Corporate Communications Director - 12 month FTC
BCW is one of the world's largest full-service global communications agencies. Founded by the merger of Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe, BCW delivers digitally and data-driven creative content and integrated communications programs grounded in earned media and scaled across all channels for clients in the B2B, consumer, corporate, crisis management, CSR, healthcare, public affairs and technology sectors. BCW is a part of WPP (NYSE: WPP), the world's leader in communications services.
About the team
Our Corporate Affairs practice has an excellent range of high-profile clients spanning many sectors including financial services, education, food and drink, tourism and property.
We are not your traditional corporate team. We provide strategic corporate solutions for our clients, yet we also pride ourselves on the creativity which lies at the heart of all our campaigns. Our team is made up of talented, curious and entrepreneurial people and our culture is fast-paced, vibrant and meritocratic, where people can go as far as they can, as quickly as they would like to.
We are a thriving and hard-working team and we pride ourselves on our supportive culture. We like to be challenged, to learn new things and to constantly develop ourselves. We enjoy bringing different people into our team and celebrate our diversity – one size never fits all, and a big part of our success is down to the breadth of skills that we offer.
We love welcoming people into the practice and working with them to grow their skills through varied experience. Crucially, we value niceness as much as we do talent.
You have worked in an agency or in-house and have run corporate reputation and business-to-business communications campaigns both nationally and globally. You have experience in financial services, and this is an area on which you want to continue to focus. You enjoy providing strategic counsel on complex and high profile issues to senior clients. In addition to crisis and issues experience, you have excellent media relations skills and digital and social capabilities. You also have experience of leading new business.
You have led teams and are adept at developing, motivating and inspiring junior colleagues. You are passionate about how corporate reputations are built and protected. You may have worked in a role either within an in-house communications team, or in an agency environment with a focus on public affairs, corporate and B2B media relations and an understanding of stakeholder influence. You are confident with a proven track-record of providing strategic counsel on complex/high profile issues and are adept at spotting industry issues and understanding their business and reputational implications for your client.
You write well and know how to inform and influence target audiences - including clients - both directly and through new and traditional media. You also have people and project management experience and the ability to multi-task and manage multiple deadlines. You should also have an interest and understanding in the current affairs and the wider political, societal and cultural landscape.
We look for people to embody our values and the behaviours we associate with them; united, open, brave and true. In practice, this means we work together and support each other, we are open to new ideas and ways of working, we encourage each other take risks and we are always true to our passions and beliefs.
If this sounds like the kind of team that you would like to be part of then we’d love to meet you.
Key Skills & Accountabilities
➢ Strategic Communications and Counsel - The Director is seen as the primary source of trusted strategic advice by the client and is responsible for ensuring that we are stretching the value we bring into new areas which reflect our open source ethos and way of working at all times to surprise and delight clients.
➢ Portfolio Management and Profitability- Client portfolios are managed in line with revenue and structural expectations and meet profitability targets and other appropriate KPIs.
➢ EXCO Responsibility- An active contribution is made to the successful running of the business by senior management level contribution
➢ Networking & New Business- New revenue streams are proactively identified through existing and new business opportunities and ownership and leadership is taken to develop and deliver responses to new business opportunities.
➢ Client Relationship Management- Strategic client relationship management results in client retention and growth. Client retention targets are proactively and strategically managed.