Job Openings Managing Partner

About the job Managing Partner

Ogilvy is looking for a highly commercial business leader with a track record of winning and delivering creative and brand led projects for clients (across retail, alcohol and automotive sectors) with commerciality and the ability to drive business opportunities.

Reporting into the agency Managing Director, essentially taking control of an Alcohol portfolio – this candidate is a client service expert, with a pedigree of delivering through the line (including retail and trade) creative and brand led integrated advertising and marketing campaigns across a high profile B2C client base.

An essential driver to the overall agency’s ambition to grow significantly, now and in the coming years. A well-respected figurehead that can identify and nurture talent internally and bring the best people to the right clients whilst building a happy, creatively driven, commercially sound, and prosperous environment.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Critical role in delivering world-class creative solutions to our client’s business problems.
  • Commercial business leadership and management.
  • Accountable for overall account performance, profitability, and growth.
  • Build and maintain positive and enduring client relationships across multiple levels including senior executives.
  • Act as a client business partner and maintain a comprehensive understanding of client business.
  • Excellent understanding of associated commercial expertise, technical knowledge and interest in future technology.
  • Ability to recognise, nurture and work cross channel.
  • Maintain positive client relationships and drive new acquisitions.
  • Consulting and cooperating with other Ogilvy South Africa executives, and board members.
  • Managing, monitoring, and reviewing business operations.
  • Identifying improvement gaps and implementing corrective measures.
  • Reviewing and overseeing all financial activities, performance, and documentation.
  • Commercial business leadership and management.

Education and Experience

  • The right candidate possesses a Bachelor’s degree in business administration or a related field, with a minimum of 8 to 10 years’ experience as an experienced agency leader is expected for the role with a proven background of delivering high profile creative and brand-led advertising and marketing campaigns across high-profile client(s) base with fully integrated background. Quite often, managing partners are promoted from roles of client service directors or business directors.
  • A natural business lead with a talent for new business to lead a group of existing clients (retail, alcohol and automotive) as well as developing new business and leading pitches.
  • A commercial business winner with the admiration to operate at decision-making level, leading senior level client relationships, identifying opportunities and capitalising on the resources around you to win work and deliver the goods.
  • A proven track record in driving, delivering and co-creating award-winning , effective creative solutions to client business problems.

Key Competencies

  • Extensive managerial experience.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Executive decision-making skills.
  • Strong strategic and analytical mindset and exceptional people skills.
  • Exceptional business acumen.
  • A deeply resilient leader who can cheerlead just as easily as bring the thunder.