Executive Creative Director (Merrick)

Vmly&r in Merrick, NY

  • Industry: Executive Management - Chief Executive/General Management
  • Type: Full Time
  • $217,650.00 - 217,650.00
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At VMLY&R, we create connected brands. We resist the usual ways of seeing, doing and thinking harnessing creativity, technology and culture to reimagine the entire connected consumer experience. Our goal? To create work that becomes part of peoples lives, to drive value for our clients and, in the best of cases, to impact the world.

The Executive Creative Director, Health will be responsible for the overall creative direction of the VMLY&R healthcare business. She/he will spearhead strategic creative development initiatives for both the DTC and HCP clients of VMLY&R. They will play an important role in the overall creative leadership of VMLY&R New York, as well as being an active part of the creative leadership community across VMLY&R. Their initial focus will be to ensure the healthcare work is fully engaged across the "connected brands" spectrum.

The ECD, Health will oversee and guide the creative development of all health and wellness client programs across all audiences and all engagement points. He/she will work directly with the DTC and HCP creative teams across the agency to ensure that the strategic marketing objectives of clients are met, client expectations are surpassed, and the overall VMLY&R creative reputation is enhanced. They will work with others across VMLY&R to root "connected health" platforms and disciplines into client programs.

In addition, she/he will be responsible for building and maintaining strong senior level client relationships with key health client executives and for leveraging those relationships to ensure that VMLY&R is achieving the highest levels of client satisfaction.

He/she will be responsible for mentoring and developing key creative talent in the healthcare area and helping to bring new creative and technology talent to this industry segment. They will foster greater collaboration between the health business and the VMLY&R creative community as a whole.


  • Ensure that "connected brands" disciplines (CX, emerging platform, advisory, etc.), are fully integrated into all healthcare work (both DTC and HCP)
  • Partner with senior strategy and client engagement leads to develop significant creative initiatives and foster the growth and development of the creative reputation of VMLY&R in the healthcare market
  • Act as the senior creative contact and counsel for key healthcare clients, across both the DTC and HCP markets
  • Provide creative leadership across all healthcare businesses to ensure that the agency's creative product maintains the highest standards of innovation, creativity and executional excellence
  • Play a leading role in all healthcare new business pitches, working in partnership with the senior healthcare client engagement, strategy and HCP practice leadership in these situations
  • Provide guidance in the areas of creative brief and creative work plan development, the evaluation of creative and the overall creative process related to specific program, accounts or client initiatives
  • Ensure that creative resources are effectively managed across the healthcare business
  • Manage and direct creative teams on projects related to new business, WPP Health or special client initiatives
  • Inspire and motivate the team to advance and improve creative work daily
  • Mentor and develop senior creative staff in the healthcare area, helping to raise the bar for creative talent in both the DTC and HCP areas and focusing on firmly establishing a "connected health" mindset within the group
  • Help to identify and recruit new appropriate creative and technology talent into the healthcare business, looking to provide opportunities for career development and advancement for outstanding creative talent to grow within the healthcare business and across the greater VMLY&R network
  • Lead selection of work from the healthcare business for entry into segment specific, regional and global award shows, partnering with the Chief Creative Officer, North America, Global Chief Creative Officer, and Global Communications team on publicity for work and award show entries
  • Work in collaboration with other creative leaders across the VMLY&R network to forge a strong global creative community
  • Keep CEO, VMLY&R NY informed of all progress and issues with projects, clients or creative talent in the healthcare business

Required Skills & Experience

An ECD has a lot of responsibility, garnered by many years of experience preparing for this role. Creating new value for businesses and customers requires mastery of many fields and the knowledge to deliver results.

  • BA/BS degree, or equivalent work experience
  • Proven track record of driving innovation and emerging technology into client programs and raising standards of creative excellence in the work
  • Prior experience in providing creative leadership within the context of multi-channel, multi-audience (B2C and B2B) client businesses with complex technology and regulatory considerations
  • Proven track record of working across a wide range of marketing channels, media and technologies to engage with both consumer and industry-specific audiences
  • Proven track record of developing trusted advisor relationships with key senior clients
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience within integrated marketing communications agencies, demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility
  • Strong relationship building skills with an emphasis on collaboration and strategic partnerships
  • Prior experience with clients in the health and wellness sector is a plus

In order to be effective in this endeavor, it is essential that the ECD, Health be someone who is:

  • A strong leader
  • An award-winning creative who is recognized as the 'best of the best' among his/her peers in the industry and in key markets of the region
  • An outstanding communicator and presenter
  • Collaborative and consultative in approach, working effectively with client engagement and strategy
  • Engaged in continual learning, expansion of knowledge and development of new skills and ideas
  • Excited by and thrives off of identifying and resolving complex business issues
  • A natural multi-tasker who is comfortable managing competing priorities
  • Confident in her/his ability to exercise independent judgment but who also knows when to bring the appropriate resources into the decision-making process
  • Willing to stand behind his/her decisions and exhibit the highest level of integrity
  • A solid creative expert who will serve as a mentor to her/his direct reports
  • Has a sharp eye for up-and-coming talent and knows how to attract, grow and retain outstanding creatives

As part of the WPP Group, VMLY&R offers one of the best overall compensation packages in the business.

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. VMLY&R is a M/F Disabled and Vet EEO/AA Employer .

Need Assistance? If you require reasonable accommodation or assistance for any part of the application or hiring process, please submit your request either by fax to 816-###-#### or by email to ...@vmlyr.com .

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