SEO Director - maternity cover

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Location: Wood Lane, London W12, UK

SEO Director - maternity cover

Full-time | Media Performance | Marketing And Advertising | Mid-Senior Level
Job ID: REF227400V

Company Description

Spark Foundry make up part of a thriving global media network and are part of the Publicis Groupe, one of the world’s leading communications groups. We are globally connected with over 8,000 employees in 110 offices across 70 countries.

Who We Are in the UK? 

Spark Foundry, the Acceleration Agency.

We help brands to identify, learn and respond to opportunities faster than the competition.

Every client has an area of their business they need to accelerate, from short-term goals to long-term transformation.

We’ve proven our approach during the most difficult year on record. Now we’re using it to provide a launchpad for their future.

Come be an accelerator with us.

How we accelerate

  • Planning: an approach that works in practice rather than theory, arming planners with the ability to create cutting edge campaigns
  • Intelligence: a suite of tools that give definitive answers to big questions, and uncovers actionable insights about real people
  • Trading: a model built on flexibility and trusted relationships, underpinned with bold guarantees
  • Relationships: a culture of asking challenging questions to better understand the brief – we are not a ‘yes’ agency
  • People: a strong history of recruiting talent from diverse backgrounds and accelerating their careers

Our Commitment

We are diverse though our experience, people and the clients we look after - and we celebrate that diversity. Our people hold us accountable to our beliefs and via regular surveys and our grass roots D&I team, The Collective, and internal next generation board, Firestarters, we hold regular events and work continually towards generating ideas, initiatives and educating our people to ensure we are a diverse and inclusive agency.

As part of our dedication to create an inclusive and diverse workforce, Spark Foundry is committed to equal access to opportunity for people without regard to race, age, sex, disability, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. 

Job Description

Spark Foundry’s SEO team sits within the overall Performance Department together with the other performance disciplines, PPC, Paid Social, Programmatic and Affiliates. Being part of Publicis Groupe gives us market leading access to training and tools, tactics and platforms developed internally and powered by Performics. Our excellent relationships with key suppliers means as a team we get access to regular training, we are usually the first to trial new products across our clients, invites to industry events and a monthly lunch and learn session (with free lunch)!

We are diverse in our experience, personalities, nationalities and the clients we look after - and we celebrate that diversity.  Our clients are professional but also creative and fun and this is reflected in the way we work and relate to each other.  We know the way to deliver great work is to work together – and we enjoy it. We are a tight-knit team who socialise together and share in each other’s successes.

We are passionate about the sectors our clients work in and would welcome people who share our enthusiasm.

Working closely with the Head of SEO, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing the strategy and ensuring the quality of delivery across some of our high profile accounts.

As an SEO Director you will be responsible for developing the strategy, and ensuring delivery of high quality work across some of our largest accounts. The role of SEO Director will cover the following responsibilities;

  • Defining overall strategy
  • Managing client communications
  • Working closely with the implementation team to ensure quality of output
  • Managing training and career progression of the team
  • Technical projects: including full technical audits, identifying issues and opportunities and working closely with developers.
  • Site migration projects
  • Delivery of roadmaps, project plans and forecasts
  • Spotting opportunities to grow client accounts for a mutually beneficial upsell
  • Assigning appropriate tools for your clients
  • Work effectively with planning & channel teams to ensure an integrated approach
  • Manage the expectations of both internal and external stakeholders 
  • Working directly with, and managing the relationship with third party agencies


Please note that this is a 12 months maternity cover. 



  • Prior experience in an SEO role
  • Good presentation skills and inter-personal relationship skills. Candidates must have the ability to communicate concepts simply and effectively
  • Experience with broader “owned media” concepts such as CRO and GTM
  • Excellent prioritisation and project management skills
  • Up to date knowledge of the search marketing industry
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office solutions – particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Web Analytics understanding, particularly Google Analytics
  • Great team management skills and experience

Additional Information

Spark Foundry has fantastic benefits on offer to all of our employees. In addition to the classics, Pension, Life Assurance, Private Medical and Income Protection Plans we also offer;

  • WORK YOUR WORLD opportunity to work anywhere in the world, where there is a Publicis office, for up to 6 weeks a year.
  • REFLECTION DAYS - Two additional days of paid leave to step away from your usual day-to-day work and create time to focus on your well-being and self-care.
  • HELP@HAND BENEFITS 24/7 helpline to support you on a personal and professional level. Access to remote GPs, mental health support and CBT. Wellbeing content and lifestyle coaching.
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY POLICIES We provide 26 weeks of full pay for the following family milestones: Maternity. Adoption, Surrogacy and Shared Parental Leave.
  • FLEXIBLE WORKING, BANK HOLIDAY SWAP & BIRTHDAY DAY OFF You are entitled to an additional day off for your birthday, from your first day of employment.
  • GREAT LOCAL DISCOUNTS This includes membership discounts with Soho Friends, local restaurants and retailers in Westfield White City and Television Centre.

Full details of our benefits will be shared when you join us!

Publicis Groupe operates a hybrid working pattern with employees being office-based on Mondays and two other days during the working week.

We are supportive of all candidates and are committed to providing a fair assessment process. If you have any circumstances (such as neurodiversity, physical or mental impairments or a medical condition) that may affect your assessment, please inform your Talent Acquisition Partner. We will discuss possible adjustments to ensure fairness. Rest assured, disclosing this information will not impact your treatment in our process.


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