At AKQA, we believe in the imaginative application of arts and sciences to create beautiful ideas, products, and services.
As Strategy Director at AKQA, you will direct strategic programmes for some of our world-leading clients and help deliver a real impact for them.
You have a firm grasp on what true insights are, how to find them, and the change they are capable of creating, because how you see the world often helps shape how others see it.
As a Strategy Director, you lead and formulate the strategy on multi-year, multi-project client programs and retainer accounts.
You guide the planning and progression of activities for the entire team. You are in charge of leading and fostering the development of the strategy team, acting both as a manager and a mentor.
As part of the leadership team, you contribute to shape and guide the vision of the agency, with particular reference to your area of expertise and influence.
Work location : Milan or Venice. Availability to business trips.
Create a clear, insightful, and actionable direction to inspire creative thinking.
Act as a strategic lead for several key clients and the multi-disciplinary teams that support them, bringing business rigor and industry expertise.
Educate and inspire internal teams regarding the purpose and value of strategic planning.
Work with and mentor strategists. Guide their deliverables and development.
Constantly drive to improve output, systems, and processes within the Strategy department and ensure that only work of the highest quality is presented to clients .
Provide information and perspective on the work's effectiveness. Share knowledge and expertise with the internal team and the client.
Take on a pivotal leadership role across multi-year, multi-project client programs or retainers and help to see the strategic vision through to completion.
Support our Client Services teams to build an overall relationship with one or more clients / project sponsors.
Contribute to business development and help to identify growth opportunities for dedicated accounts
Discuss teams’ relative strengths in staffing discussions with our resource management team and help to train and educate team members.
A passion for innovation, brand, and service design.
A proven background in brand development and strategy across multiple channels and platforms.
The ability to build successful trusted advisor’ relationships with key senior client contacts.
Experience working with and building close relationships with senior-level clients.
Deep experience in the digital capabilities such as advertising and media, brand engagement, social, and mobile.
Proven effective line management and career development experience.
Customer research experience and domain expertise in several industries.
Holistic approach : able to "connect the dots" and act as leader within a multi-disciplinary team.
Strong customer service ethos, a commitment to quality, and the will to constantly drive improvements.
Ability to work well under pressure, with a high degree of flexibility and fluidity, and have an objective, focused, and positive approach.
Strive to learn new skills, staying abreast of business, audience, and technology trends, and successfully applying them to work practices.
Actively contribute to the development of the strategic culture of AKQA.
Lead strategy development internally with clients and partner agencies.
Ability to partner effectively with different professional figures, both in terms of seniority and background.
Fluency in English, both oral and written, and at least an intermediate level of fluency in Italian.
AKQA is an Equal Opportunity Employer; we believe that diversity is vital to AKQA’s ability to provide our clients with the best recommendations and are committed to fostering a varied and inclusive work environment.
Your race, colour, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or veteran status have no bearing on our hiring decisions.
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