Boulder, CO
Account + Strategy – Account + Strategy /
Full-time /
Like our name implies, we’re looking for people who believe in being a work in progress in all aspects for their personal and professional lives. Who have a hunger to grow and to evolve, and to surround themselves with people who also want to grow and evolve too. You know your clients’ businesses, perhaps as well as they do, and you truly want to help them take action to achieve their goals. You’re someone who always asks why, and who their team and clients always seem to want around. You’re strategic, creative, and relentless. No detail is too small, no concept too big. You always feel that where there’s a will there’s a way, and probably, and even better way.

At WIP, you’ll find a small, independent, structurally quite flat, deeply concerned for each other, abnormally transparent, pleasantly collaborative, adamantly ego-free, agency. And you will find an account department that includes strategy within it. That’s right. At WIP, we don’t have a separate strategy department, because we believe every account person should be a highly strategic thinker. Simply put, our primary focus is to ensure we achieve our clients’ business goals, and to do it, we need to get immersed in their businesses to the point where we become viewed as part of their team. To earn this respect and trust we have to be able to think about their businesses strategically to ensure every concept we bring forward will push them one step closer to achieving their goals. 

Manager_Account + Strategy

As a Manager, you are the heartbeat of the projects you work on. You immerse yourself in the details to ensure you understand the concept and the production approach so you can manage the execution of it flawlessly. And you relentlessly look for ways to improve the process. This level of understanding allows you to prevent problems from arising, while keeping your team informed on all aspects of your projects. You quickly earn the trust and respect of your team members and the client through the actions you take every day. You’re a team player and you understand the role each person plays and how to partner with them to keep projects moving forward. You’re also a good listener, and are comfortable asking questions when you don’t understand what is being asked of you, or why. Most of all, you’re a good person, who’s highly collaborative, has no ego, and wants to be a part of making the best work of your career. If we’re describing you and the kind of place you desire, seems like we’d both be happiest if we chatted some more.

The following are the duties customary of a Manager_Account + Strategy

    • Contribute to building and shaping the culture of the agency, holding agency leadership teams accountable for taking action to prove we are a work in progress
    • Break the definition of what it is to be an “account person” by bringing value, thinking, and partnership to every department across the agency
    • Manage client relationships and satisfaction, being a positive and proactive force on the team, and leading with accountability and honesty at all times
    • Seek to intimately understand every aspect of your clients’ businesses and categories, including their individual goals and initiatives, and helping shape short-term and long-term priorities
    • Proactively bring strategic thinking to the table, including initiatives that continually pay-off a brand’s Why through action, defining key brand goals and objectives, and seeking to enhance every aspect of their business as if it were your own
    • Be accountable for the profitability of the accounts you lead, treating every dollar, whether client or agency, as if it was your own
    • Build strong, trusting relationships that are both professional and personal, including all your clients and team members from junior to C-level
    • Hold the core principles and aspects of the agency, brands, and projects you lead dear, pushing strategically and boldly to ensure they remain intact, while making key pivots that advance each initiative to the finish line
    • Work directly with account leadership to ensure they’re up-to-speed on all account initiatives/health/status/issues, and that workflow is optimized across all projects
    • Manage internal resources across all departments to ensure efficiency and to maintain momentum, and developing new processes to make things more efficient
    • Help with agency initiatives and new business activities
$53,000 - $75,000 a year

WIP Perks and Benefits
• Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, short-term disability (STD), voluntary long-term disability (LTD), and voluntary life/AD&D.
• 3% 401k contribution.
• “Unlimited” paid time off (PTO) for vacation days.
• 16 paid holidays
• 1-week summer closure in July
• 2-week agency closure in December.
• 2 weeks fully remote per year.
• Discretionary annual bonus.
Each employee receives a $1,500 personal training credit annually, known as the WIP Fund, to allow for personal or professional growth in specific interest or passion areas.

About Us
We believe every brand, and person, should be a work in progress.

It’s why the founding partners opened the agency in 2016, and why WorkInProgress helps brands boldly take action, innovate, and create to prove why they exist. Then we use those actions to create the most memorable advertising.

As an independent agency, we strive to prove that an agency can care as much about a client’s business as they do. And that advertising can play a fundamental role in building and growing a company.

We’re always looking for smart, creative, and passionate people that care more about changing a company than winning awards.

Inventors more than ad people. Problem solvers more than portfolio puffery pushers. No assholes. No egos. No hiding because you can’t do the job. No selfishness. No disrespecting people or their time. Insanely talented, yet incredibly humble. In other words, one in a million. Lucky for us, we want to stay small and independent.

Our office is located in Boulder, CO, and we require employees to work from the office Tuesdays and Thursdays.