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  • 29 Mar \ Cape Town

    Traffic 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 dynamic Cape Town based Traffic Manager to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. We are looking for a brave, bright, optimistic problem solver.

    Four focus areas:

    • Project Management- You take ownership of your portfolio of allocated jobs in studio & the respective creative teams assigned to them. Your timing plans are considered & accurate and you strive to adhere to the commitments made to the various stakeholders
    • Financial Management - With an understanding of the agency rates and how jobs are costed the Traffic Manager scopes out the project and together with the Head of Traffic and relevant ECD and CD's, allocates resources accordingly to ensure for projects run profitable.
    • Stakeholder & Integration Management - You understand that your role is not in isolation of the other Agency departments - like Production, DTP, Account Management and even Strategy. As such, your orientation is to drive collaboration and integration in an effort for your teams to work better together. 
    • Administrative Management: You pay attention to the detail  and worry about the little things, with strong organization, admin and time management skills.

    Five qualities we are looking for:

    • Clarity: You leave no room for questions  as you ensure that all stakeholders are clear on what happens, by when and by whom.
    • Business Savvy: You have the ability to have your finger on the pulse when it comes to finances: Managing of time vs money/ budgets and do this in a manner that leads to the most productive output / solutions for the jobs.
    • High level EQ: You act as a barometer when it comes to people / workload and the general happiness factor in studio – You are able to raise, flag and manage this in an efficient and effective manner.
    • Relationship Builder –You hold positive relationships with your studio resources, production and the suits you engage with on jobs. They enjoy working with you, because you support the fight for great work and are able to connect dots across departments seamlessly to drive solutions.
    • 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 deadline is missed. You never panic, and instead provides calmness to the storm.

    Three things you must have:

    • Matric certificate with college or university exemption
    • Must have at least 5 year’s advertising background with TTL (ATL, BTL, DTP & Digital) traffic experience  and an understanding of the key departments, processes and structures within an Advertising Agency
    • Must be PC literate: Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel - preferably with experience working CHASE software

    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. 

    melanie.jannecke@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 18 Mar \ Johannesburg

    Digital Project 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 dynamic Johannesburg based Digital Project Manager to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. We are looking for a brave, bright, optimistic problem solver.
    A Digital Project Manager drives e-projects through from initial concept to delivery. They work on a range of campaigns on several different projects and must be adept at managing and building client relationships and reporting on the status of projects. 

    Four focus areas:

    • Project Management - You take ownership of all the Digital specific campaigns tasked to you and ensure project deliverables are tracked against the Project plans which are considered & accurate and you strive to adhere to the commitments made to the various stakeholders. Both internal and external. 
    • Financial Management – Working closely with the overall Campaign driver, budgets are managed tightly with a keen eye on innovation and best practice models in the most cost-effective way. 
    • Stakeholder & Integration Management - You understand that your role is not in isolation of the Campaign driver, your focus will be on the Digital and Social needs of all jobs in your remit. As such, your orientation is to drive collaboration and integration in an effort for all teams to work better together. 
    • Administrative Management: You pay attention to the detail  and worry about the little things, with strong organization, admin and time management skills.

    Five qualities we are looking for:

    • Clarity: You leave no room for questions as you ensure that all stakeholders are clear on what happens when a brief is received or a campaign has been approved and needs to be expanded onto Digital and Social Channels. 
    • Business Savvy: You have the ability to have your finger on the pulse when it comes to finances: Managing of budgets across your jobs to deliver on the best work for the campaign, and to do this in a manner that leads to the most productive output/solutions for the jobs.
    • High level EQ: You act as a barometer when it comes to people / workload and the glue between the ATL and Digital and Social Teams in studio – You are able to raise, flag and manage this in an efficient and effective manner.
    • Relationship Builder –You hold positive relationships with your Campaign drivers as well as all internal teams you engage with on jobs. They enjoy working with you, because you support the fight for great work and consistency and are able to connect dots across departments seamlessly to drive solutions.
    • 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 deadline is missed. You never panic, and instead provides calmness to the storm.

    Three things you must have:

    • Matric certificate with college or university exemption
    • Must have at least 3 years' advertising background with digital project/account management experience and an understanding of the key departments, processes and structures within an Advertising Agency
    • Must be PC literate: Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel - preferably with experience working CHASE software

    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. 

    abraham.vanzyl@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 18 Mar \ Johannesburg

    Digital & Content 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 audience
    • Love to roll up your sleeves and dig into a challenge
    • Have a knack for storytelling and narrative

    Five qualities we are looking for:    

    1. 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. 

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

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

    5. 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.
     

    Key Skills required:

    • Digital strategy 
    • Ecosystem and channel mapping 
    • Marketing user journey mapping
    • Digital communication strategy including messaging development
    • Audience insights research, development and presentation
    • Channel strategy
    • Content strategy
    • Content evaluation and guidance to creative collaborators

    Secondary Skills:

    • Content Planning
    • Media Integration
    • Re/Targeting and sequencing strategy

    Soft Skills:

    • Working closely with content strategists, creative and communication strategists in an integrated team 
    • Championing the craft of digital strategy as a senior member of an integrated team
    • Forging powerful relationships with clients and partner agencies


    Four things you must have:

    • Must have at least 4 years' advertising background with digital experience 
    • Experienced in working with senior clients across multiple stakeholders
    • A natural leader with fantastic people skills - both within the agency environment and when dealing with client
    • Social and \ or Google certification preferred

    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. 

     

    makosha.maja@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 18 Mar \ 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 JHB 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:

    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:

    1. Your solid creative portfolio with a variety of projects
    2. Your awards list 
    3. 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. 

    jackie.roe@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 18 Mar \ Johannesburg

    TTL 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 JHB 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 creative ideas, art direction, design, 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 Art Director, ideally with genuine digital and 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 write, draw, illustrate, take photos, make movies, crack strategies, sing, do voices, animate, invent stuff, code, 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 heap of vibe and 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 and reviews, but you will have to be able to deliver strong integrated thinking and execution in every channel. You will need to understand a brand's overall strategy and develop work that answers to this. 
    2. Digital Platforms: A thorough understanding of digital platform formats and how to design and art direct for/within them is essential. 
    3. Execution: You will need to have mastered the visual arts and the various programs required to execute great work across channels and platforms. At a bare minimum, you must be able to use  Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator. Knowledge of After Effects, Premier Pro, HTML5, Google Design, Snapchat Studio, Figma, Banner Now would all put you in good stead. You need a great eye, a love for design, typography, photography, film and creative-tech, but mostly just a basic obsession with concept-led Art Direction. 
    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 look&feel - 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/photographers/illustrators etc) 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, which contains a mix of powerful, beautiful, real work that highlight both strong conceptual ability as well as a mastery of the craft of Art Direction. 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:

    1. Your solid creative portfolio with a variety of projects
    2. Your awards list 
    3. 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. 

    jackie.roe@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 15 Mar \ 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 we 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 strategies as well as understanding of implementing robust content strategies 
    • 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 s 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 marketing manager (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. 

    melody.maker@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 15 Mar \ Cape Town

    Integrated Producer

    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 multi-talented, multi-faceted, brave and bright Integrated Producer to join our Cape Town production department and be part of this audacious vision. 

    Responsibilities and duties:

    • Well versed in executing campaigns end to end across multiple platforms which includes digital, social, stills content, post production, animation, radio & television.
    • Ability to work under pressure, highly adaptable, motivated and solution orientated.
    • Good interpersonal skills and foster good relations with suppliers, colleagues and clients.
    • Access to expert production suppliers who are suited to execute quick turnaround jobs within the digital space.
    • Confidently scope creative executions based on budget and timings.
    • Good financial acumen and understanding of production budgets, quotes and the ability to assess and manage project risks.
    • Project management and multi-tasking skills. 
    • Exceptional organizational skills and efficiency orientated.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a producer in an advertising agency.
    • A degree in Film Production, Advertising, Digital or Broadcast production 
    • TV, Radio, Stills, AV, Digital Content & Art Buying experience
    • Knowledge of stock photography, on camera usages, music composition & rights and voice over rates
    • Microsoft Office & Chase Software 
    • Production house and digital agency experience would be advantageous

    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. 

    bronwyn.henry@mcsaatchiabel.co.za
  • 15 Feb \ Johannesburg

    TTL Senior Creative Team

    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 Johannesburg based creative team to join our team and be part of this audacious vision. We are looking for a brave, bright, optimistic problem solvers.
    Specifically, we looking for a couple of mid to senior rockstars, a Copywriter and an Art Director, who don’t need handholding to get the job done. The candidates we want need to have conceptually strong and well-crafted portfolios that evidence at least 5 years’ TTL experience, at reputable advertising agencies, working on ‘big business’, or ‘financial services brands’ that target other businesses or corporations with their product and service offerings.
    This team will predominantly focus on big ideas and campaign work for Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment banking division.  Briefs will vary in size and media channel mix; anything from small digital and social media asks, to internal campaigns, to big picture TTL and ATL work.
    We want grownups, who’re perpetually young and hungry at heart, creatively brilliant, strategically solid, who think, craft and present well.  We also like people who like people – and people who can have a laugh.  We don’t like arseholes.  

    Are you our kind of people?
    Are you the team we’re looking for?
    Are we the company you’ve always dreamed of working for? 
    Let’s chat.

    Candidates can apply as a team or individuals.

    The ideal team/candidates will be able to demonstrate:

    • An exciting portfolio (real work on real clients) - please submit this with your application
    • Advertising agency experience of at least four years in the industry, having worked in a reputable advertising agency
    • A varied book which contains a mix of real work and a strong conceptual ability
    • Presentation skills and client facing experience required
    • Preference will be given to candidates with a vast portfolio and experience in Brand, B2B, Digital, Activations and Experiential – on top of their ATL expertise. 
    • A strong agency pedigree and will add to the culture of the agency with an interesting sense of humour
    • Has strong abilities and experience conceptualising and implementing large campaigns - particular in the B2B space
    • Taking ‘ownership’ is key. 
    • Must have the ability to see a project through from start to finish.
    • Must love and understand big idea, media agnostic, brand building thinking
    • Must love and understand the technical aspects of writing, designing and thinking for a digital first world
    • Must have Financial Services experience

    This is a great opportunity with a lot of scope for development and fame.

    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. 

    If this opportunity excites you, please apply!

    jackie.roe@mcsaatchiabel.co.za