Programme Director

Sovereign & Bale
04 Feb 2017
04 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Sovereign & Bale are looking for a programme director holds increasing responsibility for account management, client relations, communications strategy and people management. He/she handles a wide range of assignments and offers effective counsel to clients on complex issues and problems, as well as contributing to the
good functioning of our clients internal responsibilities.

• College or university degree or equivalent
• Minimum six or seven years in public relations or a relevant field
• Senior-level writing, presentation and strategic/creative skills
• Superior knowledge/expertise in one or more functional specialities and/or business sectors
• Strong network of contacts in public relations or relevant field
• Industry knowledge and familiarity with current affairs
• Ability to work 7.5 hours a day, Monday to Friday, making a total of 37.5 hours per week with core hours of 10.00am to 4.30pm
• Due to the nature of the industry you are expected to be flexible and may be required to work outside of these hours including, at times, weekends

Business Development
• Contribute to business development by identifying opportunities, pursuing leads, writing programmes and proposals, marketing and participating in professional associations
• Leverage network of contacts to identify and enhance business opportunities
• Enthusiastically educate clients about company’s products and services
• Market his or her specialised knowledge/expertise/capabilities through appropriate channels
• Contribute to the business strategy of their practice group and deliver in line with it Consulting Process
• Ensure that client's needs and expectations are understood and managed
• Challenge client briefs
• Establish client service objectives and create a plan to fulfil these objectives
• Lead formal client meetings and brainstorms
• Develop strategies and provide senior-level client counsel
• Implement large client plans on time and in budget
• Ensure full understanding of the scientific aspects of programmes by self and team members as necessary
• Consult on important and difficult issues in area of specialisation or field of expertise
• Research and write sophisticated materials
• Plan creative events and programmes and supervise their implementation
• Ensure quality control for finished product delivery
• Manage client crises and issues
• Develop a good understanding of the role of public relations and discuss importance with client, if required

Team Management
• Build client teams, including bringing relevant resources onto team from
• Distribute and supervise workload among more junior team members
• Clearly communicate all time and budget guidelines to team members
• Provide guidance to junior staff within the group General and Financial
• Contribute to the internal functioning by leading or playing an active role for various initiatives
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of practice economics and profitability in the management of accounts and mandates
• Raise awareness about specialised knowledge/expertise/capabilities throughout

  • Complete time sheets accurately on a weekly basis and help junior team members to do likewise
  • Assume responsibility for profitability of designated client programmes:
  • Develop, manage, adhere to and reconcile budgets, ensuring senior team members informed of any variations or issues
  • Pro actively re-cost and renegotiate budgets with client when scope of work changes
  • Prepare invoices
  • Timely and accurate recording and approval of time and costs, including suppliers and freelancers
  • Forecast accurately and alert senior team members to relevant variations
  • Accurate capacity planning, in line with budgets, and identify and highlight capacity needs to senior team members
    • Negotiate basic new budgets with clients

    HR Management
    • Contribute to the development of members of team or practice group
    through direct line management of other editorial team members
    • Identify and monitor team issues and suggest solutions to senior team members
    • Set and achieve high-performance expectations that are motivating and results oriented
    • Provide constructive feedback to team members

General and Financial
• Ability to set and manage multiple priorities based on relative importance and urgency
• Ability to set and manage budgets, as well as prepare invoices
• Strong analytical skills
• Strategic writing skills
• Excellent meeting facilitation and presentation skills
• Ability to develop communication plans and/or programmes
• Broad knowledge of therapy areas, including established professional relationships with a network of opinion leaders
Consulting Process
• Ability to successfully manage client-consultant relationships
• Ability to learn quickly about the needs of clients and their service requirements
• Ability to identify, communicate and propose solutions for any client service problems that may arise
• Ability to manage day-to-day accounts, from mandate definition to budget development and through to invoicing, ensuring timely delivery to client deadlines
Business Development
• Skilled in new business development; can work with team members to identify and capitalise on business opportunities
• Strong networking capabilities HR Management
• Demonstrated potential for leadership capacity

• Strong organisational skills, including ability to prioritise and to balance multiple mandate priorities and demands
• Team player; willing to share information and ideas
• Flawless attention to detail and excellent quality- control skills
• Professional and mature attitude and demeanour
• Works with a sense of urgency and ability to work under reasonable pressure
• Adaptable to different client situations and cultures

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