VP Account, Chicago, Illinois

Agency VMLY&R
Created 11/23/2022
Reference 8740
Category Client Services
Job type Full-time
Country United States
State Illinois
City Chicago

About Us: VMLY&R

VMLY&R COMMERCE is WPP's newest end-to-end Creative Commerce Company. Built on the commerce expertise of Geometry and scaled through VMLY&R's connected brand promise, we help modern brands grow by unifying marketing strategies around commerce. We believe the space of commerce holds the most untapped creative potential to grow brands and people. Living CommerceTM is our proprietary approach and platform that guides how we work. By understanding how, when and why people buy, we deliver the most engaging and culturally-relevant creative commerce experiences across Retail, Experience, Design and Innovation. We do this as part of a network of 13,000 specialists across 80 countries, everywhere life intersects with commerce - this is end-to-end.

We're committed to building a united global network of creators and thinkers, regardless of their age, race, skin color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. With over 12,000 employees across the globe, our influence is made stronger by applying our collective experiences to tell stories that not only sell products and experiences, but also guarantee positive representations of all communities.

Our unique culture is rooted in a great deal of care for you and your success. Above all else, we are committed to strengthening your experience by ensuring your inner potential continues to be discovered.

We also offer about a dozen employee resource groups (ERGs) that allow you to tap into your personal identities, interests and passions. Our ERGs celebrate ethnic diversity, life as a working parent or caregiver, neurodiversity, the LGBTQ+ community, wellbeing, and more. Regardless of your interests, there is no shortage of opportunities to get involved, so tap into our global network and find where you can make your ideas come to life.

Where you shine

The VP, Account oversees/leads the brand's commerce initiatives in a holistic manner (general, digital, e-commerce) by providing strategic leadership and direction for the brand's commercial program(s) to win at retail. They are responsible for managing the overall business and ensuring all team members are together delivering brilliant work to our clients ongoing. The VP, Account provides strategic leadership and direction to both the internal team and to the client across the specified business unit. They serve as the primary agency contact for the business as it pertains to larger strategic initiatives and assignments.

What your success will look like
  • Manage activity workflow and align expectations within account team
  • Manage the creative process and brief the creative team either personally or through close oversight of Account team, reviewing concept and comp materials
  • Proactively identify opportunities for practice evolution
  • Work with team in the development of concepts and supporting tactics
  • Responsible for compensation proposals
  • Function as primary liaison to middle and senior clients on behalf of the agency regarding strategy, service-related, legal and policy issues
  • Support/provide strategic leadership to clients/client leads/agency and help in identifying growth opportunities and action plans for client's marketing communications goals
  • Provide support to client lead to effectively manage high level global client
  • Manage internal client income projection and identify sources of incremental growth
  • Manage resources to ensure client profitability
  • Oversee tracking of financial forecasting/tracking and reporting and flag any potential projected income variance to Senior Management
  • Work with client lead for overall staffing/resource allocation
  • Manage client billing and financial status reports at a higher level
  • Partner with strategic planning and creative teams for concept development
  • Interact with all agency department heads to clearly outline current and projected workload on a quarterly basis for planning purposes
  • Nurture the career development of junior staff by mentoring and providing ongoing informal and formal performance feedback
  • Identify and suggest Training/Development needs for direct reports

Who you are and what you bring
  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Marketing, Advertising or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A proven track record of strategic leadership in e-Comm, digital, in-store visibility, and shopper marketing both in agency and CPG brand management (15+ years)
  • Strong, proactive leader possessing big picture thinking
  • Sound analytical skills, ideally with Nielsen or IRI familiarity
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with seasoned presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player attitude

Our Benefits

As the world leader in communications services, we rely on the creativity of our people to deliver the best work for our clients. In return, we invest in our employees by offering them a diverse suite of benefits from best-in-class carriers, with enough choice and flexibility to keep them and their families healthy and happy today and tomorrow.

  • Corporate gift matching program
  • Paid time off for volunteering
  • Paid parental leave
  • Ranked No. 1 in advertising for our adoption assistance program
  • Corporate discounts
  • VMLY&R Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team, which guides, celebrates, and promotes cultural literacy; increases employee engagement; recruits and retains a diverse workforce; and builds internal opportunities for people to learn and grow.

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical or mental disability. We believe in creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion and strives to recruit a diverse slate of candidates to help us achieve that goal.


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