23 January 2023

We're hiring - Strategy Director

We’re looking for an experienced Strategy Director to take the lead on brand strategy for our client partners across a portfolio of FMCG accounts, and also to establish strategic thinking at the heart of our business.

You will have proven expertise of leading large, complex brand strategy projects with transformational results.

Job description

Strategy Director (Full Time) 


Ideally located close to Manchester or London

Hybrid Working - 2 days per week in the Manchester studio 

Why us?

We’re a strategic brand design consultancy founded by seasoned brand professionals with an enviable global client list. We specialise in brand design, strategy and innovation; our mission being to help consumer goods brands win the fight for relevance. 

Why you?

You will use your strategic leadership capabilities to inspire change, helping our clients and Brandon win the fight for relevance in an increasingly complex brand and consumer world.

You will have exceptional relationship skills to build and maintain strong client partnerships to enable you to get under the skin of their business and understand the brand challenges they face.

Your confidence, energy and enthusiasm will capture the attention of C-Suite execs, and challenge with your industry knowledge, insight and ideas, securing your position as their trusted ‘go-to’ strategic partner. You will simultaneously inspire the team around you, embedding the agency’s strategy and direction and developing winning strategies that give the creative team the ability to create award-winning and commercially effective design.

Working alongside the senior leadership team, you will lead strategic new business pitches, providing strong insight driven strategies that shape the brands position and creative executions.  

You are well versed in the components of powerful brands and can guide internal and external teams in how to define, design and deliver them to their full commercial potential.

You will proactively find ways to use insight and strategy to help client partners

further leverage their brand assets.  You’ll be comfortable leading and facilitating brand workshops, developing customer journeys, leading innovation workshops and have a strong foundational understanding of neuroscience and semiotic approaches.

It goes without saying that you will be a naturally curious and creative thinker, an avid consumer of marketing and insight, genuinely excited by the opportunity to reinvent brands.

You will mentor team members to grow their capabilities and in turn strengthen the strategy function of the business.

To be successful you’ll need to bring:

  • Qualification to degree level in Brand Strategy &/or expertise in insight and planning with a strong FMCG marketing background
  • At least 10+ years’ experience in a similar role with a leading brand, design or creative business
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Experience of leading the brand strategy across a number of accounts at any one time
  • Excellent written and verbal skills to prepare clear briefs and manage the strategic process across the agency
  • Knowledge of multiple frameworks, techniques and experiences to solve complex business problems
  • Confidence to represent the agency with expertise and to be seen and respected as the strategic visionary and thought leader
  • Ability to prepare clear, succinct and simply understood presentations to help sell award-winning creative solutions
  • Experience of leading large pitches and securing new business
  • Amazing communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to influence decisions at C-Level
  • Ability to manage and support more junior members of the team

What we offer

In addition to a competitive salary and 27 days holiday, we invest in learning and development for all employees, working with you to identify opportunities that will benefit your personal and professional development e.g. mentoring, industry training courses, conferences and events.  

Additional perks include flexible working, an Employee Assistance Programme to provide professional health and wellbeing support, Summer Friday’s (1pm finish), annual flu vaccinations, eye care vouchers, cycle to work scheme, regular social events, fresh fruit, snacks and a well-stocked beer fridge.  

If you think you would be a great addition to the Brandon team, please send our Studio Manager, Anna an introductory email telling us why you? Why us? And your salary expectations and CV.

Anna Tappenden