Vice President

LEWIS - Atlanta, GA4.0

Full-timeEstimated: $150,000 - $190,000 a year
SkillsBenefits
LEWIS is seeking an experienced Vice President to lead our new office in Atlanta. This is a new position and it is pivotal in the evolution of our US operation. The role has commercial responsibility and is part of the US senior management team. It reports into the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. Travel in the US region will be required and there will be occasional travel globally.

This is an opportunity that will suit an ambitious professional who relishes the chance to establish and grow an office, thrives on challenges and on working in a fast paced, international environment. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, you understand how to best apply this spirit to a growing independent global organization.

About LEWIS

The company is an integrated communications agency that has gone from start-up to multi-national in a little over two decades. The company now rank in the top 40 agencies worldwide with 29 offices, 550 employees and revenue of $64m. Its success is due to a combination of factors: talented people delivering award winning campaigns; expanding client relationships into new markets or services; making strategic acquisitions. Its people, agency and campaigns have won many prestigious awards in the last 18 months including Cannes Lions, Holmes Report, ICCO, PRCA.

Central to the growth has been the policy of reinvestment, with the majority of profits returning to the company to propel development. This is possible because the company is independently owned.

What we look for in our people

Agile, bold, collaborative, inquisitive and spirited. These are the values sought in every person at LEWIS. As the company evolves, grows and expands, it wants people who recognise the need to think differently. To understand the full marketing communications mix, even if a specialist in a particular aspect. We want all our people, whether a paid media specialist or media strategist, graphic designer or analytics manager to have an appreciation of the wide and deep capabilities available to clients that work with LEWIS. Our people need to be agile to opportunities; bold in their approach; collaborate with colleagues across different services or offices to deliver amazing work; keep learning and challenging the norm; be spirited and committed to develop themselves, their colleagues and the agency.

Purpose of the role

The role will work closely with the EVP CD and the US senior management team to drive the US strategic business plan. The VP’s responsibility is the vision for, and development of, the Atlanta office. The VP will be charged with office culture and people development, new business and marketing activity, client service, office growth and profitability. The role will help with sector diversification.

Key responsibilities

Recommend and drive the vision and business plan for the Atlanta office, including recommending commercial targets
Help drive and deliver the vision for sector diversification in the region
Recruit, build, retain a high calibre motivated team – inspire and nurture an excellent office culture
Drive new business activity: identify and engage prospects, lead credentials/RFIs and pitches
Develop strong relationships with clients, providing added-value strategic consultancy and initiatives for retention and organic growth
Ensure the delivery of excellent strategic communications, quality service and results to clients
Promote and drive the integration of digital and PR
Champion the cascading of US clients across the global network
Lend advice/guidance on launching new practice areas, services and products, taking the lead on specific launches as required
Run regional and office training sessions in PR and/or digital marketing
Present the strategic face of the agency to external audiences through speaker opportunities, interviews with the media, etc
Be an ambassador for LEWIS: viewed as a key and networked communications leader
Overall, be a collaborative, encouraging, supportive member of the US senior management team.
About you

This is an opportunity to open and build a new office based on your experience of building and running an integrated, digital or PR practice, division or large team. With a strong business network in your local market, you have an impressive track record of winning and developing major blue-chip accounts as well as of retention and organic growth of existing clients. Assertive and influential, you are a credible senior leader with the skills and aptitude to structure, develop and motivate a strong team, top to bottom; and you are able to forge strong relationships with eclectic senior stakeholders. You have rounded communications experience across integrated marketing, digital marketing, PR and strategic communications. Some experience of/interest in b2b tech is required but your domain experience will help broaden the LEWIS offer in the US. In particular, we are looking for leaders with skills in a diverse set of vertical practice areas – CPG, energy, financial services, automotive, travel and hospitality, and biotech – to further expand our reach into these verticals. Experience of working in a fast paced and international environment is essential.

Additional requirements

In-depth integrated/digital/PR comms experience; agency experience a must
Experience in conceiving and managing B2C and B2B campaigns
Experience integrating digital marketing and PR, content and broader marketing activities
Connected within the Atlanta comms and business community
Proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of consistently making good decisions through a combination of analysis, experience and judgment
High level of business acumen, including successful commercial management
Ability to think strategically, anticipate future trends and potential pitfalls
Excel at managing and leading bright and ambitious people; a collaborative team builder who is able to instil accountability and empower people to succeed
Robust knowledge of finance, operational/information systems, HR
Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills
Ability to problem solve, project manage and multi-task; will take charge of a situation and act
Undergraduate (Bachelors) degree or higher
Integrity, humility, passion/self-drive/initiative – and a sense of humor!
Key Senior Internal Contacts

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development (San Francisco) – line manager
CEO (San Diego/London)
SVPs leading NYC, Boston, Washington, San Francisco and San Diego
SVP, US Head of Brand Marketing (San Francisco)
SVP Digital (San Francisco)
SVP and VP Client Engagement (San Diego and Boston)
VP HR (San Francisco)
Chief of Staff (London)
Chief Operations Officer (London)
Remuneration and benefits

Basic salary dependent on experience
Performance related bonus
100% paid individual health, vision and life insurance; part subsidized dental insurance
401k with matching up to 2% of eligible compensation (after 30 days employment)
$65/month mobile phone allowance
25 days Paid Time Off and 10 paid US holidays