Overview

Position Summary

 

As a Communications Designer, you are an important part of the creation of the most appropriate communications plan for your client to achieve their business goals. You are responsible for helping to strategize, produce and make sense of the key media, consumer and market intelligence required to your clients’ connections plan.
 
You have a passion for brands, media and ideas, and within the team are considered the go-to-person on the latest news and innovations going on in media. You spend time with media partners understanding their offerings in detail, and are up to speed on all the intricate tactics available to brands today – from new platforms, to new targeting opportunities. You are an important part of the idea design, and the development of the communications architecture and tactics.
 
In this role, you will develop, recommend, execute and evaluate digital media plans from inception to completion with moderate oversight from the Manager. The Communications Designer should be able to work fairly independently once given project parameters, goals and budgets to develop a sound recommendation with clear rationale. The Communications Designer will oversee two Associates in terms of daily maintenance to ensure consistent processes are being followed and all client media buys are delivering.

 

Key Responsibilities

 

Client
  • Contributor to impactful communications plan development to meet client needs and deliver communications idea
  • Attend regular client status meetings, creative statuses and maintain on-going rapport
  • Analyze and provide clients with research data and media/marketing information

Internal
  • Provide communications and audience intelligence and data inputs through the application of syndicated and proprietary systems for communications design goal setting and decision making
  • Work collaboratively with team members to develop and manage media plans for Digital (display, mobile, social, video, gaming, search)
  • Provide senior-level guidance to Associates on day to day functions
  • Mentor and assist in the training of Associates
  • Provide partner selection recommendation and justification designed to deliver on client KPI’s using the most sophisticated use of data and analytics, via multi-faceted, strategic partnerships, while delivering maximum strategic value and efficiency
  • Develop the RFPs and oversee the submission process with media partners
  • Continually vet out real-time opportunities to ensure our clients are remaining competitive
  • Develop industry and partner POV’s with Manager’s oversight
  • Participate in the development of KPIs with larger team
  • Oversee all production timelines, creative development and creative hand-offs to ensure campaign launches on time and without issue
  • Evaluate partner proposals, negotiate plan details, develop plan and ultimately present plan recommendations to internal stakeholders and clients
  • Identify and present new and emerging partners and opportunities in the marketplace
  • Oversee campaign implementation, optimization, and performance of campaign activities including authorizations, IO’s, budgets, creative, reporting and the billing and reconciliation process
  • Manage all partner specific budget allocation, optimization, media partnership programs and added value details

Commercial
  • Secure best in class marketplace pricing
  • Foster strong relationships with media partners

New Business
  • Participation in new business as required

 

Desired Skills & Experience

 

  • Bachelor degree in related field or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years in integrated planning role in media, publisher/vendor, or communications discipline (digital, content)
  • 2+ years of experience in a digital media planning/buying position at an advertising/media agency
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain strong professional relationships with clients, colleagues, and vendors
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills
  • Required PC proficiency and solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Experience analyzing data and market research
  • Experience delegating assignments to junior staff
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