If you want to work for one of the world’s top advertising agencies, to be part of an international network of inspiring people who are passionate about the art of creating, then you’ve come to the right place.
If you’d like to hear about a ‘not-so-average’ graduate year or are ready to apply for the Grad Scheme, click here.
For more information on the scheme, continue reading…
Who are we?
We put Mr Kipling into cakes. We created the iconic line ‘Have a Break. Have a Kit Kat’. We fill airports with inspiring HSBC work. We’re one of the largest and longest-standing ad agencies in the world. We have built long-term relationships with an enviable client list.
What does it mean for you? We are taking applications for one of the most thorough and prestigious grad schemes in the industry. And with our extensive global network and group of specialist agencies, the opportunities are there for the taking.
You won’t be making the tea.
What do graduates do here?
At JWT we challenge ourselves and each other, constantly, to make fantastic pieces of communication in whatever form that takes. We look to the world around us, be that locally or internationally, for inspiration. We explore and discover, collide ideas and theories until we are happy that our solution cannot be bettered and then we make our thoughts a reality. As an account manager, you will be at the heart of this process of ‘making’.
We are recruiting for Trainee Account Managers. Account Management is the focal point of the agency’s relationship with the client. You’ll work to meet their business agenda with a sound communications strategy, ultimately developing an effective creative solution.
Account Managers are the axles in the wheels of the agency. As such, they work with all other departments, from planning and creative to TV and digital production, championing the strategy from concept to execution, and driving the project from beginning to end. This means that one minute you could be on a shoot inside the M25 and the next on a video conference with Honduras.
What do we look for?
We’ve taken on graduates from all sorts of degree disciplines, from Mandarin to Mechanical Engineering to Medieval History. As far as we’re concerned you could be a Quantum Physicist – as long as you bring a fresh perspective to what we do.
You need to be able to stand up for your own point of view; but also be good at listening to other people. You need to think on your feet and constantly find new and more effective ways of doing things. And you need to be every bit as fanatical about great ideas as we are. What’s more you’ll bring bags of enthusiasm and commitment – because this is never a nine-to-five job.
At JWT, all our people live by the 4 Cs – Courageous, Curious, Creative, Courteous. We look for others who share these qualities, who are intent on seeking out new ideas and making them happen.
What are we famous for?
Things we’ve done
Throughout our long history, we have been pioneers in the industry. We were the first agency to create edible advertising, measure the effectiveness of a TV commercial and send tourists into Space.
Our client list includes many of the household names you’ve grown up with. Brands like Kit Kat and Andrex have been with us for decades. Others include Shell, Debenhams, HSBC, Nokia and Smirnoff, as well as newer arrivals here to grow like Reggae Reggae Sauce, Patak’s, Royal Caribbean, Ambrosia, Hovis and The Army.
The long-term relationships we have built with so many of our clients are a testament to the consistent quality of our ideas and the commitment of our Account teams.
What’s in it for you?
How long before you turn up at Cannes?
That’s really up to you. Our graduate training programme is designed to fast track you into a senior role. And if you’re anything like the trainees we’ve had in previous years, it won’t be long before you’re making waves in the industry; our trainees have risen to become Managing Directors and CEOs here at JWT.
You’ll have a structured development programme, starting with an intensive three-month induction that will introduce you to the agency, the industry and the client business you start working on. You’ll spend a week in each of the key agency disciplines (planning, creative and production) and, in addition to the core functions, will learn about areas such as media, sports sponsorship and internal communications.
You’ll also benefit from strategy development and presentation skills training, as well as a thorough grounding in the nuts and bolts of your day-to-day job. And after the first three months, you’ll have ongoing reviews and further training opportunities.
The first year culminates in two events: the week-long residential JWT International Craft Skills Seminar to consolidate your learning so far, where you’ll work alongside counterparts from across the JWT global network; and the Chrissie Barker Award, which goes to the highest performing graduate at the end of their first year. The prize is a two-week placement at a JWT office of your choice, anywhere in the world.
Money isn’t everything. There are massages too.
We’ll start you off with a competitive salary and a bonus on your first day. Plus 23 days holiday, life assurance, long-term disability insurance and health cover. Your salary will increase in line with your performance – along with other benefits like further holidays and bonuses. Then there are all sorts of little extras, from discounts at local gyms to subsidised massages. Our office in Knightsbridge has a subsidised restaurant and bar and a roof-top terrace with views over Harrods and Harvey Nicks.
Where do I sign?
How to apply
As soon as you’re ready to go through to the application form click here. Competition will be tough. But you’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge.
The deadline for application forms to reach us is midnight on Thursday 1 November, with interviews week commencing 19 November. If you’re successful at interview, we’ll invite you to a two day seminar on 4 and 5 December. Successful applicants will start here at JWT on Monday 2 September 2013.