Senior Strategist

San Francisco

The job:

Swirl is seeking a Senior Strategist with retail brand experience to join our growing team. You will play a critical role in leading the strategic conversation on several large, innovative retail clients and will be responsible for guiding all strategic activities, services, and thought products Swirl offers. The Senior Strategist is charged with distilling and analyzing client and industry research —and synthesizing relevant key learnings with seasoned strategic judgement—to inform creative briefs, customer journey documentation, strategic communications plans and other guidance documents that will ultimately define the course of work as it moves through various channels of the agency. The position requires considerable strategic experience, proven effectiveness as a leader, high levels of resourcefulness, initiative, inventiveness, and entrepreneurial zeal. This role will work very closely alongside Account Management, Creative leads, CX/UX and Technology teams to help build a strong client relationship. 

We’re looking for people with:

-7– 10 years in an Agency environment or equivalent client-side experience in a strategic discipline
-Experience and confidence guiding and executing the entirety of the strategic process, from kickoff to deliverable, across a span of projects ranging from campaigns to high-level strategic initiatives
-Entrepreneurial thinker and do-er; comes up with a plan before being asked and doesn’t wait for instruction
-Superior writing and vocabulary skills with a portfolio of work to prove these skills have been honed across an array of briefs and strategic positioning documents
-Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills    
-Detail-oriented, even-tempered personality with clear communication skills                                  
-A skilled diplomat who brings passion and drive to each aspect of their job
-A discipline to bring rigor to the process; with healthy dose of flexibility as required for success
-Bachelor’s Degree; preferably with a marketing, advertising or psychology background
-Strong command of MS Office Suite, especially in PowerPoint; Mac/PC fluency required; basic working experience of Adobe CS, Omnigraffle and/or Sketch a plus

Who are we?

Swirl! Founded in 1997, at the epicenter of the digital revolution, Swirl is independently owned and independent in spirit. With headquarters in San Francisco’s majestic Presidio National Park, it’s a full-spectrum ideas agency: advertising, marketing, communications, retail experiences, and brand actions – with an added dimension of a 1,400 acre back yard. We believe: in people first, in collaboration, and in a healthy and passionate culture. We also believe that brand success in the 21st century will be rooted in brand actions and our clients range from national and international brands such as Microsoft Stores, DocuSign, CA Technologies, Juniper Networks, Box, Cool Effect, and Peet's Coffee, to regional favorites, like Walt Disney Family Museum, The Marine Mammal Center, The San Francisco YMCA, and PG&E.

What you can expect from us:

-A culture of excellence
-Passionate colleagues
-Fair compensation
-Exciting collaborative environment
-A forum to have your ideas heard and built upon
-Access to executive leadership
-Autonomy and the room to make decisions
-The runway to maximize your ability
-A great culture for the fun and curious
-Training to continue to improve and grow