Account Director

Posted Date 1 month ago(8/20/2020 9:21 AM)
Requisition ID
Account / Service-conseil

Overview / Description

Culture @ Ogilvy Health



Why work

with us?

One of Canada’s best Pharmaceutical Advertising Agencies, experiencing growth and willing to transform health communication in Canada

Be part of growing team of young, yet seasoned professionals and opportunity to grow.

Participate in sophisticated and groundbreaking professional, patient and direct-to-consumer (DTC) campaigns.

Work with Tier 1 Pharma Clients in Canada and on a global scale.

Excellent work environment downtown. Working from home is possible until the office will reopen.





Job description:

Account Director


Functional Area:  

Client Service/Strategy






Role Summary:

The Account Director (AD) is a senior Account Management partner responsible for the overall client relationship for their Accounts. Account Directors are the client's strategic partner. They listen to client needs and challenges, become experts in the client's therapeutic area (TA) and make strategic and tactical recommendations to help the client's business thrive. ADs put the framework in place to drive results for campaigns – from briefing copywriters and designers, managing budgets to analyzing market research metrics to optimize at next opportunity – ensuring smooth production and rollout. Account Directors must be leaders within the internal agency team to both Account and Creative sides as well as to client teams.


Account Directors oversee a team (2-6 direct reports) and are responsible in ensuring their individual performance as well as mentoring them in their professional growth. In addition, ADs are responsible for delivering on and surpassing client expectations. ADs are responsible for client profitability, organic growth and take an active part in new business development.


An Account Director at OH is a senior level position where great partners who are smart, strategic and proactive will significantly impact both our business and our client's business. They also participate in process & vision for the Agency and delivering on our mission to change the face of healthcare through innovation.   



The Opportunity for an AD in our Team:


A remarkable opportunity for an energetic, and ambitious person to make his or her mark while playing a central role in the Agency. We are looking for someone with strong pharma and marketing experience to partner with our clients towards making their business thrive. Someone who is ready to invest themselves in a team and be part of building its continued success.

Next Level Opportunity passed this role:

This position is key for someone who wants to take ownership within the company. Different directors with different skill sets can each own a specific expertise and work together for the Agency to continuously develop, grow and optimize. This is a lifelong learning opportunity.




Responsibilities / Responsabilités

Account Directors


      Principal       Responsibilities


Develop accounts creatively and financially, and play a positive role in new business development

Drive the client partnership and align agency resources around client priorities

Clearly understands client objectives and strategic imperatives and effectively communicates their needs to the internal team

Develop the overall communication strategy and tactical plans, based on a strong understanding of the client's context (TA, business type, corporate priorities & processes)

A persuasive and confident approach to creative and strategic mandates

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Effective team management capabilities

A keen attention to detail and budgetary restraints

Full awareness of creative processes and techniques – including digital platforms

Balance the expectations of clients with the execution of creative work

Develop internal business planning processes that drive tight alignment and collaboration across multiple stakeholders


Daily Tasks:










Leading a team to provide the utmost level of client service and quality of work

Liaising with clients and cross functional teams at a senior level

Promoting the expansion of business with existing clients

Completing projects to a specific schedule and within an agreed budget

Using your skills to push clients, and the agency, creatively and strategically

Lead strategic client meetings and facilitate discussions to drive results for accounts


Important Qualities:

Outstanding project management, organization and prioritization abilities 

Have a passion for the Advertising industry and Agency business

Working knowledge of all media (print, TV, radio and digital)

For Canadian Accounts: PAAB and ASC understanding and basic negotiation skills

Critical thinker with ability to analyze and synthesize data and information

Self-motivator, willingness to stay up to date in a fast-pace environment, engagement and persistence

Experience in building estimates and managing project profitability

Interest in science & health, learning attitude, strategic thinking

Attention to detail a must. A service attitude.

Results oriented with a can-do spirit that loves to exceed expectations, meet deadlines, and overcome obstacles

Able to work independently and to take ownership while being a team player and mindful of others (partnership attitude)

Financial management abilities

Enjoy listening, thinking, researching, learning and adding value.

Applies the Company’s ideals to all decision-making business approaches.


Minimum     Requirements:

Pharmaceutical Marketing/Advertising/Communications Experience:

A minimum of 7 year of project management experience

A minimum of 5 years of pharmaceutical agency experience

Science or marketing degree & French are important assets




Ogilvy Canada employees are encouraged to bring their ideas, experiences and perspectives, gleaned from their varied backgrounds, to the workplace.  We strive to create an environment in which all employees can feel comfortable to contribute to their fullest potential without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

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