• Director, Strategy

    Requisition ID
    2018-5283
    # of Openings
    1
    Job Locations
    US-WA-Seattle
    Category
    Strategy and Planning
  • Overview

    Wunderman and POSSIBLE are award winning global digital advertising agencies. Wunderman is creatively driven and data inspired. A full-service creative agency that believes people move brands—not the other way around. They put creativity and data on a collision course to spark amazing ideas that make businesses thrive and people feel.

     

    POSSIBLE, believe in great creative above all else. They believe an idea can come from anywhere, which is why they use data to inform award-wining ideas.

     

    Wunderman and POSSIBLE are joining forces in Seattle to best serve a large technology and ecommerce client based in Seattle.

    Responsibilities

    We’re looking for a director-level Strategy leader to support our growing agency-within-an-agency dedicated to a large technology and ecommerce client based in Seattle. Beyond the expected insight-driven strategic approach, experience with consumer and market research, client workshops and brand ecosystem planning, this is a role that requires someone who is willing and excited about pioneering the future of client/agency partnerships; breaking old models, inventing ones and breaking those models again. What this also requires is T-shaped attitude toward strategy – today, there are more types of strategists than we have words for – channel, media, comms, brand, mobile, digital, social – bring your specialty that leads a client to better stories, better results and better decisions but also be able to bring in and champion other kinds of strategy as the business requires.

     

    What you’ll do

    • People| Manage and mentor team of 6-8 strategists, growing as the client grows; you’ll have the support of the VP, Strategy who will be there to serve you as an Executive Sponsor
    • Process| Guide and develop process / figure out how we work both in strategy as well as across the business
    • Work| Responsible for the quality of strategic thinking in the work, building a strong partnership with clients to define goals and drive key strategies throughout the year
    • Biz Dev| Grow the business through both casual and formal pitches and RFPs, partnering closely with account to build new approaches to proactive pitching

    Who you are

    • A builder| leadership skills / ability and appetite to create bring people together / innate ability to marshal people and create gravity around ideas
    • Open and collaborative | our team is close-knit and supportive and we’re working with a lot of unknowns – you must champion of team environments that are comfortable and encouraging
    • An experimenter| We are doing something new / must be ridiculously comfortable with ambiguity / excited by opportunities to create new rather than default to plugging-in to existing ones / lean towards experimentation rather than incremental improvements / yes with process and work, but also with people – open to new ways to get the best out of talented people
    • Optimistic and resilient| dig in and figure out how to work around problems / yes, why not posture / takes care of self and team / balance needed to maintain stamina and positivity
    • Ego-less | we all wear the hats that need wearing / you’ll be leading a client workshop and may need to take a minute to grab the team lunch that’s waiting downstairs / this agency is about putting action behind the values that many espouse to believe in but don’t execute
    • Okay with being wrong, and right | this isn’t a role that you’ll be able to take what you learned somewhere else and copy/print onto this role / it’s going to be a lot of inventing and collaborating and more likely than not, disagreeing / this isn’t an easy job, but you have the opportunity to be a critical part of a building a new kind of agency

    Qualifications

    • 8+ years in brand, business, and communication strategy; creative, innovation or strategic agency experience is required
    • A powerful communicator both in your writing and your presenting; compelling, persuasive
    • Track record of managing teams; the number is less important than how effective of a manager you were – bringing out the best in people
    • Lover of data and analytics not as a wrap-report but key insights; you’ll have a team to help you find these but you have to want them
    • A passion for technology, e-commerce; less important is experience with these verticals, more important is the passion and interest
    • Ambidextrous strategic skills across brand, channel, media, comms, social; you don’t have to have had all these titles but need to demonstrate interest and “know enough to be dangerous” expertise across all forms of strategy

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