Associate Director

21 July 2021 | 6 min read | Careers
Clearly Team

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Associate Director

Full-time and Interim options available

  • Location: 1 Saville Row, Bath BA1 2QP
  • Salary: DOE
  • Start date: Recruiting now for October/November start
  • One week’s fully-paid holiday at the start of your contract

The role of Associate Director is one of the most important within the agency, and the successful post holder will become part of Clearly’s senior leadership team that is made up of two Associate Directors and its Managing Director.

The role

The Associate Director is a role that requires a strong sense of project and people management, creativity in approach and the ability to provide strategic counsel for the business as a whole. It is also one that provides a great deal of freedom and agility.

You will be required to:

  • To serve as senior contact for clients.
  • To support new business campaigns and identify opportunities to upsell existing clients.
  • To provide a deeper analysis and campaign outcomes through data interpretation.
  • To provide feedback and dialogue with existing clients, and evaluating current and past projects.
  • To act as the most senior member of the business after the Managing Director, and to deputise for him as and when required to do so.
  • To provide strategic direction for both the business and the company’s key clients.
  • To lead the support and development of team members.
  • To represent the business at key events and help raise the profile within the local business community, trade bodies and client networks.
  • To support the principle of practicing-what-we-preach – enhancing the Clearly ‘brand’ and that of its people.
  • To provide senior leadership within the business.
  • To monitor the industry and external climate to advise on public relations strategy and positioning.

Your experience

 For this role, we’re looking for someone with:

  • Track record of leading client accounts, driving the delivery of account plans, and ensuring they are achieved on time and within budget.
  • Experience in media relations, social media marketing, thought leadership content creation, corporate communications.
  • Experience in growing existing accounts, whilst supporting the agency’s business development strategy.
  • Strong people management capabilities and knowing how to both develop and get the best out of people.
  • Exceptional client relationship management skills.

The nature of this position means that the successful candidate must be at one of two possible stages in their career:

1. Currently an Associate Director, or an experienced Account Director looking (and ready) to take the next step up in their agency career.


2. You work client-side as a PR & Communications Manager, or Head of Communications and want to apply your experience within an agency environment.

Why join us?

  • WINNER Medium Sized PR Consultancy in the South West (PRCA, June 2021)
  • Ranked Top 50 B2B PR Agencies in the UK (PRWeek, 2021)
  • Ranked Top 50 Biggest PR Agencies Outside London (PRWeek, 2021) and one of just four based in the South West
  • WINNER Diversity & Inclusion Campaign of the Year (PRCA, 2021) – see here
  • Shortlisted for the Business of the Year (Bath Life, September 2021)
  • 13-people strong now, plan to reach 18 by December, and that means more opportunities for career progression

  Some facts about our people: 

  • 50 per cent of the Clearly team have been promoted within the last 12 months
  • 100 per cent of the team have had a pay rise in the first six months of 2021
  • 10 per cent of everyone’s time in the business is allocated to providing pro bono services to local causes

  Some facts about the relationships we have with clients: 

  • 80 per cent of all new clients won since January 2019 extended their contracts beyond their original end date (correct at July 2021)
  • 2 per cent of every penny we make as a business funds environmental and social impact programs (see ‘Pledge‘)
  • We have two clients who have been with us for five years or more… we must be doing something right!
  • One more thing, we’re an agency that gets sh*t done and are vocal in our beliefs. We’re big believers in pinning your colours to the mast and following through on what we say we’ll do. 

What’s in it for you if you join us? 

Working practices:

  • Three days office-based, two days remote working (optional)
  • Flexible start and finish times between 7am and 7pm
  • Cake… lots of. We like cake

Holidays/sick pay:

  • 29 days’ holiday (including your birthday) + Bank Holidays
  • Up to five consecutive days paid sick leave
  • TOIL (time off in lieu)

Mental health and wellbeing:

  • In-house accredited Mental Health First Aider
  • Senior leadership team have all undergone mental health awareness training
  • 6 reset days per person per annum
  • Fully paid annual subscription to the Calm or Headspace app
  • Yoga class subsidy

Parental support:

  • Three months full maternity pay versus the statutory six weeks
  • Paid paternal leave extended from the statutory two weeks to four weeks


  • Pension scheme
  • Private healthcare
  • Company bonus scheme

Training and allowances:

  • £400 training/self-learning budget per annum
  • £300 wardrobe allowance (yup, we get suited and booted for client meetings)
  • Unlimited budget for self-learning book purchases


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To apply

If this looks like a good fit for you then please answer the following questions and send your responses along with your CV to the contact details below:

1. Of all you have accomplished over the last 12 months, what are you most proud of?

2. Please share examples of things you have done under your own steam over the last 12 months to support your career progression.

3. What have you done to support members of your team with challenges they might have faced, or to help them with their career in your current agency or company?

Please send your answers and CV to Paul MacKenzie-Cummins via email to:


Additional information for applicants

Clearly is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and inclusivity and are keen to hear from people regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, or social background. Likewise, we are responsible for ensuring that our staff do not discriminate against, harass or victimise anyone they engage with during the course of their work. Clearly uses its voice to campaign against diversity and inclusion and is fully compliant with the Equalities Act 2010.