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  • 20 Sep \ Cape Town

    Connect Media Agency – Business Unit Director

    CONNECT is a dynamic media company, which operates as part of the M&C Saatchi Group of companies in South Africa.

    We employ brave and bright individuals with an entrepreneurial attitude to build and evolve our offering in a fast-changing, competitive landscape.
    We work on some of the best brands in South Africa within diverse categories.

    Our Cape Town office is looking for a Business Unit Director to join our team.
    This role sets the vision for all partnerships on a portfolio of exciting clients and ensures seamless delivery across the media  team in place (media strategists, media planners, implementation team.)

    The candidate must be prepared for a fast-paced, collaborative, creative and high-performance environments.

    Five focus areas:

    • Business Lead  - This role includes all aspects of business management, including revenue, overall business growth, networking, team development, development and maintenance of relationships with key accounts and senior-level clients, and managing expectations with the agency senior management team.
    • Strategy – the candidate needs to have the ability to develop and package smart, well-constructed strategies.
    • Stakeholder & Integration Management – the role include working closely with other functions (inside the M&C Saatchi Group and outside partner agencies)  to develop  and refine strategies to achieve client goals and execute strategies.  As such, your orientation is to drive collaboration and integration in an effort for your teams to work better together. 
    • Digital  – We are looking for someone that is fully versed in the digital landscape and will lead conversations around digital partnerships and strategies
    • All rounder -  You pay attention to the detail and care about the little things, with strong organization, admin and time management skills.  

    Qualities we are looking for:

    • Media Savvy: You have the ability to have your finger on the pulse when it comes to the media landscape: you are genuinely interest in how people consume media.  You actively seek out to access the latest data and understand the SA research landscape
    • Proactive Problem Solver - Your ability to solve in the positive, makes all the difference, because you not only find and implement solutions, but you do so by consulting with relevant stakeholders to ensure no opportunity is missed. You never panic, and instead provides calmness to the storm.
    • Integrated: You are able to "connect the dots" and willing to work as an integrated part of our media team.  
    • Can-do attitude:  We are a small business, so this person will need to have a can-do attitude and willing to work and learn in a fast-paced, exciting environment without feeling overwhelmed.
    • Mentor:   we are looking for someone with leadership qualities to develop a team and help them realise their potential  

    Four things you must have:

    • Must have at least 6 years' advertising background with TTL (ATL, & Digital) experience and an understanding of the key departments, processes and structures within a Media Agency
    • Media industry  expert with a focus on digital:  You must enjoy networking and being an active player in the media industry
    • Good understanding of the SA research landscape and the various studies to profile media consumption
    • Proven track record of successful client relationships

    While we look at every CV submitted to us in detail, given the sheer volume of applications we’re not able to respond to every applicant personally. Rest assured that if we like what we see, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, we’ll keep your details on record for future consideration. 

    If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

    recruitment@mcsaatchiconnect.co.za
  • 27 Aug \ Johannesburg

    TTL Copywriter (3-7 Years Experience)

    We are a highly entrepreneurial and opportunity focused company who want to be the most desired creative company on the African continent and beyond. 

    We believe that “the people with the best people win” and our Johannesburg Agency is looking for a dynamic and experienced mid weight copywriter with 3-5 years' experience to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. 

    You will be responsible for bold creative ideas, copywriting, conceptual development and crafted storytelling across channels for recognisable, blue-chip brands. 

    The ideal candidate will be able to ideate and execute brave, innovative work. We’re looking for a motivated individual capable of generating new ideas and then implementing them; someone who gets passionate about what technology can do for creativity and what creativity can do for the world.  We like hungry. We like strategic. We like kind. We like crazy. We like brutally simple, original thought. We like brand builders. We like insightfulness. We like diversity of thought. We like people who’re never satisfied with their list of awards already won; who remain obsessed with continually building their portfolios. We’re looking for a strong TTL writer, ideally with genuine digital ATL experience, but if you really can’t say goodbye to your current Art Director (and they’re at least as good you) we’ll consider applications from teams too.

    Extra skills, like the ability to draw, art direct, take photos, make movies, write strategies, illustrate, animate, edit, debate, be funny, multiple languages, other super powers, will aid your cause.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

    The idea. The sell. The execution.  (Be brilliant at all three. Inspire brilliance in all three from those you work with.)

    Your number one job is to work with your art director to crack big, hairy, fresh ideas and then sell them hard and execute them perfectly. You’ll be expected to function well in a team, and bring a spirit of collaboration with you when you walk through the door every morning. 

    6 SPECIFIC THINGS YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

    • Concepts: Not only will you have to bring brave, new and diverse thoughts to brainstorms, but you will have to deliver strong integrated thinking. You will need to understand a brand's overall strategy and develop work that answers to this. You may also need to facilitate brainstorms where you are able to build on other's ideas and come to solutions quicker with the output being simplicity and thinking that is sharp and beautiful.
    • Digital Platforms: A thorough understanding of digital platform formats and how to write for them is essential. 
    • Execution: You will need to have mastered the art of writing in various tones of voice and to produce work quickly. 
    • Selling and Presenting: You should be able to confidently present internally and externally to senior clients without the CD being there. You will need to be able to have meaningful conversations with clients around the strategic direction of their brand and the brand's tone of voice - and present creative off the back of strategy, while linking the two seamlessly.
    • Production: You will need to be able to choose the correct suppliers (directors/audio engineers/voice artists) and as such you should always be appraised of the latest and best people to partner with, in order to have an opinion on who executes your work. You will be expected to harness the best from those suppliers and build relations with them for the ultimate good of the work.
    • People and Relationship Management: You should be able to form and hold close and respected relationships across all departments and people need to genuinely enjoy working with you. You may need to work with and get the best out of junior teams and be open to culturally diverse ideas that don't match your world view.

    A FEW THINGS YOU MUST HAVE IN ORDER TO APPLY:

    • A varied (and award-winning) portfolio book, which contains a mix of powerful, beautiful, real work that highlight both strong conceptual ability as well as a mastery of the craft of writing. Please include your portfolio in your submission.
    • A hunger for the industry and an interest to grow.
    • An opinion on what the best work in the world is and why.
    • A proven track record in reputable advertising agencies (at least 3 years)
    • A list of awards won – and a driving hunger to add to it.

    WHAT WE NEED TO SEE:

    • Your solid creative portfolio with a variety of projects
    • Your awards list 
    • Your work history/CV

    1 WAY YOU WILL BE MEASURED

    • Remarkable (and award winning) work that works.

    While we look at every CV submitted to us in detail, given the sheer volume of applications we’re not able to respond to every applicant personally. Rest assured that if we like what we see, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, we’ll keep your details on record for future consideration. 

    If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful. 

     

    creativejhb@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 11 Aug \ Cape Town

    Digital Marketing Strategist

    We are a highly entrepreneurial and opportunity-focused company who want to be the most desired creative company on the African continent and beyond.

    We believe that “the people with the best people win” and as such, are looking for an experienced Digital Marketing Strategist to join our team of bright, brave and open individuals. You will help us use digital technologies to achieve our clients business growth goals. 

    If you’re a tech-savvy trendsetter who has innovative ideas to improve customer experience, we would like to meet you. For this position, you should be strategic, analytical and ideally a creative thinker who is comfortable working with a team.

    Responsibilities: 

    • Set digital marketing strategies considering the entire digital ecosystem (e.g. website, emails, social media platforms, search, display media etc)
    • Have a strong grasp of the digital media landscape and how best to utilise various formats to intersect with consumers in the most meaningful way
    • Proven ability of analyzing web traffic metrics and suggesting solutions to for optimisation
    • Proven ability to monitor marketing and sales performance metrics to forecast trends & provide client recommendations 
    • Ability to write social media and content strategies as well as understanding of the implementing of these
    • Ability to build strong client relationships as a valued strategic partner 
    • Keep up-to-date with platform and media trends 
    • Work well within an integrated team and have the ability to see the big picture and how digital and ATL advertising can work together cohesively 
    • Ability to present confidently and eloquently to senior client members 
    • Attention to detail, with the ability to follow through on delivery of complex campaigns with various moving parts and stakeholders  
    • Experience with social listening tools, as well as the interpretation and reporting on these with valuable insights and recommendations 
    • Strong time and self-management skills   
    • A people person, with an optimistic outlook who solves in the positive

    Requirements:

    • Proven work experience as a Digital marketing strategist or Digital content strategist (4yrs minimum) 
    • Solid knowledge of web analytics tools like Google Analytics
    • Hands on experience with online marketing tools and practices 
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong analytical and project management skills
    • BSc degree in Marketing, Advertising or relevant field

    While we look at every CV submitted to us in detail, given the sheer volume of applications we’re not able to respond to every applicant personally. Rest assured that if we like what we see, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.  Alternatively, we’ll keep your details on record for future consideration.  

    If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

    digitalcpt@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 5 Aug \ Johannesburg

    Digital Art Director

    We are a highly entrepreneurial and opportunity-focused company who want to be the most desired creative company on the African continent and beyond.

    We believe that “the people with the best people win” and as such, are looking for a dynamic Digital Conceptual Art Director / Designer with 5+ years’ experience  to join our Johannesburg agency and be part of this audacious vision.

    The ideal candidate will be able to ideate and execute brave, innovative work. We’re looking for a motivated individual capable of generating new ideas and then implementing them; someone who gets passionate about what technology can do for creativity and what creativity can do for the world.  We like hungry. We like strategic. We like kind. We like crazy. We like brutally simple, original thought. We like brand builders. We like insightfulness. We like diversity of thought. We like people who’re never satisfied with their list of awards already won; who remain obsessed with continually building their portfolios. We’re looking for a strong art director with genuine digital experience, but TTL experience is always a plus – and if you really can’t say goodbye to your current writer (and they’re at least as good you) we’ll consider applications from teams too. 

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

    The idea. The sell. The execution.  (Be brilliant at all three. Inspire brilliance in all three from those you work with.)

    Your number one job is to work with your writer to crack big, hairy, fresh ideas and then sell them hard and execute them perfectly. You’ll work closely with the creative director in determining the art direction of new projects and then make sure that your great ideas are implemented to the highest standards. You’ll be expected to function well in a team, and bring a spirit of collaboration with you when you walk through the door every morning. 

    Creative

    • Monitor the conceptual and visual evolution of each project
    • Ensure that the highest creative and design standards are met
    • Become a champion of the brands you work on
    • Prepare and present your own creative solutions as well as that of your team’s
    • Never just crack your briefs. Always be actively seeking out and working proactive opportunities

    Production

    • Lead projects from the brainstorming session all the way through to the very last element
    • Assist when needed in pitches and client presentations
    • Assist our team of designers to deliver the best possible work 
    • Make sure that design guidelines and consistency standards are met
    • Craft every detail to death
    • Work hard to inspire your partner, your colleagues and suppliers to deliver the best work of their careers.

    EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

    You’ll need to be adept in all relevant design software and practices; these are the proficiencies we’re looking for:

    • Lateral thinking
    • Technical proficiency in all the usual software we use on a daily (Adobe suite etc)
    • Mastery of the principals of design, art and art direction
    • A love for presentation
    • A thorough understanding of digital platforms: Web & Microsites, Digital Media, Social Media, Tech Innovation
    • Extra skills, like the ability to draw, write, take photos, make movies, write strategies, illustrate, animate, edit, debate, be funny, multiple languages, other super powers, will aid your cause.
    • Positivity and Integrity

    WHAT WE NEED TO SEE

    • Your solid creative portfolio with a variety of projects
    • Your awards list 
    • Your work history/CV

    1 WAY YOU WILL BE MEASURED

    • Remarkable (and award winning) work that works.

    While we look at every CV submitted to us in detail, given the sheer volume of applications we’re not able to respond to every applicant personally. Rest assured that if we like what we see, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.  Alternatively, we’ll keep your details on record for future consideration.  

    If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

    creativejhb@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 27 Jul \ Johannesburg

    Digital Creative Director (Art Director/Design)

    We are a highly entrepreneurial and opportunity focused company who want to be the most desired creative company on the African continent and beyond. 

    We believe that “the people with the best people win” and are looking for a dynamic Johannesburg based Digital CD (Art Director/Design) to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. We are looking for a brave, bright, optimistic problem solver

    Responsibilities include:

    • Ultimately responsible for the quality of the digital creative work across the agency and client portfolios
    • Driving innovation and best practice when it comes to all aspects of digital
    • Oversee Creative teams, including designers, writers, social media and content managers. (all development is done externally)                                    
    • Mentor & Manage the studio team – keep them happy, inspired and motivated.
    • Allocate work to teams in collaboration with traffic
    • Inspire creatives and the agency about work.
    • Give recognition and encourage those under you.
    • Do your own award-winning work. 

    Your success measure: Is the agency's digital work winning? Is the digital creative department happy and productive? Are you seamlessly integrated with the rest of the agency teams?                         

    Key focus areas
     People

    • Probably the most important part of your job. Rallying all agency disciplines from strat - account management - production - creative teams - traffic behind solving problems and creating great digital work.
    • You are also solely responsible for the happiness, performance and motivation levels of the entire digital creative department.
    • You are both manager and mentor - you need to facilitate and inspire great work. You need to have the excellent interpersonal skills and buy–in from all.

    Conceptual

    • You are ultimately responsible for the quality of thinking that you and the teams under you produce.
    • This should be of a consistently high quality. You should be able to both develop and inspire great, fresh, impactful thinking.
    • As well as drive a strong digital agenda that is integrated with the rest of the agency.
    • Having an integrated view on work is essential.

     Execution

    • You are the benchmark of quality and the standard for your discipline in the agency.
    • Your design for digital should be beyond question and be the envy of all below you.

     Presentation

    • You will need to be able to present work well to the most senior clients and organisational heads.
    • You will be responsible for presenting your teams' pitch work.
    • You will need to be able to present work right from strategy to creative execution. 

    Production

    • You will be responsible for all production decisions: choice of suppliers and the quality of work you extract from them.
    • You should feel confident having the final say on work before it goes to client and the media.

    While we look at every CV submitted to us in detail, given the sheer volume of applications we’re not able to respond to every applicant personally. Rest assured that if we like what we see, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.  

    Alternatively, we’ll keep your details on record for future consideration.  If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

     

    creativejhb@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 16 Jul \ Cape Town

    Creative Group Head

    We are a highly entrepreneurial and opportunity focused company who want to be the most desired creative company on the African continent and beyond. 

    We believe that “the people with the best people win” and our Cape Town Agency is looking for a dynamic and experienced Creative Group Head to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. 

    You will be responsible for identifying and guiding bold creative ideas, copywriting, art direction, design and motion and storytelling across all channels for recognisable, blue-chip brands. 

    The ideal candidate will be able to ideate and execute brave, innovative work. We’re looking for a motivated individual capable of generating new ideas and then implementing them; someone who gets passionate about what technology can do for creativity and what creativity can do for the world.  We like hungry. We like strategic. We like kind. We like crazy. We like brutally simple, original thought. We like brand builders. We like insightfulness. We like diversity of thought. We like people who’re never satisfied with their list of awards already won; who remain obsessed with continually building their portfolios. 

    Extra skills, like the ability to draw, art direct, take photos, make movies, write strategies, illustrate, animate, edit, debate, be funny, multiple languages, other super powers, will aid your cause.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

    The idea. The sell. The execution.  (Be brilliant at all three. Inspire brilliance in all three from those you work with.)

    Your number one job is to work with your Art Director / Copywriter to crack big, hairy, fresh ideas and then sell them hard and execute them perfectly. You’ll be expected to function well in a team, and bring a spirit of collaboration with you when you walk through the door every morning. 

    6 SPECIFIC THINGS YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

    1. Concepts: You are ultimately responsible for the quality of thinking that you and the teams under you produce. This should be of a consistently high quality. You should be able to both develop and inspire great, fresh, impactful and integrated thinking. You need to seek out and encourage diverse thinking and ideas.
    2. Execution: You are the benchmark of quality and the standard for your discipline in the agency. Your Art Direction / Writing should be beyond question and be the envy of all below you. You should display an intolerance for the ordinary.
    3. Digital Platforms: A thorough understanding of digital platform formats and how to produce work for them. 
    4. Selling and Presenting: You can present work with conviction to the most senior clients and organisational heads. You will be responsible for presenting your teams pitch work. You will need to be able to present work right from strategy to creative execution.
    5. Production: You will be responsible for the all production decisions: choice of suppliers and the quality of work you extract from them. You should feel confident having the final say on work before it goes to client and the media.
    6. People and Relationship Management: Probably the most important part of your job. Rallying all agency disciplines from Strat - AM - Production - Creative Teams - Traffic behind solving problems and creating great work. You are also solely responsible for the happiness, performance and motivation levels of the entire creative department. You are both manager and mentor - you need to facilitate and inspire great work. You need to have the excellent interpersonal skills and buy-in from all. Employ the right, diverse people for your team.

    A FEW THINGS YOU MUST HAVE IN ORDER TO APPLY:

    1. A varied (and award-winning) portfolio book, which contains a mix of powerful, beautiful, real work that highlight both strong conceptual ability as well as a mastery of the craft of creating work. Please include your portfolio in your submission.
    2. Experience in leading teams and growing talent
    3. A hunger for the industry and an interest to grow.
    4. An opinion on what the best work in the world is and why.
    5. A proven track record in reputable advertising agencies 
    6. A list of awards won – and a driving hunger to add to it.

    WHAT WE NEED TO SEE:

    • Your solid creative portfolio with a variety of projects
    • Proof of campaigns you have shaped. 
    • Your awards list 
    • Your work history/CV

    1 WAY YOU WILL BE MEASURED:

    1. Remarkable (and award winning) work that works.

    While we look at every CV submitted to us in detail, given the sheer volume of applications we’re not able to respond to every applicant personally. Rest assured that if we like what we see, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, we’ll keep your details on record for future consideration. If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful. 

     

    creativecpt@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 15 Jul \ Cape Town

    Copywriter (3-7 Years Experience)

    We are a highly entrepreneurial and opportunity focused company who want to be the most desired creative company on the African continent and beyond. 

    We believe that “the people with the best people win” and our Cape Town Agency is looking for a dynamic and experienced Mid Weight Copywriter with 3-7 years' experience to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. 

    You will be responsible for using words to bring to life bold creative ideas, conceptual development and crafted storytelling across channels for recognisable, blue-chip brands. 

    The ideal candidate will be able to ideate and execute brave, innovative work. We’re looking for a motivated individual capable of generating new ideas and then implementing them; someone who gets passionate about what technology can do for creativity and what creativity can do for the world.  We like hungry. We like strategic. We like kind. We like crazy. We like brutally simple, original thought. We like brand builders. We like insightfulness. We like diversity of thought. We like people who’re never satisfied with their list of awards already won; who remain obsessed with continually building their portfolios. We’re looking for a strong TTL writer, ideally with genuine digital ATL experience, but if you really can’t say goodbye to your current Art Director (and they’re at least as good you) we’ll consider applications from teams too.

    Extra skills, like the ability to draw, art direct, take photos, make movies, write strategies, illustrate, animate, edit, debate, be funny, multiple languages, other super powers, will aid your cause.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

    The idea. The sell. The execution.  (Be brilliant at all three. Inspire brilliance in all three from those you work with.)

    Your number one job is to work with your Art Director to crack big, hairy, fresh ideas and then sell them hard and execute them perfectly. You’ll be expected to function well in a team, and bring a spirit of collaboration with you when you walk through the door every morning. 

    6 SPECIFIC THINGS YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

    1. Concepts: Not only will you have to bring brave, new and diverse thoughts to brainstorms, but you will have to deliver strong integrated thinking. You will need to understand a brand's overall strategy and develop work that answers to this. You may also need to facilitate brainstorms where you are able to build on other's ideas and come to solutions quicker with the output being simplicity and thinking that is sharp and beautiful.
    2. Digital Platforms: A thorough understanding of digital platform formats and how to write for them is essential. 
    3. Execution: You will need to have mastered the art of writing in various tones of voice and to produce work quickly. 
    4. Selling and Presenting: You should be able to confidently present internally and externally to senior clients without the CD being there. You will need to be able to have meaningful conversations with clients around the strategic direction of their brand and the brand's tone of voice - and present creative off the back of strategy, while linking the two seamlessly.
    5. Production: You will need to be able to choose the correct suppliers (directors/audio engineers/voice artists) and as such you should always be appraised of the latest and best people to partner with, in order to have an opinion on who executes your work. You will be expected to harness the best from those suppliers and build relations with them for the ultimate good of the work.
    6. People and Relationship Management: You should be able to form and hold close and respected relationships across all departments and people need to genuinely enjoy working with you. You may need to work with and get the best out of junior teams and be open to culturally diverse ideas that don't match your world view.

    A FEW THINGS YOU MUST HAVE IN ORDER TO APPLY:

    1. A varied (and award-winning) portfolio book, which contains a mix of powerful, beautiful, real work that highlight both strong conceptual ability as well as a mastery of the craft of writing. Please include your portfolio in your submission.
    2. A hunger for the industry and an interest to grow.
    3. An opinion on what the best work in the world is and why.
    4. A proven track record in reputable advertising agencies (at least 3 years)
    5. A list of awards won – and a driving hunger to add to it.

    WHAT WE NEED TO SEE:

    • Your solid creative portfolio with a variety of projects
    • A distinctive writing style. 
    • Your awards list 
    • Your work history/CV

    1 WAY YOU WILL BE MEASURED:

    1. Remarkable (and award winning) work that works.

    While we look at every CV submitted to us in detail, given the sheer volume of applications we’re not able to respond to every applicant personally. Rest assured that if we like what we see, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, we’ll keep your details on record for future consideration. If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful. 

    creativecpt@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 15 Jul \ Cape Town

    Art Director (3-7 Years Experience)

    We are a highly entrepreneurial and opportunity focused company who want to be the most desired creative company on the African continent and beyond. 

    We believe that “the people with the best people win” and our Cape Town Agency is looking for a dynamic and experienced Mid Weight Art Director with 3-7 years' experience to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. 

    You will be responsible for bold art direction, creative ideas, conceptual development and crafted storytelling across channels for recognisable, blue-chip brands. 

    The ideal candidate will be able to ideate and execute brave, innovative work. We’re looking for a motivated individual capable of generating new ideas and then implementing them; someone who gets passionate about what technology can do for creativity and what creativity can do for the world.  We like hungry. We like strategic. We like kind. We like crazy. We like brutally simple, original thought. We like brand builders. We like insightfulness. We like diversity of thought. We like people who’re never satisfied with their list of awards already won; who remain obsessed with continually building their portfolios. We’re looking for a strong TTL writer, ideally with genuine digital ATL experience, but if you really can’t say goodbye to your current copywriter (and they’re at least as good you) we’ll consider applications from teams too.

    Extra skills, like the ability to draw, art direct, take photos, make movies, write strategies, illustrate, animate, edit, debate, be funny, multiple languages, other super powers, will aid your cause.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

    The idea. The sell. The execution.  (Be brilliant at all three. Inspire brilliance in all three from those you work with.)

    Your number one job is to work with your Copywriter to crack big, hairy, fresh ideas and then sell them hard and execute them perfectly. You’ll be expected to function well in a team, and bring a spirit of collaboration with you when you walk through the door every morning. 

    6 THINGS YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR

    1. Concepts: Not only do you bring brave, new and diverse thoughts to brainstorms, but you come up with strong integrated thinking. You understand the brand's overall strategy and is able to develop work that answers to this. You may also need to facilitate brainstorms where you are able to build on other's ideas and come to solutions quicker. You listen and take on board diverse view points and encourage different viewpoints in the team.
    2. Digital Platforms: A thorough understanding of digital platform formats and how to art direct for them is essential. 
    3. Execution: Your experience now means that you must be able to produce work faster and you should by now have mastered the art of composing the right visual look and feel, in the right visual style to communicate the concept.
    4. Selling and Presenting: You confidently present internally and externally to senior clients without the CD being there. You will need to be able to have a meaningful conversations with clients around the strategic direction of their brand and the brands' visual persona and present creative off the back of strategy and link the two seamlessly.
    5. Production: You will now have a lot more autonomy in choosing suppliers (directors / photographers / illustrators / designers / animators / editors) and as such you stay appraised of the latest and best people to partner with, in order to  have an opinion on who executes your work. You will be expected to harness the best from those suppliers and build relations with them for the ultimate good of the work.
    6. People and Relationship Management: You hold close and respected relationships across all departments and people genuinely enjoy working with you. You may need to work with and get the best out of junior teams and be open to culturally diverse ideas that don't match your world view.

    A FEW THINGS YOU MUST HAVE IN ORDER TO APPLY

    1. A varied (and award-winning) portfolio book, which contains a mix of powerful, beautiful, real work that highlight both strong conceptual ability as well as a mastery of the craft of writing. Please include your portfolio in your submission.
    2. A hunger for the industry and an interest to grow.
    3. An opinion on what the best work in the world is and why.
    4. A proven track record in reputable advertising agencies (at least 3 years)
    5. A list of awards won – and a driving hunger to add to it.

    WHAT WE NEED TO SEE

    • Your solid creative portfolio with a variety of projects
    • A distinctive art direction style. 
    • Your awards list 
    • Your work history/CV

    1 WAY YOU WILL BE MEASURED

    1. Remarkable (and award winning) work that works.

    While we look at every CV submitted to us in detail, given the sheer volume of applications we’re not able to respond to every applicant personally. Rest assured that if we like what we see, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, we’ll keep your details on record for future consideration. If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

    creativecpt@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 15 Jul \ Cape Town

    Creative Director

    We are a highly entrepreneurial and opportunity focused company who want to be the most desired creative company on the African continent and beyond. 

    We believe that “the people with the best people win” and our Cape Town Agency is looking for a dynamic and experienced Creative Director to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. 

    You will be responsible for identifying and guiding bold creative ideas, copywriting, art direction, design and motion and storytelling across all channels for recognisable, blue-chip brands. 

    The ideal candidate will be able to ideate and execute brave, innovative work. We’re looking for a motivated individual capable of generating new ideas and then implementing them; someone who gets passionate about what technology can do for creativity and what creativity can do for the world.  We like hungry. We like strategic. We like kind. We like crazy. We like brutally simple, original thought. We like brand builders. We like insightfulness. We like diversity of thought. We like people who’re never satisfied with their list of awards already won; who remain obsessed with continually building their portfolios. 

    Extra skills, like the ability to draw, art direct, take photos, make movies, write strategies, illustrate, animate, edit, debate, be funny, multiple languages, other super powers, will aid your cause.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

    The idea. The sell. The execution.  (Be brilliant at all three. Inspire brilliance in all three from those you work with.)

    Your number one job is to work with your Art Director / Copywriter to crack big, hairy, fresh ideas and then sell them hard and execute them perfectly. You’ll be expected to function well in a team, and bring a spirit of collaboration with you when you walk through the door every morning. 

    6 SPECIFIC THINGS YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR

    1. Concepts: You are ultimately responsible for the quality of thinking that you and the teams under you produce. This should be of a consistently high quality. You should be able to both develop and inspire great, fresh, impactful and integrated thinking. You need to seek out and encourage diverse thinking and ideas.
    2. Execution: You are the benchmark of quality and the standard for your discipline in the agency. Your Art Direction / Writing should be beyond question and be the envy of all below you. You should display an intolerance for the ordinary.
    3. Digital Platforms: A thorough understanding of digital platform formats and how to produce work for them.
    4. Selling and Presenting: You can present work with conviction to the most senior clients and organisational heads. You will be responsible for presenting your teams pitch work. You will need to be able to present work right from strategy to creative execution.
    5. Production: You will be responsible for the all production decisions: choice of suppliers and the quality of work you extract from them. You should feel confident having the final say on work before it goes to client and the media.
    6. People and Relationship Management: Probably the most important part of your job. Rallying all agency disciplines from Strat - AM - Production - Creative Teams - Traffic behind solving problems and creating great work. You are also solely responsible for the happiness, performance and motivation levels of the entire creative department. You are both manager and mentor - you need to facilitate and inspire great work. You need to have the excellent interpersonal skills and buy-in from all. Employ the right, diverse people for your team.

    A FEW THINGS YOU MUST HAVE IN ORDER TO APPLY

    1. A varied (and award-winning) portfolio book, which contains a mix of powerful, beautiful, real work that highlight both strong conceptual ability as well as a mastery of the craft of creating work. Please include your portfolio in your submission.
    2. Experience in leading teams and growing talent
    3. A hunger for the industry and an interest to grow.
    4. An opinion on what the best work in the world is and why.
    5. A proven track record in reputable advertising agencies 
    6. A list of awards won – and a driving hunger to add to it.

    WHAT WE NEED TO SEE

    • Your solid creative portfolio with a variety of projects
    • Proof of campaigns you have shaped. 
    • Your awards list 
    • Your work history/CV

    1 WAY YOU WILL BE MEASURED

    1. Remarkable (and award winning) work that works.

    While we look at every CV submitted to us in detail, given the sheer volume of applications we’re not able to respond to every applicant personally. Rest assured that if we like what we see, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, we’ll keep your details on record for future consideration. If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful. 

     

    creativecpt@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 15 Jul \ Cape Town

    Digital Creative Director

    We are a highly entrepreneurial and opportunity focused company who want to be the most desired creative company on the African continent and beyond. 

    We believe that “the people with the best people win” and our Cape Town Agency is looking for a dynamic and experienced Digital Creative Director to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. 

    You will be responsible for identifying and guiding bold creative ideas, copywriting, art direction, design and motion and storytelling across all digital channels for recognisable, blue-chip brands. 

    The ideal candidate will be able to ideate and execute brave, innovative work. We’re looking for a motivated individual capable of generating new ideas and then implementing them; someone who gets passionate about what technology can do for creativity and what creativity can do for the world.  We like hungry. We like strategic. We like kind. We like crazy. We like brutally simple, original thought. We like brand builders. We like insightfulness. We like diversity of thought. We like people who’re never satisfied with their list of awards already won; who remain obsessed with continually building their portfolios. 

    Extra skills, like the ability to draw, art direct, take photos, make movies, write strategies, illustrate, animate, edit, debate, be funny, multiple languages, other super powers, will aid your cause.

    Responsibilities include:

    • The idea. The sell. The execution.  (Be brilliant at all three. Mentor brilliance in all three.)
    • Push everyone you work with to push the limits of original thought, creativity, craft, technology and innovation to help our clients build the strongest, most iconic and most awarded brands in the world.
    • Help to drive award-winning, digital-first thinking on TTL briefs.
    • Assume responsibility for the quality of the digital creative work across the agency and client portfolios.
    • Drive innovation and best practice when it comes to all aspects of digital.
    • Oversee creative teams: art directors, writers, designers, animators, editors, content managers and any other content creators that may work on your briefs. (all development is done externally) 
    • Look after the details: the integrity of the craft and the idea of every execution from beginning to end.       
    • Mentor & manage your team – keep the people you lead happy, inspired and motivated.
    • Allocate work to teams in collaboration with traffic and other CDs and Business Partners.
    • Inspire creatives and the agency at large to always know and continually supersede the best creative work, locally and in the world.
    • Lead with strength, respect, honesty, compassion, discipline. 
    • Give recognition and encouragement to those that work with you and those that report to you.
    • Build strong, open and trusting relationships with your clients.
    • Do your own award-winning work. 
    • Have more fun, more often. Help those you work with to do the same.

    Your success measure: Is the agency's digital work winning? Is the digital creative department happy and productive? Are you seamlessly integrated with the rest of the agency teams?                         

    Key focus areas
    People

    • Probably the most important part of your job. Rallying all agency disciplines from strat - account management - production - creative teams - traffic behind solving problems and creating great digital and of course digitally led TTL work.
    • You are also responsible, along with the other CDs, for the happiness, performance and motivation levels of the entire digital creative department.
    • You are both manager and mentor - you need to facilitate and inspire great work. You need to have the excellent interpersonal skills and buy–in from all.

    Conceptual

    • You are ultimately responsible for the quality of thinking and executions that you and the teams under you produce.
    • This should be of a consistently high quality. You should be able to both develop and inspire great, fresh, impactful thinking.
    • Drive a strong digital agenda that is integrated with the rest of the agency.
    • Having an integrated view on work is essential. Channels do not live in isolation.

    Execution

    • You are the benchmark of quality and the standard for your discipline in the agency.
    • The crafts of ideation, strategic thinking, writing, art direction, design, animation and so on for digital should be beyond question and be the envy of all, inside and outside the agency.

    Presentation

    • You will need to be able to present work well to the most senior clients and organisational heads.
    • You will be responsible for presenting your teams' pitch work.
    • You will need to be able to present work right from strategy to creative execution. 

    Production

    • You will be responsible for all production decisions: from the choice of suppliers to the quality of work you extract from them.
    • You should feel confident having the final say on work before it goes to client and the media.

    A FEW THINGS YOU MUST HAVE IN ORDER TO APPLY

    1. A varied (and award-winning) portfolio book, which contains a mix of powerful, beautiful, real work that highlight both strong conceptual ability as well as a mastery of the craft of creating work. Please include your portfolio in your submission.
    2. Experience in leading teams and growing talent
    3. A hunger for the industry and an interest to grow.
    4. An opinion on what the best work in the world is and why.
    5. A proven track record in reputable advertising agencies 
    6. A list of awards won – and a driving hunger to add to it.

    WHAT WE NEED TO SEE

    • Your solid creative portfolio with a variety of projects
    • Proof of campaigns you have shaped. 
    • Your awards list 
    • Your work history/CV

    1 WAY YOU WILL BE MEASURED

    1. Remarkable (and award winning) work that works.

    While we look at every CV submitted to us in detail, given the sheer volume of applications we’re not able to respond to every applicant personally. Rest assured that if we like what we see, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, we’ll keep your details on record for future consideration. If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful. 

     

    creativecpt@mcsaatchiabel.co.za