Black Sun Plc
graduate job
Expires2 days

Account Executive

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

We have a fantastic opportunity for a graduate to join our amazing team in London. and start their career in communications. The role is exciting and fast paced, supporting the wider team with the delivery of mixed-media projects, as well as contributing to the delivery of internal projects across the business. With full training, you will build relationships internally, as well as with key clients and suppliers, and use the tools and resources available to gain an understanding of client businesses as well as market trends in best practice corporate communications. It will suit candidates who are commercially savvy, business focused with excellent communication, writing and organisational skills. This is a true opportunity to make your mark within a successful and expanding company, enjoy an amazing company culture, and pave your way to a very exciting career in stakeholder communications.

Some of the key responsibilities in this great role include

Account management

Support your team with the day to day management of projects by preparing and driving project schedules, ensuring that all internal and external deadlines are met

Work closely with your team leader to produce core project documentation which will support the management and delivery of projects. Such documentation includes contact reports (key actions and deliverables), project briefs and status reports. You will also support and contribute to communications briefs, page plans and photography briefs

Manage the author’s corrections (amends) turnaround process, ensuring that all amends are successfully incorporated and recorded to ensure an error-free delivery of projects

Successfully liaise and co-ordinate with suppliers (including printers and photographers), helping to brief in work and ensuring all external work is submitted in a timely manner;

Continually develop your understanding of how to deliver mixed-media solutions, developing your knowledge of the creative, print and digital processes, and seeking ways to enhance the current processes and procedures

Effectively organise meetings and conference calls and maintain orderly filing of all documents and materials held by the team

Commercial responsibility

Work closely with your team leader to develop your commercial awareness of Black Sun’s job costing and fee structures

Work closely with your team leader to learn how to effectively manage project budgets by implementing all of Black Sun’s quality assurance and financial processes including creating simple budget proposals, completing regular reconciliations, raising purchase orders for external costs and completing accurate timesheets.

Client relationship management

Build strong client relationships with your day to day client contacts, regularly attending and participating at client meetings and calls; and

Deliver exemplary client services at all times helping to ensure we maintain the current high levels of client satisfaction and exceptional client feedback and continually seeking ways to exceed our clients expectations.

New business and client development

Assist your team with delivery of client and new business proposals by conducting research, producing budget proposals and helping to manage the internal schedule and process.

Research and strategic development

Support internal teams with Black Sun’s research into best practice corporate communications, by conducting research and providing insights which will support the development of Black Sun’s market-leading publications

Continually drive your understanding of our clients’ businesses, the industries they operate in, and trends in best practice corporate communications

Work closely with your team leader to develop your understanding of and begin to be able to articulate Black Sun’s proposition and views on key market insights

Reporting Relationships

Each Client Account Team is lead by a Client Director (also referred to as a team leader), who reports to the Managing Director. The Account Executive will report directly to the Client Director.

The Account Executive will also work closely with the wider Client Account team as well as the Publishing, Creative, Digital, Research & Strategy and Finance teams.


In addition to a competitive salary based on skills and experience, as an employee at Black Sun, you will have access to a range of great benefits and perks, including:

  • 25 days holiday per year with ‘bonus’ days for long service
  • Bonus scheme
  • Personal development opportunities
  • Group life assurance
  • Group personal pension plan
  • Employee assistance programme

Hybrid working

Over the last 18 months, the way in which we work has changed. We surveyed and engaged with our staff to learn about what Black Sun’s future of work looks like, and thanks to everyone’s positive engagement and feedback, we developed a hybrid way of working, governed by three fundamental principles: Colleague, Client, and Culture. This means that however you decide to deliver work, you should protect all these 3 C’s. After a period of onboarding, employees can work from home, office and, where applicable, on-site with clients. The number of days is dependent on teams, role, time of year and deliverables.

Here at Black Sun we pride ourselves on being committed to offering equal opportunities to all potential employees and have zero tolerance for discrimination. We foster a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best work and be relevant in a rapidly changing world

What we are looking for

  • A minimum of 2:1 degree, preferably in economics, marketing and communications, business or languages
  • 0-2 years agency or client-side experience within marketing and communications;
  • Excellent writing, editing, proof reading skills are essential;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential;
  • Exceptional attention to detail; and
  • Be fully conversant with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills necessary to build trust and respect both externally and internally
  • High-quality service ethic and committed to customer service excellence
  • Ambition to self improve
  • Ability to manage many urgent and often conflicting priorities
  • Strong ‘can do’ attitude with an innate ability to take initiative and work by yourself as well as in a team
  • Flexibility and team focussed, non-hierarchical approach with a ‘roll up your sleeves’ attitude to getting the job done
  • A great sense of humour and fun

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

Hybrid, or partially remote
Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

Interview process
  • Phone chat with talent acquisition manager
  • First Interview with hiring manager
  • Second interview with hiring director and hiring manager

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 26 May 2022

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Closing date:  26 May 2022

Expires2 days

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