance and project management; review estimates/billing and approve invoices
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to AAEs and AEs around marketing strategy, account management, client management, agency process, etc.
  • Adhere to agency process and financial policies; identify ways to improve processes
  • Enter time reports at minimum once a week and expense reports within 10 days of incurred expense
  • Handle other duties as assigned by supervisor

Who you are and what you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in advertising, marketing, communications, related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 4 to 6 years of advertising or marketing experience, preferably some experience in an agency setting
  • Comprehensive knowledge of client’s business, objectives, category and products, and a clear understanding of the key strategic issues impacting the client’s business
  • Able to communicate clearly, thoroughly, succinctly and in a timely manner both verbally and in writing; follow up on outstanding issues; ask relevant questions
  • Able to build relationships and collaborate across teams, departments, vendors, and clients to successfully accomplish work
  • Strong attention to detail and organization, demonstrated through actions such as:
  • Effectively proofing own and others work to ensure accuracy
  • Actively and effectively managing timelines, budgets, and deliverables of multiple projects simultaneously
  • Analyzes results, interpret data, draw sound conclusions, and develop insightful and actionable recommendations
  • Proactive approach, demonstrated through actions such as:
  • Providing regular and thorough project updates to manager and team
  • Anticipating potential problems and obstacles to project success, communicating concerns and developing solutions
  • Keeping abreast of category trends and sharing information/learnings with team members
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Our Benefits

As the world leader in communications services, we rely on the creativity of our people to deliver the best work for our clients. In return, we invest in our employees by offering them a diverse suite of benefits from best-in-class carriers, with enough choice and flexibility to keep them and their families healthy and happy today and tomorrow.

  • Corporate gift matching program
  • Paid time off for volunteering 
  • Paid parental leave
  • Ranked No. 1 in advertising for our adoption assistance program
  • Corporate discounts 
  • VMLY&R Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team, which guides, celebrates, and promotes cultural literacy; increases employee engagement; recruits and retains a diverse workforce; and builds internal opportunities for people to learn and grow.

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical or mental disability. We believe in creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion and strives to recruit a diverse slate of candidates to help us achieve that goal.



#LI-MC1


Share This Job