Public Relations Account Director (357 views)

Cape Town South Africa
Sep 4, 2018

Moon Walk/Publicis Machine

Born out of digital, integrated communications agency Publicis Machine is home to 100 adventurous minds.  The agency combines incisive strategy, award-winning creativity and cutting edge technology to transform their client’s business. It is represented in both Johannesburg and Cape Town and features additional talent across four specialist pillars: Narrative (content marketing), Answered (research), Moon Walk (public relations), and Nurun (technology specialist).

Moon Walk is the Public Relations division within Publicis Machine, specialising in strategically led public relations across multiple platforms. We have a variety of blue chip clients and offer both consumer and business to business PR.

Moon Walk is looking for an experienced Account Director to join a talented crew, who will actively contribute towards growing the agency into an award winning and reputable PR organization.

Job Description:

The Account Director will oversee all client management teams, and report into the Head of PR. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting in the formulation of PR strategies, overseeing the execution of well conceptualised PR campaigns, ensuring overall quality and frequency of relevant deliverables. The Account Director will assist in management of the commercials of the PR business, and ensure all work is delivered within budget, and within the stipulated deadline. Moon Walk operates in an integrated agency environment – previous experience in an integrated environment is preferable.



  • Relevant PR tertiary/communications qualification 
  • 6 years plus of experience in PR agency
  • Solid understanding of the South Africa media and Influencer landscape
  • Computer literate, PowerPoint, Excel, Word
  • Strong writing, communication and admin skills
  • Confident individual with excellent presentation skills
  • An excellent grasp of the English language
  • Excellent editing and proof checking abilities
  • Must be able to work well in a team
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to thrive in a deadline driven industry
  • Willingness to travel when required
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Experience within an integrated agency environment


Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage Moon Walk overall client portfolio – key client contact.
  • Manage and grow business on existing and new clients
  • Develop and manage teams responsible for all retainer and project clients. This includes oversight of strategy and driving the implementation on time and within budget.
  • Ensuring client teams are abreast of all relevant channels (media and influencer) and opportunities therein.
  • Ensure teams operate on time and on budget whilst ensuring accurate & timeous timekeeping
  • Drive innovative thinking in order to deliver benchmark PR thinking across all clients
  • Ensuring you have visibility of client health across all accounts and proactively managing client expectations.
  • Grow team culture and synergy with a management style that rewards performance and team effort
  • Facilitate problem solving

Personal Characteristics:

  • Client focused
  • Hard working
  • Specifically motivated by a desire to add value to a client.
  • Analytical with the ability to review campaign results, understand them and identify opportunities/learnings for improvement.
  • Willingness to learn and grow as a manager
  • Team player.
  • Problem solver.
  • Prepared to work long hours when necessary.
  • Works well under pressure

Salary: Negotiable