Client Services Director

RLA Group Ltd
Bournemouth, Dorset
£Competitive salary + benefits
03 Oct 2018
02 Nov 2018
Account Management
Business Type
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Client Services Director, Bournemouth.

About Us

With a 30-year pedigree and a client base to be hugely proud of, RLA is a full-service advertising and marketing communications agency based in a beautiful converted barn in Bournemouth. You’ll have the best of both worlds as you’ll be based in a stunning, relaxed countryside location, but be just a 20-minute drive to Dorset’s finest beaches!

It’s a brilliant time to be joining us as we look to expand our outstanding leadership team with this integral new role. We’re looking for a talented, inspiring and driven individual to play a pivotal role in the continued success and expansion of our Agency.

The Role

This is a Board level role which will have a direct reporting line to the Managing Director and is accountable for overall strategic management and growth of all retained or project accounts.

You will:

  • Drive long term client planning and growth.
  • Actively work with 1st line reports to drive client activity, initiating strategic and tactical solutions that are commercially creative for both clients and the Agency.
  • Act as key point of contact for the Managing Director for Agency retained business/project team and to be responsible for issuing both financial and people related reports to the Managing Director.
  • Ensure that the company people processes are effectively deployed and managed across the department i.e. one to ones/appraisals, inductions, training requirements and recruitment and performance management, ensuring that team members are aware of, and adhere to agency procedures and best practice.
  • Work with the Managing Director on establishing key operational strategies both financially and people related.
  • Ensure contracts are negotiated and in place for existing and new clients.
  • Review market developments and industry trends and identify potential opportunities for RLA.
  • Have ownership of overall targets within client services.

About you

  • Experience of managing and developing a high performing team, an attentive listener and motivator of teams.
  • Excellent communicator (at all levels), presenting with exceptional gravitas.
  • Highly commercial (strong sales drive), with proven track record of setting and exceeding stretching growth targets and identifying and landing new business.
  • A relentless desire for developing a team who can deliver work on budget, on brief and on time.
  • Proactively manages the manpower planning within the department identify future resource requirements.
  • A forensic attention to detail and the ability to implement process to maintain quality control and profitability across all accounts.
  • Genuine insight into B2B marketing, experience working with automotive companies would be an advantage.

The Rewards

  • 28 days’ holiday (plus bank holidays.) After 5 years’ continuous service, an additional 3 days’ holiday to use during that anniversary year
  • Your birthday as a day off
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Eye Care Scheme
  • Refer A Friend Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Reward & Recognition Scheme
  • Fridge Friday!

With a 30-year pedigree, RLA is a full-service advertising and marketing communications agency, focusing today on maximising the opportunity our digital technology platform – Cortex- brings in utilising client data across their multiple business areas to maximise communications impact.  We pride ourselves in being insightful, original thinkers with very high standards across all agency disciplines including Creative, Design and Client Services.

Wholly owned by the UK’s largest communications group outside of London, the Mission Marketing Group PLC, we are part of a very large and constantly growing business with big aspirations. Enjoying a turnover in excess of £125m ‘the Mission’ has 16 agencies, employing over 1000 staff across 25 offices in the UK, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam and San Francisco.