SVP - Technology

US-TX-Austin
Job ID
7966
United States-TX-Austin
Category
Public Relations

Overview

We are looking for a Senior Vice President / Vice President to join our team in Austin. The ideal candidate is a seasoned communicator who thrives in an environment where passion, creativity and curiosity are valued. You have experience managing large accounts, excellent relationships with business and technology journalists and influencers, and a special place in his/her heart for technology (and how technology intersects with the broader market…from consumers to healthcare and beyond).

You’re someone who understands how to develop and motivate junior staff AND how to work with senior executives at Fortune 500 companies. You have a passion for client service, staff development and the wide world of influence, as well as a keen interest in relationship building, in audience and in measuring results.

WE will give you a utility belt of tools and gadgets that will help you be flexible, nimble and do your best work. You will sit in a lively workspace and learn from some of the sharpest minds in the biz, from media giants who move the needle to people who invented the word “disruption.” WE employees are driven by passion for innovations that are transforming the world around us. Proudly independent, we answer only to clients and employees. We think freely, plan strategically, act nimbly and WE have fun.

Responsibilities

 Client and Business Management

  • Develop and implement a strategic corporate communications plan to advance the client’s brand identity, broaden awareness of its programs and priorities and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences
  • Act as an effective advisor to senior clients and develops long term partnerships effectively communicating recommendations and insights to advance their business
  • Foster on-going, valuable relationships with key media and influencers, serving as a critical connection between industry thoughts leaders and client stakeholders
  • Stay ahead of the trends in how businesses communicate in multiple commercial environments and advising clients on where they need to focus their resources selling into enterprise clients
  • Demonstrate deep understanding of enterprise customers, B2B environments, and cloud computing. Includes understanding of the enterprise, developer, and IT audiences
  • Integrate corporate communications strategy with wide range of communications channels and infuse insights gathered via corporate program in larger communications efforts
  • Work collaboratively across sectors – leading in Technology but representing people and staff across Healthcare, Consumer, Services and Operations.

 Agency and Team Leadership

  • Oversee a team anchored in the Austin office and with key team leaders in other offices that provides high-quality integrated communications services; sustaining the agency's growth by attracting and developing people through coaching, mentoring, and active team and Austin office leadership
  • Contribute to the expansion of WE's Austin technology and corporate communications offerings and opportunities, actively representing WE in the Austin market
  • Collaborate and partner with other business leads to integrate & drive best results
  • Lead by influence and opportunity, rather than by command and control – build cross-functional teams to meet client and market demands, integrate with Sector and Service leads and teams

 Business Development

    • Champions WE in the Austin market, evangelizing our presence, leadership and vision. Helps WE increase relevance and top-of-mind place in Austin technology and communications circles.
    • Generates, pursues, and secures new business opportunities across sectors in alignment with NA client growth strategies
    • Seeks out and develops organic growth opportunities within existing accounts and aids other local teammates in identifying new revenue streams in their accounts

ATTRIBUTES

  • Demonstrated extensive, strong campaign experience on behalf of major brands. Showcased broad reaching and expansive approaches that provide clear business impact.
  • Highly networked and respected within the communications industry. Active on social platforms and able to use profile for business impact.
  • High working knowledge of Creative, Content, Social, Digital, Research and Data & Analytics across the technology communications spectrum
  • A sense of urgency, the ability to deal with ambiguous situations, a strategic view but also willing to roll up your sleeves and dig in to the work to drive impact
  • Deep understanding of wide range of communications channels, tools, and vehicles spanning paid, owned, and earned platforms including social platforms
  • Talented at influencing and leading people and teams; highly motivated, team builder. Able to effectively lead and manage teams, build client relationships, across multiple time zones.
  • Established strong relationships, high bandwidth communicator with excellent collaboration abilities with other sector leads, regional leads and team members.
  • Problem solving versus problem identification mentality, able to build and implement solutions.
  • Diplomatic, high influencing capability, persuasive approach to change. Brings others along.

Qualifications

 

  • 10+ years experience in field of communications including 5+ years’ experience leading a practice or sector area.
  • At least 10 years' experience in technology communications or related area of expertise; recognized thought leader in the industry. Strong POV on where the industry is going.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, business Administration or similar applicable field is preferred
  • Deep understanding of financial models, agency metrics for success, ability to evaluate business opportunities through a strong financial lens. Previous experience with high-level decision making in all aspects of business management, client relationships, etc.
  • Previous experience working in multiple regions and deep relationships with a variety of stakeholders to draw on; ability to adapt to and operate with cultural nuance depending on the circumstances. Ability to be a magnet for clients, partners, employees.
  • Proven ability to attract, develop and retain strong leaders and scale efforts through a team. Track record for building lasting teams that are highly skilled and have staying power.

ENVIRONMENT

  • Fast-paced team environment (frequent tight deadlines, multitasking, etc.)
  • Open office environment with a diverse team (flat structure).
  • High travel requirements and ability to be in market frequently.
  • Experience working globally or with colleagues in multiple locations, ability to travel up to 25%

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