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  • 2 Sep \ Johannesburg

    Production Manager

    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 1 Senior & 1 x Middleweight world-class JHB based Production Manager to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. 

    We are looking for a brave, bright, optimistic problem solver who has the following qualities:

    Experience required 

    As production manager, you will be doing the following:

    • Your good relationship formed with suppliers, will ensure excellence in quality and best cost for all projects
    • Supplier relationships – knowing who is best, trusted partnership with various suppliers and being well connected in the industry
    • Sourcing and introducing new and innovative suppliers
    • Ensure all projects are delivered against budget, scope and timings
    • Be proficient in Chase
    • Work across a variety of production platforms – digital, large format, litho print, etc.
    • Sourcing and branding a variety of promotional goods
    • Actively introducing the creative teams to new processes and innovations
    • Thinking beyond the traditional approach to projects and readily offer up solutions and alternatives – to both creative ideas as well as around delivery solutions to clients
    • Be energetic and solutions driven person
    • Pro-active approach to partnering with creative and account management teams
    • Work closely with traffic and operations to ensure budgets and timings are met and projects are completed within scope
    • Apply a systematic approach in the production management role
    • Positive and can-do attitude to finding production solutions to creative challenges
    • Some experience with art-buying (photographic shoots / model usage and contracts)
    • Able to manage multiple stock image library contracts across brands

    Requirements:

    • Senior: 5+ years’ experience at an advertising agency, in a production capacity
    • Middleweight: 2-5 years’ experience at an advertising agency, in a production capacity
    • Proven track record in your field
    • Appropriate degree/tertiary qualification
    • Experience in print production – from digital, large format, sourcing promotional goods and project management

    If this opportunity excites you, please apply!

    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. 

    jobs@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 26 Aug \ Johannesburg

    Senior Digital Conceptual Copywriter

    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 Senior Digital Conceptual Copywriter with 5+ year’s experience to join our JHB 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 who wants to improve their creative portfolio. Concept teams are most welcome to apply. 

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 
    You’ll work closely with the creative director in dissecting briefs and discussing creative routes and ideas. 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 evolution of each project
    • Ensure that the highest creative 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
    • Build presentations and arguments for your ideas in a clear and logical way

    Production:

    • Writing persuasive, original copy
    • Assist when needed in pitches and client presentations
    • Assist our team of writers with guidance on tone and output 
    • Assume a mentorship role to grow junior writers
    • Be a champion of language in all forms
    • Be your own proofreader

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

    • Excellence in Keynote, Google Slides and PowerPoint
    • Proven copy skills
    • A love for presentation
    • A thorough understanding of digital platforms: Web & Microsites, Digital Media, Social Media, Tech Innovation
    • Positivity and Integrity

    WHAT WE NEED TO SEE

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


    We don’t do ego.
    We solve in the positive.

    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.

    jobs@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 26 Aug \ Johannesburg

    Senior Digital Conceptual Art Director / Designer

    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 Senior Digital Conceptual Art Director /  Designer with 5+ years’ experience to join our JHB 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 who wants to improve their creative portfolio. Concept teams are most welcome to apply. 

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

    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

    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
    •    Assume a mentorship role to grow junior designers


    EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

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

    • Excellence in Adobe CS
    • Proven Art Direction skills
    • A love for presentation
    • A thorough understanding of digital platforms: Web & Micro-sites, Digital Media, Social Media, Tech Innovation
    • Positivity and Integrity


    WHAT WE NEED TO SEE

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


    We don’t do ego.
    We solve in the positive.

    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.

    jobs@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 26 Aug \ Cape Town

    Community Manager

    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 an energetic and dynamic community manager who is strategically minded,  multi-talented, brave and bright that will be responsible for the management and strategic implementation of social media activities for a variety of our clients.  

    You will have a proven track record of successfully delivering social media activity in a B2C environment. You will have a high-level proficiency on social media platforms with an in-depth working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. You will need to expertly manage your time, be team-focused, a logical thinker and quick learner with initiative, excellent English communication skills (written and verbal).

    Responsibilities and duties:
    •    Monitor and respond/organise response to questions and comments received on our social media channels.
    •    Listen and engage in relevant social discussion about our brands and industry. Have an active interest and curiosity in conversations held within our communities.
    •    Build and manage the company's and client’s social media profiles and presence through the delivery of a social media plan. 
    •    Live tweeting from events (after hours when required)
    •    Executing social media competitions, collating entries, picking and contacting winners.
    •    Monitor, review and report on social media performance weekly/monthly/quarterly. Pulling the right data and having a view on what is going on within the communities.
    •    Keep up to date with the latest social media trends and share your knowledge with the broader agency team.

    Experience & Skills:

    •    1-2  years of community management experience
    •    Experience working in social media/digital communications or marketing 
    •    Time management and multitasking skills – ability to prioritise and manage your own time.
    •    Proficient in social media reporting tools e.g. BrandsEye, Sprout Social, Crimson Hexagon etc.
    •    Professional demeanour internally and externally 
    •    Effective communication skills 
    •    Maintains excellent writing and language skills
    •    Meticulous attention to detail
    •    Understanding of design principles

    We don't do ego.
    We solve in the positive.

    If this opportunity excites you, please apply!

    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. 

    jobs@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 20 Aug \ Cape Town

    Head of Talent & HR

    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 world-class Cape Town or Johannesburg based Head of Talent & HR to help us attract, grow and retain the very best talent to help achieve this audacious vision

    We are looking for a brave, bright, optimistic problem solver who likes partnership & accountability as a way of being

    One Measurement of Success:

    1. You will create the greatest possible impact in our company though your innovative and progressive thinking – from finding new, unusual and interesting ways to find, attract and recruit the best talent, to unlocking and unblocking opportunities for talent growth and retention, and ultimately in building a powerful, motivated and inspired workforce in an admired and celebrated agency culture.

    Five core qualities we are looking for:

    1. Technical expert: you can draw on many years of deep expertise, best practice & technical smarts in the field of HR and/or Talent Management to ensure compliance across critical HR related matters (incl BCEA, Employment Equity, BBBEE, Labour Law, Skills Development and SETA)
    2. Ultimate distiller: you can take complex & varied information and data, and distil it into tangible & actionable strategies for talent management 
    3. Passionate about precision: you love a precise rhythm around HR operations and the financial metrics and measurement of salary expenditure, to ensure smarter decisions for all stakeholders involved.
    4. Performance obsessed: you can inspire, lead and bring diverse people & stakeholders together in a focussed way to guarantee better outputs.
    5. Opportunity focussed: you look beyond the immediate operational matters to implement and lead innovative thinking and a fresh perspective into our agency for the benefit of our people, our culture and our company. 

    Six Core Responsibilities:

    1. Overall control and responsibility of the HR & Talent function to define, implement and manage talent strategies across the M&C Saatchi Group of Companies.
    2. Monthly salary reporting & forecasting across the Group 
    3. BBBEE Strategy and implementation to maintain level 1 scorecard across the group – particularly around Employment Equity, Management Control and Skills Development. 
    4. Maintaining of robust, compliant and efficient HR systems and processes. 
    5. With a broad and sound knowledge around Labour Law, is able to manage all procedural matters pertaining to performance management, misconduct, grievances, CCMA, restructures etc.
    6. While you will not personally be responsible for managing day to day recruitment, your ability to help us find and attract the best talent will be critical in ensuring for our meaningful transformation, to achieve set objectives and targets

    Three things you must have :

    1. A proven track record in a Top/Senior Management position, responsible for Talent and talent growth.
    2. A proven ability to lead a department of people across different geographies and companies. 
    3. Experience in, and a sound knowledge of BBBEE & Labour Law.

    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. Please submit CV and application to: jobs@mcsaatchiabel.co.za

    jobs@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 25 Jul \ Cape Town

    Account Director / Group Account 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 are looking for a world-class Cape Town based Account Director / Group Account Director to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. We are looking for a brave, bright, optimistic problem solver.

    6 Core qualities that we are looking for:

    1. Passion for creativity – Fights for brilliant creative work and actively seeks to drive enviable creative solutions and opportunities on every brief.
    2. Connector of dots – someone who can work across a complex client business & drive cohesion by bringing the right people together to solve problems quickly.
    3. Operational smarts – ability to get work out in an efficient & effective manner
    4. Relationship builder – A natural leader who is able to work with multiple stakeholders both within the agency environment and when dealing with client.
    5. Passionate about admin & the detail: Pays attention to the details and worries about the little things and has strong organization, admin and time management skills.
    6. Drives positivity – is energetic with a go-getter attitude and injects this into the team

    Four simple ways you will be measured:

    1. Happy People: Build relationships of trust, respect and partnership within our culture that allows people to be and do their best, as well as be responsible for managing and growing the core skills of their junior team members.
    2. Happy Clients: Client has full trust and confidence in you to lead projects; take briefs, and manage client presentations without senior involvement.  You are able to identify opportunities to build on and grow the client relationship – You are able to surprise and delight beyond the day-to-day.
    3. Happy Money: You are responsible for ensuring the brand team charges for work correctly, and ensures the necessary “checks and balances” are in place to drive seamless financial administration of the account. You can also confidently do first drafts of fee proposals and has a very clear understanding of how the agency makes money.
    4. Happy Work: You have a trusted relationship with your creative, strategy and production teams and is able to conduct creative meetings and assess and push the work against the clarity of a well-written brief. You continuously ensure that there is consistent brand alignment in all the work produced.

    Four things you must have

    1. Five + years’ experience in the account management function (big agency experience is preferable)
    2. Experienced in working with senior clients across multiple stakeholders
    3. Good knowledge of media landscape (traditional & digital)
    4. A natural leader with fantastic people skills – both within the agency environment and when dealing with client

    We don’t do ego.
    We solve in the positive.
    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. 
     

    jobs@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 5 Jul \ Johannesburg

    Strategist

    M&C Saatchi Abel JHB  is looking for a 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 a dynamic Strategist to join our JHB agency and be part of this audacious vision.

    We are looking for a brave, bright, optimistic problem solver who has a natural curiosity about people, ideas and the world we live in.

    You're a great fit for this position if you:

    ·         Are obsessed with culture 
    ·         Understand what turns the consumer on
    ·         Have a natural ability to find lateral solutions to problems
    ·         Are flexible and can easily adapt 
    ·         Love to roll up your sleeves and dig into a challenge
    ·         Have a knack for storytelling and narrative

     

    Five simple ways in which you will be measured:

    1.      Simplifier: Ability to distil broad information into a clear and interesting story
    2.      Diligent: Always takes the time to understand the brief better: brand, competitor and consumer contexts
    3.      Pro-active: Constantly brings new, interesting and relevant case studies, examples and inspiration on the clients they work on
    4.      Curious: Always looks beyond the brief to find more interesting consumer insights and inspiration for the brief
    5.      Contributor: Offers original thoughts and fresh perspectives. Adds value to discussions. Drives brainstorms.


    We don’t do ego.
    We solve in the positive.

    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.
     

    jobs@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 3 Jul \ Johannesburg

    Account Manager

    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 world-class Jhb based Account Manager to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. We are looking for a brave, bright, optimistic problem solver.

    6 Core qualities that we are looking for:

    1. Passion for creativity - Fights for brilliant creative work and actively seeks to drive enviable creative solutions and opportunities on every brief.
    2. Connector of dots – someone who can work across a complex client business & drive cohesion by bringing the right people together to solve problems quickly.
    3. Operational smarts – ability to get work out in an efficient & effective manner
    4. Relationship builder – A natural leader who is able to work with multiple stakeholders both within the agency environment and when dealing with client.
    5. Passionate about admin & the detail: Pays attention to the details and worries about the little things and has strong organization, admin and time management skills.
    6. Drives positivity - is energetic with a go-getter attitude and injects this into the team

    Four simple ways you will be measured:

    1. Happy People: Build relationships of trust, respect and partnership within our culture that allows people to be and do their best.
    2. Happy Clients: Responsible for day-to-day client integration on active projects and ensure client is up to speed wrt status on jobs. Able to lead conversations and meetings regarding specific projects. Client must have a strong sense of confidence in you and must be able to depend on you for all the detail on projects.
    3. Happy Money: With an understanding of how the agency makes money and how the account should be charged, you confidently manage the financial administration on your portfolio.
    4. Happy Work: You have a trusted relationship with your creative and production teams and is able to conduct creative meetings and assess the work against the clarity of a well-written brief. 

    Three things you must have:

    1. Three to five years' experience in the account management function (big agency experience is preferable).
    2. Experienced in working with senior clients across multiple stakeholders.
    3. A natural leader with fantastic people skills - both within the agency environment and when dealing with client.

    We don't do ego.
    We solve in the positive.

    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.
     

    jobs@mcsaatchiabel.co.za