Account Director

Job Title: Account Director
Salary: £46,000-£50,000 + bonuses 
Location: Central London
Basic Hours of Work: 40 hours per week (Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm GMT)


89up Europe's first impact agency. We campaign for great causes, build technology, tackle complex problems and inspire action. 89up was founded with a clear mission: to create a powerful integrated communications agency for the world’s most important causes. In the last eight years, we’ve become one of the Financial Times 1000 fastest growing companies in Europe in the last 2 years consecutively, won awards for agency of the year and for our client campaigns and delivered some of the biggest non-profit campaigns around the world. We are now in the top two specialist agencies for the non-profit sector globally. 

From taking on the finance sector over investment in fossil fuels, to protecting biodiversity and the climate, and fighting poverty and hunger across the globe, we punch above our weight and wear our hearts on our sleeves.

We’re looking for a PR Account Director to join our multiple award winning PR team which includes those with big agency backgrounds, news anchor and newsroom backgrounds, editorial and journalistic excellence, and experience at leading charities and non-profits. Along with passionate, super smart grads and account execs.

Our PR team makes sure our campaigns make the headlines. Our Advocacy, Insights and Mobilisation (AIM) team delivers data-driven insights for impactful strategies to mobilise audiences; our Labs team builds innovative websites and bespoke advocacy tools to engage consumers and decision-makers; our Studio team crafts beautiful content from podcasts to animations.

The PR Account Director we are looking for will ideally have previous agency experience and have a thirst for knowledge as a generalist - able to stretch across various, often complex subject matters. From climate justice, ethical finance, and nature and biodiversity campaigns to health awareness and education, human rights and democracy, social justice and tech for good campaigns. From UK-focused PR campaigns to global, multi-stakeholder integrated campaigns. The person we are looking for needs to have an interest in or previous experience in corporate comms as well as experience/interest in working on more consumer-focused campaigns.
You should already have a healthy black book contacts consisting of national and specialist/trade media. Experience in political PR and campaigning is also beneficial.

We put a huge emphasis on training and promotions - with promotion and pay reviews twice a year. In 2022 to help combat the impact of inflation we gave a baseline pay increase of 10% across the board with bonuses and promotions on top. Some members of the team have been promoted twice in a single year. Unlike other agencies, all directors sit amongst their teams, on the same floor and keep their hands in on accounts. You will get unrivaled access to seniors with significant experience that’ll help you grow in the role and your careers. This is a company that is growing quickly, so there’s plenty of room for career development and no ceiling to progression

Please apply by emailing a CV, covering letter or both to:, Head of People and Operations. 


An AD is the senior contact for clients and their teams within an agency. They are a complex blend of commercially minded/savvy, strategic and creative. They manage an extended portfolio of accounts and ensure consistency of service and exceptional outcomes for every client.

Account Directors are senior within the agency managing Account Executives, Senior Account Executives, and Account Managers. Being in a senior position, they will be responsible for winning new business from existing and new clients, as well as representing the agency at key stakeholder events.

They oversee PR campaigns from brief and strategic development to creation ideation, implementation and delivery. They have a flair for creativity, strategic thinking and innovation with high levels of communication - both presentation, verbal and written skills. They oversee the provision of account resources. They manage and oversee PR teams (and global agencies working alongside us) to ensure campaigns are delivered on time and to budget and that KPIs are met, if not exceeded. They have excellent project management skills with strong organisational and planning skills; plus great negotiation and delegation skills.

They’re masters in the art of media relations and have built up an invaluable black book of media contacts. They’ve exceptional written, verbal and presentation skills and outstanding interpersonal skills. They analyse PR outcomes and interpret data - presenting findings to the board, clients and key stakeholders.

As a senior member of the business they are adept at nurturing talent - they will be responsible for mentoring and training members of their team (and other 89up staff), identifying training needs where required, providing career counsel, professional development support, monitoring and performance reviews.

Not only do they develop current client accounts and organically grow existing business but they also help win new business. They are experienced at networking and championing the agency values and brand; nurturing contacts and pitching for business. Providing support for agency growth and development of new business pipelines. (This is especially true of Senior Account Directors)

An Account Director may be the most senior person from the agency that some clients have contact with - they need to be able to ensure the full client experience is at the level of service we expect as an agency.


  • A competitive base salary with excellent performance-linked bonuses
  • Gold-plated sickness benefits and life insurance
  • Company-wide bonuses, 2 yearly
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
  • Private GP, private counselling, eyecare vouchers, well-being service 
  • 24 days holiday (with the office closing over Christmas, days taken for this max 4)
  • Day off for your birthday
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Company pension contributions
  • Plenty of scope to develop your career in a fast-growth business 
  • An opportunity to be seen, heard and counted in your contributions, and not get lost in the noise and tangle of a large corporate business

89up is an equal opportunity employer and positively encourages applications from suitably experienced and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, qualifications, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.