Junior Strategist

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About UnitedUs

We’re a brand agency that’s driven by generating a tangible difference. By bringing together shared aspirations and purpose to create brands that empower change. 

Our foundations of thorough research and analysis underpin our strategies, enabling our brands and campaigns to have a lasting and positive impact on the commercial and community success of our clients.

 

About the role

Strategy and planning are a vital part of our offering at UnitedUs, they form the foundation of every project we work on, as we strive to build lasting, trusted relationships with our clients.

We’re looking for a Junior Strategist to join us in fostering strategy and planning excellence so that together, we can reach the potential of our global clients, whilst enjoying the journey.

 

What you’ll be doing

No two days will ever look the same but here’s an idea of what your responsibilities will look like:

 

Strategy and planning

  • Attend briefing sessions with our strategy and planning, and project management team, as and when required.

  • Accrue data and analyse it through relevant quantitative and/or qualitative methods and tools (e.g. brand, positioning, competitors, and more.)

  • Working alongside the strategy and planning team, use your analysis to identify meaningful insights that will inform our brand strategies.

  • Using the guiding principles of a brand strategy, generate actions that a business should take across all aspects of its brand (language, design, culture, operations).

  • Be able to communicate all of the above in the form of clearly written documents that have a strong, compelling narrative.

  • Support the strategy and planning team in preparing for and holding meetings or workshops.

 

Relationship development

  • Develop positive relationships with our clients that enable us to understand the intricate nuances of their business and its organisational culture.

  • Take a proactive role in developing existing client relationships, identifying growth opportunities for them along the way.

  • Using your knowledge and expertise, help respond to ad-hoc requests from clients who have identified a need for support outside of brand strategy development (e.g. campaigns, playbooks, guides).

  • Develop positive relationships with our wider team that enable you and them to collaborate in an effective, respectful and friendly manner.

 

Team development

  • Inform, develop and deliver our strategy and planning function; both for ourselves and our clients, so that we consistently improve.

  • Contribute to the creative, cultural and operational development of the strategy and planning, as well as the wider team.

  • Support the Strategy Director in developing internal materials, content, frameworks and training to build the agency’s top-level understanding of strategy and planning.

  • Share best practices, knowledge and best-in-class examples external to the agency that inspire you, or that you think we can learn from.

 

What makes a great strategist

Someone who can:

  • Balance and cultivate their logic (research, data and insights) and creative thinking (concepts, ideas). A desire to use this thinking on any brief that comes their way.

  • View the business and creative world with an open mind, soaking up new ideas, seeking out new opportunities, and connecting them with our client’s strategies.

  • Ask the right questions about everything, fulfilling their insatiable curiosity to learn everything there is to know about a given business, person, culture, trend etc.

  • Take the complex (whether it be a data set or terminology-heavy whitepaper), and turn it into something with a simple and compelling narrative.

  • Turn their attention to the detail, making sure that high standards of work are upheld for every client we’re working with.

  • Take full ownership and responsibility of their work across multiple projects, effectively managing their workload using clear organisational skills.

  • Practice emotional intelligence to build and nurture relationships with our global clients and the wider team, including active listening and pragmatic feedback.

  • Bring their interests and passions into their work and the wider team, taking pride in who they are and the value they bring.

  • Above all, leverage curiosity and reason to help organisations connect the dots in new ways.

 

Role requirements: 

Essential

  • A high standard of English language, written and spoken

  • A high standard of IT skills and Mac proficiency

 

Desirable

Previous experience in:

  • Research includes accruing data through various methods, and analysing this data to form meaningful insights.

  • Strategy and/or planning development.

  • Branding, marketing and/or communications.

 

It’s important to note that we have included the essential criteria here, but if you think you can do an amazing job, yet don’t have everything on this list, we’d still love to hear from you.

 

Benefits and provisions

At UnitedUs, we are dedicated to continuously reviewing and improving our benefits package to offer the best that we can for our team. This package includes:

  • Summer Time (Fridays off in August)

  • Up to two additional weeks off at Christmas

  • Complimentary use of the UnitedUs Palm Penthouse for one weekend a year

  • Personal development budget

  • Regular team events and activities

 

What happens next

  1. We will invite you to an informal first interview that will allow you to share a little about yourself, and for us to do the same. We will ask you more about your experience, interests and aspirations, as well as why you’re interested in working with us.

  2. If you’re successful at your first interview, we will invite you to a second interview which will last a little longer, and involve a brief task so you can showcase your abilities and we can get an insight into how your mind works.

  3. Thereafter, we will contact you with the outcome of your second interview within a week.

 

We are an equal opportunities employer

At UnitedUs, we celebrate diversity, inclusivity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race including colour, ethnic or national origins and nationality, religion or belief or sexual orientation.

 

We are here to support you

As part of this process, we want you to demonstrate your full potential. So if you need an alternative way of applying, for example, to find out more about roles and responsibilities, interview adaptations, or anything else, then we will support you, just let us know.

 


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