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Ogilvy Cape Town

Strategy Director

Remuneration:negotiable Basic salary 
Benefits:Medical aid, RA
Location:Cape Town, Woodstock
Education level:Degree
Job level:Senior

Job description

SuperUnion is currently on the lookout for strategy director. We are looking for a senior manager and consultant who will lead the strategy practice and manage the CT strategy team. They will be responsible for growing the strategy capability and working with the MD to build the reputation of SuperUnion as a strategic brand consultancy.

  • Develop, communicate and sell ground-breaking and effective branding strategies and concepts
  • Champion of our brand philosophy and ideas within the agency and to clients
  • Take a ‘brand-led’ perspective on the engagement challenge and also be comfortable working across discipline
  • Help monitor and improve the quality of strategic output of the agency
  • Facilitates senior executive workshops and meetings, and presents at Board level
  • Assists in new business opportunities and initial scoping and pitch presentations/strategy
  • Develop game-changing creative ideas and briefs to transform client brands and businesses
  • Work with Creative Directors and Client Directors to ensure a high quality of output
Thought leadership:
  • Lead the development of the BU strategy offer in collaboration with the Cape Town Strategy Director
  • Write regularly to demonstrate leadership – white papers, press articles, etc, supporting marketing and PR
  • Share knowledge and insights through knowledge sharing and best practice case studies and deploy new tools and methodologies
  • Stay abreast of latest published thinking on branding, market-based trends, brand successes, failures and industry business activity (mergers, acquisitions, opportunities) 
  • Senior client contact point who forms long term client relationships and seeks opportunities to develop farming initiatives
  • Ensure regular upward communication to Exec Strategy Director and other management
  • Guide, motivate, mentor and direct team members ensuring their performance and development are managed using the performance review process
  • Manage large multi-faceted projects. Monitor time and budget expenditure to ensure programmes remain within agreed targets and provide regular upward reports
  • Facilitate internal learning and development through training and workshops (for strategy and across functions)
  • Encourage learning and sharing of ideas across the network


  • Sophisticated understanding of all branding deliverables and associated disciplines such as positioning, architecture, messaging, segmentation, research, engagement and interaction
  • Ability to grow, engage and maintain critical client and internal relationships
  • Able to persuasively present and discuss at CEO/Executive/Board level and to build consensus around a brand concept within client organisations
  • Proven ability to manage, grow and deploy resources
  • Appreciation of chargeability and how this links to agency profitability
  • High-level networking ability
  • Strong business writing skills
Level of experience
  • Previous experience in similar role client or agency or client-side marketing
  • More than 10 years of experience
  • Brand strategy and design experience essential
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to grow client business in another agency environment
  • Proven people management skills and leadership experience
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent

Posted on 05 Apr 13:56

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