Senior Talent Executive (Digital)

Lewis PR San Francisco , CA 94118

Posted 2 months ago


The company is an integrated communications agency that has gone from start-up to multi-national in a little over two decades. The company now rank in the top 40 agencies worldwide with 29 offices, 550 employees and revenue of $64m. Its success is due to a combination of factors: talented people delivering award winning campaigns; expanding client relationships into new markets or services; making strategic acquisitions. Its people, agency and campaigns have won many prestigious awards in the last 18 months including Cannes Lions, Holmes Report, ICCO, PRCA.

Central to the growth has been the policy of reinvestment, with the majority of profits returning to the company to propel development. This is possible because the company is independently owned.

What we look for in our people

Agile, bold, collaborative, inquisitive and spirited. These are the values sought in every person at LEWIS. As the company evolves, grows and expands, it wants people who recognize the need to think differently. To understand the full marketing communications mix, even if a specialist in a particular aspect. We want all our people, whether a paid media specialist or media strategist, graphic designer or analytics manager to have an appreciation of the wide and deep capabilities available to clients that work with LEWIS. Our people need to be agile to opportunities; bold in their approach; collaborate with colleagues across different services or offices to deliver amazing work; keep learning and challenging the norm; be spirited and committed to develop themselves, their colleagues and the agency.

About this role

LEWIS is looking to recruit a Senior Talent Executive based in either its New York, San Francisco or San Diego office. Reporting to the VP HR, this role will work alongside others in the HR/Talent team to help drive recruitment in the region, providing support to senior management on recruitment and internal talent development and retention. This is a new role to help with the rapid growth of the agency's digital division, particularly on the East Coast.

This is an opportunity that will suit an ambitious professional who relishes the chance to help grow something, thrives on challenges and on working in a fast paced, international environment. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, you understand how to best apply this spirit to a growing global organization.

Purpose of the role

Recruitment across the US region, and at all levels of seniority, is of paramount importance to grow existing offices and, potentially, open up new offices. Primarily, recruitment for this role will be of digital communications professionals but there may also be a need to recruit PR, sales and marketing and commercial professionals. As this role works with teams across the US, travel to the US offices will be required.

Key responsibilities

  • Leads on the recruitment for predominately digital marketing roles in both generalist and niche specialty areas e.g. SEO, analytics, paid search, display media etc

  • Supports others in the recruitment team on recruiting for vacancies across other divisions in the agency e.g. PR, content, design

  • Drives candidate outreach for all levels; initiating contact with talent and coordinating interviews and feedback conversations for all levels

  • Writes and reviews job descriptions across all levels, more specifically digital marketing vacancies

  • Interviews potential candidates, remotely and face to face

  • Assesses digital candidates for skills, proficiency and suitability for job requirements

  • Researches the candidate market for candidates, tracks talent by identifying and building relationships to build a pipeline of potential candidates for roles at all levels

  • Upskills and coaches hiring managers in recruitment best practice, ensuring that this is followed

  • Issues offer letters, employment contracts and request referee details, ensuring comprehensive references are taken, which are then fed back to the hiring manager

  • Manages (with continual review and enhancement of) the on-boarding and induction process for new starters, ensuring a smooth introduction into LEWIS

  • Schedules on-going feedback from all recruits throughout the initial 90-day period, maintaining regular check-ins where possible and reporting back and reacting to any pertinent findings

  • Develops and runs relevant training sessions on, for example: interviewing, talent spotting, networking for talent

  • Manages any recruitment agency relationships, ensuring roles are briefed accordingly, regular communication is maintained and manages the full offer process for recruitment agency supplied candidates

  • Inputs to, and rolls out, talent initiatives from the global talent team

  • Monitors and reports on industry recruitment and talent trends

  • Advises on salary levels, rewards and benefits in relation to the industry

  • Collaborates with the Marketing team to ensure employer brand consistency across the LEWIS company careers page and social channels (Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc.)

  • Works with the HR team to review and update recruitment policies and procedures

  • Provides up-to-date management information and global monthly recruitment reporting

  • Promotes and helps nurture an excellent culture and be an ambassador for the LEWIS brand.

Experience and capabilities

  • Experience of working for, or with, an organization which is fast moving, dynamic, creative and growing

  • 3+ years' experience in recruiting digital communications specialists

  • Good understanding of the digital landscape as it relates to an integrated communications agency

  • Recruitment experience at all levels of seniority gained with a contingency recruitment agency or in an in-house recruitment role for a communications agency

  • Strong social media skills to publicize vacancies and attract candidates, and help build the profile of LEWIS as a destination agency

  • Ability to run effective competency based interviews, while supporting recruitment managers to do the same

  • Track record of success, for example: 1 in 3 jobs placed; high percentage of candidate referrals; evidence of a growing and loyal client portfolio; retainer assignments; reputation in the industry

  • Own digital footprint/significant influence

  • Natural networker

  • Collaborative self-starter with initiative, who is goal driven

  • Creative thinking "outside the box" to providing solutions and solving problems

  • Experience of providing commercial and tactical advice

  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with external and internal stakeholders

  • Excellent oral, written and presentational skills

  • Well organised; ability to prioritise; attention to detail; common sense

  • Energetic, confident, charismatic - a credible leader who is able to motivate.

Key Internal Contacts

  • VP HR, US (San Francisco) line manager

  • Chief of Staff (London)

  • Senior Talent Executive (San Francisco)

  • Talent Manager (London)

  • US HR / Talent team (San Francisco and Boston)

  • SVP, Digital

  • VP, Digital and their teams

  • Legal and Commercial Manager (London)

  • COO (London)

  • Global HR/Talent Team

Remuneration and benefits

  • Basic salary dependent on experience

  • 20 days' vacation per year

  • Health insurance; life insurance

  • 401k with 2% employer match (eligible after 30 days of employment)

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the responsibilities for this role. Other responsibilities may be added from time to time.

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