Strategy Director

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, all combined.

In your role on this client you will work with a combination of marketing clients, data experts, creatives, experience designers and management consultants from across the integrated agency. We’ll expect you to be brilliant at the following:

  • You apply imagination, and raise the bar of creative work through simple disruptive planning, breadth and opportunities for integration in the work.
  • You partner with a Business Lead and Creative Director to ensure client buy-in, helping to protect the integrity of the work at all times. You make the case for new and different creativity.
  • Alongside your Creative Director you own the creative development process; teams actively seek your strategic judgement and direction. Your fingerprints are all over the work.
  • You are able to adapt your style to get the best out of the people you work with. You can comfortably persuade clients to buy the best creative work. You are seen as an active disrupter of convention.
  • You are actively involved in managing careers, creating, driving and participating in the wider agency culture, business agenda and the external profile of WT.
  • Your energy is channelled towards ideas that continuously improve the creative work. You put the team first, not your ego.
  • Your point of view is valued within the agency and the industry. You have a clear point of view on how creativity can be used to solve business problems.
  • You can prove the difference the work is making, commercially or behaviourally, beyond doubt and can make recommendations on how the work should be measured.
  • You add to the agency’s profile within the industry, and you contribute to ensuring that our credibility is recognized beyond outside of our industry, actively seeking opportunities to create buzz.
  • You have extensive knowledge of the commercial drivers of your Client business, and work in partnership with senior stakeholders to deliver commercially-led, disruptive marketing strategies. You regularly identify areas of brand and commercial growth above and beyond BAU.
  • You lead the performance agenda with the client, ensuring that there is sufficient data and reporting structures in place in order to put commercial performance at the heart of every project.
  • You partner with a BL to run large accounts or chunky projects/pitches, building good relationships with senior clients and their teams. Beyond brand strategy, you are fundamental to creating the client and relationship strategy as well.

What you’ll be doing

  • You will go beyond the surface and uncover what is problem we need to tackle to drive the most effective outcomes
  • You will drive the strategy for personal banking globally.
  • You will understand in depth the different audience tiers of the bank, uncover interesting insights and define how the brand can connect with people throughout the customer journey.
  • You will consolidate the strategic thinking with clients and roll it out working closely with counterparts in different markets to guide and inspire them to adopt and implement it.
  • You will inspire the teams and excite the clients through tight creative briefs, delivering on the objectives through innovative ideas across the line.
  • You will guide more junior planners on the team to support you and manage their workflow and output.

Who we're looking for

  • An ambitious, curious, and brave human
  • Brand and Communication expertise with good understanding of the digital world
  • Great presentation skills (obviously)
  • Someone that’s open-minded and had an interest in others cultures/ international outlook
  • 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
  • Collaborative spirit, willing to share your knowledge with the team.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in planning

Nice to have but not essential:

  • Previous experience in financial services
  • Previous experience working with global clients and matrix organisations
  • A sense of humour

What we can offer you

We don’t settle for people who can just do the job, we look for people that go beyond that and always push our thinking to be better than yesterday. We believe that this is what makes our agency a great place to be – a space where you’re never far away from the best minds to learn from.

We want you to be comfortable and proud every day of the week and have created an open and inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. We don’t want you to just fit into our culture, we want your uniqueness and diversity of background to add to it and make this an agency where we all have a real sense of belonging and purpose. We are a community. 

Our focus is on keeping teams connected and engaged whether we're in the office or working from home, putting people’s wellbeing first, ensuring every person has access to our learning and development programme and building an inclusive workplace. We have a weekly ‘Staying Connected Calendar’ which is full to the brim of training you can get involved in, inspiration sessions hosted by external partners to check out and wellbeing classes and tips and tricks to look after your mind, body and soul. From yoga, Pilates, HIIT, hypnotherapy, a Strava cycling group, 1:1 resilience sessions and trained mental health first aiders. To name a few. Within our office we have a dedicated wellness studio and this year we built a brand new learning lab. Here we host weekly lunchtime lessons that supports iLearn, our learning & development portal home to 100s of sessions for you to access. We're also committed to building an inclusive, equitable and diverse workforce driven by our Inclusion Council and Employee Resource Groups; Rise, Unite, Re:think, Noir, Wellbeing and Access all Areas.

Your career development is important to us and should you ever choose to move on from Wunderman Thompson, we want you to be better than when you joined us. Thrive will provide you with the framework and support needed to reach your career aspirations. There really is no shortage of opportunities here for the right person that is prepared to roll their sleeves up, get involved and collaborate with those around them to deliver the best work for our clients and our agency. 

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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