Account Executive

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Job Location
US-WA-Bellevue | US-OR-Portland | US-CA-San Francisco
United States-WA-Seattle
Public Relations

What We Need

Our Microsoft Commercial team is looking for an Account Executive to join the team! This Account Executive (AE) position is perfect for those who like to develop and pitch stories around technology empowering people and businesses to do and achieve more. We need a friendly, accountable, detail-oriented, and inquisitive individual to support communications and storytelling efforts centered on Microsoft's customer news and momentum engine.


The right candidate thrives on close collaboration with clients and teams to craft storylines and media plans and is tactful, diplomatic, and adept at finalizing materials on a tight deadline with a positive attitude. Core responsibilities for the role include creating and supporting integrated media plans, communications material development, contributing to rhythm of business processes and reporting workstreams, and building media relationships that help drive successful outcomes for client priorities. 

What you'll be doing

  • Maintaining and growing relationships with key, senior level influencers in consumer, technology and social media.
  • Identifying communication trends and educating/informing clients and agency colleagues and partners on changes and trends.
  • Monitoring, reporting and providing insight on competitor and issue-specific social media activities, unique and creative uses of social campaigns or emerging culture themes.
  • Leveraging clients’ extensive data to conceive and drive stories apart from traditional news milestones.
  • Modeling agency values, mentoring and coaching colleagues and junior staff on agency “best practices” and successful engagement with your influencers.
  • Overseeing and reinforcing consistent adherence to media management processes: media lists, coverage monitoring and industry coverage trends.
  • Maintaining and growing client relationships by contributing to the development and implementation of communication strategies, executing on projects (leading where appropriate).
  • Identifying opportunities to grow and diversify current accounts and new business efforts to include sourcing and gathering audience, industry or competitor market data.
  • Negotiating and managing client expectations and satisfaction; Assuring internal and external stakeholders are aligned. 

What you've been able to accomplish

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, English or related field is preferred, or the equivalent knowledge and/or experience
  • 2-3 years of experience in PR, preferably in an agency setting and/or within the high tech industry
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (particularly Outlook, Word, SharePoint, PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Strong analytical writing skills
  • Experience with written and developed materials, including integrated communication plans, press releases, pitches, and social media content highly desirable.


Additional Requirements:

  • Comfortable with integrated communication principles
  • Understand the role of the media
  • Interest in developing integrated communications skills incorporating digital and social media
  • High level of initiative
  • Desire to be an engaged, accessible member of a dynamic office and broader global agency community
  • Client and business environment:  Customer service orientation is a must.  Job pressure may exist from requirement of handling multiple tasks
  • Experience working globally or with colleagues in multiple locations
  • Fast-paced team environment (frequent tight deadlines, multitasking, etc.)
  • Strong presentation and consulting skills along with the ability to read, write and speak English
  • May need to work more than 40 hours per week on occasion


About Us

WE Communications:

WE is one of the largest communications and integrated marketing agencies in the world. We’re independent, we’re all about our people — both our clients and our employees — and we believe in the power of communications to move audiences to positive action. 


For more than 30 years, we have been helping translate complex innovations into powerful, persuasive stories. Our sector expertise across key verticals — including technology, healthcare, consumer, and brand purpose — translates into insights and strategies that are informed, current and credible.


We work with companies that are embracing the ever-evolving digital world to reinvent themselves, to deliver new value to their customers or reach them in new ways and ultimately improve people’s lives.



Equal Opportunity: WE provides equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against an employee or applicant because of age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, or other legally protected class status.


Diversity and Inclusion: WE values a diverse and inclusive workforce and is committed to creating a workplace where everyone thrives. We promote an atmosphere in which diversity of people and ideas are welcomed and valued. Diversity includes differences in race, religion, gender identity or expression, age, lifestyle, ethnic background and sexual orientation as well as differences in experiences and ideas.


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