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Senior Vice President, Group Account Director



Sales & Business Development
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024

Company Description

Our founder, Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, started Publicis in 1926 in a small two–room flat in Paris. Today, Publicis Worldwide is a global creative agency with over 13,000 employees in 84 countries. We provide change leadership for our clients and believe this era demands a combination of strategic, creative and digital ideas that help clients in their own marketing transformation. Publicis opened its doors in the US in 1993 and since then has grown to more than 2,000 employees across the US and Canada with primary offices in New York, Seattle, Toronto and Montreal.

Our mission is to be our client’s indispensable creative partner in their own marketing transformation. We believe that change has become the defining characteristic in today’s business environment. The brands that thrive are those that understand this and are designed to manage, capture and leverage the change in the world around them. To that extent, Publicis’ founder Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet’s spirit is still alive: You have to lead the change, if you don’t want to be led by change. In a world of accelerated change, the future of a brand and business cannot be predicted precisely, but it can be imagined. Today’s brands compete with new technologies, empowered consumers, shifting public attitudes, brand new contenders and much more. In order to keep their relevance among customers, managing change and uncertainty is a pre-requisite. Creating leading strategies and powerful ideas that allow our clients’ brands to become unique, irreplaceable, in control and ahead is our purpose.

Job Description

We are currently seeking a full-time SVP, Group Account Director to join our team.

The ideal account person is a strategic leader, someone with the tenacity, resourcefulness, business sense, pro-active curiosity, and cool-headedness to behave like the CEO of their account, brand or project. The account person is the only person in the agency who touches every aspect of a project in some way: from the relationship with the client, to the relationship with the team, from strategy to finance to creative to production. It is ultimately the role of an account person at any level to ensure that a project meets the client and agency’s ambitions to generate great, effective creative work, on time and on budget, and to motivate the team along the way. As the SVP, Group Account Director, you will deepen the client relationship and grow their business in a meaningful way. Your day-to-day work will be strategic in nature, developing initiatives and providing strategic, creative, practical solutions to client issues.


The SVP, Group Account Director is the agency’s quarterback - they are able to create the conditions for the creative work to thrive. They have high emotional intelligence and are able to nurture junior team members as well as client relationships.

The SVP, Group Account Director is expected to be a business partner across multiple clients, using their deep knowledge and understanding of the clients business in order to create the best conditions for the right work to thrive, leading to the success and growth of both our partners and our agency.

They manage internal teams (direct reports, agency partnerships, colleagues and seniors) with poise, clarity and integrity building followership across the board. Your colleagues want your input, opinion and approval. People trust you.

They navigate Publicis’ Power of One process effortlessly and are able to lean on the internal expertise available (across offices) to deliver outstanding creative solutions to a range of business problems.

They are fluent in all phases of the creative process from strategy, through creative to production and are able to bring their expertise to bear at each stage.

They are able to foresee issues before they arise and head them off. They take pressure off the team by tackling the difficult conversations, and knowing when to escalate for support.

They are keenly aware of the value Publicis brings to the table, which allows the agency to price our skills well and talk about Saatchi value convincingly.

They are entrepreneurial and always on the hunt for growth on their accounts. They keep their eyes out for client needs and are able to quickly translate these needs into a solution which grows the agency business.

They exhibit an entrepreneurial mindset and a hunter attitude. Actively searching for new business opportunities within the marketing

This individual needs to be a strong partner to the creative leader and strategist on the business to drive the business forward.


  • 15+ years of relatable experience in client service
  • Experience in retail and/or CPG is a plus
  • Proven ability to build rapport with senior executive leadership
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with experience contributing to new business efforts and driving organic growth
  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams and run multiple projects at once across multiple clients with minimal oversight
  • A solid understanding of business and marketing strategy
  • Possesses an eager willingness to growth with the organization
  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • A passion for creativity
  • Individual needs to be able to work cross functionally with other partner agencies
  • Someone who is a curious and a student of advertising/communication
  • Must be very strategic as well as operational
  • Able to have a good understanding of traditional, digital, social
  • Individual needs to be a leader and a strong voice in the room

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Compensation Range: $167,000- $299,500 annually. This is the pay range the Company believes it will pay for this position at the time of this posting. Consistent with applicable law, compensation will be determined based on the skills, qualifications, and experience of the applicant along with the requirements of the position, and the Company reserves the right to modify this pay range at any time. For this role, the Company will offer medical coverage, dental, vision, disability, 401k, and paid time off. The Company anticipates the application deadline for this job posting will be 06/11/2024.