Senior Strategist
Publicis Groupe
Auckland, New Zealand
4d ago

Job Description

As an Senior Strategist you will work closely with the Head of Strategy to play a leading role in shaping the strategic direction of the agency and development of strategic products and IP (working models, methodology and processes) especially in the area of interactive ideas and consumer / user connections.

You will be a vocal champion of effectiveness in all projects, leading the charge of Effies and assist in building an effectiveness culture at all levels of the agency.

You will assist in building, through training, the strategic skills of all agency staff, inspiring and guiding on projects.

You will take direct responsibility for the drive to progress the agencies capability in interactive and innovation development.

This will include building working products and processes suited to the unique nature of these tasks.

Together with Business Directors, you will hunt for opportunities, give these a structure and clarity for creative teams to solve.

You will form strong, resilient relationships with creative and business leaders in the agency to form a trusted team for clients with positive momentum.

And as with all Saatchi people, you will play a part in shaping an energizing agency culture that inspires amazing ideas.

Client Responsibilities

As a Senior Strategist you will partner with senior account leaders on allocated business and across projects, leading and owning the strategic relationship with senior clients.

Responsible for inspiring and driving effective strategies in response to the client’s key business problems. You will proactively seek opportunities to contribute to the client’s business and marketing strategy development.

You will champion ideas in all their forms, articulate them and hold work to account against them. You will create the communication framework for these ideas to come to life.

In particular you will be the architect and leader in the development of innovative new ways to connect and influence audiences.

A Senior Strategist champions the power of the creative idea with clients, creating the arguments and rationalisation for ideas to solve the business problem.

You will ensure monitoring and evaluation of those ideas and take responsibility for the effect they create in market.

Key skills to perform the role :


  • Build strong informal teams around innovative creative approaches
  • Demonstrate strong people management skills
  • A skilled verbal and visual communicator
  • Passionate about great work that works
  • Never accept the status quo
  • Develops key internal relationships with Business teams, Creative and other internal resources to ensure a collaborative approach that provides the client with a seamless service

  • Create an environment of possibility by inspiring creative
  • Experience developing communication frameworks & inspiring breakthrough connection ideas
  • Taps into global resources to ensure business teams and clients are exposed to best thinking and practice from around the world
  • Think holistically to generate and stimulate holistic creative / business ideas
  • Be able to identify strong creative ideas and support through strategic argument

  • Upskill the agency as a whole in the areas of interaction, connection and innovation ideas and processes from within and outside the communications industry.
  • Understands all divisions of the business, working collaboratively across divisions to builds strategic relationships with other teams or departments to execute business strategies.
  • A respectful leader who can bring teams together with them
  • Strategic and creative problem solver
  • Foster and build client relationships

  • Expertise in planning & marketing tools
  • Numerical literacy and basic analytical skills
  • Design and run qualitative research sessions
  • Experience with developing & moderating major workshops
  • Experience working in high pressure situations
  • Tertiary level qualifications with at least 10 years of experience in all aspects of Strategy
  • Team management skills are ideal, but not necessary
  • Be optimistic, curious, collaborative and brave.

    Follow our core belief that Nothing is Impossible’.

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