J. Walter Thompson London is looking for talented and enthusiastic people to train from scratch with our unique industry-leading programme ‘Future Pioneers’, to kick off in January 2019.
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We know that talent comes in a variety of forms and from different backgrounds. You might be a recent graduate, a school leaver or, alternatively, you might have been working for a few years and realised you yearn to do something more creative. We really don’t care what your background is – what matters to us is that you are obsessed with creativity, problem solving and imagining future possibilities for our clients’ brands. We believe that diversity of talent leads to diversity of ideas so whether your background is in STEM or the Humanities, art school or film school, you are an Instagram star or a brilliant Blogger or You-Tuber, we welcome your application.

What is Future Pioneers?

A completely new approach to our entry level training.

The future of communications is changing rapidly. To be successful in the advertising industry you need to have a broad understanding of all aspects of communication and develop the ability to work across a range of disciplines, in a fluid and integrated way.
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So when you join JWT as a Future Pioneer you will be trained and spend 18 months working across 4 different specialisms: JWT London which will embrace advertising Planning, Account Management and Production ; Prism, where you will be immersed in the world of sports sponsorship and event marketing; Mirum, our digital specialists; and Colloquial who create and curate online content for some of the biggest clients there are.

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Poetry, written and performed by Sophie - one of our Future Pioneers. Created proactively by a small team, the film represents the true heartbeat of the agency… our people.

Who is part of the J. Walter Thompson family?

Prism

Audience engagement

Brands choose us for our industry leading expertise on the most effective ways to engage sport and entertainment audiences – whether that’s digital, print, broadcast or experiential.
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We are rightsholder agnostic. Whether a brand has invested in a platform or sponsorship already or want to create one, we won’t compromise on the best way to reach, engage and grow their audience.

Truly a team and collectively extremely effective, our results speak for themselves consistently redefining client’s perceptions and setting new benchmarks, but all done whilst having lots of fun!

You might be planning a brand’s next campaign, hosting guests at a Grand Prix or creating an experiential activation that blows peoples' minds. Or you might be filming with a superstar, designing amazing artwork or writing witty social posts.

Regardless you will be surrounded by the industry’s best talent and more importantly, the greatest people.

Welcome to Prism

Colloquial

Story telling

We are a content marketing unit built for an always-on world that demands radical audience engagement.
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We believe that the way to an audience’s heart is through knowledge, intelligence and a hint of delight. We find those impossible narrative threads and wow-worthy moments and craft them into a delectable array of videos, GIFs, infographics, articles, essays (and more) that your audience will consume and share with rapt attention.

We turn brands into media companies and powerhouse publishers. And when brands act as publishers, content is not just fresh, compelling and indelible. It is newsworthy.

Newsworthy content creates an audience. It creates a fertile ecosystem of continuous engagement and endorsements. Quite simply, it disrupts the status quo.

As a Pioneer, you might be on the content creation team crafting editorials, writing scripts, organising video shoots, designing infographics and seeking out the best formats for tomorrow’s content. Alternatively, you might be on the account strategy team building content strategies for our clients, working directly with them to bring the strategies to life, broadly managing the piece of our business with them and ultimately making sure we delight them.

Welcome to Colloquial

Mirum

Digital experiences

We believe that innovative, future-focused work is simply a by-product of an amazing culture created by individuals who love making what's next.
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At Mirum, we embrace change, ambiguity and different perspectives. We accept that we won't always have the answers, at least at first, but we’ll do what it takes to find them by getting out of our comfort zones and working in partnership with our clients. We create experiences - digital services, product, campaigns and content, we’re excited about and proud of both inside and outside the office. We believe passionate makers create the best work because they love what they create — and they love to share their creations with others. Join our ranks of strategists, creatives, technologists, client service and project management folk!

Welcome to Mirum

JWT London

Building brands

We are here to build better futures for our clients ' brands. We do this by thinking backwards from the future, harnessing our collective creative strength and always working together.
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We are human first, then deploy the latest technology and media to make our ideas a reality. After 153 years in business, we have seen more futures happen than any other agency.

What kind of roles do we have for you?

Planning

JWT London is the birthplace of Planning and home to one of the world’s largest and most diverse Planning departments.
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Planners work closely with Clients, Creatives and Account Management, safeguarding the interests of consumers and championing ideas, so a critical love of creativity, numeracy and literacy skills and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people are essential.

Core functions include: developing brand strategies to help clients' business performance through having an in-depth understanding of consumers’ behaviours and attitudes; handling data and analysing and synthesising it into actionable insights; writing and developing communications strategies and working closely with Creatives to help develop powerful ideas that come to life in any form. And of course, writing awards entries…

Account Management & Production

Account Management and Production is the focal point of the agency’s relationship with the client. They work as part of a team to understand and contribute to their business objectives with a compelling communications strategy, ultimately developing and delivering an effective creative solution.
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They work with all other departments, from Planning and Creative to Finance, 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 in London and the next on a video conference with Honduras discussing a social media campaign. It is your responsibility to relay information and maintain the client relationship throughout the process of creating work and beyond, and it is as much about nurturing and protecting the agency’s creative output as driving forward the client’s business. They are innately proactive and must be armed with a “can-do” attitude at all times. They are the people that find solutions to problems that enable good work to become great, or late running work to be delivered on time, on budget. They are obsessed with how to make things, the latest production techniques and technologies and are endlessly resourceful and love problem solving.

They are also passionate about brands and business. They have a point of view on how communications can contribute to achieving clients’ objectives and are great communicators themselves.

Ultimately they take overall leadership and responsibility for the agency’s relationship with the client, including the financial element, so commercial savvy completes the unique blend of skills that make up the very best JWT Account and Production Managers.

What's in it for you?

Training and ‘On the Job’ Work Experience

We believe that we have designed the very best entry level programme in the business, combining focussed structured training modules with practical learning by experience.
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We want you to be ready not just for today, but for the future. During the 18 month programme you will rotate through our 4 different specialisms : JWT London, Prism, Colloquial and Mirum. You will gain essential industry qualifications from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) and throughout your career you will continue to participate in our award winning Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme.

Our training programme is designed to fast track you into an operational 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 CEOs here at JWT and many other agencies.

You will study and take core industry qualifications such as the IPA Foundation Certificate: our previous Pioneers achieved the best results of any Creative agency. As your career develops we will support you to take all of the IPA qualifications so that you can achieve your chartered MIPA status: we know the importance of professionalism and proven expertise. You will receive a broad ranging introduction to the industry with visits to media owners such as Google, production companies and other key creative production partners. You will also visit and spend time with other partner WPP communications businesses including media. And what is so special about Future Pioneers is that as you rotate through Prism, Mirum and Colloquial you will learn in depth about Social, Content, Digital, Experiential and Sports Sponsorship. 

One of the really unique benefits of JWT’s programme is that you will train as part of a cohort working across the range of disciplines and specialisms meaning that your integrated knowledge and sense of fellowship across the JWT family is fostered immediately.

The programme culminates in two events. First, the week-long residential J.Walter Thompson International Craft Skills Seminar to consolidate your learning so far, which is hosted by a different JWT European office each year – Athens, Warsaw and Berlin are recent venues. You will work alongside counterparts from across the JWT global network on a live client brief and make lasting international friendships.

Second, the Chrissie Barker Award, which goes to the highest performer 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 - Tokyo and Sydney have been recent winners’ picks.

JWT holds the highest industry training accolades: a record eight times IPA CPD Gold winner and current holder of five IPA Platinum Awards for sustained excellence in professional development. This means you will not find a better training programme in any other agency and we are passionate about your development throughout your career at JWT.

and finally…

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. 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 rooftop terrace with views over Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

We welcome Part-time, Job Share and Flexible Working arrangements.

And we are proud members of Graduate Fog Employers Club committed to fair, ethical and inclusive recruitment. We are also proud members of MyGWork, the LGBT+ Business community.

So now you know a bit more about us we would love you to apply. Applications close on 12th October 2018. Please be aware that should you be shortlisted for interviews, you will need to be available for at least three hours for the full assessment during the week of 29 October.

Good Luck.