Vice President / Director, New Business


Vice President/Director – New Business

We’re searching for a Vice President/Director of New Business who will work with the leadership team to network, position and market Digitas Chicago to drive growth for the region.

Tasks and responsibilities include:

New Business Leadership

  • Serve as the new business expert for the region, stewarding the process and creating best practices based on experience
  • Lead RFP (Request for Proposal)/Pitch activity:
    • Thoroughly review and understand proposal ask and help craft RFPs and pitch presentations.
    • Align pitches appropriately with the right staff – ensure the capability mix is correct and that the marketing team is leveled appropriately to deliver
    • Project manage mid-large size proposals and pitches, defining timing, coordinating with office leads to assign team, and ensuring roles/responsibilities are clear
  • Develop written content for agency collateral, RFPs, case studies, and credentials presentations.
  • Able to create client presentations, written communications, creative elements and other project-related content pieces as directed.
  • Ensure team delivers high quality work on strategy, and on time
  • Be an active participant in the North American new business community at Digitas: serve as local office expert for work, cases, people, and more.

Plan & Prospect:

  • Work with EVP, NA New Business to create and execute marketing and prospecting strategy for Digitas Chicago, helping to develop outreach materials and contact planning
  • Conducts in-depth research on new business leads and prospects, past marketing campaigns and corporate announcements, and find useful insights for pitching new business.
  • Works with local Chicago Sales lead to ensure alignment
  • Understand fully the prospective client’s business including:
    • Economic levers
    • Industry
    • Organization
    • Customer needs
  • Can effectively and professionally articulate core Digitas value proposition, capabilities and offerings with prospective clients to help vet and identify potential opportunities
  • Track and solicit office wide updates on opportunities, reporting on a regular basis

People Management:

  • Develop people within the team and across capabilities by coaching, identifying areas for growth, celebrating successes, managing promotion process, keeping an open dialogue with the team, identifying training opportunities
  • Lead Managers or ADs on the team by providing guidance, establishing goals and providing an appropriate level of feedback on a regular basis
  • Establish and grow relationships across capabilities
  • Is a mature, calm leader of the internal cross-functional team – inspires team to strive for superior client work and results
  • Actively pursue opportunities to share intellectual capital across the organization
  • Demonstrate mature leadership and empathy in difficult team situations – leads by example

To qualify, you’ll need:

  • Four year degree
  • 8-10 years experience driving growth within the agency landscape
  • Experience with both creative and media agencies preferred
  • Understanding of large agency environments strongly preferred
  • Understanding of the advertising, marketing and digital agency landscape
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong people management skills
  • Strong client management skills
  • Strong analytic and strategic abilities
  • Candidate must be open to travel as needed

Got what it takes?

Digitas is an equal opportunity employer.

About Digitas

Digitas is The Connected Marketing Agency, committed to helping brands better connect with people through Truth. Connection. Wonder. With diverse expertise in data, strategy, creative, media, and tech, we work across capabilities and continents to make better connections and achieve ambitious outcomes through ideas that excite, provoke and inspire. Curious and fully transparent, we are always examining real human behavior to create authentic connections—between brands and consumers, clients and partners, and ideas and outcomes. Digitas has 3,500 employees across 18 countries and 32 offices, with an extended network via Publicis Media of over 23,500 employees present in more than 100 countries worldwide. To connect with Digitas or learn more, visit

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