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Vayner Media // social-first digital shop
London, England, United Kingdom    Posted: Friday, December 03, 2021
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VaynerMedia is a global creative & media agency built for the now. Born in social our work is now full service, simply loving big ideas that connect & create real change for our clients business. We are independently owned, founded in 2009 with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Sydney & Mexico City. And were not too bad at what we do, with our work winning in Cannes Lions, the Clios, D&AD & The Webbies to name a few. 

Here in London we have huge ambitions. Weve doubled in size over the last year & broadened both our client list & the kind of work were doing for them. Our roots are in social & we love it - its where we get to understand different audiences, to experiment, to gain insight & to see how people really engage & respond to ideas. 

We are creative & media in equal measure because both are equally important in developing effective communications. A lot of our work in-house (with our own production, edit & motion teams) because execution is key to effectiveness. We believe 100% that brands can be built on digital platforms & part of our model is built bottom up, flipping the traditional advertising model & process on its head. We dont play to agency/industry norms & our culture & energy reflects that.

We have an incredible client list across UK, EMEA & Globally. Our ideas live & breathe in organic & paid social but also fully integrated campaigns including TVCs, radio, press, OOH (you name it were there). Our difference? We learn fast - from what we see & how our audiences really act, alongside cultural cues to create our integrated campaigns.

Infused with the DNA of our founder, we pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit. Being an independent agency affords us the freedom to be bold & stray from convention. It also allows us to pivot quickly, which is key to succeeding in an ever-changing market. The same way Gary was one of the early YouTube influencers, VaynerMedia has been the forerunner in many opportunities, serving as alpha/beta launch partners with platforms from Facebook & YouTube to TikTok & Snapchat. 

But ultimately we are people people. We are skills first rather than where you studied & who you know. Were here to change advertising so we thrive on free-thinkers with big ambitions.

Sound like you?

The Role:

We are looking for a visionary Head of Strategy who wants to lead the way in helping brands think & act fundamentally differently & to help build VaynerMedias business & reputation in the UK & across EMEA.  Our strategy function spans across creative & media, from comms planning, brand & content planning as well as unique functions such as Post Creative Strategy (qual analysis that plugs into our data & analytics function). This role is for someone who passionately believes that brand is built in social & who understands how the different strategy streams join up to provide an integrated perspective to our clients.  This is for someone who understands how connecting & engaging with audiences on social generates insight, sparks creativity & allows us to connect brands with culture at a speed & relevance that eludes most agencies. VaynerMedia is constantly moving, changing & creating - & we thrive on this buzz. 

About you:

  • you love, live & breathe social media & culture. Theres no point turning up here if you have doubts about TikTok & dont love the energy, connection & potential of social & where it can lead. You understand it inside out & know how to develop & train your team in it.
  • you are driven by true consumer insight & behaviour - understanding audiences on a micro level
  • you are comfortable in the world of media & creative & establishing an integrated strategy discipline within the agency & with clients
  • you are driven by business results & effectiveness
  • you can manage & build a team dealing with the biggest strategic brand challenges through to specific content planning & reporting across organic & paid media
  • you love pitching & new business; we pitch & grow fast
  • you love having direct relationships with clients & understand how important the strategy/ CMO relationship is, as well as stakeholder relationships within the business 
  • ideally have European/ global experience as well as UK experience
  • you enjoy thought leadership, PR & taking our agency POV to the world
  • you have an empathetic, kind style of leadership - both in terms of your department & your leadership team peers & other departments in the agency
  • you are passionate about people: coaching, developing, nurturing - as our team grows, how can you grow a generation of different strategists - teaching them a different mindset, 
  • being genuinely committed ot DE&I & delivering the dept & agency agenda, driving change internally & with our clients through the work we do & how we work. We believe fully in the power of strategy to make a difference to how we create culturally relevant work & for our work to be influencing inclusion & setting positive role models

It goes without saying you will:

  • develop personal relationships with individual clients
  • work collaboratively & proactively with our global team
  • contribute & collaborate with our leadership team, bringing your strategic perspective to agency questions
  • manage resource, staffing & recruitment for your dept.
  • have a view on growing our European business (we currently have teams in NL, Germany & France)

Key Competencies:

  • you will be able to own a wide breadth of teams & businesses, with the ability to still go deeply on each
  • work with the leadership team in promoting the culture & vision of the agency by developing new ways of working & thinking
  • inspire & motivate others, making an impact across the department & organisation
  • position the organisation externally as a centre of expertise & influence in the industry
  • serving as a proxy for those in the executive level, able to lead & scale seamlessly 
  • manage & develop a significant network of the VaynerMedia strategy team, providing a clear path of growth with supportive resources & guidance 
  • work & aim to make Vayner the best possible place to work in order to retain & attract top talent
  • constant collaboration across departmental leadership 
  • able to solve complex problems, both internally & externally
  • provide counsel to C-suite clients comfortably, & that counsel has a direct, positive impact on their business 
  • finding opportunities to build product & IP for the discipline of strategy that continues to set VaynerX apart in the industry
  • share your knowledge & understanding of our core disciplines to speak confidently to our strategy & business application 

How we will support you:

We know talent is our most important asset & our people guide our work & our culture. The last year & a half has challenged us like nothing before, & we are committed to providing the support & flexibility needed for people to do their best work & have fun doing it. We are an open minded bunch & we value diversity of thought & experience. Every person we hire will make us a more creative, innovative & happier agency. You are always welcome to bring an idea or opinion to our work & our ways of working.

For now, these are some of things we have in place to support you...

We regularly review our benefits & are committed to providing a comprehensive programme for our people. This currently includes all the good stuff you would expect from Health Cash Plan, Life Assurance, 27 days holiday per annum through to Pension & Income Protection.

We know some days aren't as good as others & that's OK. We have our mental health partner Sanctus on hand for employee coaching sessions & an Employee Assistance Programme in place should you need it also. We partner with NABS also, an industry specific support organisation who are passionate about helping people thrive.

Sometimes it can be the smaller things that make you smile. We have a subsidised ClassPass offering for any fitness lovers, a wide variety of discounts & benefits through Perkbox & you can save on your commute through Commuter Club or our Cycle To Work Scheme. If R&R is more your thing you can take some time out for a monthly massage, join one of our bi-weekly mindfulness sessions or an employee led yoga sessions. We understand that there has never been a more important time for self care & as such we have a varied wellbeing programme to help you to be your best self.

VaynerMedia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This means that VaynerMedia provides equal employment opportunities to all staff members & job applicants without regard to gender, pregnancy, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, race, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief, part time or fixed term employment, age or any other legally protected class.

Candidates must be authorised to work in the U.K.

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