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Account Executive

Publicis Groupe
London (Greater)
Closing date
8 Dec 2023

Job Details

Company Description

As Leo Burnett himself once said: “At the end of the day, we’re just people talking to people.”

And that sums up how we think. We never forget that on the other side of every screen, watching every ad or reading every tweet are people. Not just pairs of eyes with credit cards. But human beings, who want to be entertained, engaged and listened to.

Which is why we want to make work that connects on a human level. That everyone will love. Proudly populist creative work that makes people smile, laugh, cry and everything in between. Whether that’s through advertising or managing brand partnerships with our Sports + Entertainment team.
But it’s also why we believe in being decent human beings. Either to work with or to work for. Because putting people first is at the heart of everything we do.

We pride ourselves on a genuinely friendly and informal style where everyone’s invited, and the collective is more important than the individual.

Job Description

We’re looking for an Account Executive to join our team at Leo Burnett.

Specific, we’ll need your help with: 

  • Supporting the AD and AM on the implementation of client projects so that they run smoothly and efficiently, from developing timelines, co-ordinating creative client approvals to preparing materials for client-facing meetings.
  •  Coordinating and managing pre-production and post-production across a variety of campaigns in all media –across ATL Inc. Digital.
  •  Developing strong agency relationships, to ensure that work is delivered efficiently and to the highest possible standard.
  •  Working collaboratively with other roster agencies to ensure the best possible creative product across all touchpoints.
  • Building trust with clients through developing open and honest relationships.
  •  Working hand in hand with the planning team to form a strategic partnership.
  • To regularly share external inspiration and case studies both internally and with the client.
  •  To manage day to day finances and make sure all jobs are reconciled in a timely manner and are on budget.

What skills we’re after:


  •  Passionately care about great creative work. Identifying great work and articulating why.
  •  Demonstrate good creative judgement and voice your opinion within creative conversations, including internal creative reviews.
  •  Understand the difference between idea and execution.
  • Understand and interpret client feedback.
  • Provide inspiration during creative briefings with relevant references.
  •  Support creative presentations, by preparing all the stimulus to build the most compelling creative “sell” meeting for the clients.
  •  Have an understanding of the overall process for production across different channels. Working with AMs and Producers to be able to create project timing and keep these up to date throughout the project.
  •  Read trade publications and keep a finger on the pulse of new exciting work both in and out of category.


  •  Develop relationships internally with key point people in all departments and within your team. Have an infectious can-do attitude, which makes people want to come to you as they know you approach all tasks with a positive attitude.
  •  Have outstanding organisational skills, meaning you are always on the front foot with key information to hand.
  •  Ensure all your communications/interactions are clear, concise and action orientated.
  • Be curious and constantly seeking to learn.
  •  Demonstrate clear communication and listening skills.
  •  Manage your workload effectively and efficiently.


  • Share key commercial data and business information with your wider team
  • Deliver all tasks on the deadline OR flag where this is not possible to line managers in advance
  •  Begin to demonstrate an understanding of the client and Leo’s commercial landscape
  •  Demonstrate a strong sense of commercial responsibility - understanding the importance of POs and billing
  •  Learn to treat client and agency money as if your own
  • Support pitch teams with financial administration - helping to track and protect costs


  •  Represent the Agency in a professional manner at all times, with clients and external partners
  •  Understand the landscape your client is operating in and the impact that has on their communication strategy as well as understanding their target audience, their relationship with the client’s brand and how this impacts messaging within a campaign
  •  Articulate the different brand positions for your client’s key competitors
  •  Constantly consider the small details of each client interaction, to ensure Leo’s is always striving for a better working environment
  • Practice front-foot account management, planning ahead, knowing your timings inside out, knowing the team’s movements and planning around these commitments to ensure smooth project delivery
  •  Develop strong relationships with all client contacts
  •  Have excellent attention to detail. Making it your mission to know the clients brand guidelines inside and out, ensuring all presentations are delivered to the correct standard
  •  Support new business pitch teams with a can-do and proactive attitude


What qualities and behaviours we’re looking for:

  •  A desire for great work
  • Clear and concise communication style
  • A collaborative working style and infectious energy
  •  Action oriented
  • Highly organised with excellent time management
  • Passionate about great creative work and good creative judgement
  •  Persuasive presentation skills
  •  High EQ, understanding how to read people and always thinking of others.
  •  Flexible and adaptable; taking ever-changing circumstances and project demands in your stride, always the picture of calm and control.
  •  Curious, always seeking to learn from those around them

Additional information

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are a core part of our DNA at Leo Burnett. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture that encourages, celebrates, and supports our wonderfully diverse employee group irrelevant of their age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability or ethnicity. Diversity and inclusion fuel our creativity and innovation, it enables us to be 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.

We are committed to providing reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities and for candidates in our application process.  If you need assistance or adjustment due to a disability, please contact us.

The deadline to apply for this role is Friday 8th December


Publicis Groupe UK is a marketing and digital transformation business. 5,000 people and 24 agencies working together to solve client challenges and unlock growth. Our ethos – Viva la Difference – and our single Groupe structure, seamlessly delivers cross-capability teams and work that is free of silos and siloed thinking.  We deliver the best of both worlds; strong agency brands with distinct cultures that produce amazing work and a simple Groupe structure that facilitates and rewards collaboration.

We are designed to help our clients thrive, with the capabilities, the experience, and the understanding needed to help our clients unlock growth in a platform world. Our model is built to serve our clients’ ambitions, and our best-in-class talent provide solutions to the challenges our clients face.

Publicis Groupe UK clients include BT, McDonald’s, ASDA, L’Oreal, Kellogg’s, VW UK, Reckitts Benckiser, Samsung and Disney among others, encompassing six of the UK’s top 10 advertisers.

Publicis Groupe UK has multiple offices in London and has a presence in more than 100 countries and employs nearly 84,000 people worldwide.  We offer a wide range of early careers roles across areas such as; Creative, Brand Marketing, Media, PR, Data and Tech and we actively bring together the brightest talent from all walks of life, as we believe it is our ethos of Viva la Difference that helps us understand and do more – for our people and for our clients.

Interested in finding out more? Visit our Early Careers website for more info - 

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