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Group Strategy Director

Company: myGwork
Location: Washington
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

About Ogilvy
Ogilvy was founded in 1948 by David Ogilvy. David created a culture that deeply respects and cares about its people and clients. Our mission is to inspire people and brands to make an impact and we are committed to attracting, growing, and retaining the best talent in the industry.

About the Role
We are seeking someone to elevate the ambition of a brand and lead the client's thinking about the potential of their business.

This is a business built on human relationships, so the ability to work across different groups and disciplines is key. We need people who can build meaningful relationships within the agency and with clients: the ideal candidate will be a valued partner to the account team, a provocative collaborator with the creative department, a trusted consigliere to clients and, critically, a natural leader and mentor to their planning group.

We would also love this person to take part in larger areas of agency development - new business pitches, committees and task forces, as well as helping mentor, educate and develop our up-and-coming strategy talent. We will find opportunities for this person to be active in the wider community - sitting on panels and other public opportunities.

What You'll Do

Create, build and manage brand strategies across a portfolio (writing creative briefs, guiding development and presentation of the creative work)

Lead annual planning with clients based on yearly business goals

Bring proactive ideas to clients to push the brands into new spaces

Design and implementation of research projects to address client business issues, gain insight into target audiences and testing ad concepts

Manage and direct a team of Planning Directors, Senior Strategist, Strategists, Ogilvy Associates and interns who are assigned to the Group Planning Director's accounts

Assist in leading and mentoring the department

Provide professional development opportunities and on the job training as needed

What You'll Need

12+ years of experience in strategic/brand /creative planning (including experience at creative agencies)

Experience at leading and mentoring other strategists and planners

Ability to work directly with clients and develop relationships accordingly on behalf of the agency

Rigorous brand building capabilities, without a rigid approach

Demonstrated talent for abstract thinking, spotting trends and patterns, an innate curiosity and insight into human behavior, an instinct for popular culture, and a nuanced understanding of creative work are critical

A believer in the power of both a tight brief and an inspirational briefing

Ability to think globally but work locally

Strong command of most forms of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and working knowledge of when and how to apply them to a given client challenge

How We'll Support You
Ogilvy celebrates its people. Fully. Enthusiastically. Unhesitatingly. We'll empower you with the tools you'll need to succeed. We'll give you the autonomy to seek out new paths and better ways of doing things. We'll support you with colleagues who are experts in their disciplines, drawn from across the Ogilvy network. And we'll provide opportunities for you to do work of which you'll be proud, with people you'll be proud to call your teammates.

Ogilvy 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, 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.

This employer is a corporate member of
myGwork - LGBTQ+ professionals, the business community for LGBTQ+ professionals,
students, inclusive employers & anyone who believes in workplace equality.

Keywords: myGwork, Washington DC , Group Strategy Director, Executive , Washington, DC

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