London, Hybrid

This position sits in our Marketing & Technology service based in London. We combine data, technology, creative content, and paid media to crack brands’ business problems & drive revenue through a variety of digital marketing solutions like ad campaigns, augmented reality, and chatbots. Our clients include ASOS, Just Eat Takeaway, Twitch, TikTok, and The White Company.

JOB PURPOSE

The Head of Strategy will be working hand-in-hand with all areas of the business, including client service team, creative team, tech team and media team. As an integrated digital agency, our agency services span wide and far. Hence, it’s essential the Head of Strategy feels comfortable (having an interest in- or experience with) leading- and guiding a very wide range of (creative) strategic disciplines; from brand strategy, to campaign strategy, to editorial/ social strategy, to tech strategy. The strategy team consists of an eclectic mix of strategists, all with deeply rooted specialisms in the marketing space. The Head of Strategy will guide that team and ensure cross-pollination is encouraged, celebrated and fostered. 

The Head of Strategy will be expected to deliver:

  • Leadership: Lead and guide our 6+ FTE strategy team, resulting in quality output of strategists and wider teams  across the business
  • Innovation: instill market-leading innovations in digital and social strategy that our clients couldn’t get anywhere else
  • Provoke: inspire the team to deliver big & bold ideas with impact, all aimed to deliver on our clients’ business challenge or ambitions.

Building & maintaining trusted client relationships: being on speed dial for our clients to align on challenges, ideas or ambitions. In this, utilising the most advanced thinking and approaches to deliver incremental improvements on ROI for any type of business.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The role of Head of Strategy is exciting, varied and constantly evolving. In this role, you will:

  • Nurture and build out our team of talented strategists from every aspect of the marketing discipline
  • lead- and guide a very wide range of (creative) strategic disciplines; from brand strategy, to campaign strategy, to editorial/ social strategy, to tech strategy. 
  • Innovate our offering working closely with tech, creative, media and analytics to ensure we are delivering market-leading strategic approaches to our clients
  • Upping the benchmark of the work and ensuring we are leading the industry by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible while delivering incremental improvements on ROI
  • Lead and participate in new business pitches; locally and globally 
  • Serve as a thought leader across the business on topics of planning, strategy and innovation across our 4 key areas of tech, data, media and creative

SKILLS AND PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

Essential:

  • A high level of relevant experience within a strategy-focused role in an agency setting
  • A solid understanding & experience within digital- and social media
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate complex subjects simply
  • Obsessed by consumer behavior and researching ways into creating meaningful communication for every audience out there.
  • Ability to work with senior clients on key strategy projects and comfortable presenting to C-level audiences
  • Very efficient, producing significant output with minimal wasted effort
  • Focused under pressure and can get stuff done on a tight deadline
  • Loves learning and teaching new things
  • Great interpersonal and listening skills
  • Very organised, with a high attention to detail

Nice to have:

  • Experience working in and loving a marketing agency / start-up environment
  • Experience working with developers to build technology solutions
  • A knack for public speaking to provoke the industry with new- and disruptive ideas and insights

WE OFFER

  • A flexible, hybrid working policy
  • The choice of medical healthcare providers (Bupa or Medicash) 
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays and your birthday off each year
  • Company pension scheme 
  • EAP scheme
  • Ride to work scheme 
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Buddy Program: You will be paired with a ‘Buddy’ to help you through your first weeks’ at DEPT®.
  • A reputation for doing good. DEPT® has been a Certified B Corp® since 2021 and named ‘Agency of the Year’ at both The Lovies and The Webby Awards.
  • Awesome clients. Whether big or small, local or global — at DEPT® you’ll get the opportunity to work with clients of all sizes and across all industries. And we celebrate all of our successes together!
  • The opportunity for possibility. We want to enable you to do what you do best and help you develop your skills further with training, development and certifications.
  • Global annual DEPT® Cares Month in which employees come together and donate their skills to support local charities.

WHO ARE WE? 

We are pioneers at heart. What does that mean? We are always looking forward, thinking of what we can create tomorrow that does not exist today. We were born digital and we are a new model of agency, with a deep skillset in tech and marketing. That’s why we hire curious, self-driven, talented people who never stop innovating. 

Our culture is big enough to cope and small enough to care. Meaning, that with people across 30+ countries, we’re big enough to provide you with the best tools, global opportunities, and benefits that help you thrive. While acting small by investing in you, your growth, your team, and giving you the autonomy to solve our clients problems, no matter where you are in the world.

DEPT® is committed to making a positive impact on the planet and since 2021 has been Climate Neutral and B Corporation certified.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION 

At DEPT®, we take pride in creating an inclusive workplace where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive. We actively seek to recruit, develop, nurture, and retain talented individuals from diverse backgrounds, with varying skills and perspectives.

Not sure you meet all qualifications? Apply, and let us decide! Research shows that women and members of underrepresented groups tend not to apply for jobs when they think they may not meet every requirement, when in fact they do. We believe in giving everyone a fair chance to shine.

We also encourage you to reach out to us and discuss any reasonable adjustments we can make to support you throughout the recruitment process and your time with us.

Want to know more about our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion? Check out our efforts here.

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