Planning Director - Brand

Wunderman Thompson

Department: Strategy

Expertise: Communications

Location: London, United Kingdom

Who we are:

At Wunderman Thompson we exist to inspire growth for ambitious brands. Part creative agency, part consultancy and part technology company, our experts provide end-to-end capabilities at a global scale to deliver inspiration across the entire brand and customer experience.

We are 20,000 strong in 90 markets around the world; our people bring together creative storytelling, diverse perspectives, inclusive thinking, and highly specialized vertical capabilities to drive growth for our clients. We offer deep expertise across the entire customer journey, including communications, commerce, consultancy, CRM, CX, data, production, and technology.

What we are looking for?

As a Planning Director at WT, it is your job to understand what it takes to help a client’s business succeed. We do this through a superior understanding of the business, the brand, the audience and the cultural context, of all combined.

In your role on Nestle UK, Purina, and Fuze Tea, you will work with a combination of marketing clients, data experts, creatives, experience designers and management consultants from across our fully integrated agency.

We’ll expect you to be brilliant at the following:

  • Brand strategy and communications. This goes without saying, but you’ll need to know what brilliant looks like and how to inspire local Creatives here and worldwide to make it happen.
  • Global perspective. We’re looking for someone who’s had a global role previously, who understands what it takes to identify cultural insights and nuances and can steer work in individual markets as well as multi-market.
  • Presenting your thinking to impress the most senior of clients and inspire the day-to-day teams. We need someone who impresses from the first meeting, who can sell creative work as well as smart strategy and keeps things super-simple yet deviously disruptive.
  • A broad understanding of and affinity for the full mix of media channels, from Social to Digital to Advertising and an ambition to imbue brands with a sense of purpose and pursuit of some ambitious sustainability goals.
  • The ability to manage a couple of Planners, in London with the capability to guide a broader set of Planners and Creatives worldwide.
  • Your time will be split across three accounts, with each requiring about 30% capacity.
  • You’ll embrace multiple channels, multiple audiences and multiple markets but ensure the brand remains clear on its purpose, is highly distinctive and always consistent.
  • You will be directly helping to create some of the best work of your career.
  • The other 10% of your time will be used to add to culture and general happiness of the department.

Who you are?

  • First off, the technical stuff:
  • Currently a Planning Director and thinking about what’s next and how to make it to Planning Partner – so a ‘senior’ Planning Director level
  • Experienced in creating and crafting brand and business strategies, leading teams, inspiring Clients and Creatives alike and showing that you’ve been responsible for some great work
  • An integrated thinker, able to work across multiple channels with a broad and open mind
  • Global experience where you’ve led the thinking and the team
  • The craft skills, the models, the know-how that comes from having a few years under your belt
  • Now the softer, but just as important stuff
  • An ambitious, curious, brave and modern human
  • Naturally, intuitively, decidedly collaborative, who gets along with everyone, not just the occasional one
  • Great presentation skills (obviously) that can knock the socks off any audience anywhere
  • Someone who enjoys a good debate and is skilled at crafting a winning argument
  • A degree of some sort will help us understand your background and point of view
  • Someone who believe it’s more important to be interesting that to be right
  • A sense of humour, a sense of perspective and the emotional intelligence to not be annoying, a blocker, arrogant or just a plain pain in the arse!

At Wunderman Thompson, we are committed to actively building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcomed, valued and heard, and is treated with dignity and respect.  As leaders and creative partners across industries, it is our responsibility to cultivate an environment reflective of our greatest asset; our people. We believe that this commitment inspires growth and delivers equitable outcomes for everyone as well as the clients and communities we serve.

Wunderman Thompson is a WPP agency.  For more informationplease visit our website and follow Wunderman Thompson on our social channels via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.  

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