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Graduate Job Trainee Planner with a specialist advertising agency

Vacancy Type: Graduate Job
Employer: Barkers
Reference: G+02
Salary: c.£19,000  

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One of the UK’s most successful advertising and communications businesses needs an enquiring graduate who has superb writing skills and confidence with figures to train as a planner...

Barkers is the UK’s biggest – and very possibly best – recruitment advertising agency. Everyone plans here; planning is what makes sure we get things right. They use what they know; the experience they have; native wit. But there are times when we need a concerted effort to fill a tricky gap or to deliver a fully formed communications strategy. And that’s why, unusually for a recruitment advertising agency (employer reputation solutions business, whatever), we have a dedicated Planning function.

Our team manages information for clients both inside and outside the agency. How much do you pay a Scottish actuary? How many people in Scunthorpe have a degree? Where’s the best place in Europe to find theatre nurses? We have to know - or find out - the answers to questions like these every day. Those answers could be anywhere: on the web, in one of our databases, in a magazine article you read last week or in the head of someone within the business. You’ll need the creativity, resilience and charm to get them out, polish them up and put them in front of your audience in the most effective and impressive way. If you can sprinkle a little magic dust as you do it, so much the better – an interesting interpretation, a contentious but well-argued opinion, a well-turned phrase: it’s what makes the difference between information and insight.

As you progress, you’ll get involved in the design and delivery of more complex research projects, consulting amongst senior managers within client organisations, employee communities and target audience groups to inform solutions. In a year or two, you’ll start to present to senior people, write strategic briefs, run focus groups, help to evaluate creative work and, we hope, become a respected voice within the agency. In the long term, you could become a consultant, leading major recruitment and employee communications strategies, or move into another function within the agency.

To start with, though, there’s a lot of donkeywork. We’re looking for people who really, honestly don’t mind that. No big egos, no prima donnas, no sensitive plants. Which is a challenge, because we’re also looking for truly fine minds, a real interest in the world in general and confidence with computers, people and figures alike. We don’t mind what degree you’ve done, but you’ll need superb writing skills.

You’re likely to be straight out of university – a good one –or perhaps you have experience doing something interesting. You’re confident, outgoing and thoughtful. If you want a job for a year that’ll get you into ‘proper’ advertising, this isn’t it: apply for something else. If the words “superb writing skills” give you a moment’s concern, save your time.

To apply, send a CV and a convincing 500 words to Andrew Platt-Higgins by clicking on Apply Now below.

Closing date: 21st September 2007

Location: London (inner and outer)

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