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Vice President, PR

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We are an entrepreneurial integrated communications agency that has gone from start-up to multi-national in twenty three years. We now rank among the top 40 agencies worldwide with 29 offices, 550 employees and revenue of $64m and rising. Our success is due to a combination of factors: talented people delivering award winning campaigns; expanding client relationships into new markets and services; making strategic acquisitions. Our people, agency and campaigns have not gone unnoticed. We have won many prestigious awards in the last 18 months including Cannes Lions, Holmes Report, ICCO, PRCA.  

Central to our growth has been our policy of reinvestment, with the majority of profits returning to the company to propel development. We can do this because we are independent and 100% employee-owned.

As we enter the next phase of growth, our challenge is not to lose any of our character and values. We will communicate a clear and visible brand in the marketplace. We will continue to promote our entrepreneurialism, agility, creativity, crediblity and professionalism. We will ensure that we inspire and help our clients to shape tomorrow. It’s an exciting future, and we believe we are at the start of something truly remarkable in our industry.

 What we look for in our people

Agile, bold, collaborative, inquisitive and spirited. These are our values and what we look for in every person at LEWIS. As we evolve, grow and expand, we want people that recognise the need to think differently. To understand the full marketing communications mix, even if a specialist in a particular aspect. We want all our people, whether a paid media specialist or media strategist, graphic designer or analytics manager to have an appreciation of the wide and deep capabilities available to clients that work with LEWIS. We want our people to be agile to opportunities; bold in their approach; collaborate with colleagues across different services or offices to deliver amazing work; keep learning and challenging the norm; be spirited and committed to develop themselves, their colleagues and the agency.

About this role

As part of our dynamic investment strategy for growth, LEWIS is seeking a talented and experienced Vice President to perform as a senior PR leader in our recently opened New York office. This is a new position supporting the head of the office, and it is pivotal to the development and growth of our New York operation. The role has team and client management responsibility.  There is the opportunity to work across national and global offices.  Some travel in the US region will be required and there may be occasional travel globally. 

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

Purpose of the role

Working closely with the SVP NYC, the VP NYC will play a significant role in new business development, helping to prospect for leads and leading credentials, RFIs and pitches. The VP will drive excellent, consistent and creative client service for client retention, growth and profitability. Championing a collaborative culture and providing hands-on development of our people is important in this role.

Key responsibilities

  • Help build and retain a high-caliber and motivated team – inspire and nurture a first-class culture in which people can excel with a clear career path
  • Develop strong relationships with clients, providing ongoing strategic consultancy and program insights and initiatives for retention and organic growth
  • Ensure delivery of excellent, consistent service and measurable business results to clients
  • Manage business elements including client profitability and budgets
  • Help drive new business activity, networking and developing strong prospect relationships
  • Lead and deliver RFIs, credentials and pitches
  • Support the continued rapid growth of the digital marketing practice in the US
  • Promote and drive the integration of PR and digital
  • Champion the cascading of US clients across the LEWIS global network
  • Present the strategic face of the agency to external audiences, eg. speaker opportunities, interviews with the media
  • Overall, be a collaborative, encouraging and supportive member of the US management team.

About you

This is an opportunity to help grow something new based on your years of hands on experience winning, retaining and growing clients, and of managing accounts, delivering excellence. Leading by example, you are ever curious, passionate and self-driven. Inherently collaborative, you engage team members above and below you to achieve success for employees, clients and the business. You are able to forge strong relationships with eclectic senior stakeholders. You have rounded communications experience across PR, digital marketing and strategic communications and are comfortable talking about integrated marketing solutions involving creative, digital, demand generation, media or reputation management. Experience of b2b and/or consumer tech is helpful, but your domain experience will help broaden the LEWIS offer.

Additional requirements

  • 10-15 years PR/integrated comms experience; agency experience a must
  • Experience in developing and managing B2C and B2B campaigns; tech sector experience helpful
  • Experience integrating PR with digital marketing, content and broader marketing activities
  • Creative, passionate, fun and connected within the NYC PR and business community
  • Proven track record of meeting goals; evidence of consistently making good decisions through a combination of analysis, experience and judgment
  • High level of business acumen, including successful commercial management
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future trends and potential pitfalls
  • Excel at managing and leading ambitious and creative people; a collaborative team builder 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, taking unpopular stands when necessary
  • Integrity, humility, self-drive/initiative
  • Undergraduate (Bachelors) degree or higher.

Key senior internal contacts

  • SVP, NYC – line manager
  • VPs across the US offices
  • SVPs leading Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, San Diego and future offices
  • SVP, US Head of Brand Marketing (San Francisco)
  • Executive Vice President, US (San Francisco)
  • VP HR (San Francisco)

Remuneration and benefits

  • Basic salary dependent on experience
  • Performance related bonus
  • 20 days’ vacation per year
  • Health insurance; life insurance
  • 401k with 2% employer match (eligible after 30 days of employment)