Associate Director

Kuala Lumpur
Brand – Brand Communications /
Full-Time /
The role is to plan, manage and oversee all work being implemented by the client and act as a source of counsel across the team. 

    • Key requirements
    • Experience in delivering projects in an agency environment coupled with exceptionally strong client servicing skills.
    • Experience delivering projects for both local and global implementations.
    • Knowledge of and experience implementing project management principles including the ability to use project timeline management tools.
    • Demonstrate ability to manage and scope digital requirements.
    • Corporate Comms experience preferred.
    • Proven experience within an agency environment.
    • Experience in data analysis.
    • Strong organization and prioritization skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and accounts at any one time and balance strategy with delivery.
    • Experienced in managing budget and resources.
    • Experienced in writing clear briefs and work orders and have the confidence to challenge agencies on approach, recommendation and costs.
    • Ability to be a strong team player, but also work autonomously and self-motivated.
    • Exceptional communication and people management skills including the ability to communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders.

    • Responsibilities
    • External – Client Servicing
    • Sustain key interface with clients and set the tone for staff in terms of client servicing expectations.
    • Have high degree of professionalism and a thorough understanding of client/agency relationships, and a solid understanding of how to manage and operate a business.
    • Provide leadership in the areas of total account management including day-to-day account activity and the provision of strategic guidance and counsel to clients that will assist clients in meeting their business objectives.
    • Proactively deliver counsel to clients
    • Manage client expectations
    • Arbitrate/help solve client problems
    • Match client needs with the team’s ability, help appoint client team.
    • Develop strategy for clients.
    • Write creative briefs.
    • Supervise team on account projects.
    • Review copy before sending to client.
    • Assist with writing and editing client presentations as needed.
    • Proactively manage under/over-service with the client through reviews
    • Cultivate business growth opportunities among existing and prospective clients.
    • Lead and contribute to new business proposals.
    • Negotiate client and vendor contracts and manage client budgeting and authorization process before beginning work.

    • Internal – The People, The Company
    • Ensure performance expectations, career development plans, and goals are set and reviewed annually during the formal performance review process for all direct reports.
    • Provide ongoing, constructive feedback to staff, consistently hold them accountable, and address underperformance in a timely manner.
    • Mentor, coach, and support all team members, and ensure you and your staff are constantly developing abilities.
    • Develop staff to become capable of assuming more senior roles.
    • Set achievable goals and tasks, delegate opportunities, and provide resources for direct reports to meet their goals, consistently measure and recognize goal achievement.
    • Oversee quality control of teams’ assignments including writing, pitching, proposals, reporting, and delivery.
    • Encourage teams to participate in and talk about company-wide initiatives.
    • Establish achievable revenue growth targets annually.
    • Understand core financial constructs including revenue, profitability, pricing structures, utilization, actuals, budgeting, and forecasting.
    • Proactively plan and maintain team structures to ensure reasonable workloads, optimized profitability, accommodation to project and budget changes, and to avoid over-servicing.
    • Accurately record your time correctly to the right project codes on a timely basis
    • Approve time, expenses, and POs accurately and regularly.
    • Use the firm’s financial system to bill clients accurately and minimize delays and adjustments.
    • Lead by example; demonstrate strong work ethic, creative abilities, and industry expertise.
    • Communicate and inspire colleagues and staff through vision, goals and strategy for client teams and guide them to produce creative and effective outcomes.
    • Set and pursue goals for you and your staff.
    • Build your leadership skills.
    • Manage conflicts well.
    • Create a climate that encourages ethical conduct and a commitment to compliance with the law.
    • Participate in and lead on the development and adoption of new products, services, intellectual property, and thought leadership materials related to your areas of expertise.

Zeno Group is the fiercely independent and global, integrated communications agency, born from PR. We bring together the boldest and brightest talent to help clients across industries and sectors unleash the power of strategic communications. Guided by our "Fearless Pursuit of the Unexpected," we push the boundaries to achieve real business value and societal impact for clients. Winner of the industry’s most coveted awards including the 2024 PRWeek U.S. Outstanding Large Agency of the Year, 2023 PRWeek Purpose Agency of the Year, 2022 PRWeek Global Agency of the Year, 2022 PRovoke Best Large Agency to Work For in North America and a three-time winner of PRWeek’s Best Places to Work. Zeno has also been previously recognized by the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Zeno is a DJE Holdings Company.
Healthy, happy employees make Zeno better, so we have programs that support physical, mental and financial wellness. Our culture and benefits are designed to promote flexibility, celebrate diversity and support work/life balance. We offer a variety of medical, dental and vision insurance with prescription plans, as well as short and long-term disability. Our Be Kind to Your Mind program focuses on mental health, providing a paid subscription to Headspace and access to mental health providers and other services through a best-in-class employee assistance program. Employees are encouraged to bring their authentic self to Zeno and participate in our employee resource groups which build communities for sharing and support. And while we love our work, we believe in the restorative power of time off with generous vacation, paid holidays and self-care time. Employees are supported in their pursuit of financial wellness with a 401(k) plan, pretax flexible spending accounts, tuition assistance, life insurance and free access to a certified financial coach. And our unique ZenoFit program provides a monthly allowance to fund activities in your personal life that bring you joy and keep you healthy. These and other benefits are available to non-temporary employees in the US.