Brunswick Group is looking for an Account Director to join the team in Chicago. This person will leverage their own specialized skills and backgrounds while operating in Brunswick’s generalist environment.

The Account Director is responsible for delivering media and market analysis to clients, with intelligent insight informed by data, analysis and experience. A deep understanding of clients is critical. The production of high-caliber documents is a core element of the Account Director role.

The Account Director ensures all logistics for client meetings and events are executed smoothly and manages upwards to ensure Brunswick delivers on time and above expectation. Account Directors nurture a network amongst peers inside and outside the firm, providing valuable insight for the firm and for clients.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Client Contribution & Handling

  • Has a strong working relationship with the client and has earned their trust
  • Producing high quality client account ‘essentials’ (bios, action reports, agendas, corporate snapshots, briefing notes, media reviews, translations where necessary)
  • Develops press releases, Q&As and key message documents
  • Manages upwards to ensure the team are fully informed and prepared for client work
  • Contributes to brainstorms and pitch preparation (including research and drafting)
  • Thinks on a strategic and tactical level about client issues and account development
  • Actively feeds through market intelligence to the client
  • Proactively contributes to the development of the account in terms of ideas, direction and content

Contribution to the Community

  • Draws insights and opportunities from their networks
  • Contributes to business development initiatives (e.g. research and analysis, meetings, action items, monitoring and distributing sector news)
  • Actively seeks out new business opportunities with existing clients and with new clients
  • Participates in and contributes to training sessions for interns / new joiners where appropriate

Teamwork and Collaborative Approach

  • Acts as the eyes and the ears of the team, always aware of team work streams/movements/ deadlines
  • Shares ideas, knowledge and recommendations with the wider team
  • Goes beyond the brief
  • Earns the respect of their peers/colleagues and treats people with respect; leads by example
  • Where relevant, takes their ‘Buddy’ role seriously and does it well

Communication Skills – Engagement with Media and Other Audiences

  • Has a deep understanding of the client’s media universe and the key contacts within it
  • Has established a network of media and other stakeholder contacts within the cultural and corporate sectors
  • Is well-informed on all relevant sector/ client newswires and key media; proactively monitoring and sharing coverage
  • Actively seeks to establish relationships with journalists and/or other audiences Handles difficult media issues with ease
  • Provides input into media strategy to identify new angles and selling in stories to a range of different media

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

At Brunswick, we look to hire smart, ambitious individuals who are dedicated to learning and growth. In addition to considering experience when reviewing talent, we look to see potential, strong work ethic, and excellent written and verbal communications skills. Standout candidates demonstrate the following:

  • At least 5-7 years of relevant work experience; corporate communications or agency experience a plus
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail; client service-orientation
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Energetic team player
  • Exhibit discretion with confidential client matters
  • Thorough understanding of business and finance; direct experience in technology a strong plus
  • Knowledge of Factiva, Bloomberg and other research resources
  • International work experience or knowledge a plus
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