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Sport Account Executive

About Us

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is a creative leader in the passion marketing sector, we connect brands to a diverse range of consumers through the things they love. We deliver award-winning campaigns for a number of leading brands globally, regionally and within individual markets.

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants who meet the specific requirements will receive consideration for employment without regard to background or protected characteristic, under the Equality Act 2010. We celebrate difference in the broadest sense; rooted in our belief that diversity of thought is a creative necessity.

The Role:

As an Account Executive on the sport team, you provide a strong foundation for your account team ensuring that campaigns are run as efficiently and professionally as possible.

You are the key support on the account, responsible for assisting the AM’s and AD’s throughout daily tasks. You have a proactive and diligent approach.

Key Responsibilities:

• Day-to-day tasks and support of Account Managers and Account Directors

• Preparation for all client meetings, whether in person or via video conference –

preparing reports, agendas and taking meeting notes

• Eagerness to learn and to better skills

• Being proactive and showing of initiative

• Being genuinely passionate about sport and the marketing industry

• Being keen to learn about the earned communications industry and delivering PR, sponsorship and experiential

Requirements:

Approach:

• A dedicated, positive and enthusiastic team member

• Proactive in supporting more senior members of the team and have a sense

of responsibility and accountability for your work

• Immerse yourself in your accounts, showing a keenness to learn and a passion for the

business

• Go above and beyond to demonstrate your commitment to your accounts and to

push yourself towards new achievements

 

Administrative Work:

• Take ownership of essential administrative tasks and deliver them to a high standard

• Take initiative with managing the day-to-day team administration (e.g. status

docs printed before calls, all docs from clients saved on the system, meeting

rooms booked etc.)

• Take responsibility for managing regular account tasks (e.g. reporting,

coverage documents, status reports, ensuring folders are kept well organised etc.)

Creativity and Industry Insight:

• Offer ideas and contribute to brainstorms – show interest and proactivity

• Become immersed in the competitor landscape and creative industry, developing a

broad knowledge of the industry outside of your specialism

• Keep your team updated with any brand activity, creative executions, media news

and related topics

 

Marketing and PR:

• Understanding of the role that PR plays for your client’s business and what our

deliverables are as an agency

• Accountability for your role within the team structure and understanding what your

responsibilities to the client are

 

Media Management:

• Have a strong knowledge of media, especially in relation to the specific needs of

your client, and be aware of the importance that media plays in the role of a PR

agency

• Build relationships with key media and develop an extensive contacts book

• Drive editorial coverage and opportunities

• Continually monitor media for all client coverage and articles of interest

• Have a thorough approach to coverage from initial sell in to final delivery

• Take pride in reporting and presenting media coverage

• Manage all media related documents e.g. ring round updates, media lists,

forthcoming coverage etc.

 

Social and Digital:

• Demonstrate a thorough understanding of social media platforms and the digital

landscape

• Develop an understanding of emerging technology and its potential use in marketing

• Monitor both client and competitor channels on a regular basis

• Conduct research for client or new business campaigns where appropriate

• Manage the reporting process

 

Campaign Execution:

• Support your AM’s and AD’s by undertaking essential everyday tasks and

responsibilities

• Become experienced in producing essential event and campaign documents

alongside your AM’s

• Approach practical tasks with a ‘make it happen’ attitude and explore all routes to

deliver requests from your team

• Manage status reports and ensure that they are completed in a regular and timely

fashion

 

Client Services:

• Show genuine interest in your clients’ business

• Respond promptly to client requests – keep the client informed if there is going to be

a delay

• Flag anything that may be of interest to your client – competitor activity, news

relating to brand ambassadors, media insights etc.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

• Demonstrative knowledge of the moral and business imperatives that drive DEI

• Act as an ally to promote inclusive behaviours and support the work of the employee

led networks

• Act with empathy & sensitivity to all colleagues & stakeholders, irrespective of cultural background or protected characteristic, (Equality Act 2010

To apply, visit our careers page: https://careers.mcsaatchi.com/jobs/1497505-sport-account-executive

Account Director

About Us

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is a creative leader in the passion marketing sector, we connect brands to a diverse range of consumers through the things they love. We deliver award-winning campaigns for a number of leading brands globally, regionally and within individual markets.

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants who meet the specific requirements will receive consideration for employment without regard to background or protected characteristic, under the Equality Act 2010. We celebrate difference in the broadest sense; rooted in our belief that diversity of thought is a creative necessity.

The Role:

As an Account Director in our team, you are responsible for the efficient day-to-day management of key accounts within the business. You will have a robust, integrated skillset and breadth of knowledge that extends into the wider marketing sphere, covering PR, partnershipssponsorshipdigitalexperiential and influencer engagement.

You are the central component in the team, ensuring the smooth running of all campaigns, leading client, rights-holder and partner communications. You display strong skills in managing your teams from Business Directors to Account Managers and Account Executives, as well as other internal teams including creative, production and design.

You will have great enthusiasm for the sports & entertainment worlds, with a passion not only for sport, but the culture surrounding it, as well as music and arts.

Key Responsibilities

General:

Leading the day-to-day account and client teams

Being the main point of contact for all clients – owning relationships with them is important

Leading on campaigns from planning to delivery with team members – you will also have a role to play in strategic planning and creative idea generation

Immersing yourself in the client’s business and objectives

Leading all budget management on the account including budget estimates, tracking / monitoring, and reconciliation

Campaign Execution:

Leading on the delivery of effective campaigns through to activation and evaluation

Ensuring campaign activations are delivered on time and within budget

Ensuring campaigns are delivered best-in-class and stay true to strategy and creative

Providing client counsel and delivering creative solutions

Developing talent recommendations, negotiating, and contracting where applicable

Tracking and delivering activity and partnership to agreed KPIs

PR & Comms:

Advising on earned communications outputs to the client and messaging across PR, social and sponsorship assets

Development of campaign platform and key messaging

Strong knowledge of media and social media communications outputs, especially in relation to the specific needs of your client

Building and maintaining quality relationships with key media across all relevant clients

Managing and driving rich editorial opportunities including exclusives, interviews and features

Continually monitoring media for all client coverage and articles of interest

Team Management:

Motivating teams to deliver best in class work

Lead internal meetings, assigning day-to-day account tasks and ensuring delivering to deadlines

Resource projects accordingly with clear roles and responsibilities without overservicing

Ensure teams follow processes

An approachable source of knowledge for your team members, providing sound advice and direction

Requirements:

Enthusiasm for the job and passion for your work

6-8 years of Account / Client management experience in earned communications agency

Strong written and verbal presentation skills with a knowledge of storytelling

Experience in talent management and contracting

Understanding of brand and rights holder partnerships, and experience in delivering contracted assets

Deep understanding of the sport and entertainment landscape and trends

Experience in managing team members to deliver campaigns and projects

Positive-attitude, proactive and solutions driven

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).

Demonstrative knowledge of the moral and business imperatives that drive DE&I

Act as an ally to promote inclusive behaviours and support the work of the employee led networks

Act with empathy & sensitivity to all colleagues & stakeholders, irrespective of cultural background or protected characteristic, (Equality Act 2010)

To apply, visit our careers page: https://careers.mcsaatchi.com/jobs/1434572-account-director

Midweight Creative Team

M&C Saatchi Sport and Entertainment are committed to creating diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants who meet the specific requirements will receive consideration for employment without regard to background or protected characteristic, under the Equality Act 2010.   

We celebrate difference in the broadest sense; rooted in our belief that diversity of thought is a creative necessity.  

THE TEAM  

  • M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is a creative leader in the passion marketing sector, we connect brands to a diverse range of consumers through the things they love. 
  • We are a creative company, not just a company with a creative department and so the onus of ideas will never fall solely on creative teams. 
  • We are committed to raising our creative standards and pushing ourselves to deliver effective, more inclusive, more awarded work for our client base which would be the envy of every agency in the world.  
  • We are sector specific but channel agnostic meaning we execute in every channel available from advertising to live experiences and need a team who think ideas first not format first. 
  • We operate a fluid team across our London & Amsterdam offices and this role will cover both offices and can be based in either the UK or Netherlands

Job description: Midweight Creative Team

We need a creative team to come in and assist the agency in producing outstanding creative work across  some of the best briefs in the industry.

Concepting

  • The team will take on briefs from across our client base and across multiple channels, working to create innovative and impactful ideas for our clients.
  • These can be a mix of big stand out creative ideas and platforms, as well as tactical briefs and pitch work.
  • Ensuring ideas stay brilliant from page to reality by remaining involved in productions and ensuring our creative work is executed brilliantly. This will involve working closely with the design, account, experiential and film teams.
  • We are a creative company, but the team will play a key in driving our creative culture and output, working closely with account, studio and production teams to bring creative ideas to fruition.

Craft & Delivery

  • Ensuring ideas stay brilliant from page to reality by remaining involved in productions and ensuring our creative work is executed brilliantly. This will involve working closely with the design, account, experiential and film teams.

Creative Culture

  • We are a creative company, but the team will play a key in driving our creative culture and output, working closely with account, studio and production teams to bring creative ideas to fruition.

Key responsibilities

  • Deliver creatively daring, innovative and inclusive response to briefs across all the channels we work in, providing clear solutions to client challenges.
  • Develop excellent relationships with the account and studio teams in the agency and assist them in pushing for greater creative ambition and execution.
  • Increase the creative standard across the business by showing a dedication to brilliant ideas and fantastic craft in execution.
  • Work across multiple teams, clients and stakeholders.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

  • Demonstrative knowledge of the moral, legal and business imperatives that drive DEI in companies.
  • Act as an ally to promote inclusive behaviours and support the work of the employee led networks.
  • Act with empathy & sensitivity to all colleagues & stakeholders, irrespective of cultural background or protected characteristic, (Equality Act 2010).

To apply, visit our careers page: https://careers.mcsaatchi.com/jobs/1333695-midweight-creative-team

Lifestyle Account Director

We’re looking for a game-changing Account Director with strong PR, lifestyle and fashion experience to join M&C Saatchi Fabric. As part of the Lifestyle team, this is an exciting opportunity to join a growing award-winning agency. The role is based in London on a hybrid working basis.

About Us

M&C Saatchi Group is a creative federation of companies who navigate, create and lead meaningful change for clients. Across five specialist divisions connected through people, culture, data, technology and creativity, M&C Saatchi Group aims to unlock new value for clients and leave a positive impact on the world.

M&C Saatchi Group’s work is informed by two core principles – Brutal Simplicity of Thought and Diversity of Thought. Together they guide how problem are solved and integrated specialist teams are built. Headquartered in London, M&C Saatchi Group have circa 2,500 employees globally of which 720 employees are UK based, and operations spanning 23 countries with major hubs in the UK, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia and Australia.

M&C Saatchi Group is entering a new era with new strategic priority – to work in a more connected way. Across all businesses within the UK Group and globally, M&C Saatchi Group seeks to optimise talent, infrastructure, systems and processes and leverage the benefits of being a global company with a collective vision.

About M&C Saatchi Fabric

M&C Saatchi Fabric are a creative communications agency working with some of the world’s biggest brands developing campaigns that are at the cutting edge of culture. Clients include adidas, Reebok, Coca-Cola and Bowers & Wilkins. The agency are looking for and experienced AD to join the growing team.

About the Role:

We’re looking to hire a new Account Director to lead on a number of exciting accounts. As an Account Director in Fabric, you’ll be responsible for leading your team and providing direction and council to both the team and client. You’ll be involved with and responsible for developing successful creative campaigns which achieve the client’s strategic objectives and ensuring that work is completed to the highest possible standard. We like to push the envelope. As Account Director you also play a key role in the wider business and should have commercial awareness and an understanding of company business and financial objectives.

About You:

M&C Saatchi Fabric is growing, and we’d like you to be a part of this growth. We are looking to hire an Account Director who is innovative in their thinking, engaging, creative, and financially savvy with the following experience and knowledge:

  • A working knowledge of PR, campaign, and influencer
  • Strong experience of the media and social media landscapes
  • Love of youth culture, pop culture and an ear to the ground for the latest trends
  • Strong background in fashion and lifestyle campaigns
  • Strategic and creative development of client campaigns
  • Experience of overseeing the implementation and delivery of campaigns                     including financial control of budgets
  • Client facing experience, partnering at senior level to provide advice and                     guidance
  • Managing teams on both a day-to-day basis and a wider level, using experience       and knowledge to aid the development of junior staff
  • Playing a broader role in company business including new business and staff             development
  • Taking an active role as line manager, including managing the appraisal process

About the Role:

Client Relationships:

You’ll maintain regular communication with clients to establish a relationship of trust, ensuring that you are viewed as a source of sound strategic, creative and operational advice.

Consulting:

You will foster and maintain client relationships and ensure that all work delivered to your clients is of an exceptional standard.
You’ll provide sound strategic counsel using experience, insight and professional opinion to shape an informed point of view.
You will be proactive in identifying solutions to problems that arise as campaigns develop, and in pre-empting potential considerations

Strategy, Creativity and Planning:

Play a central role in developing creative campaigns that achieve and exceed the client’s strategic objectives.

Be responsible for the development of responses to briefs from existing clients and, where relevant, to new business briefs.

Ensure briefs are fully analysed/interrogated and develop an efficient creative brainstorming process, resulting in first class creative solutions.

Produce standout written plans, demonstrating good storytelling, strong written skills and the ability to effectively position an idea to the client. Ensure that both content and look and feel are of a high standard.

Work with senior staff to ensure that all agency responses are creative and meet the client’s strategic objectives.

Team management /Leadership:

Manage team members on a day-to-day basis to ensure effective account handling. Provide clear briefs and time frames to team members for all working tasks.

Give clear guidance, direction and feedback to your team to ensure they are aware of what they need to deliver and when.

Encourage proactivity from all team members.

Build a strong framework to ensue you are managing your team effectively, 
implementing regular team catch ups and reporting systems.

Manage upwards and flag any issue to senior management.

Oversee servicing responsibilities, ensuring the correct resourcing for each account

Campaign Delivery:

Lead campaign execution, ensuring first class delivery and success against objectives

Be responsible for the briefing of junior staff, delegating and assigning specific roles against campaign tasks and deliverables

Empower junior staff to take ownership of specific campaign elements to further their development and increase client exposure to the whole team

Lead regular internal and external update and review meetings and conference calls

Be responsible for quality control on every element of agency output

Marketing and PR:

Ensure that successful PR output is at the heart of all client work

Display a sophisticated understanding of how PR enables clients to achieve their business objectives and provide competent counsel against their commercial deliverables

Media Management:

Have a strong knowledge of media be able to offer your team and client council on the media landscape and fully understand media’s needs and requirements

Maintain strong relationships with key high level media across all relevant clients

Manage your team to ensure they are delivering rich editorial opportunities

Be aware of all client coverage and articles of interest, as informed by more junior members of the team

Be aware of any coverage issues your team may face ahead of it becoming an issue with your client and deliver effective solutions

Social Media:

Work with the Digital Director to define relevant client strategy based on brief and objectives

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the social media / digital media landscape – in particular in relation to your client’s digital presence and objectives

Incorporate relevant digital mechanics / strategy into client responses

Help to manage the cross-agency structure (where relevant) understanding where we fit into it from a digital perspective

Develop an understanding of emerging technology and its potential uses in marketing. Use these insights to sell new ideas to the client

Provide strategic counsel to the client based on their social objectives and competitor activity

Proof and approve content for social media created by your team

Proof and approve social media reports and ensure insights and recommendations identified fit with the broader strategy

Budgeting and Finance:

Be responsible for financials

Working with senior colleagues over fee and activity budgets

Understand impact of staff cost on the profitability of accounts and manage resource accordingly

Business Development:

Be involved in new business development including identification/pursuit of leads and leading pitch processes

Identify opportunities for external company marketing and PR

Commercial Awareness:

Have commercial awareness, understand, and contribute to the achievement of wider company business objectives

Approach work with overall profitability for the business in mind

Actively seek and develop new business opportunities

Maintain good business practice on behalf of the company towards clients and suppliers

Account Administration

Oversee AM and AEs delivery of day-to-day account tasks, ensuring that all client- facing work is completed to deadline and is of an appropriate standard

Lead meetings (both internal and client facing) ensuring that they are constructive and efficient

Financial Effectiveness:

Responsibility for ensuring that budgets are correct and are effectively managed

Production of accurate forecast of work for fee breakdown

Ensure client fees invoices are raised promptly after they are signed off

Ensure all client and supplier POs are managed in an efficient manner

What we offer

For the right candidate, we will offer a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 1 day off for your birthday, private healthcare, employer contributory pension, life assurance and income protection. We also offer a host of benefits that support wellbeing including subsided gym membership and 11: counselling, whilst our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion sees us offer learning opportunities around DE&I, targeted mentoring programmes and the opportunity to participate in a number of active Employee Led Networks and associated events. Finally, this role will have a vibrant development offer that sets it up for success.

The M&C Saatchi Group UK has pledged its commitment to create a company that values difference, with an inclusive culture brought to life through equity with an 18-month roadmap of business-wide activity across people, culture, industry and society. As part of this, M&C Saatchi Group continues to be an Equal Opportunity Employer which does not and shall not discriminate, celebrates diversity and bases all hiring and promotion decisions solely on merit, without regard for any personal characteristics.

Your information will be kept confidential according to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Senior Strategist

About M&C Saatchi Group

M&C Saatchi Group is a creative federation of companies who navigate, create, and lead meaningful change for clients. Across five specialist divisions connected through people, culture, data, technology and creativity, M&C Saatchi Group aims to unlock new value for clients and leave a positive impact on the world.

M&C Saatchi Group’s work is informed by two core principles – Brutal Simplicity of Thought and Diversity of Thought. Together they guide how problems are solved and integrated specialist teams are built. Headquartered in London, M&C Saatchi Group have circa 2,500 employees globally of which 720 employees are UK based. Our operations span 23 countries with major hubs in the UK, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia and Australia.

M&C Saatchi Group is entering a new era with a new strategic priority – to work in a more connected way. Across all businesses within the UK Group and globally, M&C Saatchi Group seeks to optimise talent, infrastructure, systems and processes and leverage the benefits of being a global company with a collective vision.

About Us

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is an 80-person strong creative communications agency specialising in brand and sponsorship exploitation in the world of sport and entertainment.

We help make brands more culturally relevant by connecting them to consumers through the things they love – their passions.

We are a discipline neutral agency with the ability to create campaigns across the spectrum of content creation, ATL, experiential, PR, influencer marketing and much more.

Our account teams are made up of film, music, brand, sport, and events specialists.

We also have a dedicated lifestyle & culture offer called M&C Saatchi Fabric.

Majority of our clients are retained and include the likes of Coca-Cola, adidas, Barclays, Heineken, VMO2, Kia, Ballantine’s, Dettol, The FA and many more.

Since the company was re-launched in 2004, it has been named Sport Agency of the Year six times in, won two Sponsorship Agency of Year Awards from Marketing magazine, and also named Specialist Agency of the Year twice by PR Week. In 2018 it was also named Best Place to Work by Campaign magazine.

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants who meet the specific requirements will receive consideration for employment without regard to background or protected characteristic, under the Equality Act 2010. We celebrate difference in the broadest sense; rooted in our belief that diversity of thought is a creative necessity.

About The Role

We are looking for a Senior Strategist with outstanding potential to help support our expanding strategy offer, support our new business drive and push our creative work forward. The perfect candidate will have an inquisitive personality demonstrated by an insatiable curiosity for everything from music to sport, technology to social trends and beyond.

Essentially everything that informs and shapes consumer culture.

This will be matched by an analytical approach to problem-solving that manifests itself in a desire to seek out innovative solutions to complex problems. Our clients need strategies that help guide execution and output, not just lovely PowerPoints, so we need a strategist comfortable rolling their sleeves up and inspiring teams on how to bring ideas to life and then staying close to and shaping the work all the way through the process.

Reporting into the Head of Strategy they will work across a blue-chip client list and a multitude of sectors, geographies and disciplines. These include Coca-Cola, Barclays, Barclaycard, Reebok, Ballantine’s, adidas, Heineken, Virgin Media O2 and many more. The role offers a rare opportunity to work on a diverse range of briefs across sport, lifestyle and entertainment.

Working alongside senior account handlers & the management team, you will be responsible for:

  • Strategic direction and development of clients & new biz prospects
  • Working with the account & creative teams to push creative output and ensure creative that is best in class across the comms ecosystem.

A typical day could include but will almost certainly not be limited to…

  • Insight gathering
  • Market research
  • Data analysis
  • Developing brand, sponsorship and campaign strategies
  • Campaign planning and development
  • Creative brief preparation and writing

About You?

The ideal candidate will have

  • A great understanding of emerging technologies and the ways consumers engage in their passions.
  • Created brand activation programmes across a range of different channels
  • Gained a deep understanding of the commercial imperatives of client businesses
  • The ability to identify insights and channel them into inspiring creative briefs
  • Demand the highest standards of creative output.
  • The capability to give colleagues and clients the confidence to take a new approach
  • Experience of inspiring and collaborating with both account teams and creatives
  • The ideal candidate will have at least five years’ experience in a planning or strategy role, ideally in an agency environment. Experience of strategic work on a major brand sponsorship is desired but not mandatory.

What We Offer

For the right candidate, we will offer a competitive salary and benefits package with 25 days holiday with a day off for your birthday, private healthcare, employer contributory pension, life assurance and income protection. We also offer a host of benefits that support wellbeing including subsided gym membership, whilst our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion sees us offer learning opportunities around DE&I, targeted mentoring programmes and the opportunity to participate in a number of active Employee Led Networks and associated events. Finally, this role will be supported with all the necessary personal development required to set someone up for success.

The M&C Saatchi Group UK has pledged its commitment to create a company that values difference, with an inclusive culture brought to life through equity with an 18-month roadmap of business-wide activity across people, culture, industry and society. As part of this, M&C Saatchi Group continues to be an Equal Opportunity Employer which does not and shall not discriminate, celebrates diversity and bases all hiring and promotion decisions solely on merit, without regard for any personal characteristics.

All employee information is kept confidential according to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

M&C Saatchi – Sport and Entertainment are committed to creating diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants who meet the specific requirements will receive consideration for employment without regard to background or protected characteristic, under the Equality Act 2010. We celebrate difference in the broadest sense; rooted in our belief that diversity of thought is a creative necessity.

Creative Placement Teams

Are you a creative team looking to push the envelope and create the very best work, whilst learning from some of the most highly awarded talent in the passion marketing industry? If so, we are currently offering 3-month full time fixed term contracts to creative placements, starting immediately!

About M&C Saatchi Group

M&C Saatchi Group is a creative federation of companies who navigate, create, and lead meaningful change for clients. Across five specialist divisions connected through people, culture, data, technology and creativity, M&C Saatchi Group aims to unlock new value for clients and leave a positive impact on the world.

M&C Saatchi Group’s work is informed by two core principles – Brutal Simplicity of Thought and Diversity of Thought. Together they guide how problems are solved and integrated specialist teams are built. Headquartered in London, M&C Saatchi Group have circa 2,500 employees globally of which 720 employees are UK based. Our operations span 23 countries with major hubs in the UK, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia and Australia.

M&C Saatchi Group is entering a new era with a new strategic priority – to work in a more connected way. Across all businesses within the UK Group and globally, M&C Saatchi Group seeks to optimise talent, infrastructure, systems and processes and leverage the benefits of being a global company with a collective vision.

About Us

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is a creative leader in the passion marketing sector, we connect brands to a diverse range of consumers through the things they love.

Here we’re all creatives, not just a company with a creative department so if you’re looking for a super collaborative environment where everyone has a voice, you’re in the right place.

The creative standards here are high and we’re always pushing ourselves to create work that is more effective, inclusive, awarded for the super juicy briefs from the top brands in the Sport & Entertainment world.

We believe that this is the best time ever to be a creative because we are now limitless. The work we create goes from a TV commercial, live experiences, all the way to an interactive innovation that will positively impact millions of lives. Smart people, technology, data and storytelling are incredible ingredients that help us create work that makes positive changes in society, shape culture, inspire people to be better and build brands.

We’re not an advertising agency, we’re a passions agency. And passion is a much more powerful and fruitful space for brands and creatives to be in.

M&C Saatchi Sports & Entertainment is an environment where people come to do the best work of their lives. A place with the power of diversity, talent and a safe space to bring to life the most provocative ideas that will create the most talked about brands in the world.

Job description: Creative Placement Team

About the Role

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is a creative leader in the passion marketing sector, we connect brands to a diverse range of consumers through the things they love.

Here we’re all creatives, not just a company with a creative department so if you’re looking for a super collaborative environment where everyone has a voice, you’re in the right place.

The creative standards here are high and we’re always pushing ourselves to create work that is more effective, inclusive, awarded for the super juicy briefs from the top brands in the Sport & Entertainment world.

About You

What Are We Looking For?

We are looking for a placement creative team who think ideas first not format first.

As a Placement team you’ll be working side-by-side with some of the very best talent in the industry, assisting the agency in creating and producing outstanding creative work across some of the best briefs in the industry. Here you’ll receive mentorship, training and exposure to best-in-class ideas that pushes boundaries and sets new standards.

We operate a fluid team across our London & Amsterdam offices and this role will cover both offices and will be based in the UK.

If you have fresh thinking and love ideas, this is the right place for you.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING?

Concepting

The team will take on briefs from across our client base and across multiple channels, working to create innovative and impactful ideas for our clients collaborating with strategists, account, designers, editors’ animators and other creatives. These can be a mix of big stand out creative ideas and platforms, as well as tactical briefs and pitch work.

Craft & Delivery

Ensuring ideas stay brilliant from page to reality and making sure you’ll have opportunity to learn the whole process by remaining involved in productions and ensuring our creative work is executed brilliantly. This will involve working closely with the design, account, experiential and production teams.

Creative Culture

We are a creative company, so the team will be assisted by all member of the team to support them to get to the best ideas, working closely with account, studio and production teams to bring creative ideas to fruition.

Indispensable qualities

. Passion for sport and/or entertainment.

. Curious mind.

. Culturally connected with society trends especially GenZ needs and aspirations.

. Ultra-mega connected and on top of the latest social media channels trends like TikTok.

. An eye in fashion and lifestyle.

. Strong opinions but good listener.

. And most importantly nice to hang out and work with.

Key responsibilities

. Deliver creatively daring, innovative and inclusive response to briefs across all the channels we work in, providing clear solutions to client challenges.

. Develop excellent relationships with the account and studio teams in the agency and assist them in pushing for greater creative ambition and execution.

. Increase the creative standard across the business by showing a dedication to brilliant ideas and fantastic craft in execution.

. Work across multiple teams, clients and stakeholders.

. Understanding and creating new media platforms to unlock innovative solutions.

What we Offer

For the right candidate, we will offer a competitive salary and benefits package with 25 days holiday with a day off for your birthday, private healthcare, employer contributory pension, life assurance and income protection. We also offer a host of benefits that support wellbeing including subsided gym membership, whilst our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion sees us offer learning opportunities around DE&I, targeted mentoring programmes and the opportunity to participate in a number of active Employee Led Networks and associated events. Finally, this role will be supported with all the necessary personal development required to set someone up for success.

The M&C Saatchi Group UK has pledged its commitment to create a company that values difference, with an inclusive culture brought to life through equity with an 18-month roadmap of business-wide activity across people, culture, industry and society. As part of this, M&C Saatchi Group continues to be an Equal Opportunity Employer which does not and shall not discriminate, celebrates diversity and bases all hiring and promotion decisions solely on merit, without regard for any personal characteristics.

All employee information is kept confidential according to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

M&C Saatchi – Sport and Entertainment are committed to creating diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants who meet the specific requirements will receive consideration for employment without regard to background or protected characteristic, under the Equality Act 2010. We celebrate difference in the broadest sense; rooted in our belief that diversity of thought is a creative necessity.

Account Director - Amsterdam

This is a new and exciting opportunity to join our award-winning team based in Amsterdam. The role offers a rare opportunity to work on a diverse range of clients across sport and entertainment. We’re looking for an Account Director with strong organizational and creative project management skills to work on our campaigns across online, digital, social, print and video content. You will need to have the appropriate right to work in the EU.

About M&C Saatchi Group

M&C Saatchi Group have circa 2,500 employees globally of which 720 employees are UK based. Our operations span 23 countries with major hubs in the UK, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia and Australia. M&C Saatchi Group is entering a new era with a new strategic priority – to work in a more connected way. Across all businesses within the UK Group and globally, M&C Saatchi Group seeks to optimise talent, infrastructure, systems and processes and leverage the benefits of being a global company with a collective vision.

About Us

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is a creative leader in the passion marketing sector, we connect brands to a diverse range of consumers through the things they love. We deliver award-winning campaigns for leading brands globally, regionally and within individual markets.

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants who meet the specific requirements will receive consideration for employment without regard to background or protected characteristic. We celebrate difference in the broadest sense; rooted in our belief that diversity of thought is a creative necessity.

We take a sector specific, discipline neutral approach, so you need a great grasp of ideas and how they can live in owned, earned, paid channels. Specifically: PR, content, social, influencers & live activation.

You join the Amsterdam team at an exciting time of growth. The office opened in 2020. This role is integral to building the team, developing the culture of the agency and delivering client excellence.

About The Role

Our Account Directors, are integral to the entire agency, ensuring that the day-to-day running of your clients’ work is as effective as possible, that we deliver strategic and creative work we are proud of and that we continue to grow, both in terms of profitability and agency reputation.

Key Responsibilities

Clients:

Constantly strive to develop and execute creative ideas that will deliver fame for our clients and the agency, constantly exceeding expectations

Remain committed to retaining clients through developing strong relationships with all client contacts, proactively developing the relationship and being a trusted business partner and respected advisor / consultant

Provide strategic counsel to executive-level clients, based on your understanding of their business, its challenges, competitors and the marketplace

Team Leadership:

Inspiring and empowering our team, nurturing our talent to safeguard the evolution of our work, so we can continue to drive the industry forward

Line management of several members of the team

Leading by example, you exhibit clear and concise thinking that delivers on the promise of Brutal Simplicity of Thought, conveying a passion for success, attention to detail and outstanding professionalism always

Commercial Growth:

Cultivating a broad network to become aware of any potential new business briefs, ensuring that we are considered for any relevant opportunities

Organic growth – actively volunteering ideas / solutions as add-on services to increase fee income

Take responsibility for the profitable running of client work with the Managing Partner

Participating in selling new projects / ideas / solutions to increase fees and ensuring that all additional projects are profitable and well managed

Creating best in class new business responses, including strategic and creative development

You Must:

Remain abreast of market trends and provide feedback and suggestions as to how the business can use these to its competitive advantage, staying one step ahead of clients in terms of changes and developments in the industry

Continue to cultivate and maintain solid relationships with a variety of media, influencers and industry figureheads, leveraging these relationships to support clients and gain insights

Requirements

Minimum of 6 years’ experience

English language (professional), ideally Dutch language (professional)

Right to work in the EU

Understanding of day-to-day workings of agency life

No specific education level required

Cultural curiosity, Enthusiasm, Calmness

Nothing is impossible mindset

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Demonstrative knowledge of the moral and business imperatives that drive DEI

Act as an ally to promote inclusive behaviours and support the work of the employee led networks

Act with empathy & sensitivity to all colleagues & stakeholders, irrespective of cultural background or protected characteristic

Account Manager - Amsterdam

About us

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is a creative leader in the passion marketing sector, we connect brands to a diverse range of consumers through the things they love. We deliver award-winning campaigns for leading brands globally, regionally and within individual markets.

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants who meet the specific requirements will receive consideration for employment without regard to background or protected characteristic. We celebrate differen­­­­ce in the broadest sense; rooted in our belief that diversity of thought is a creative necessity.

We take a sector specific, discipline neutral approach, so you need a great grasp of ideas and how they can live in owned, earned, paid channels. Specifically: PR, content, social, influencers & live activation.

You join the Amsterdam team at an exciting time of growth. The office opened in 2020. This role is integral to building the team, developing the culture of the agency and delivering client excellence. A start-up within the arms of a global agency Group.

Job Description

Account Managers are the engine of any piece of client business. They are responsible for the day to day smooth running of a piece of business along with thinking ahead to what’s coming.

An Account Manager is responsible for driving their accounts forward and should always be one step ahead, managing the overall workload and ensuring that all deliverables are completed on time and to a high standard. The ability to work autonomously Is essential, taking ownership of projects and ensuring that work is completed to the highest possible standard.

Core responsibilities include:

Ensuring that accounts are run as smoothly as possible

Day-to-day contact for the client

Being the central ‘cog’ in the team to ensure actions are identified and completed in a timely manner

Ensuring that the client always feels they are getting the best, most professional service possible

Providing informed counsel to clients

Being viewed by clients and peers as a senior and trusted member of the team

Starting to develop an understanding of potential creative and growth opportunities

Ensuring that work is as refined as possible and interrogated where necessary

Faultless attention to detail

Complete immersion into the relevant industry

ATTRIBUTES

Attitude

Positive and proactive

Lead by example with your entire team

Responsibility and accountability on accounts

Take ownership and be fully accountable for day to day operations

Be responsible for ensuring all work produced is of client facing standard

Initiative and problem solving

Develop the ability to both identify and solve problems before those senior to you or clients do. When highlighting a problem always have a view of what a solution might be

Always think ahead and have your clients and brands front of mind

Be proactive in spotting opportunities. Even if it is unlikely that a client will progress the idea, it’s important they know you are passionate about the brand

Relationships

Develop strong working relationships with your team

Display strong relationships with clients, both in terms of rapport and respect. The client should trust your opinion and counsel and see you as a vital member of the team

Have an established network of contacts: media/clients/suppliers etc

Time and resource management

Effective time management is essential. Ensure that you are delivering work on time and are conscientious with deadlines. This should result in an ability to manage your own and others time.

Flag any pinch points on your accounts to your ADs to ensure that the standard of your work is not being affected

Presentation skills

Document and presentation writing skills should be strong. You should deliver relevant, quality work of a high standard

You should be developing your physical presentation skills and building confidence in competently talking clients though a document or pitching an idea

You should be able to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing throughout internal and client facing comms

Grammatical errors and typos within client documents are not acceptable

Sales skills

Always be developing your sales skills and techniques as these are a fundamental part of the role.

EXPERTISE

You should have strong skills in the following areas, although remember that

development will come through exposure and experience.

Please do highlight any areas you feel you could benefit from training or support.

1. STRATEGY

Strategic Skills

Understanding of planning and responding to a brief with clear strategic thinking

Complete understanding of the role of PR, Sponsorship & Marketing and how it shapes our deliverables

An ability to find insights in audience behaviour that can help unlock the direction of an answer.

2. CREATIVITY

We are a creative business and therefore using our creativity to solve client problems is at the heart of everything we do.

Have the ability to interrogate and answer a brief creatively and how to position and articulate ideas to the client

Be willing and able to generate ideas alone and as part of a team

Have an ambition push the creative calibre of our clients and our agency.

3. ACOUNT MANAGEMENT

I. Administration

Oversee status reports and ensure that they are delivered to the client on time

Oversee AE to facilitate meetings (both internal and client facing) e.g. ensuring that rooms are booked and conference call lines are set up

II. Campaign Execution & Project Management

Build skills and confidence to plan, organise and manage events, including co-ordinating: venues, invitations, guest lists, press materials, managing suppliers

Work to ensure that campaign activation is delivered on time and within budget, flagging early any issues or concerns to those more senior.

Ensuring you are consistently delivering towards KPIs which fit with your clients’ broader strategy

III. Administration

Oversee status reports and ensure that they are delivered to the client on time

Oversee AE to facilitate meetings (both internal and client facing) e.g. ensuring that rooms are booked and conference call lines are set up

IV. Management of Team

Keep all members of the team up-to-date with account work and ensure that regular internal status meetings are arranged

Keep those senior to you informed of your work progress and any key action points that are arising on the business

Give clear guidance and constant feedback to your team

Move towards being able to nurture, manage and develop the team

V. Client Services

Show genuine interest in your client’s business

Pre-empting the needs of the client wherever possible

Respond promptly to client requests. Keep the client informed if there is going to be a delay

Start to provide recommendations based on understanding competitor activity, news relating to brand ambassadors, media insights etc.

VI. Financial Management

Understanding and Management of Client Finances

Highly competent execution of all finance processes, including issuing SOW, client estimate sign off, setting up new job numbers, processing POs and managing budgets

Display good use of relevant software to manage client budgets efficiently

Ensure that the junior team is up to speed on all relevant systems and processes

Complete responsibility in ensuring that all budgets are maintained properly

Financial Effectiveness

Both the Senior Account Manager and superiors are responsible for ensuring that budgets are correct and are being effectively managed

Any changes in projected client spend must be reported to your Account Director immediately

Anticipated overspends must be reported immediately

Starting to learn about account utilisation and fee profitability

4. CHANNEL & DISCIPLINE SKILLS

I. MEDIA & INFLUENCER RELATIONS

Have a detailed understanding of how to marry client objectives with the current news agenda

Have an in-depth knowledge of media, especially in relation to the specific needs of your client, and be aware of the importance that media play in the role of a PR agency

Possess established and trusted relationships with key media across all relevant clients

Manage and drive rich editorial opportunities including exclusives, interviews, features

Ensure that the team are monitoring media for all client coverage and articles of interest

Be aware of all coverage from initial sell into delivery and oversee the reporting process – flag any issues or considerations to ADs early

Nurturing the junior team to build their own networks

II. LIVE EXPERIENCE

Experienced in the concepting and delivery of live brand experiences

Have a good understanding of the production process ensuring projects remain on budget, on time and delivered to the highest standards.

Have a can-do approach towards difficult requests and untried ideas.

Be inquisitive and curious about the latest technologies and techniques in live events / experiences and be an inspiring member of the team.

III. SOCIAL / DIGITAL

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of social media platforms

Develop an understanding of emerging technology and its potential use in marketing

Conduct research for client or new business campaigns. This may involve looking at what competitors are doing or using our social media monitoring tools to conduct more thorough analysis (training will be provided)

Stay abreast of social media and digital marketing trends by reading the right titles / newsletters – and understand where this can apply to client work

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Demonstrative knowledge of the moral and business imperatives that drive DEI

Act as an ally to promote inclusive behaviours and support the work of the employee led networks

Act with empathy & sensitivity to all colleagues & stakeholders, irrespective of cultural background or protected characteristic