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Group Account Director

Hill & Knowlton
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Posted 1 month ago
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About Hill & KnowltonHill & Knowlton is the global strategic communications leader for transformation. We help brands, businesses and leaders build reputation, manage risk, and create breakthrough opportunities for growth. Founded in 1927, today’s Hill & Knowlton operates 70 offices in over 30 countries, providing advisory, public relations and creative solutions to local and global clients. Our global team offers integrated strategic services, grounded in deep sector expertise, and enabled by creativity and intelligence. Headquartered in New York, Hill & Knowlton is part of WPP, one of the world’s largest communications services groups.We are seeking a confident and dynamic Corporate Communications specialist to join our team in Saudi Arabia. The ideal candidate will be an experienced public relations / strategic communications veteran with a thorough understanding of the ever-changing financial landscape. This person should have a proven ability to provide strategic counsel, internally and externally, develop strategies for Health & Wellness brandsAccount Directors at Hill & Knowlton (H&K) are active leaders in their practice, team and office. You will be a role model for your team and a ‘trusted consultant’ to your clients. At this level, you have the experience and autonomy to independently lead a portfolio of retainer and project campaigns and publishing channels. Your creativity has ample chance to shine as you look for opportunities to retain and grow clients, and deliver award ‐ winning work. Our Account Directors are passionate and proactive about storytelling, developing knowledge, championing H+K standards and converting new business opportunities in your primary sector or service specialty area, whilst supporting the strategic business objectives of the regional leadership team.SKILLS + COMPETENCIESAt this level, you will be able to:ConsultingIndependently counsel with confidence, maturity and professionalism on integrated communication strategies, stakeholder engagement, digital and social media plans and content strategiesBe a trusted advisor, adding value to client relationships, assisting clients in achieving their business objectives and building incremental businessConfidently articulate and apply the 3P approach to existing and potential clients; train teams on how to actively apply this narrativeBe bold; pitch and deliver innovative ideas to clients and develop creative solutions that boost theirbrand’s reputationDeliver strategic senior counsel on content marketing, including how the content is published (channel, timing, optimization, influencer engagement)Ensure projects are delivered on time, on budget and exceed client’s expectations in terms of results and professionalism; manage resources, review and approve client deliverablesBe confident in managing and resolving challenges with clients around scope, performance, results and similar issuesAct as a leader in storytelling and propose innovative multi ‐ channel content strategies for clients that generate new revenue streamsDevelop and discuss an appropriate and transparent reporting, review and insight model that will demonstrate successes and identify failings of activity with clients in a positive and productive environmentLead in understanding, addressing and seeking positive resolution to client issuesCreate, lead and deliver presentations with impactLead and facilitate effective brainstorms internallyAct as the brand guardian and quality control for clientsDraw from the H&K network and industry contacts to bring in the right internal and external expertise to add valuePEOPLEDemonstrate a clear ability to lead teams to successful revenue growth; including staff allocation, motivation, structure, resourcing and coachingSupport the practice lead and regional management team in terms of agency/sector vision and model the desired behaviourEmbody the agency vision and culture of collaboration with your teams and lead by exampleAct as a rigorous Line Manager; develop SMART career plans for direct report/s, be diligent in performance management in line with global structure, and mentor/coach team members to develop their potentialPlay a central role in recruiting new talent and retention of existing talent in the team/agencyActively encourage and support your direct reports in attending training as well as otherrelevant training events within or outside the agencyBUSINESS ACUMENIdentify new opportunities and play a proactive role in terms of proposal development, pitching and conversion using the full Creative Process and other structures for new business developments. Lead new business pitches and make an active contributionAssume responsibility for budget monitoring, revenue forecasting, fee negotiation, staff planning and managing over ‐ servicing levels for profitabilityDemonstrate a solid overview of all H&K’s offering, strategic services, MENAT and Global network, and WPP Group and be able to identify areas of partnership and growth within the existing client portfolioDrive impactful internal and external marketing activity for H&KDevelop relationships with regional professional bodiesComplete timesheets at the end of each week, monitor completion by all direct report/sDevelop and draft high standard award submissionsPROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTExemplify the company’s ethics, vision and values in daily workBuild on your emotional intelligence and self ‐ awarenessIndependently, assume a greater level of responsibility and accountability for client relationships, driving your practice area with revenue targetsCreate and drive initiatives to strengthen skills and culture of practice area/office through training and/or office responsibilitiesTake a lead role on strategic consultancy services such as media training, messaging, strategy development, flight school and crisis preparation/handlingBe seen as a leader within your office; display gravitas; manage difficult client relationshipsSuccessfully manage employee issues and difficult employee communications to a productiveoutcomeBuild a presence in the industry and develop a network of contacts to deliver new business leads and insightsComplete mandatory training courses for progression to the next levelWhat The Role Can Offer YouAccess to a global network of specialist communicators working with leading brandsThe opportunity to develop under the guidance of some of the best in the industryExposure to globally recognized clients and campaigns centred upon performance and purposeThe ability to work alongside a passionate and supportive teamJoining one of the world’s most respected, award-winning PR agenciesOur dedicated training academy which provides a breadth of skills enabling our people to take ownership of their career development and become trusted advisors to clientsKEY H+K BENEFITS22 working days annual leaveOption of a paid sabbatical after 7 years’ service1-week remote working optionComprehensive health insuranceLife insuranceEmployee discount schemeAccess to the Employee Assistance ProgramEnhanced training and career development opportunitiesHill & Knowlton is more than an agency. It’s a collection of thousands of brilliant, collaborative and driven employees – all united around a single vision of transforming our clients, our company and the world.Across 70 offices in 30 countries our people are the heartbeat of our business. Bridging countless cultures, backgrounds and lived experiences, we are drawn together by a common drive and a collaborative spirit – called to our craft each day by the desire to deliver the best work.  And at H&K, diversity, equity and inclusion are not just values; they are strategic imperatives that fuel our future in an industry built on the art of understanding, connecting and developing relationships. We believe that a diverse workforce is essential for inspiring bold ideas, fostering constructive dialogue and cultivating meaningful experiences that drive innovation and creativity.When you click the "Submit Application" button below, this will send any information you add below to Hill & Knowlton. 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