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Account Manager, Rugby World Cup 2019 – Octagon
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Job Type: Contract
Job Reference: AAKW-872450
Closes: 7th September 2017
Published: 7th July 2017
Account Manager, Rugby World Cup 2019 – Octagon
Octagon is the world’s largest sports & entertainment agency with over 30 years in sports marketing, sponsorship and athlete & talent representation. With instincts founded on smarts and grounded in experience, Octagon has the right blend of brains and creativity to predict, produce and perform for some of the world’s best brands and talent. With a passionate team of 800+ around the world, the agency works with famous brands such as Budweiser, Delta, Playstation, Standard Chartered, and more.
The Account Manager (AM) is responsible for overseeing all the day-to-day activities and project management duties related to the planning and execution of Mastercard’s Rugby World Cup 2019 sponsorship. The AM will have a high level of interaction with clients and other stakeholders. The AM must be a strong project manager who is thoroughly organized and detail-oriented. The AM will work closely with their AD, but will be expected to work independently, make decisions, and take ownership to ensure successful management and fulfilment of key project outcomes.
Local day to day contact with RWCL counterpart at equal level
Support with development, approval, management and activation of all host country events such as the announcement of the partnership, roadshows, workshops and experiential activation
Oversee Mastercard program approvals with RWCL on RWC initiatives and ambassadors
Work in conjunction with global team to build marketing toolkits for local market in Japanese
Support host country player/ambassador appearances
Build and manage robust event management tools and support AD in the creation of a project plan
Support activation strategies throughout the year
Manage branding, including sourcing, approval, production and logistics
Help manage asset allocation program and tracking of assets for all regions
Manage vendors, partners to ensure proper coordination of program logistics
Leads relationship with third parties whilst reviewing, evaluating and negotiating basic contracts with vendors, properties, etc.
Oversees multiple project work-streams from development through execution
Drives project forward whilst managing client expectations at both the local and global level
Communicate project status, successes or issues to AD
Client (External / Internal Relations)
Serve as the key liaison between Mastercard Japan and the Global Sponsorships lead
Build relationship and manage requests from Mastercard Japan in relation to RWC2019
Primary duty is to cultivate relationships with current clients as primary contacts
Regular interface with clients at appropriate level and attendance at relevant meetings
Deliver complex client relation activities, including presentations
Daily client contact at multiple levels
Regularly reports status & issues to Snr Management (usually AD)
Has fundamental understanding of client objective and goals
Captures key insights and learnings
Plan execution, and participation in strategic planning
Supports senior staff in all planning for clients
Encouraged to recommend strategic ideas to senior staff
Responsible for research and development of budgets for senior review
Demonstrates ability to express independent thought
Expresses new ideas and concepts
Uses agency resources to ensure creative process
Staff Management / Leadership
Demonstrates leadership in assigning / following tasks and deadlines
Previous experience managing staff on project to project basis
Handles staff development, coaching and mentoring whilst resolving team issues
Ensures conclusions and actions are timely and accurate
Keeps the broader project team in the loop on key developments
Knowledge / Expertise
Moderate number of connections within industry, vendors, etc.
Developing understanding of industry fundamentals; also developing an area of expertise
Written / Verbal Communication
Conducts one-to-one communication with Client
Leads and influences conversations
Presents to small groups
Reviews and improves work of subordinates – POV’s memo’s competitive reports, etc.
Supports in the creation of client documents – work requires minimal revisions from supervisor
Qualifications & Skills
3 – 6 years’ experience in a client or agency role with a background of managing top tier sponsorships – from rights managements, to the development, integration and implementation of associated consumer marketing strategy
A demonstrated ability to put new systems in place to ensure smooth running of the account
Exposure to Financial Services industry is an advantage
Must be proficient in both Japanese & English at the Business level (Verbal & Written)
Well developed skills:
Computer Software (MS Office)
Presentation skills development
Produces greater range of client facing documents
Excellent communication skills (English & Japanese at Business Level)
Strong budget management
Understanding client and business moving parts
The successful candidate will be offered a base salary that commensurate with experience and reflecting the demands and seniority of this role.
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