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  • 14 Sep \ Cape Town

    Business 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 Business Unit Director to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. We are looking for a brave, bright, optimistic problem solver.

    Experience required:

    • Ten+ years of experience in the account management function 
    • Critical business understanding - achieving and exceeding forecasting, managing client budgets and agency revenue/income reporting
    • Experience in running big blue chip businesses for an agency successfully for a number of years
    • Strong mentoring and coaching instincts, supporting growth for a team from AEs to ADs 
    • Ability to manage up effectively, to senior internal stakeholders/ Partners
    • Has experience in ATL, BTL, Activations and Digital


    4 Criteria for Success:

    1. Happy Clients: 
    Clients absolutely value your input on their business as you hold the relationship with the most senior clients and engages meaningfully to drive a partnership model. You demonstrate the ability to provide advice and direction to clients to meet marketing and communication objectives while identifying opportunities to improve our role within the client business
     
    2. Happy Work:
    You hold a trusted and valued partnership relationship with creative teams and embed innovative thinking into the core of the business. Your involvement with the team actively promotes the development of creative and impactful work by embedding innovative thinking and strategic direction to the delivery of the work.
     
    3. Happy Money:
    You confidently manage the client budgets and the financial fitness of the account (profitability, staff and income ratios) while driving / identifying additional revenue & business opportunities to increase forecasts.
     
    4. Happy People:
    You are jointly responsible for the performance of your teams and setting a high benchmark for excellence in your department. You lead by example and build a respected and trusted team under your wing. You are the coach that imparts knowledge and the mentor that inspires the team to be and do their best.


    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. 

    account.management@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 4 Sep \ Cape Town

    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 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. 

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

    account.management@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 4 Sep \ Cape Town

    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 Cape Town 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. 

    account.management@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 4 Sep \ Cape Town

    Account Executive

    When M&C Saatchi was launched in 1995, it was of the belief that 'nothing is impossible'. A conviction that an individual can make what seems highly improbable happen. Five years after opening our doors in 2010 in South Africa, M&C Saatchi Abel was voted South Africa's best advertising agency with over 170 staff in our Cape Town and Johannesburg offices.

    We are looking for an experienced Account Executive to join our Cape Town team. 

    The successful candidate will have the following qualities:

    • One+ years' experience in account management within an advertising agency (big agency experience is preferable). 
    • Pays attention to the details and worries about the little things
    • Is energetic with a go-getter attitude and entrepreneurial spirit
    • Able to carefully manage time, multitasking various briefs at the same time
    • A thorough understanding of the basic account management administrative task (incl writing briefs, contact reports, cost estimate billing and job recons)

    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. 

    account.management@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 3 Sep \ Cape Town

    Multimedia 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 are looking for a dynamic CPT based Multimedia designer to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. If you are  brave, bright and an optimistic problem solver, then you might just be who we are looking for. 

    Qualifications:
    Successful candidates must have high attention to detail and excellent personal communication skills.
    A degree and a very strong portfolio showcasing digital work will be required. We also require experience using a variety of design tools, including the Adobe Creative Suite.

    • Experience or qualifications in all or some of the below: 
    • Advertising and marketing communications degree (similar) 
    • Visual communication & design/Animation/multimedia design degree or 3yrs or more experience
    • Proficient in; Photoshop, Illustrator—as well as Adobe Premiere, Flash, and After Effects
    • Photography (a bonus)
    • Any advertising awards won. 

    Qualities we are looking for:
    • Strong conceptual ability. 
    • Excellent visual communication skills to present ideas and information in a multimedia context combined with excellent technical & design skills
    • Exceptional creative flair and an innovative approach to all design projects
    • Excellent organisational, time and project management skills
    • Accuracy and attention to detail
    • An understanding of the latest trends (design & digital) and their role in a commercial environment
    • Proven competence in design and image manipulation software
    • Teamwork skills because most projects require input from individuals with different roles within the agency 
    • Self-development skills to keep-up-to-date with fast-changing trends  & a professional approach to time, costs and deadlines

    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. 

    jake.bester@mcsaatchigroup.co.za
  • 3 Sep \ Cape Town

    Copywriter (3-5 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 3-5 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. 

    6 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 a 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.


    3 THINGS YOU MUST HAVE:

    • A varied (and award-winning) portfolio book which contains a mix of real work and a strong conceptual ability. Please include your portfolio in your submission
    • A hunger for the industry and an interest to grow
    • A proven track record in reputable advertising agencies (at least 3 years)


    1 WAY YOU WILL BE MEASURED:

    • Remarkable (and award winning) work that works.


    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. 

    jake.bester@mcsaatchigroup.co.za
  • 3 Sep \ Johannesburg

    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 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 proof reader

    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.

    jackie.roe@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 13 Aug \ Johannesburg

    Digital Strategist

    M&C Saatchi Abel JHB  is looking for a Digital & Content 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 Digital & Content 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 digital content and platforms 
    •    Understand all digital channels thoroughly and constantly look for what’s happening next
    •    Have a natural ability to find lateral solutions to problems
    •    You see opportunity to expand ideas in ways to reach a wider audicene
    •    Love to roll up your sleeves and dig into a challenge
    •    Have a knack for storytelling and narrative

    Five qualities we are looking for:    

    You are a simplifier 
    You have the uncanny ability to distil complex, layered problems into a clear, simple and actionable story. There is no place for convoluted digital terms that only a handful of the agency understands. You are the digital translator. 

    You are a lateral thinker 
    You think outside the box by looking beyond the brief at hand and other categories, human behaviour and insights and greater digital platform understanding to generate more lateral thinking from the creative teams.

    You are the creative inspirer 
    You bring critical assessment of benchmark case-studies & references in and out of category that inspire the creative solution. You carve a path to allow the creatives to focus on what they are best at -  being creative – while you ensure that creativity solves the task at hand in the way that works best on the platforms.

    You are the indispensable partner 
    You form close, respected partnerships with agency teams and clients.

    You are a thought leader 
    You inspire the agency and our clients with pro-active thought leadership on topics and events relevant to the brand. You teach those who may not understand the “digital world” what it means for their thinking and how to incorporate it into their work.

    Four things you must have:

    1.    Must have at least 4 years' advertising background with digital experience 
    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
    4.    Social and \ or Google certification preferred

    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. 

    MeganCoetzee@mcsaatchiabel.co.za