18 May 2021

Vacancy: US-based Strategist 

We're looking to expand our team in the US. Are you passionate about pushing the industry to do better and be better? Contagious, advertising's leading authority on creativity and effectiveness, might be the spot for you.

We’re on the hunt for someone who;

  • Would revel in advising marketing teams about creativity, innovation and trends

  • Is fascinated by the future of advertising and marketing

  • Has brilliant presenting, writing and facilitating skills

  • Would be happy and effective working remotely in the US on a full-time basis

  • Wants to be part of a collaborative, dynamic and hard-working team

If you’d like to apply, please carefully read the outline below and send a cover letter with your CV to [email protected]. Applications close on Friday 4th June.

Overview /

We strive to inspire marketers to do the best work of their lives. And so we’re looking for someone with a good gut, a sharp brain and on-point communication skills to bring Contagious insights and perspective to our growing roster of US agencies and clients through our advisory team.

This is an ideal role for someone interested in the future of marketing & advertising, who wants to work as part of a small team of agile group thinkers. Don’t want to live in New York or LA? No problem. Our North American strategists are able to operate remotely out of any city in the US. While we’re a hard-working and tight knit team, we’re respectful of work-life balance and more interested in high quality work getting done on time and to brief than we are in the office based 9-5.

The Role /

Strategists at Contagious advise marketers on creative effectiveness, trends and innovation. Working at the heart of our Advisory team our Strategists are central to everything we do in this area of our business. You’ll use your experience and knowledge in tandem with Contagious research, tools and services to help our clients create more effective work.

You’ll support other members of the Advisory team in the US and UK with research, analysis and organisation. And there will also be opportunities to contribute to other parts of the business such as writing for Contagious Magazine, speaking at our events (e.g. Most Contagious, Contagious Livestream) and delivering Contagious briefings.

Context /

  • There are five levels within our Advisory operation: Assistant Strategist, Associate Strategist, Strategist, Senior Strategist and Lead Strategist, and this opening is for a mid-level strategist

  • Strategists report directly into the Head of Advisory, but you will be expected to support the senior team members on major projects and when ready, steer your own projects too. 

  • Developing effective, positive working relationships with your immediate colleagues as well as the members of our content, commercial & operations teams is a must

  • The role demands breadth and depth of knowledge of the business of brands, marketing and the media/tech ecosystem, and the role of creativity

  • While we are working remotely at present, domestic and international travel will be expected

  • In addition to client work you will have the opportunity to represent and promote Contagious at industry events and in guest articles

  • The role requires that you act as an ambassador for Contagious at all times

Responsibilities /

Presenting, Writing, Facilitating

  • Writing, building and delivering best-in-class presentations to Contagious style and standards 

  • Writing thought leadership articles and reports for clients

  • Constructing clear and engaging narratives throughout

  • Participating in workshops as a second facilitator and playing an active role in workshop design

Research, Analysis, Problem Solving

  • Staying abreast of Contagious content and aware of the key themes the content team is pursuing at all times

  • Clear understanding of the basic working of clients - both agency and brands - in order to provide topline guidance and advice

  • Deconstructing campaigns and brand strategy at a granular level, explaining articulately why insights, strategy and executional ideas are crucial to the success of the work, referencing category dynamics and trends

  • Joining the dots between Contagious Intelligence and knowledge, and client challenges in order to help solve problems and identify opportunities

Project Delivery and Client Relationships

  • Driving and delivering small and medium sized projects to time and from end-to-end with minor involvement from senior members

  • Playing a supporting role on larger projects, helping senior team members optimise their workload

  • Driving projects so that clients expectations are met and surpassed.

  • Building project plans that outline timings and deliverables

  • Creating effective working relationships with key managers and the other operating teams within the business

The ideal skills, experience and attitude for this role include /

  • High attention to detail 

  • Knowledge of key marketing theory 

  • Confident communicator; in person, on screen, on stage, on paper

  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills – particularly PowerPoint 

  • Two to three years’ relevant experience 

  • Team Player 

  • Enthusiastic about our subject matter and always curious to learn more

Additional Skills /

  • Industry qualifications with IPA / APG / CIM etc. looked upon favourably

  • Experience of writing for industry titles a bonus

Why Join Us?

  • The world’s leading authority on advertising creativity

  • The opportunity to progress your career at a fast growth company

  • A dynamic working culture that values hard-work and respects work-life balance

  • A truly positive, thoughtful, brave & collaborative organisation

The ideal mindset to thrive at Contagious /

  • Highly collaborative – understands the value of being part of one team

  • Helpful & considerate towards managers, colleagues & all team members

  • Share thoughts & opinions constructively

  • Take personal responsibility

  • Solve challenges

  • Share solutions

  • Be hungry to learn & improve

  • Seek help & feedback – readily and in good time

About Contagious /

At Contagious we are on a mission to inspire and enable contagious creativity. The kind that adds value to people’s lives, grows brands and spreads like wildfire.

Through objective advice and analysis of the world’s very best marketing ideas we help deliver the knowledge, culture and skills required for our customers to see creativity thrive across their businesses.

Delivered via our online intelligence platform, advisory services and events, our insight helps marketers learn from the best, so that they can be the best. Put simply, we believe that creativity kicks the living crap out of non-creative work when it comes to selling stuff.


To apply, please send a cover letter and your CV to [email protected]

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