Business Unit Director: Retail/Fashion (53 views)

Cape Town, South Africa
Jun 14, 2018

We have a fantastic opening for an experienced Business Unit Director at a superb, international, awarded advertising agency’s Cape Town office. The successful candidate will get the amazing opportunity to take over as BUD on a fast-paced Fashion Retail account. This exciting role calls for a natural leader with strong team management skills and agency experience. We’re looking for someone sussed who loves fashion and keeps up to date with global trends; someone confident, outgoing and a great communicator (both internally and with clients). The agency has a very integrated structure so will be ideally looking for a BUD that can carry conversations at a strategic level across channel instead of sitting solely in the traditional ATL space. That said, ATL is a big requirement and the candidate needs to be fully versed in the discipline.  And a big requirement is a ‘hands-on’ BUD – one who isn’t afraid to get stuck in.  The culture of the agency is such that it doesn’t allow for a ‘hands-off’ approach from business unit leads. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment and are a strategic thinker, please get in touch before this opportunity is snatched up!


  • To lead, inspire, set direction and drive the account management business unit to provide extraordinary account management service and add real value to the clients’ business.
  • Managing the delivery of exceptional creative product that meets or exceeds the clients’ business targets within the defined integrated strategic approach.
  • To ensure optimum deployment of integrated 360-degree communication, facilitate problem solving, monitor the health of the clients’ business within the agency, deliver bottom line client profitability and grow the clients’ business within the agency.
  • Manage a team of highly professional Account Directors and Account Managers.


The successful candidate must have/be:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience working for a big agency
  • BTL, ATL and Digital experience
  • Interest & experience in fashion and retail – a must
  • The ability to lead by example with strong mentoring and coaching instincts
  • Energetic with a go-getter attitude
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Brand awareness
  • Strong financial acumen
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal/leadership skills

Should you not receive a response within two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.



Salary: Negotiable