Account Director.

LOCATION: Hollywood, Belfast
SALARY: Circa £55,000 per annum

About Ardmore

Ardmore is a Campaign UK Top 30 Regional Agency and The Drum Top 100 Independent Agency. They are a team of over 60 talented people who think differently from each other, but work seamlessly and relentlessly together delivering strategic, results-driven marketing, branding, advertising, public relations and digital solutions.

Ardmore is a longstanding partner and shareholder in Worldwide Partners Inc. (WPI), a global network of 70 independent agencies in 40 countries. From their Belfast base they work throughout the UK and Ireland and further afield with their WPI Partners and together they are proud to deliver on their promise of spectacular results on a global scale…connecting to create change in behaviours, beliefs and habits for commercial and societal benefit. They work with great local, national and international brands across the transport, finance, tourism, travel, food and hospitality sectors to name a few.

The Job Specification 

Account Director.

Ardmore is looking for an Account Director to direct strategic communications, ensuring effective and measurable results for the Client, and returning profit for the Agency. You will be involved with pitches for new business and must be able to approach potential Clients with both a creative and commercial mindset. The ability to lead and inspire team colleagues, clients and external partners is vital to being successful in this role.

Responsibilities:

  • Providing strategic direction, development and leadership on Client accounts.
  • Creating and maintaining excellent daily working relationships with Clients.
  • Leading and managing Client projects, including: taking Client briefs; providing analysis of input of Client together with background knowledge and research; producing briefs for Creative, Digital and Media; identifying opportunities for adding value; presenting and selling to Client.
  • Monitoring competitor activity, and being proactive in suggesting and devising new initiatives for Clients.

  • Developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with all colleagues, and coaching, advising and leading members of the Client Services team as appropriate.

  • Proactively driving and maximising profit from Client accounts in line with general business and financial objectives.

  • Proactively generating new business and revenue opportunities for the Agency, and participating in production of tenders and new business presentations.

  • Maintaining and developing a detailed understanding of all disciplines and arenas in which the Agency transacts, in order to enhance both the Agency’s and Clients’ competitive advantages.

  • Adhering to all internal Agency and ISO procedures, including prompt completion of timesheets, generation of estimates and invoices, writing and distributing Contact Reports, and producing clear and accurate forecasts.

  • Assisting in the management of personnel and general managerial duties where necessary.

  • Making a sustainable positive contribution to the future success of the Company.

  • Performing any other duties as may reasonably be required from time-to-time. 

  • Participating in training and development opportunities, staff performance appraisals and reviews as required.

  • Complying with Data Protection Regulations with regard to safeguarding customers’ sensitive information at all times. 

  • Performing the role in accordance with the Agency’s policies and procedures.

  • Adhering to and supporting all other company policies, procedures, processes and working practices, including adhering to best practice.

Essential Requirements:

  • Proven Account Director experience.

  • Extensive Industry experience.

  • Evidence of profitable and effective management of UK/Ireland-wide communication projects.

Skills/Competencies

  • Understanding of what makes great/effective advertising.
  • Strong leadership qualities.
  • Ability to embrace evolving communication platforms. 
  • Strong and compelling presentation skills.
  • A motivational and inspiring team player.

What Ardmore are all about

Their mission is to be a trusted strategic partner to their Clients. They are creatively restless, respectful, fearless, innovative, invested and always effective. Setting and smashing those targets they set themselves has allowed the team to grow bigger than ever, so they need more people who will share in their goal of achieving spectacular results for every Client.

As a fully-integrated Agency, the Ardmore Group offers Strategy, Advertising, Design, Digital, Videography, Media and Branding, as well as PR through their sister company LK Communications and eCommerce intelligence and performance marketing through their second sister agency, Built For Growth Digital – and that’s just scratching the surface.

Globally connected through the Worldwide Partners Inc, as a partner agency and shareholder, the Ardmore Group has access to global talent with localised insight.  This enables them to create impactful campaigns delivered on local, national and international scales.

More than that, they’re all about their people. Inside their offices, you’ll find a friendly and collaborative group of innovative professionals all striving for the same goals: to create brilliant work and exceed expectations every step of the way.

Interested in working alongside industry experts on some of the best known International, UK and Irish brands? Enjoy a flexible, collaborative and stimulating work environment?  Ready to drive your career forward with an ever-growing, innovative company? Then this is the place for you!

The Package.

Whats included:

  • Enhanced Paid Leave of 27 days per annum, plus your birthday and 11 statutory holidays, 12 this year with the additional May Bank Holiday approved.

  • Pension –Staff pay 5% and Ardmore pay 3%

  • Enhanced Maternity & Paternity Pay

  • Access to Private Healthcare after six months’ service.

  • Flexible approach to working arrangements.

  • Access to Mental Health and Wellbeing platform and initiatives including employee discounts.

  • Laptop and IT equipment.

  • Comprehensive continuous personal development (CPD), onboarding and training programme.

  • Paid membership of IPA with full access to a range of CPD tools.

  • Paid expenses for travel undertaken for the purposes of your job.

  • Opportunity to join in a range of other team-building and fun social activities through #weardmore

  • Onsite free parking (For Hybrid employees)

  • 2-minute walk to Holywood train station (For Hybrid employees)

Thrivve are working in partnership with Ardmore.

Thrivve are a professional search consultancy working in partnership with Ardmore on an exclusive basis. We have immersed ourselves in Ardmore’s culture and are proud to represent them throughout their hiring process.

If this opportunity is interest to you please let the consultant who approached you know, and they will set up a call to tell you more and discuss the next steps. 

If you are interested in applying for this role please reach out to Craig at Thrivve. 

craig@thrivve.co.uk or call 01536 239 900

71-75 Shelton Street, London, WC2H 9JQ

Let’s Talk

+44 (0)203 092 3797

enquiries@thrivve.co.uk