Account Director (12 month maternity contract)

  • Wood Ln, London W12, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

SPARK FOUNDRY is a thriving global media network and part of Publicis Groupe, one of the world’s leading communications groups. We are globally connected with over 8,000 employees in 110 offices across 70 countries. At SPARK FOUNDRY we harness a start-up spirit with a powerhouse soul, melding an entrepreneurial, innovative business approach with the full resources, capabilities and clout of Publicis Media. And, like the best foundries where raw materials are heated and forged into something even more useful and beautiful, SPARK FOUNDRY will bring a kinetic balance of heat, passion and creativity.

Job Description

The role of AD in the comms planning team for Asda @ Spark is a key position and requires not only fantastic strategic & team management skills but the ability to juggle tasks under pressure.  Asda is one of the big 4 grocery brands in the UK with a spend of £80m+, this therefore requires a dedicated team of individuals who have the ability to move at pace but deliver accurate and insight based recommendations for our clients.  The role of AD is essential to ensure clear strategic recommendations in the planning stage as well as ensuring the comms team that sits under this person are fully aware of what is required and when by our clients.  The AD has autonomy from both a strategic and delivery perspective with obvious support from both the MP and BD functions. Asda are a challenging client, always looking to innovate and learn.  The comms and investment teams @ Spark are considered as extension to the clients internal structure and hence we adopt the same principles of being agile with a focus on accuracy and being brave but not reckless in pursuit of excellence.  2021 is a big year for the Asda brand and so we are looking for an AD with a passion for planning as well as being able to nurture the next generation of talent whilst being a leading light internally @ Spark to help our reputation within the industry grow in general.


Key behaviours for an AD on the Asda account are:

  1. Passion for strategic planning
  2. Relentless focus on learning and understanding market and consumer dynamics as they inevitably shift
  3. Supporting your direct reports to learn and progress through the ranks @ Spark
  4. Delivering best in class work from an industry perspective and fighting for recognition from a personal and brand perspective
  5. An agile and flexible team member who can take on briefs and work autonomously when needed

Additional Information

Diversity and inclusion is a core part of our DNA at Publicis UK. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture that encourages, celebrates and supports our wonderfully diverse employee group irrelevant of their age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability or ethnicity. Diversity and inclusion fuels our creativity and innovation, it enables us to be closer to our people and audiences. We will continue to strive to create a culture and environment where everyone feels empowered and more importantly comfortable enough to bring their full, authentic selves to work.



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