Associate Director (12 Month FTC / Mat Contract)
101 Wood Lane, London, W12 7FW

Company Description

We’re a values-based business built around a philosophy of  DO | FEEL | THINK. For our people, it encourages them to DO IT, to FEEL BELONGING and to THINK INDEPENDENTLY, creating a vibrant environment where our people can do the best work of their careers.

We use DO | FEEL | THINK to inspire our clients too. We want clients to show their values to the world through the acts they create digitally and in real life, helping to generate greater emotional connection with their products and brands, and creating audience relationships built on true Belief.

How do we do it? By connecting the modern key Belief drivers of PR, Sustainability, Employer Brand, and Digital Influence – all crucial to helping businesses win in our increasingly values-based world. It all adds up to a vision of creating a progressive and connected creative agency that helps clients find new ways to grow. 

Our Commitment
Diversity and inclusion is a core part of who we are at MSL. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture that encourages, celebrates and supports our wonderfully diverse employee group – whatever their age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability or ethnicity. Diversity and inclusion doesn’t just fuel our creativity and innovation, it brings us closer to our people and audiences. We will continue to strive to create a culture and environment where everyone feels empowered and more importantly comfortable enough to bring their full, authentic selves to work. 

Job Description

We are looking for a brilliant Associate Director to join our PR team.

You will provide a strong vision and leadership alongside the senior team.

  • You will be responsible for managing client accounts and providing senior counsel alongside Directors on all strategic matters relating to the client and their industry.
  • You will be responsible for identifying and resolving any client / budget / team issues in a timely manner. 
  • Work alongside Directors to manage budgets, staffing and servicing levels to ensure continued profitability and utilisation on accounts. 
  • Hold regular account review meetings with the account team (and with wider experts where applicable) to ensure client service standards are maintained. 
  • Responsible for motivating internal teams and leading by example; ensuring existing and new team members are effectively inducted, trained, developed and motivated to deliver the best work for our clients. 
  • Setting the strategy and plan for communications programmes and leading MSLs internal account teams to deliver these programmes successfully. 
  • Demonstrate thought leadership and ability to sell in programs.
  • You will act as an ambassador for the division and for MSL as a whole by proactively developing relationships – both internally and externally with key industry figures – to help raise MSL’s profile. 


  • Experience in similar roles within a large communications agency environment and working across large accounts as well as managing multi-stakeholder accounts. 
  • Proven strategic and creative ability to develop campaigns. 
  • Strong finance management, commercially astute, and budgeting skills. 
  • Outstanding leadership skills with proven ability to manage and inspire people internally and externally. 
  • Excellent negotiation and presentation skills. 
  • Excellent writing and editing skills. 
  • A good understanding of social media platforms and ability to advise clients on digital strategies, content and measurement. 
  • Demonstrating the ability to grow existing business. 
  • Ability to always add value and make a real difference.
  • A great communicator and collaborator, with people of all levels. 
  • Self-aware, shows personality, challenges when appropriate, works well with others and leads by example. 
  • Proven ability to positively manage people and teams, internally and externally to achieve the very best results

Additional Information

MSL has fantastic benefits on offer to all of our employees. In addition to the classics, Pension, Life Assurance, Private Medical and Income Protection Plans we also offer;

  • HELP@HAND BENEFITS 24/7 helpline to support you on a personal and professional level. Access to remote GPs, mental health support and CBT. Wellbeing content and lifestyle coaching.
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY POLICIES We provide 26 weeks of full pay for the following family milestones: Maternity. Adoption, Surrogacy and Shared Parental Leave.
  • FLEXIBLE WORKING, BANK HOLIDAY SWAP & BIRTHDAY DAY OFF You are entitled to an additional day off for your birthday.
  • GREAT LOCAL DISCOUNTS This includes membership discounts with Soho Friends, local restaurants and retailers in Westfield White City and Television Centre.

Full details of our benefits will be shared when you join us!

Publicis Groupe operates a hybrid working pattern with employees being office-based on Mondays and two other days during the working week.

We are supportive of all candidates and are committed to providing a fair assessment process. If you have any circumstances (such as neurodiversity, physical or mental impairments or a medical condition) that may affect your assessment, please inform your Talent Acquisition Partner.

We will discuss possible adjustments to ensure fairness. Rest assured, disclosing this information will not impact your treatment in our process.


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