Sponsorship Account Director

Date Posted: 18/07/2022

Location: Dublin • Full Time

ABOUT US

Verve is a Live Event and Brand Experience Agency that uses the power of live experience to win the hearts and minds of consumer and business audiences. Established in 1991, Verve is headquartered in Dublin with offices in London and working across Europe. We have a team of over 80 full time award winning professionals spanning creative, digital, events, activation, entertainment and sponsorship departments.

We are a multidisciplinary experience agency recognised for creating and delivering world class experiences for global brands portfolios such as Diageo, Google, LinkedIn, Amazon, Coke Cola & Universal Pictures. We believe in building long term partnerships with our clients, many of whom have been with us for well over a decade. You will get the opportunity to work across these brands developing high profile, big budget experiential campaigns and events. You will then have the chance to bring these brands and campaigns to major events, experiences, happenings and festivals.

 

We’re a professional, dynamic and ambitious company who are number one in our field. We operate in a creative, nimble and robust business sector, and we are searching for people who are of a similar nature.

 

THE ROLE

We are seeking a talented Account Director to join our friendly Dublin team of experienced professionals working on a portfolio of high profile international brands. The successful candidate will possess an excellent track record in sponsorship, experiential, shopper marketing and on-trade activations.  The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate strong people management skills and build strategic operational plans as well as account management with excellent logistics, implementation and evaluation skills on consumer campaigns working to deadline and within budget  As well as the day to day client contact, you will be responsible for maintaining high levels of client satisfaction including workflow, quality output and financial responsibility.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

You’re a super experienced Account Director who is committed to excellence. You are an expert at handling multiple deadlines, delivering work on time, on budget and to an outstanding standard. You display excellent interpersonal skills and are a team player who motivates others. Naturally, you will remain calm when time is of the essence and the pressure is on!

With strong previous experience, you have a great knowledge of campaign strategy and live events. You are passionate about what you do and will always get stuck into projects striving to take them to the next level in terms of creativity. You are always willing to take on more responsibility for clients or for the agency but you understand when to seek support from senior staff and are willing to mentor other team members below you. A strong communicator at all levels, you are ambitious, inquisitive about the industry, solution focused but always willing to voice your ideas and opinions.

You are an expert in your client’s business in terms of their customers, products and services and will exceed their expectations in terms of the service you provide. They will trust you implicitly and see you as an extension of their business.

You actively network within the industry and often spot opportunities to engage people with Verve and the creative work we do in order to obtain a new business meeting or an opportunity to present our ideas on how to positively impact their business.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Managing new and existing accounts from strategy and pitch, to implementation and on the ground activations.
  • This will involve preparing, managing and reconciling budgets, continuous liaison with clients / stakeholders and managing their expectations, briefing, logistics and sourcing all other elements required for the event or activation.
  • Take briefs accurately demonstrating that you get brands and that you understand what the client is looking for because you have the experience and you are able to add tangible value to the process.
  • Penning client pitches, which support creative, innovative and strategic thought and direction. We want somebody who thinks outside the box, goes above, beyond and can deliver vision with passion and confidence.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills for new business pitches, presentations, reviews & reporting.
  • Managing all elements of events and activations as well as the client accounts with the necessary level of responsibility, creativity, logical thought and accuracy.
  • You are good with numbers. Effective management of projects to ensure margin and revenue opportunities are maximized and clients get value for money.
  • Build strong relationships with your clients, liaising with them on a day-to-day basis at senior level representing Verve as an agency.
  • Execution of agreed strategy and planning with your line manager.
  • Attracting and interviewing new personnel.
  • Maximising your contacts in the Sponsorship and Events industry to bring in new business to Verve. You need to have the confidence to start new business conversations by writing the creative pitch and then delivering the projects.
  • Regular updates and liaise with other team members working on the client account as well as the multiple stakeholders.
  • Managing junior members of the team across projects.
  • Regular check-ins with your line manager and project lead (if not you).
  • Line managing a new junior member of the team.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage all aspects of a campaign, activation, event as well as lead projects and accounts confidently.
  • Handling all aspects of the administration of the client account in a professional and timely manner, ensuring deadlines are clearly managed and met.
  • Representing Verve and its clients in a professional manner at all times.

 

THE PERSON:

Ideally you will have 4-5 years’ experience delivering client service within an agency environment and, on joining our passionate team, you will take ownership of and assist on a number of accounts. You will be given every opportunity to grow and develop your career within an Agency which dreams big.

 

  • Passion and drive for the Experiential & Events industry
  • Great knowledge of a project lifecycle, from budget skills through to production and delivery
  • Minimum 3 – 4 years’ experience of running of sponsorship/brand activations
  • Excellent attention to detail, commitment to the team delivering the best job and getting your hands dirty when needed
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet the needs of the client under tight deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Great experience in managing client relationships
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • The ability to multitask, manage projects effectively and manage the expectations of others both internally and externally
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft suite
  • Be a real team player who wants to get stuck in

CONTRACT:

  • The contract is based on a full-time position
  • The position is subject to a probationary period of 6 months

BENEFITS OF WORKING FOR VERVE:

  • Working with the best in the business
  • Great company culture (really). Year round CSR programmes and opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion programmes
  • Fantastic office environment
  • Sustainability Mandate (Verve is IS02012 certified), Volunteering projects, Give Back mentoring experiences
  • Active Social activities
  • Pilates/yoga weekly
  • Great opportunity to learn, continuous learning programme, MBAs, degrees, diplomas, certificates funded by Verve

Verve is an equal opportunities employer, we are determined to ensure that no applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown. Verve is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

 

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