Marcher Markholt
Executive Creative Director


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Executive Creative Director for Advance

Advance is searching for an inspiring and visionary Executive Creative Director to help set the long-term creative agenda and help lift the creative standard across a growing international client portfolio.

About Advance

Established in 1976, Advance is one of Denmark's largest independent agencies, and is partner owned and managed. They are located in central Copenhagen and have 60 employees coming from countries all around the world. Their perspective and culture are distinctly global, and today more than 85% of their work is produced for international audiences.

Advance is a creative, integrated marketing communication agency with a strong understanding of business and brands. Using a unique combination of data-driven insight-based strategy and creativity, Advance help their client’s gain a distinctive and ownable competitive edge by helping them identify and stay true to their brand’s core offering. Their specialist marketing competencies include: Client Service, Data Analysis & Insights, Strategic Planning & Concept Development, Visual Identity & Design, Global Marketing Toolbox Development and Implementation, IA, UX & Digital Design, Social Media Activation, TV & Content Production, Media Buying and Tracking & Optimization. They have a wide range of both domestic and international clients across B2C, B2B, and Corporate Branding.

Lastly, Advance holds an impressive client portfolio, with brands such as LEGO Group, Coloplast, WSA brands Widex and Rexton, Danfoss, Norden, SimCorp, COOLA, Carestream Dental as well as several Johnson & Johnson brands such as: Johnson’s Baby, Pepcid Duo, o.b., T-Gel, Ipaflex and Ipren.

The Position

As Executive Creative Director of Advance, you will be responsible for the creative output of the agency. You are a creative visionary and innovator, with proven experience in creating compelling and coherent, digital driven integrated marketing solutions.

You will lead a creative department of 25+ highly talented junior and senior creatives, using your strong conceptual and executional ability to help nurture, guide, and motivate teams toward achieving their full creative potential and reaching new standards of executional excellence. You will lead and inspire by example, demonstrating through the work you yourself do on select clients and new business pitches.

The profile we are looking for needs to be highly skilled in the following disciplines: 

  • High-level strategic and creative conceptual ability across B2B to B2C. You know how to develop brand platforms and roll out fully integrated campaigns inside complex communication eco-systems.
  • You have a good understanding of your clients’ often complex businesses, opportunities and challenges and can translate these into relevant strategies and solutions.
  • As an Executive Creative Director, you are confident, enthusiastic, and able presenting concepts and campaigns at the international boardroom level. A mastery of English is a must.
  • Practicing creative leadership; you will be working closely with creative teams on a day-to-day basis, and are able to create clarity, provide direction, and help prioritize creative tasks.

Your profile

As Advance’s Executive Creative Director, you have a senior profile with several years of experience from a similar position involving responsibility for both creative direction as well as management of creative teams. You have a proven track record in delivering strong international creative concepts and solutions. You are an exceptional communicator with a driving creative force and thrive on leading and inspiring.

It is essential that you are comfortable and happy working in international environments and have worked with large businesses operating in global markets. Ideally, you have experience working with brands covering B2C and B2B.

You have documented leadership experience and are a culture carrier when it comes to providing encouragement, promoting innovation, and driving development. You lead through example and employ a hands-on approach in whatever you do, always empowering and motivating your team. You possess a positive, unrelenting drive with strong interpersonal skills. You are naturally ambitious and inspiring, the ultimate team leader, understanding that true, effective motivation comes from always remembering to put the aspirations of the team before the aspirations of yourself.