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What is the practical, day-to-day difference between a Senior Strategist and a Strategy Director? Have an interview for the latter and I've only been the former so far

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Depends on the agency. In my experience, a lot of the latter is all the accountability of the strategy work on top of managing / training up staff, selling in new biz and helping build new capabilities / practices that the agency can then sell. Also, strategy directors usually liaise with more senior client levels.

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A strategy director should be able to run an individual account with light executive supervision. I would expect a director to be able to manage and motivate juniors too.

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What types of tasks are considered executive supervision?

Agree with GD1 that a Strategy Director will often manage a team and be involved in a lot of the RFPs. You’d be responsible for not just doing the work, but coming up with ways to increase client’s spend. As a director, you’d have the opportunity to work directly with ECDs and ADs so you can help to influence and shape the creative direction, not just digging up things to support an existing idea.

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I love doing the work more than managing office politics. I try to be transparent with the MD and communicate that I want to be involved in the work rather than spend a lot of energy managing a team. I’m happy to up-skill my juniors but don’t want to be spending too much time checking their timesheets.

Typically, a director will guide the work and the relationship. Manage and mentor, make the work and the team better. They are responsible for the final output but aren’t as much in the weeds.... this of course is not always the case.

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