SEO Associate Director

We are expanding our services and looking for key talents to help us drive forward in the delivery of SEO for our clients.

We are looking for future thinkers who are ambitious and goal-driven to help deliver our best-in-class approach to SEO, grow our clients and gain industry recognition. Our clients include LEGO, Adidas and Compare the Market.

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  • Key details

    • Competitive salary: up to £60,000
    • Salary range is determined by experience
    • Full-time position
  • The role

    Reporting directly to the Head of SEO, we are looking for an SEO Associate Director to direct some of our most prestigious accounts.  

    You will direct the delivery of SEO to your clients by Account Managers within your team, demonstrating a passion to deliver work of an outstanding standard and drive excellent performance for your client portfolio. You will use your strategic and management skills to empower your team to deliver award-winning work and strengthen client relationships. You will be trusted, with the guidance of the Head of SEO, to own your client relationships, spotting and converting up-sell and cross-sell opportunities. You will be bringing your expertise into a team at varying knowledge levels and will be expected to lift the wider team with your knowledge, ability and enthusiasm.

    The SEO department at Kaizen works around a core goal of delivering an outstanding SEO product for our clients, structured around a strong vision provided by the Head of SEO about how SEO is delivered. You will be a key part of a supportive and collaborative environment designed to equip the team with the confidence and ability to deliver outstanding work.

    We are an informal team where you are enabled to thrive: you will be provided with strategic direction and vision to deliver an approach for your clients and trusted to apply your own expertise and personality. Within SEO we have multiple topic experts and well-developed product lines which mean you will always have resources to help you.

    You will have the opportunity to work across multiple verticals and to manage and develop Account Managers under your guidance. You will be responsible for the professional development of your team, through regular one to ones applying our structured development approach. A yearly training budget will apply, allowing you to pick a training scheme of your choosing to grow your career and ability, and those within your team.

  • Key responsibilties

    • Formulation of results-driven SEO strategies on your accounts
    • Directing strategy with close involvement on high-importance accounts
    • Achieving outstanding client satisfaction scores for your client portfolio
    • Ownership of several key account relationships within the SEO team
    • Technical ability to guide and train your team in applying best-in-class SEO to their accounts
    • Hands-on approach to lead your team from the front
    • Lifting your team to achieve their professional goals and achieve promotions for your team
    • Keeping up to date with latest SEO initiatives and applying these learnings to your team approach
    • Working within the agency to develop our tools and technical capabilities
    • Identifying gaps and opportunities in our SEO product service to improve account delivery across the department
    • Keeping up to date with the latest SEO technology, SEO updates and industry changes
    • Ensuring best practice use of tools such as Google Analytics, Moz, SEO Monitor and Screaming Frog amongst others

    After 12 months you will be achieving:

    • 90% client satisfaction scores on your client portfolio 
    • 90% of client billable hours retained
    • Work being delivered by your team is of an outstanding standard, with best in class SEO driving strong ROI for clients
    • Your team are motivated and confidently achieving their personal and professional goals with your guidance
    • Your team are contributing to wider team initiatives and delivering training sessions
    • Contributing to significant client wins and incoming new business
    • Rollout of a significant improvement to one or more core sections of the SEO service line
    • Full grasp of account utilisation to ensure clients are receiving adequate servicing hours
  • About you

    People are at the heart of Kaizen and a new SEO Associate Director should demonstrate that they:

    • Lead on SEO campaigns in several verticals
    • At least 3 years’ experience working in an SEO specific role
    • Outgoing nature with excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
    • Proven ability to manage significant responsibilities across multiple accounts & apply strategic vision to each
    • Proven ability to manage multiple members of staff, empowering them to be better professionals and deliver fantastic work
    • Proven ability to handle complex technical SEO challenges through to delivery
    • Proven ability to handle tricky client situations for the best of all parties
    • Proven ability to manage stress and coach others to become better professionals
    • Self-motivator, confident in problem-solving and enjoys coming up with fresh solutions to questions and can empower others in their approach
    • Outstanding understanding of SEO, regularly putting together actionable and impactful roadmaps with vision and strategy
    • Enthusiastic desire to continually learn and develop personal skills
    • Proactive in nature, taking great personal pride in the quality of work you oversee
    • An eye for detail with an analytical approach to problem-solving
    • A collaborative approach to work, a team-player who can be flexible to support business needs
    • Regularly providing firm recommendations to senior clients with confidence 
    • Enjoy getting creative with content ideas and approaches to problems
  • Benefits

    • 30 days holiday + Bank Holidays
    • Work from anywhere – from your home, our London office, a co-working space or up to 6 months abroad
    • £250 Work from Home Fund – to help you build your own home office
    • Health Cash Plan – helping you claim back on everyday health costs
    • £1,000 training budget per year to help develop you in your role
    • Cycle to Work Scheme – through salary sacrifice, you choose a bike and the rental cost comes out of your salary each month
    • Free UberEats credit – £15 a month
    • Team socials throughout the year
    • Charity volunteer days – 3 days a year to work for a charity of your choice
    • Employee of the Month – peer nominated each month, the winner receives a £50 voucher of their choice
    • Childcare Scheme – to help cover childcare costs through salary sacrifice
    • Workplace pension
    • Generous maternity & paternity leave
  • How to apply

    Please apply using Linkedin using the link below, or alternatively, email us a cover letter and your relevant experience to

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