Urgent: Hiring: Vacancy for the Post of Senior Manager, Head of Strategy

Urgent: Hiring


Job Title – Senior Manager, Head of Strategy

Department / Team  – Strategy

Reporting To – Country Manager, Creative

Location  – Victoria Island, Lagos

Core Responsibilities

Strategic Planning Management.

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of Clients’ business, the macro and micro-markets in which they operate and the specific brands.
  • Work with Client Service and Creative teams to develop relevant creative strategies, considering all communication disciplines.
  • Challenge the brief/s where necessary.
  • Enhance and support the Creative team to ensure that they create great work.
  • Enhance and support the Client Service team to ensure that the client buys the creative great work.
  • Development and fostering of ideas focus within the Agency and clients.
  • Nurture an effective culture within the Agency and clients.
  • Improve the creative product constantly in close partnership with the Strategy & Creative Director.
  • Nurture and grow the Strategic Planners in the department to deliver beyond the expected and be a source of inspiration for them.
  • Develop strategies that serve as a benchmark in the industry.
  • Delivery against Strategy Departmental Balanced Scorecard.

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Operational Management

  • Be an advocate for planning within the Agency.
  • Be the conduit of the latest planning information from the WPP network as well as other sources.
  • Although junior members of the team may not report to the Strategic Planning Director directly, he/she needs to assist junior members where required and oversee projects they may be working on – alone or in conjunction with the Strategy Director.

Creative Management

  • Be the Creative Directors’ partner in pushing the standards of creative work.
  • Champion the effectiveness culture in the organization and specifically keep the Agency profile high in effectiveness awards that come up.
  • Be the champion of the ‘ideas brief’ within the Agency and to the clients.
  • Develop and facilitate creative thinking sessions and any other training sessions for the department and the Agency as a whole.

Stakeholder Relationship Management

  • Lead strategy on new business pitches.
  • Maintain senior management contact with all clients.
  • Maintain a sound relationship between the Strategy Department and other departments within the Agency.
  • Translate key consumer insights into a cutting-edge communication strategy so that excellent creative work can be conceptualized against the agreed strategy.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Media.
  • Develop and build relationships internally to ensure efficient and effective delivery of solutions.
  • Work closely with Client Service and Creative on allocated accounts.

Product/Brand Management

  • Develop and “sell” brand and communication strategies to clients – based on a brief from Client Service.
  • Work with Client Service to produce and deliver regular brand reviews for each brand.
  • Work with Client Service to produce and update Brand Bibles (Brand Audit Documents) per brand.
  • Nurture a sound market and industry knowledge across the client base – local and international perspective.

Financial Management

  • Ensure that purchases of materials and research are always pre-approved and within budget prior to acquisition.
  • Increase new business opportunities that increase revenue stream

Business Processes

  • Implementation of Strategic Department business strategies defined by EXCO.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain all Strategy Business Processes aligned to business strategy.
  • Ensure continuous business process improvement within Strategy Department.

Information Technology/Systems

  • Implement Strategy Department systems to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Implement and track timelines and efficiency.
  • Benchmarking of processes and systems against best practices.
  • Adhere to the Traffic system.

People Management

  • Overall management, leadership, development, and motivation of Strategy employees.
  • Leadership and management development of direct reports.
  • Resource planning – ensure the right number of employees, with the right skills, in the right places, at the right time.
  • Manage Strategy Team productivity, efficiency, and capacity to deliver to clients – scheduling of resources against jobs.
  • Instill innovation and creativity throughout the Agency.
  • Always adhere to HR Policies & Procedures.

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Degree from a reputable institution with about 6- 8 years industry experience. An MSC with relevant certifications will be added advantage.

Why Join Us?

We offer a competitive compensation benefit, and a dynamic and  collaborative work environment.

How to apply?

Kindly forward your application to recruitment@ogilvy.com.ng with the job title as the subject.


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