Job Openings Strategy Director

About the job Strategy Director

Ogilvy Cape Town is currently on the lookout for Strategy Director. They will be responsible for the overall strategy capability in the agency.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities


  • Develop, communicate and sell ground-breaking and effective integrated strategies and concepts
  • Champion of our integrated philosophy and ideas within the agency and to clients
  • Work with the OSA tools to champion strategies developed of real, human insights
  • Take a ‘Integrated” perspective on the engagement challenge and also be comfortable working across discipline
  • Help monitor and improve the quality of strategic output of the agency
  • Facilitates senior executive workshops and meetings, and presents at Board level
  • Assists in new business opportunities and initial scoping and pitch presentations/strategy


  • Work with the creative community to develop game-changing creative ideas and briefs to transform client brands and businesses – based off real insights.
  • Work with Senior management Team to ensure a high quality of total agency output


  • Senior client contact point who forms long term client relationships and seeks opportunities to develop farming initiatives
  • Ensure regular upward communication to Senior management


  • Guide, motivate, mentor and direct team members ensuring their performance and development are managed using the performance review process
  • Manage large multi-faceted projects. Monitor time and budget expenditure to ensure programmes remain within agreed targets and provide regular upward reports
  • Facilitate internal learning and development through training and workshops (for strategy and across functions)
  • Encourage learning and sharing of ideas across the network

Thought Leadership:

  • Lead the development of the BU strategy offer in collaboration with the Strategy team.
  • Write regularly to demonstrate leadership – white papers, press articles, etc, supporting the marketing and PR of Ogilvy Cape Town as well as the OSA strategic community.
  • Share knowledge and insights through knowledge sharing and best practice case studies and deploy new tools and methodologies
  • Stay abreast of latest published thinking on branding, market-based trends, brand successes, failures and industry business activity (mergers, acquisitions, opportunities)

Education and Experience

  • Previous experience in similar role client or agency or client-side marketing
  • More than 10 years of experience
  • Brand strategy and Integrated experience essential
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to grow client business
  • Proven people management skills and leadership experience
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Proven pitch record – ie excellent hunting skills with a new business team

Key Competencies

  • Sophisticated understanding of all branding deliverables and associated disciplines such as positioning, architecture, messaging, segmentation, research, engagement and interaction
  • Ability to grow, engage and maintain critical client and internal relationships
  • Able to persuasively present and discuss at CEO/Executive/Board level and to build consensus around a brand concept within client organizations
  • Proven ability to manage, grow and deploy resources
  • Appreciation of chargeability and how this links to agency profitability
  • High-level networking ability with an affinity to entrepreneurial approaches
  • Strong business writing skills