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Account Director - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The Role 

Edelman Middle East has an immediate opening for a seasoned PR practitioner to serve as an Account Director for our Riyadh office.   

We are looking for a talented and collaborative communications professional with at least 10 years’ international experience in PR or expert counsel in media relations, story and content development, communications and event planning, and influencer engagement. This is an excellent opportunity to leverage your communications expertise, creative brand storytelling prowess, and understanding of the integral role public relations plays in client campaigns. You will work closely with digital, creative and planning specialty teams as well as have the opportunity to participate in new business and marketing integration efforts.

Responsibilities include:

Client Service

  • Serve as the primary or senior contact
  • Create research-driven, creative communications programs that meet or exceed client objectives
  • Develop and oversee account teams’ performance, ensuring quality work is done, efficient processes are in place, and client requests are handled in a timely fashion
  • Use capabilities and resources across Edelman to meet client goals and budgets
  • Take immediate action upon client feedback and help solve client problems
  • Provide clients with strategic counsel and acts as an advisory partner
  • Display understanding of Edelman consulting processes including public engagement, messaging workshops, master narrative assignments and stakeholder mapping exercises; lead aspects of these assignments
  • Demonstrate advanced writing skills
  • Native level written and spoken English enabling strong content development skills, Arabic skills will be a bonus
  • Craft and develop newsworthy pitches, recommend appropriate media strategies, and build relationships with journalists and social media influencers to achieve clients’ business goals
  • Demonstrate practical and advanced understanding of visual communications, social media and the digital landscape and how to incorporate these channels into client programs
  • Work with group director to turn annual client Quality survey results into action plans for improvement; execute and monitor these plans

People Engagement

  • Ensure performance expectations, career development plan and S.M.A.R.T. goals are set and reviewed annually during the formal performance review process for all direct reports
  • Provide ongoing, constructive feedback to staff, consistently hold them accountable, and address under- performance in a timely manner
  • Mentor, coach and support all team members, and ensure you and your staff are constantly developing abilities through on-the-job training and Edelman University
  • Help attract new talent and work to build a team with diverse views and backgrounds
  • Develop staff to become capable of assuming more senior roles
  • Encourage teams to participate in and talk about company-wide initiatives

Business Development

  • Seek out, coordinate and facilitate cross-practice and cross-geographical teams to provide clients and prospects with the most compelling work
  • Cultivate business growth opportunities among existing and prospective clients
  • Introduce existing clients to relevant Edelman capabilities, including resources outside of your own group, to advance clients’ business goals
  • Lead and contribute to new business proposals

Leadership

  • Lead by example by fostering an environment of creativity, collaboration and accountability.
  • Communicate and inspire colleagues and staff through vision, goals and strategy for client teams and guide them to produce creative and effective outcomes
  • Advocate and employ cross-practice/office/geography convergence approach to staffing projects
  • Adapt leadership style to inspire and mentor team members of various levels to reach their full potential and produce the best work possible.

Financial Planning and Management

  • Understand core financial constructs including revenue, profitability, pricing structures (hourly vs. retainer accounts), utilization, realization, budgeting and forecasting
  • Negotiate client and vendor contracts and manage client budgeting and authorization process prior to beginning work
  • Develop and manage accurate client project budgets using the firm’s financial system
  • Proactively plan and maintain team structures to ensure reasonable workloads, optimized profitability, accommodation to project and budget changes, and to avoid over-servicing
  • Help ensure your team follows Edelman’s financial policies and processes
  • Demonstrate positive interpersonal and communication skills with all clients and colleagues, through open-dialogue and in an open-minded way.
  • Prioritize and manage workloads, adhering to critical project timelines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Work across multiple projects with key process and procedures in place to meet expectations and deadlines.
  • Assist in recruitment of new staff as required.
  • Create a climate that encourages ethical conduct and a commitment to compliance with the law

Key requirements:

  • At least 10 years’ experience within an agency environment – Middle East and KSA experience is essential
  • Strong interest and previous experience in corporate/brand communications
  • Native-level written and spoken English, enabling strong content development skills, including experience drafting speeches, op-eds and quotes/statements for media.
  • Arabic skills would be a bonus, but not essential
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communications skills, and can work in an agile, lean environment in which we collaborate in real-time with clients and partners
  • Track record developing and executing successful communications strategies and programmes
  • Experience in delivering thought-leadership and executive positioning programmes for clients
  • Possess strong leadership qualities and have in-depth experience effectively managing a group and helping employees grow
  • Excellent attention to detail and project management skills including delegation of tasks.
  • Excellent understanding of the digital landscape and ability to collaborate and communicate with multiple internal stakeholders, including strategic planning and creative
  • Demonstrate ability to lead and convert new business opportunities
  • Experience managing finances, including budget development, management, resourcing and forecasting
  • Team player who is focused on developing a collaborative work ethic within account teams and is committed to ensuring an excellent work environment
  • Strong people manager who is able to attract, motivate, retain, empower and coach staff, and will possess the vision, insight and confidence necessary to manage a team
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Account Director, Reputation - Abu Dhabi/ Dubai

The Role

Edelman Middle East has an immediate opening for a Dubai or Abu Dhabi based experienced Account Director to lead B2B clients within its corporate reputation practice.

The Account Director’s primary role is to oversee and integrate account programs and be a senior partner for clients, providing them with strategic counsel around the implementation of their communications programmes. The candidate will also be responsible for devising new communications strategies for a variety of clients and ensuring account teams are delivering against client commitments with high-quality work. The candidate will be able to deliver strategic thinking as well as excellence in operations.

He or she will also be able to demonstrate the value of Edelman’s offerings to clients and lead all aspects of planning and execution. The candidate will be open-minded and client centric. He or she will lead and /or contribute to the winning of new client business as well as being a mentor to managers and other team members, providing them with guidance on their career development.

They will also be responsible for account organisation, including structure, staffing and training.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • At least 7 years’ experience within an agency environment – Middle East experience would be a bonus.
  • Strong interest and previous experience in corporate communications. Experience in the following sectors would be an advantage: real estate, retail and energy.
  • Native-level written and spoken English, enabling strong content development skills, including experience drafting speeches, op-eds and quotes/statements for media.
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communications skills, and can work in an agile, lean environment in which we collaborate in real-time with clients and partners.
  • Track record developing and executing successful communications strategies and programmes.
  • Experience in delivering thought leadership and executive positioning programmes for clients.
  • Possess strong leadership qualities and have in-depth experience effectively managing a group and helping employees grow.
  • Excellent attention to detail and project management skills including delegation of tasks.
  • Excellent understanding of social media, and ability to collaborate and communicate with multiple internal stakeholders, including strategic planning and creative.
  • Demonstrate ability to lead and convert new business opportunities.
  • Experience managing finances, including budget development, management, resourcing and forecasting.
  • Team player who is focused on developing a collaborative work ethic within account teams and is committed to ensuring an excellent work environment.
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