Account Director Public Affairs, London

Position Overview and Responsibilities

FleishmanHillard Fishburn’s award-winning and ambitious Public Affairs practice are looking for a self-starting and confident Account Director who will lead accounts for our multinational clients and be part of the next phase of exciting business growth.

We proudly position ourselves as the “agency for change”; the go to public affairs agency for clients who want to shape decision maker opinions on critical strategic policy issues, whether global, Europe-wide, national or local. We take an integrated approach to public affairs, utilising media, digital and creative influence alongside more traditional approaches.

As a medium sized Public Affairs team in a large integrated agency, we benefit significantly from our position within one of few truly global network companies. In Brussels and Washington, FleishmanHillard are market leaders in Public Affairs. In the UK FleishmanHillard Fishburn is a top PR firm, winning “large agency of the year” at the 2018 PR Week Awards.

Our Public Affairs team has an established track record of first-class work spanning sectors including Food & Drink, Energy, Tech, Healthcare and Financial Services and we have ambitious growth plans for the future.

As an Account Director in the team, you will be responsible for the day-to-day leadership of integrated public affairs strategies, crafting creative campaigns, managing projects, contributing to new business activities and ensuring the smooth running of your accounts. We operate a relatively flat structure, where everyone is able to play a part in shaping our service, marketing and culture.

FleishmanHillard Fishburn is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age.

Responsibilities include:

  • Being the day-to-day lead on a portfolio of accounts for public affairs clients.
  • Building and managing relationships with our key clients.
  • Managing multiple projects and being responsible for their successful delivery.
  • Using your networking skills to gain the best knowledge and coverage for clients.
  • Working closely with other FHF practices and the FH global network offices to ensure an integrated approach.
  • Identifying opportunities to grow accounts and bring in new business.
  • Playing an active role in developing proposals and pitches.
  • Management, direction and development of junior team members.

Qualifications

  • Be an established public affairs consultant, confident working at Account Director level, leading client accounts and generating new business.
  • Have a solid understanding of government and political circles and bring a network of working contacts.
  • Have previous experience in a political role, perhaps in Parliament, Government, at a Trade Union or at a Regulator.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the clients’ business, commercial context, communications issues and brand positioning.
  • Have a solid understanding of integrated communications channels and their relevant application to clients’ programmes.
  • Have exceptional written and verbal communication skills; is confident briefing peers and seniors, and gives clear direction to junior team members.
  • Demonstrate sound analytical skills. Draw on experience to develop solutions and solve problems for clients.

We are one of the world’s largest international communications consultancies with more than 2,500 employees in over 80+ offices around the globe. FH was founded over 65 years ago and has since established a strong reputation for delivering meaningful, positive and measurable impact for clients.  We are widely recognised for exceptional service and quality standards as well as our long-term relationships with clients.

Our London office is the second largest office in the global network, defined by a series of practice groups – Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, Corporate Reporting, Brand Marketing, Digital & Social, Insights & Planning, and Brand, Content & Design – combined with expertise in industry sectors such as energy, technology, healthcare, travel and tourism, food & drink, sports, FMCG, financial & professional services.

We have a strong and talented team, a solid client base of Fortune 500 and FTSE listed companies. And, while we’re part of a successful global group, we have developed a ‘start-up’ mentality of bravery and entrepreneurialism, rooted in business-changing ideas.

Awards – just some or our awards include – Top 50 Companies for Executive Women 2010-2016 | NAFE,  Gold for Best Use of Social Media Measurement, 2016 | AMEC Awards, Silver for Best Strategic / Creative Development of a New Brand, 2016 | Transform Awards Europe.   International Consultancy of the Year, Global Agency of the Year and Large Agency of the Year in 2014 by PR Week, as well as European Consultancy of the Year for the second year running by the Holmes Report. We have also been named “Standout Agency” on Advertising Age’s 2013 A-List; NAFE’s “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” for 2010-2013; Advertising Age’s 2012 “Best Places to Work”; and The Holmes Report’s 2012 Global “Public Affairs Agency of the Year.” The firm’s award-winning work is widely heralded, including at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

We are part of the Omnicom Group (NYSE:OMC), the leading global advertising, marketing and corporate communications company.

About FleishmanHillard

FleishmanHillard specializes in public relations, reputation management, public affairs, brand marketing, digital strategy, social engagement and content strategy. We have been named PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year and Best Places to Work; a “Standout Agency” on Advertising Age’s A-List; NAFE’s “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” for six years running; and among our firm’s award-winning work we’ve taken home 5 Lions in the past two years at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.  We’re also more motivated by what we can give than what we receive, and in our 70th year we’ve initiated a worldwide service commitment to support social inclusion in the communities in which we work and live. Visit us at www.fleishmanhillard.com.

FleishmanHillard is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. FleishmanHillard does not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local employment discrimination laws where FleishmanHillard does business. Our policy is to employ, advance, and reasonably accommodate all qualified employees and applicants. Any person who feels that he or she has been subjected to discrimination should immediately report the matter to Talent Development or to a supervisor.

Any reported incident will be investigated. Retaliation against an employee or applicant who makes a good-faith claim of discrimination is prohibited. Employees and applicants may bring good-faith complaints, ask questions, and raise concerns without fear of reprisal or retaliation.

About Omnicom Public Relations Group

Omnicom Public Relations Group is a global collective of three of the top global public relations agencies worldwide and eight specialist agencies in public affairs, marketing to women, fashion, global health strategy and corporate social responsibility. It encompasses more than 6,000 public relations professionals in more than 330 offices worldwide who provide their expertise to companies, government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits across a wide range of industries. Omnicom Public Relations Group delivers for clients through a relentless focus on talent, continuous pursuit of innovation and a culture steeped in collaboration. Omnicom Public Relations Group is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. that includes more than 200 companies in a wide range of marketing disciplines including advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer relationship management, events, promotional marketing, branding and research.

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