Business Director - PR

  • Auckland

Colenso BBDO was recently awarded the #1 spot in the Directory Big Won rankings, among a whole host of other accolades. That’s #1 in the world.

At heart, we’re a bunch of creative troublemakers and we’re looking for a talented Business Director to come and join us. This is a key role within the Experiential & Activations team, responsible for the delivery of top quality integrated PR campaigns for Colenso BBDO clients as well as working with the Head of Activation & PR to drive the agency’s PR offering. If you’re frustrated about not being able to affect change and push beyond convention, then you need to look seriously at this opportunity.

As Business Director, you will be an ongoing interface between clients and the agency. It is a hands-on role requiring you to deliver solution-focused service to key clients. And while you will primarily be involved in the management and implementation of PR programmes you will also be required to develop concepts and ideas for campaigns and to identify revenue opportunities to develop with the Head of Activation and PR.

We have an impressive roster of clients which this role will work across. You will be required to use your initiative and experience to identify and develop new business opportunities for the clients that you work on. You’d be joining to agency at an exciting time as they deliver omni-channel Customer Experiences and find new, innovative ways to engage with consumers.

This is a pivotal role, with big rewards and tangible goals.


• To manage and lead day-to-day client activity on PR projects
• To provide practical and strategic guidance to the agency on PR ideas and concepts
• To drive the successful financial performance of your clients
• To help in develop ‘best practice’ systems and processes for delivering PR programmes
• To champion PR (and experiential activity) with clients and within the agency

• Outstanding communications skills – both written and verbal
• An in-depth understanding of current / modern PR techniques and practices
• The ability to successfully develop and pitch editorial stories to a variety of key media
• Good media contacts and relationships – or the ability to develop them
• Strong relationship skills with the aim of maintaining and developing internal and external relationships
• The ability to manage and inspire your team and the people who work with you
• A passion for creativity and doing great work
• The ability to develop and communicate concepts to clients, internal stakeholders, and external partners
• Accurate, timely and complete recording of timesheets and disbursements
• Utilisation of time management tools, administration systems, account teams and resources
• Strategic skills supported by day-to day delivery
• A fast learner with an open mind that is happy to take onboard new ideas and look at new ways of doing things

What makes a successful person at Colenso BBDO:

 They make work better
 They are loved (not just liked) by their colleagues, clients and suppliers
 They present to well
 They are radiators not drains
 They raise hands rather than point fingers
 They are “we” not “me”
 They are closers
 They have a healthy paranoia
 They do the right thing

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