Account Executive (graduate) - Communications Agency

CC · London, London, City of
Department CC
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of our client communications teams and help support 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 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 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.


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.


Overview of the role

The core responsibility of the Account Executive is to support the wider team with the delivery of mixed-media projects as well as contributing to the delivery of internal projects across the business and proved exemplary client services at all times. You must use the tools and resources available to gain an understanding of client businesses as well as market trends in best practice corporate communications.

 

Some of the key responsibilities in this great role include:

Account Management

Support your team with the day-to-day management of projects by preparing and driving project schedules, ensuring that all internal and external deadlines are met

Work closely with your team leader to produce core project documentation which will support the management and delivery of projects. Such documentation includes contact reports (key actions and deliverables), project briefs and status reports. You will also support and contribute to communications briefs, page plans and photography briefs

Manage the author’s corrections (amends) turnaround process, ensuring that all amends are successfully incorporated and recorded to ensure an error-free delivery of projects

Successfully liaise and co-ordinate with suppliers (including printers and photographers), helping to brief in work and ensuring all external work is submitted in a timely manner

Continually develop your understanding of how to deliver mixed-media solutions, developing your knowledge of the creative, print, and digital processes, and seeking ways to enhance the current processes and procedures

Effectively organise meetings and conference calls and maintain orderly filing of all documents and materials held by the team

Commercial Responsibility

Work closely with your team leader to develop your commercial awareness of Black Sun’s job costing and fee structures; and

Work closely with your team leader to learn how to effectively manage project budgets by implementing all of Black Sun’s quality assurance and financial processes including creating simple budget proposals, completing regular reconciliations, raising purchase orders for external costs and completing accurate timesheets.

Client Relationship Management

Build strong client relationships with your day-to-day client contacts, regularly attending and participating at client meetings and calls

Deliver exemplary client services at all times helping to ensure we maintain the current high levels of client satisfaction and exceptional client feedback and continually seeking ways to exceed our clients’ expectations.

New business and client development

Assist your team with delivery of client and new business proposals by conducting research, producing budget proposals, and helping to manage the internal schedule and process.

Research and strategic development

Support internal teams with Black Sun’s research into best practice corporate communications, by conducting research and providing insights which will support the development of Black Sun’s market-leading publications

Continually drive your understanding of our clients’ businesses, the industries they operate in, and trends in best practice corporate communications

Work closely with your team leader to develop your understanding of and begin to be able to articulate Black Sun’s proposition and views on key market insights

 

Reporting Relationships

Each Client Account Team is led by a Director (also referred to as a team leader), who reports to the Managing Director. The Account Executive will report directly to the Client Director.

The Account Executive will also work closely with the wider Client Account team as well as the Publishing, Creative, Digital, Research & Strategy and Finance teams.

 

Qualifications, experience & skills:

The successful candidate will hold or have experience in/ with:

A minimum of 2:1 degree, preferably in economics, marketing and communications, business or languages

Ideally some agency or client-side experience within marketing and communications

Excellent writing, editing, proof reading skills are essential

Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential

Exceptional attention to detail

Be 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 focussed, non-hierarchical approach with a ‘roll up your sleeves’ attitude to getting the job done

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
Employees will have the option to work remotely somewhere other than home for a maximum of 4 weeks per calendar year



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
    CC
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level