• Vice President, Consumer Public Relations

    Posted Date 3 months ago(8/15/2018 10:13 AM)
    Requisition ID
    US-NY-New York
    Public Relations
  • Overview

    Ogilvy PR is currently seeking a Vice President to join our consumer practice. A VP is responsible for managing the client relationship and teams of one large account and/or several smaller accounts with very limited senior cover. This includes recommending programs and activities that coordinate with client’s goals and budgets. Accountable for delivering contracted work on time and within budget, staffing accounts appropriately and producing high-quality work and excellent results, while ensuring team members produce the same. Must have a demonstrated record of developing and executing successful public relations strategies and programs. Proactively prospects, identifies/develops and supports new business opportunities, including leading RFI and RFP submissions.


    Account Management:

    • Creates client strategy and overall PR plan for their accounts
    • Independently leads day to day account operations and serves as a primary client contact.
    • Is responsible for overall account relationships and for building relationships  with key day-to-day client contacts to ensure that client/agency relationships exist on multiple levels/points of contact and grow over time
    • Engages other leaders to enhance offerings and counsel to key clients
    • Ensures effective communication and management of client expectations and that team is completing their deliverables on strategy, on time and on budget while servicing the client at an appropriate level. Develops and delivers client presentations
    • Provides strategic counsel, develops long-term plans, insights and program recommendations for clients, demonstrating a thorough understanding of their business, industry competition and relevant media
    • Cultivates relationships with senior leaders and key players within OPR and across business units within compass point and taps them as appropriate to provide perspective and add value
    • Leverages a strong knowledge of Ogilvy tools (e.g. Fusion, Twin Peaks) and services (e.g. social, investor relations) to add value to client programs and build organic and new business growth
    • Develops and manages multiple projects and programs including strategies implementation plans, evaluationmechanisms, staffing plans, budgets and timelines
    • Accountable for final review of all communications, reports and client materials developed by account team
    • Proactively anticipates and/or leads the resolution of account problems and issues quickly and adeptly

    Business Health/Growth Driving: 

    • Manages overall financial performance of accounts and to staff utilization targets.
    • Forecasts client revenue on assigned account(s) and projects
    • Negotiates fees with clients
    • Scopes accurate budgets for clients on projects and retainers and obtains client approval
    • Ensures that team members adhere to WPP and OPR financial policies and practices
    • Identifies and develops new business opportunities within the practice
    • Develops and directs new business program development and/or presentations
    • Leads the organic growth and maintenance of assigned accounts. Create and sells in ideas for new programs/proposals.
    • Cultivates an area of specialty or subject matter expertise that adds value to prospects and existing clients.

    People Leadership:

    • Serves as a positive role model and mentor to others and drives a positive, collaborative work culture
    • Provides regular direction and support to direct reports, ensuring they have clear expectations, training and timely performance feedback. Manages effective and timely goals and performance appraisals for direct reports as well as provides ongoing guidance on career development plans
    • Manages staff to maximize performance and productivity to meet/exceed client expectations; efficiently works to address under performers
    • Actively engages in efforts to identify, grow and retain top talent
    • Actively recruits, interviews and identifies best-in-class staff; responsible for team hiring and staffing decisions
    • Assists Group Director in driving communication down through the team to ensure every employee has the necessary information to do their job well


    • Minimum of 10+ years of experience in public relations, with proven expertise in successfully driving technology accounts, preferably with mobile and IOT clients
    • Broad understanding of the consumer technology landscape including emerging tech products and advancements (mobile, consumer tech, accessories/wearable technologies; enterprise, etc.)
    • Demonstrated project management skills and the ability to set priorities, develop work plans, and monitor progress.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
    • Previous experience managing and mentoring junior level staff
    • Bachelor’s Degree required.


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