Group Brand Director

San Francisco, California, United States Full-time

Who We Are

We are Mekanism.  

Mekanism is an award-winning, independent, full-service advertising agency made up of creative entrepreneurs. With offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Seattle, we are collaborative business partners with some of the world’s best brands including Ben & Jerry’s, HBO, MillerCoors, Peloton, Facebook, Charles Schwab and Alaska Airlines. Our creative approach to brand building is best described as “The Soul & Science of Storytelling” - communicating a brand’s purpose with ideas informed by data and rooted in human truths.

What is a Mekanista you ask? Being a Mekanista requires a rare combination of being a weird, fearless and wonderful person who enjoys birthday cakes, well behaved dogs, inspirational Summits in Mexico, and shared sensibility of family, respect and not taking ourselves too seriously.

Mekanism has been named to Ad Age’s “Agency A List” and twice to their “Best Places to Work”. We have also been listed on Creativity’s “The Creative 50” and have been recognized by Effie as one of the “Most Effective Independent Agencies”. We have been profiled by The New York Times, Fast Company and ABC’s Nightline.


The Role

The Group Brand Director for Mekanism is a passionate, collaborative, outgoing, creative-oriented leader. This position within Mekanism is a key member in our (SF) office, leading a team of people and business growth for key accounts.


Key Areas of Responsibility

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Work with Head of Brand Mngt, CFO, COO to share and strategize on how to manage growth and overall health of the brands.
  • Lead the development of launch campaigns for existing and new products  in partnership with ECD / CD to ensure the process is running smoothly.
  • Leads campaign development from beginning to end, including getting strategy and creative to A+ level in partnership with strategy and creative.
  • Effectively manage a large retainer scopes and resource plan for multiple campaign initiatives to be profitable
  • Effectively oversee multiple productions at once providing thought leadership on best practices

Build and Grow Client Relationships

  • Understand brand’s business and generate new ideas to grow the account
  • Able to sense when a brand/account needs more attention and have a POV on how to address challenges quickly.

Lead Campaign Development - Creative Brief, Strategy Development, and Presentation

  • Partner with Strategic Planning to turn our client briefs into creative opportunities
  • Maintain a strong presentation process with our clients, making sure all creative is presented in a compelling way.
  • Understand qual and quant testing processes, can talk strategy independently

Effectively Manage Team

  • Foster teamwork and a constructive work environment across disciplines
  • Ability to recognize where staff growth and structure changes are needed to support business
  • Continually inspire and bring out the best in team within a fast paced environment

Contribute to New Business

  • Help grow the Mekanism’s client arsenal by working on new business development and new brand onboarding as needed.


Core Requirements

  • You must love creative
  • Must see opportunity everywhere
  • 13+  Years of Advertising/Brand Experience (or comparable) working at an advertising agency.
  • You should definitely have a passion for problem solving, production and relationship mgmt
  • You are a master of the details and take pleasure in rolling up your sleeves in the trenches when needed
  • You have experience working on large global brands & integrated campaigns across various media channels
  • No challenge is too daunting. You might not know how to do it but you figure it out.

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