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London, United Kingdom


Digital, PR, Strategy

Corporate Director

Job title                      Director (Corporate)
Reporting to              Head of PR
Based                         London HQ 

To continue its dynamic growth trajectory, LEWIS is keen to appoint a senior Director with experience in corporate reputation and strategic positioning. This is a highly visible role that will focus on client development to help maximise the company’s business revenue opportunities. With an international mindset and approach, the Director will advise and consult with notable global clients, working with colleagues across the LEWIS network.

This is an opportunity that will suit an ambitious professional who relishes the chance to help develop and grow a business, thrives on challenges and working in a fast paced, international environment. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, you understand how to best apply this spirit to a growing independent global organisation. 

The company is an integrated communications agency that has gone from start-up to multi-national in a little over two decades. The company now ranks in the top 40 agencies worldwide and has 24 offices. Its success is due to a combination of factors: talented people delivering award winning campaigns; expanding client relationships into new markets or services; making strategic acquisitions. The agency, its people and client campaigns have won many prestigious awards, including Cannes Lions, Holmes Report, ICCO, PRCA and European Excellence. 

Purpose of the role
The Director will be the senior lead on key EMEA clients, providing added-value strategic consultancy and driving excellent and consistent service for client retention, growth and profitability. They will drive the development of the corporate offer across existing and new sectors, and help launch new services and products.

The Director will engage with and win clients, and drive cascading of business across the network. In leading multi-market credentials, RFIs and pitches, the Director will forge strong relationships with senior colleagues in EMEA. They will marshal regional resources to secure and grow the types of clients the agency is capable of servicing.

As a member of the UK senior management team, the Director is an active contributor to the success of the business and will champion a collaborative, positive culture. Providing leadership and hands-on development of our people are important in this role.

Core responsibilities

  • Be the senior lead on key multi-market clients, ensuring excellent and profitable service and delivery of results; provide strategic counsel to help retain and grow the clients
  • Run executive media relations programmes, including media training for senior/c-suite clients
  • Develop CSR strategies and campaigns for clients
  • Ensure growth in client revenues, reviewing account profitability, taking action as required, and driving plans for optimising revenues
  • Identify and secure upsell/cross sell opportunities with existing clients, plus client and services cascade opportunities across the network
  • Ensure excellent client communication and instil accountability for defining KPIs and service agreements
  • Promote the integration of PR and digital marketing to deliver a cohesive service offering to clients
  • Lead credentials and pitches for multi-market prospects, developing the strategic insight, messaging and creative concepts
  • Recommend prospects to be targeted and oversee the campaign to engage these prospects
  • Network to cultivate regional and global senior client decision makers; build relationships with key intermediaries and influencers
  • Retain a high-caliber and motivated team – inspire and nurture a first-class culture in which people can thrive and grow professionally and personally
  • Manage and motivate direct reports, setting and reviewing goals; work to maximise strengths, improve weaknesses and support career development.

Other responsibilities

  • Lead and participate in global, regional and office based training
  • Interview key potential hires. Help on-board and mentor these hires, setting them up for success
  • Overall, be a collaborative, encouraging, supportive member of the agency’s management team.

About you

Working for an integrated comms or PR agency, you are a strategic thinker who enjoys counselling senior clients and devising and running integrated campaigns. With rounded strategic communications experience across a variety of sectors, you are passionate about identifying platforms that move the needle on reputation for clients. You set an excellent example, being dynamic, fast paced and self-driven. Mission focussed and commercial, you like to exceed goals, deliver results and make a positive impact. You are a charismatic and motivational leader with the aptitude to structure and coach winning pitch and client teams. You relish business challenges and thrive on an international remit.

Additional requirements

  • Experience in corporate reputation, strategic positioning and behavioural change campaigns
  • Strong understanding of integrated communications; experience integrating PR with digital marketing, content and broader marketing activities
  • Won and led international clients
  • High level of business acumen, including successful commercial management
  • Proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of consistently making good decisions through a combination of analysis, experience and judgment
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future trends and potential pitfalls
  • Excel at leading bright, creative and ambitious people; a collaborative team worker who is able to instil accountability and empower people to succeed
  • Knowledge of finance, operational/information systems, HR
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to problem solve, project manage and multi-task. Will take charge of a situation and act
  • Integrity, humility, self-drive/initiative – and a sense of humour! 

Key internal contacts and stakeholders

  • Head of PR, UK – line manager
  • Managing Director UK (tba)
  • EVP Europe (Eindhoven) – close working relationship with
  • Head of Digital, UK
  • International Client Engagement Director (London)
  • Executive Creative Director (London)
  • CEO (London/San Diego)
  • Chief of Staff (London)
  • Chief Operating Officer (London)

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the responsibilities for this role. Other responsibilities may be added from time to time. 

LEWIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating and fostering an environment focused on equality, empowerment and respect. We strive to create an inclusive workplace that supports and celebrates our diversity. We continue to invest in our efforts to ensure that LEWIS is a place where everyone can thrive.