Group Account Director

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Group Account Director, Hull/Hybrid Working
Up to £70k DOE + Benefits

Due to an exciting new partnership, we're looking for a Group Account Director to grow and manage our largest client account. This role will own the relationship and performance with our new client, and oversee the successful delivery of a range of performance channels across multiple brands and verticals (fashion, automotive, FMCG). The successful candidate will have extensive experience operating at director level (or equivalent), and will be looking to progress to board level within the next 12 months.


What will you be doing?

As Group Account Director, you will be tasked with building out high-performing teams, and eventually taking ownership of the pod as it transitions into a larger business unit. There is opportunity to progress to Managing Director as we expect your team to grow to 30+ members in the first 12 months. Success in this role will be determined by overall client satisfaction from our partner, growth of the team and your ability to set up and implement efficient working practices. You will be responsible for substantial media budgets (several million pounds invested per quarter) so you should inspire confidence in how we invest budget and demonstrate strong returns for the client.


On a day-to-day basis you will:

  • Work with Summit leadership team on overall client pod strategy, including the long term plan to transition the existing team from client pod into a business unit.
  • Ensure our operation is set up to meet the needs of the client. You will gather requirements and have a deep understanding of client targets and objectives to ensure we meet and exceed their expectations.
  • Build and establish a high performing, performance marketing ‘client pod’ on behalf of Summit and the client.
  • Establish best in class client management and governance across a breadth of corporate, client and brand sponsors.
  • Implement processes and ways of working for efficiency and performance across the portfolio of brands.
  • Support your senior team to troubleshoot and prioritise client delivery challenges, overseeing collaboration between delivery teams, strategy teams and client-side teams.
  • Be the trusted escalation point for the client, maintaining strong relationships at a senior level and setting the cadence for client communications.
  • Own the financial performance of the client pod, through forecasting, reporting and managing overall client P&L.
  • Set narratives for key client presentations and engagement points, supported by Senior Account Manager.



Summiteers are asked to attend our office in the C4DI complex in Hull, Fruit Market 2 days per week, the rest of the week can be done from home. For the right candidate, we may also consider greater flexibility around office time.


Job Requirements

About you

You will have extensive senior experience in managing performance marketing activity with substantial media budgets across multiple channels, ideally in an Account Director role or equivalent. You will be an inspiring, confident leader with extensive people management experience, and able to build large high performing teams from the ground up. Already working in the world of digital marketing, ideally with performance channels such as Google, you will have extensive experience of the area.


Key skills and knowledge include:

  • Strong commercial awareness and experience: previously managed P&L at director level, able to confidently manage, plan and forecast financial results and ensure profitability of the client pod.
  • Experience setting longer-term business plans and executing change management, to support the transition from client pod to business unit.
  • Able to build, leverage and manage strong relationships at all levels across internal teams, clients and partner agencies to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Strong negotiator on the best outcome for client, whilst protecting Summit.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, an engaging presenter with experience preparing materials at board level.
  • An analytical, detail orientated approach.
  • An understanding of cross-channel synergy in an ecommerce environment.
  • People and team leadership experience.
  • Ability to manage high volume workloads in a fast moving, demanding environment.
  • Ability to manage time and resource to provide the best value and performance to Summit.
  • Perform even in stressful situations and have a positive influence across the business.
  • Act with respect and integrity and treat people fairly.


What can we offer you?

At Summit, we’re friendly, professional and focused around our people. We look for candidates that embody our core values and strive for greatness. If that’s you, we can offer you progression opportunities within an established performance marketing agency where you’ll always be encouraged to think big.


As a reward for your time and dedication, we will offer you a competitive salary as well as a range of benefits including:

  • 25 days' holiday per year plus bank holidays (even more if you stick with us)
  • Your birthday off every year
  • Discounts and benefits platform (from groceries to supercars)
  • Flexible working
  • £250 per year learn something new
  • Free parking in the city centre
  • Bupa Health Cash Plan
  • Royal London pension
  • Life assurance
  • Office perks


Who are we?

Summit is a Changemaker in performance marketing and online retailing. For 22 years, we have worked with some of Europe’s most successful retailers and brands, helping them to transform their online business, growing their customer base and making them more money from retailing online.


We pride ourselves on our retail experience, business agility, genuine people and our proprietary technology, combining all of these with our performance marketing expertise to drive measurable value for our clients. More information on Summit can be found on our website: www.summit.co.uk.


If you are interested in kick-starting your online marketing career, we look forward to hearing from you. Successful candidates must have and be able to evidence their right to work in the UK. No speculative agency CVs please.


If this isn't the right role for you, check out our careers page and apply to our talent pool if nothing jumps out at you. We'd love to hear from you!