Executive Creative Director – Advertising Agency (“Agency”) Primary Responsibility To lead & inspire the creative team/s to produce challenging, innovative, disruptive & conceptual work promoting the Agency as Centre of Human Centric Retail Excellence. Purpose of the Role To lead the origination, craft & production of relevant and original concepts in response to marketing & communication needs across this retail led portfolio. This role works in strong unison with the Strategic- & Relationship lead functions. A vital requirement is the ability to build strong partnership with clients on National- & Regional Levels. Key Responsibilities Creative: Comprehensive understanding of integrated consumer journeys in the development of concepts from conventional campaign work, to in-store, to digital & social. In-depth understanding, working collaboratively with Strategy, on the ever-evolving consumer landscape in SA. Resonant & relevant proposition development. To lead the creation of original and great concepts/campaigns inclusive of Reviews. To present, directly or via team members, work internally and externally in a clear and professional manner. To manage creative output of the department to ensure consistency and quality of work delivered. Lead and support the awards strategy for the Agency and SA Agency Group/Collective. To encourage teams to be proactive and to think beyond the job. Collaboration: To develop & nurture the client relationship to support the delivery of the creative work. Be the Creative Leader around the Leadership table. Work closely with relevant account- & creative teams, ensuring effective communication and management of expectations in a way that consistently supports the delivery of the brand/project. Actively encourage, facilitate & display collaboration within the team and other departments within the agency. Support and collaborate with the Agency Collective and its relevant Creative & Industry initiatives. Business Management Via operations, manage & direct the scheduling of work through the agency efficiently. Prioritization of workload to ensure teams demands are met and managed but works for team. To grow the creative department to anticipate & reflect the changing needs of the Agency/Group. Lead the accurate recording of work time for yourself and the team. To communicate business goals to the team and identify and articulate the creative contribution to these goals to the management team. Be involved in the setting of objectives for the department and the managing of budget. People Be the Creative leader. Disseminate learning through your creative teams and coach team members. To develop skills and knowledge within yourself and your team through on-the-job development, active participation in the agency and department (e.g., Disruption X, training, and other company meetings) Shoulder responsibility & accountability for the teams’ performance. Decisively address non-performance. Create clear development plans for yourself and your team in support of the business plan. Key Skills, Knowledge & Experience At least 15 years industry experience with Retail / Integrated experience preferred. Excellent communication skills. Excellent relationship management skills. Reporting and relationships Reports to the Agency CEO. Based in Durban.