Be an Account Executive

Launch your advertising career at the epicentre of the largest and most prestigious agency in the UK.

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Account Executive London Bridge, London

  • £23,000 starting salary
  • 22 days' holiday + extra leave to use for charitable/voluntary work
  • Company pension scheme and interest-free Season Ticket Loan
  • Private medical insurance, permanent health insurance, life assurance and dental cover
  • Subsidised gym membership, cycle-to-work scheme and free eyecare
  • Employee discounts for a range of leading brands including O2, Apple, Siemens, Virgin Active and more

What you will be doing

You’ll join the UK’s largest and most creatively awarded advertising agency in their largest department: Account Management. It’s a really smart place to start a career in advertising, because you’ll work with every other department every single day and get a holistic idea of exactly how ads are made.

Starting as an Account Executive, you’ll spend your first six weeks solely undergoing our highly-esteemed AMV Academy training programme. You'll meet lots of very creative and intelligent people, spending time in every department learning what everyone does and helping out.

You'll also visit the offices of Facebook and Google to meet our friends over there - and put all of your learning into practice to come up with (and present) a brand new campaign for one of our most famous brands. After that, we'll let you know which brand you'll begin your career working on.

  • You will build trusting relationships with clients and other departments
  • You will liaise with the creative, strategy and production departments to get to the best possible creative output
  • You will be an active member of the wider department and agency
  • You will support the wider account team with scheduling and prepping for meetings, organising booking travel and team admin
  • You will keep the team up to date with what competitors are doing: the ads other brands are releasing, and the new products they may be launching.

What you will have

We want to meet people with all sorts of experience. Perhaps you’re a university graduate or finalist, or perhaps you didn’t go to uni at all. We’d love to hear from you. If you did, we don’t mind what you studied or where you went – you definitely don’t need to have studied advertising or marketing.

If you didn’t, we’re interested in candidates with a minimum of three years full-time experience in a workplace. This absolutely doesn’t need to be previous advertising experience, you could have worked anywhere. We’re just interested in what different perspectives and expertise you could bring.

Being a great Account Exec is all about relationships, persuasion and enthusiasm. We need people who are really good with people; at presenting, at listening and at leading.

The Academy formally begins in September 2018, but there is often the option to start working at AMV earlier if you would like to. We’ll ask you when we invite you into interview – but don’t worry about your answer: it doesn’t affect your chances either way if you can or can’t start early.

  • You are articulate, succinct and engaging: both in writing and in person
  • You are able to remain calm and logical in the face of change or when under pressure, with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • You are positive, and inspire positivity in others, whatever happens.
  • You are confident telling stories, and are comfortable presenting ideas and opinions in front of others
  • You are appreciative of creative ideas and advertising, but equally have an active interest in the world of business and clients’ business priorities.
Onwards to our company and culture…

We are AMV BBDO

We are the largest and most creatively awarded advertising agency in the UK, with a brand portfolio filled with labels that you love from across the world.

Our Culture - What we do

We create all sorts of adverts (TV, radio, outdoor, digital, social and experiential) for some of the biggest brands in the world - including Guinness, Snickers, Pepsi Max, Mercedes-Benz and Virgin Holidays.

We work with 92 brands - their marketing departments tell us exactly what their business challenges are and what they want to achieve. It's then our job to devise both the strategy and 'creative' (what everything will actually look like) for an appropriate advertising campaign. If and when the brand loves it, we'll go and make it - before unveiling it to the general public and hopefully making our clients very happy.

AMV is the UK office of the BBDO network, the third largest agency network in the world with 288 offices across 80 countries. BBDO is recognized as the world's most creative and effective agency network - having been awarded Network of the Year at Cannes five times and currently holding the title of the Gunn Report's most creative agency network.

Our core principle is super simple: 'if we look after our employees, everything else will take care of itself.'

We care about two things:

1) The quality of our creative ideas; we want each and every advert we produce - whether it's a massive TV ad or a tiny digital banner - to be as 'creative' and effective as possible.

2) We care about each other. It's vital we create as friendly and relaxed an environment as possible at AMV - because it ensures everyone feels confident enough to speak their mind and contribute to the ideas.

We don't have rigid hierarchies; we strongly believe a brilliant, effective and award-winning idea can come from everywhere including, of course, from our brand new AMV Academy recruits.

Fitting with our ethos, we'd like to think we take good care of everyone. We have a bar inside the office, which is open every night of the week and always free. The day you join, you're given the latest iPhone on an unlimited contract (which you're welcome to use for personal purposes as well as work ones). We offer free cooked breakfast every day - and free snacks and drinks all the time.

In addition, every other Thursday is 'Treat Thursday': when boxes and boxes of Krispy Kremes, ridiculously tasty brownies or sausage rolls fresh from the nearby Borough Market, arrive on everyone's desks. Everyone receives full BUPA Health and Dental cover, and can enjoy free personal training sessions and subsidised company yoga classes.

We have our own tennis, football and netball teams - and give everyone 2 extra days of annual leave per year for volunteering. The office closes at 3pm on Fridays during summer months, and we're famous for holding some of the biggest Xmas and Summer parties in the industry.

Once a month, the whole agency comes together in our bar area for a 'Bar Meet', where we watch all the new ads we've produced over the last month, celebrate the achievements and successes of teams - and also those of specific individuals who have gone above and beyond their line of duty. Every month, a number of prizes are awarded: the 'Account Man of the Month' (nominated by line managers) is given £200 cash and two teams are given budget to go for a lovely meal (and, often, crazy drinks after!).

Outside of these, lots of less formal celebrations and recognitions take place. If a team has a particularly good day, they'll more often than not finish early and take themselves off to celebrate in a nearby pub or restaurant.

We really do believe AMV Academy training is exceptional. Your initial 6-week programme is the ultimate whistle-stop intro to the world of advertising - you meet some of the most influential & inspiring figures in the industry, spend time with our friends at Facebook and Google and shadow employees from every department in the building. We see you guys as the future leaders of both our agency and the industry: it's no coincidence that our last CEO - Ian Pearman - started as a grad here and rose to Chief Operating Officer without ever working anywhere else.

AMV is great for career progression too: the trajectory is very transparent and clear. One of the Account Management deputy heads will be responsible for your growth, and regularly checks in with you to ensure you have everything you need to excel.

What is the AMV Academy?

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You will be able to take the brands that you know and love and explore them in a whole new, different way.

AMV's amazing for all the wonderful, exciting, intelligent people you get to meet. You're challenged and invigorated every day.

Meet the Account Managers

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