Why you should choose Manifest as your new business agency.
We love to do what our clients hate doing and do it better than they ever imagined possible.
What's that? Contacting decision makers and convincing them to give our client an hour of their time in a face-to-face meeting.
The most effective way to achieve this is through the power of storytelling. Every agency has a great story or two waiting to get out; we tell your story in a compelling and engaging way to bring your agency to life and humanise your brand.
Manifest provides a fabulous working environment and culture to attract and retain the best people; the kind of people our clients deserve. The kind of people who will tell your story with passion.
We expect, and our team delivers, 100%.
The average tenure of a new business director at Manifest is five years and several have been here more than ten.
A pre-requisite for a job at Manifest is a background in either an agency or client side marketing department.
We look for that little something different in our team. Be it a passion for Dr Who, flying planes or being a magician.
You are passionate about your agency; we get it and you can be sure we will be as passionate as you are.
We specialise in helping companies within the creative and marketing services industry win more new clients.
The first stage is to identify and define the agency proposition; what is it that you actually do? Why do your clients love working with you? And crucially, why should a prospective new client give up an hour of their precious time to meet you.
Once the strategy has been agreed upon the next stage in the process is planning the campaign. Who do you want to meet with? What is the ideal outcome of the meetings you want to attend and what colateral can you provides with?
Once the strategy and planning stages have been followed we will be ready to start telling your story; we will contact your prospects by telephone and email, tell them your story and arrange for you to meet them if appropriate.
Your contact at Manifest will keep you fully informed of progress at all times. You will be provided with a monthly report of all contacts that have been made with a précis of the exchanges, meetings arranged and attended plus stats.
The Manifest team all have experience of having worked in agencies or the client side.
Sam Reardon Smith
Working at Manifest is fun, challenging and rewarding
New Business Director – £45K OTE
Manifest is based in Kennington Park which is a one minute walk from Oval tube station and ten minutes walk or a five minute bus ride from Vauxhall tube and overground stations. Such connections mean we are less than ten minutes from the centre of London whilst at the same time a comfortable commute from most places in London and the surrounding counties.
The role of a New Business Director at Manifest is to act as a white labeled new business resource for four clients, each of whom are non-competing marketing communications agencies. Specifically the single most important task of the position is to contact senior marketing decision makers and arrange a meeting between them and your client. We expect our NBDs to be able to arrange at least one qualified meeting per day, which is not easy; that is why we only take on the most extraordinarily talented and hard working individuals.
We offer a substantial basic salary dependent upon experience, which when coupled with our bonus scheme, provides the quality of people we are looking for the opportunity to earn £45k per year or more. You will need to demonstrate experience of working in an agency or client side marketing team, have exceptional written and verbal communication skills and be a dedicated team player.
On site we have a cafe, bar, gym, showers, safe cycle storage and plenty of parking. Just offsite there are public tennis courts that we make use of on lovely summer days. It is not uncommon to find the team at The Oval watching 20/20 cricket after work with a few cold beers on a balmy summer evening. Our office is a light and airy loft style studio with air conditioning, west facing windows and plenty of meetings rooms and break out areas.
We believe that a happy team is a productive team and our flat management structure means that every voice is given an equal listening to. Our team are all self-motivated go getters with a strong work ethic and a passion for both sales and marketing.
Things some of our lovely clients have said about or to us
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