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    US-TN-Memphis | US-TN-Memphis
    Strategy and Planning
  • Overview

    The Brief:


    The Strategy Director builds trust and wields influence both internally and externally.  The Strategy Director should command a room and shape outcomes using both personal charisma and competence.  This competence should reflect strong critical thinking, solid creative judgment, and an ability to inspire and sell unexpected, modern marketing ideas.  The Strategy Director can and will provide strategic counsel in terms of brand, portfolio, and innovation strategy.


    This is a great opportunity for a strategist ready to step up into a more autonomous role, reporting into the North American CSO in NY. Working alongside Senior Management in our Memphis office.


    Essential Duties:

    •  Seek out and gains knowledge of consumer preferences and relationships to ensure that the voice of the customer is integrated into communication strategy
    • Ensure consumer relevance of the brand communication strategy
    • Be the “honest broker,” engendering respect in order to persuade clients to operate outside conventional wisdom and comfort zone
    • Develop creative briefs and provides clear persuasive briefings to Creative teams
    • Perform with primary and secondary research that will aid in the consumer insight gathering and strategic planning process
    • Establish and maintain substantial and influential relationships with client senior management
    • Use all proprietary planning tools – i.e., BAV, Brand Tencity,  eXploring etc.
    • Interpret and monitor cultural and social trends relevant to client business and competitive landscape
    • Positively impact the creative product through sharp insights, inspiration and accessing cultural tension
    • Build upon the digital competencies and social capabilities within the client’s business
    • Establish indispensability among clients by being the client’s best partner
    • Manage career development of team while enhancing their overall skill set
    • Foster potential by encouraging a more entrepreneurial environment, mentoring and mediating
    • Be prepared for other tasks as you may be assigned


    We’d love it if you:

    • Have a bachelor’s degree in related field. Advanced degree a plus
    • Have 8-12 years related experience with at least 5 years of managerial experience
    • Have deep knowledge of relevant product categories and strategic insights into consumer behavior
    • Have outstanding verbal and written communications skills
    • Should have a passion for new business, and will need to be able to work fast and be a strong authoritative presenter.
    • Have strong knowledge of primary and secondary research methodology, both qualitative and quantitative
    • Have a comprehensive understanding of marketing practices
    • Have a thorough understanding of interagency workings
    • Have excellent organization, time and self-management skill
    • Are detail-orientated, with excellent follow-through skills
    • Have a strong sense of initiative and ability to work under pressure

    What else you can expect:

    We’ve got a competitive benefits and compensation package, with vacation time that grows as you grow with us. We’re a global boutique, and as such, we have access to global discounts, perks, and offers.

    We embrace diversity at Y&R.  In fact, we celebrate it.  We have different backgrounds.  Passports.  Genders. Orientations.  Beliefs. We have different skills, ambitions and talents. We’re fresh out of school and we have years of experience.  We’ve come back from serving our country.  We’re returning after starting our families. 

    We are inclusive. Full stop. Diversity enriches our culture, enhances our worldview and makes us better partners to our clients and better citizens of the world.  Our differences add up to a stronger whole, because it takes all kinds of people to build all kinds of brands. We are Y&R.  And we Resist the Usual.


    Y&R is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

    Minority/Female/Veteran/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.



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