Account Director

Account Management · London, London, City of
Department Account Management
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of our client communications teams and lead the delivery of high calibre, multi-channel communications solutions for our blue-chip client base. This can include annual reports and reviews, sustainability reports, investor relations and employee communications, online reporting centres and wider website content and communications initiatives.

The role will require you to engage with senior stakeholders and provide you with the opportunity to develop an intimate understanding of your client’s strategy and business model as well as a deep understanding of best practice and market trends in financial and non-financial reporting. In time, we will also provide you with the opportunities and platform to develop your career within this growing and highly ambitious organisation.

The role is well suited for a highly motivated and ambitious individual with a curious and innovative mind, and a desire to learn about best practice corporate communications. The successful candidate must be comfortable communicating with clients and internal teams, have a keen eye for detail, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, creative flair and want to participate in building one of the largest and most successful professional service companies of its kind.

By joining us you will be working on a hybrid model and have a wonderful opportunity to explore our picturesque offices in Bishops Park, Putney bridge.


Why this job?

You will be instrumental in helping clients shape their communications strategies to positively influence and impact their key stakeholder audiences

It’s a genuine opportunity to work in a fast-moving environment across a range of channels and audiences

You will be involved in a diverse client base, providing an opportunity to learn across a range of sectors

It’s a fantastic chance to grow and expand your responsibilities as part of a career development plan


Come join Black Sun

Across the globe, there is a powerful movement demanding that business focus on purpose, sustainability, and wider value creation. It has never been more important for business to build and maintain trust with their key audiences.

And that’s where we come in! We are a new company for this new world – a partner to some of the biggest brands and businesses worldwide – helping them to engage with these audiences, build enduring relationships and spark positive change through inspiring communications.

As our world rapidly changes, our focus remains constant. At heart we are storytellers, we define articulate and shape the value creation story, bringing it to life across different channels and communications formats. Our team is made up of over 130 talented specialists working across the UK, Europe, and Asia – analytical thinkers, renaissance creatives, digital mavericks and inspiring change makers!

We win many awards and recognition for our work – but great work doesn’t happen by magic – join Black Sun and you will become part of an amazing, diverse, and inclusive community – a team of passionate and skilful people who will expand your horizon, energise your talents and ignite that spark of magic within you.

Beyond what you would expect; a competitive salary, great benefits and hybrid working – we will support you in developing the skills and expertise to fast track your career. You will have the opportunity to make a difference every day, shaping the future of communications and creating positive change – and most importantly, to have fun along the way.


Some of the key responsibilities in this great role include

Strategic Account Development
Continually develop your knowledge of your client’s businesses and the industries they operate in as well as developing a comprehensive understanding of your clients’ strategy and communications needs to lead the development of their content and messaging to all key stakeholder groups; and

Continually provide advice and insight into best practice reporting to your clients to drive the development of all communications with the aim of achieving innovative, market-leading communications solutions.

Client Relationship Management
Build strong, trusting relationships with your day-to-day and senior client contacts, leading all client meetings and calls, effectively managing your clients’ needs and working with your wider team to act on and resolve any account problems. Deliver exemplary client services at all times ensuring we maintain the current high levels of client satisfaction and exceptional client feedback. Continually seek ways to enhance our deliverables and exceed your clients’ expectations.

Account Management
Successfully manage the delivery of all your mixed-media projects by driving all deliverables and deadlines, managing internal and external resources, and driving the preparation of all project documentation (such as project plans, communications briefs, photography briefs and page plans)Effectively drive the delivery of each project stage including the development of creative concepts, content and messaging, managing the amends turnaround process right through to the delivery process Ensure all project management and quality assurance processes are implemented for each project stage and successfully liaise with and co-ordinate suppliers, driving the cost negotiations, completing the briefing process and ensuring that all work meets Black Sun’s, and your clients’, quality standards.

Commercial Responsibility
Have ownership of all financial aspects of accounts ensuring that all financial processes are successfully implemented by you and the project team to ensure the profitable delivery of all projects. Maintain complete visibility of all your project budgets through the implementation of all financial processes including budget proposals, billing schedules, purchase orders for external costs and regular cost reconciliations
Work closely with the Client Directors to establish client development plans for each of your clients. Lead key Client presentations, meetings and conference calls, using core skills and experience to sell in our proposals in a powerful and persuasive manner.

Project Team Management
Hold weekly team project update meetings to ensure the smooth running of all your projects;
Ensure team adherence to all internal processes and procedures (including approval, quality assurance, financial and project management processes);
Regularly assess team resources against workloads, taking steps to ensure that the right resources are in place to deliver on all account deadlines; and
Create a positive and supportive team culture where innovation, creative thinking and performance excellence is championed.

The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the job holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope of the role.


Reporting Relationships

Reporting to: Client Director
Work closely with: Creative and Production teams, as well as Digital, Research & Strategy and Finance teams.

 

Qualifications, experience & skills:

4+ years agency or client-side experience within marketing and communications

Excellent writing, editing, proofreading skills are essential

Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential

Exceptional attention to detail

Fully conversant with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

 

Your personal qualities:

Strong interpersonal and communications skills necessary to build trust and respect both externally and internally

High-quality service ethic and committed to customer service excellence

Ambition to self-improve

Ability to manage many urgent and often conflicting priorities

Strong ‘can do’ attitude with an innate ability to take initiative and work by yourself as well as in a team

Flexibility and team focused, non-hierarchical approach with a ‘roll up your sleeves’ attitude to getting the job done; and

A great sense of humour and fun!


Interview process

Phone screening with talent acquisition manager
1st Interview (teams) with hiring manager
2nd interview (f2f) with hiring director and hiring manager (and CEO tbc)

 

Benefits
In addition to a competitive salary based on skills and experience, as an employee at Black Sun, you will have access to a range of great benefits and perks, including:

25 days holiday per year with ‘bonus’ days for long service
Bonus scheme
Personal development opportunities
Group life assurance
Group personal pension plan
Employee assistance programme
Hybrid working:
Over the last 24 months, the way in which we work has changed. We surveyed and engaged with our staff to learn about what Black Sun’s future of work looks like, and thanks to everyone’s positive engagement and feedback, we developed a hybrid way of working, governed by three fundamental principles: Colleague, Client, and Culture. This means that however you decide to deliver work, you should protect all these 3 C’s. After a period of onboarding, employees can work from home, office and, where applicable, on-site with clients. The number of days is dependent on teams, role, time of year and deliverables.

Here at Black Sun we pride ourselves on being committed to offering equal opportunities to all potential employees and have zero tolerance for discrimination. We foster a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best work and be relevant in a rapidly changing world


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  • Location
    London, London, City of
  • Department
    Account Management
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Manager/Supervisor