Type of agency
Number of UK staff
Creative Director - B2B creative comms agency £70-100k depending on experience The Jefferson Group, Berkshire / Hampshire borders - short journey outside of Paddington
Account Director - B2B integrated comms agency £50-65k plus benefits The Jefferson Group, Berkshire / Hampshire borders - just a short journey from Paddington Station
Senior Planner & CRM Strategist £40,000-£70,000 per annum (equivilent £60-100K net) + relocation fee + benefits The Industry Club London Ltd, Abu Dhabi (AE)
Business Director to £75k - £80k David Thatcher Recruitment, London
Business Development Director - huge opportunity with great rewards £70-90k with an package over £100k plus benefits The Jefferson Group, Central London
Senior Account Director - Leicester/London £50000 - £68000 per annum DNA Recruit, Leicestershire, Leicester / London
Maxus, the smallest and youngest of the big four Group M shops, launched in Asia in 2004 when WPP rebranded the agency previously known as Maximise. Five years later, the holding company converted BJK&E into Maxus’ UK outpost.
The joint managing directors, James Jennings and Tim Irwin, led the new-look operation until PHD’s Lindsay Pattison (then Lindsay Weedon) became Maxus’ first UK chief executive in 2009.
Under Pattison’s guidance and, as the Group M shop with the fewest client conflicts, Maxus was able to go on a new-business spree, with the high point coming in 2013 when the agency pulled in L'Oréal’s £135 million account. The biggest clients on Maxus’ current roster were all won between 2010 and 2013: BT (2010), Barclays (2011) and L'Oréal.
The UK had a big hand in Maxus being named the world’s fastest-growing media agency network from 2010 to 2015, according to Recma. Its stellar performance on the new-business front earned Maxus the title of Campaign’s Media Network of the Year in 2011 and, in 2014, the UK operation was named Media Week’s Media Agency of the Year.
In 2014, Pattison’s successful reign earned her a promotion to global chief executive, taking over from Vikram Sakhuja. Pattison was replaced in the UK by Nick Baughan, the former managing director who joined Maxus in 2012 from its sister agency Mindshare.
Today, Baughan’s senior colleagues include Irwin, who is now the chief operating officer; Anna Hickey, the managing director; Adrian Carpenter, the commercial director; and Stephanie Marks, the deputy managing director.
In the UK, the young network is starting to build an image for itself with its internal "Never Stand Still" programme. That includes an equal parental-leave policy, a community scheme to recruit school-leavers from the local area, life coaching and other well-being classes. The agency hopes such policies will help keep staff churn low – it currently stands at 17 per cent.