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Apprentice Partnership Associate

Job Description

We are dynamic, empowered and entrepreneurial.

We pride ourselves in being an equal opportunities employer and diversity and inclusion is at the heart of what we believe in. IPG Mediabrands is committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce and welcome applications regardless of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion or belief.

Initiative is different from other media agencies.

We are not trapped by a legacy structure primarily centred on paid advertising. Instead, we are liberated by a new world structure designed to deliver highly differentiated and highly effective communications strategies for our clients.

We’re not the biggest agency in town. So rather than outsize our competitors, we must outsmart them. That’s why we’ve built the strongest strategic capability of any agency in the market. Core to this strategic capability is an obsession with culture and how brands can pivot from brand advertising (which is forgettable) to cultural branding (which is highly memorable).

Our new world model is comprised of four central “craft centres” – Client Advice and Management, Strategy, Communications Design and Partnerships.

Partnerships

The Partnerships team is the next generation marketplace team of experts that identify, broker and manage the relationship between media, partners and culture vehicles for a given brand.  This team leads partner evaluations, makes strategic investment recommendations and manages in-market KPIs.  Partnerships work closely with Strategy and Communications Design to bring communications experiences to life and drive innovation.  This team ensures we are supporting and executing against the overall corporate initiatives as well as drive maximum value for our clients.

Each craft centre is as important as the other, because only when they are effectively combined can we produce a truly creative and integrated product for our clients.

We strive for world-class work on every client, every time.

We believe that good enough is not good enough. We hope you do too.

We are excited to have you and your unique talent helping us to realize our ambition to be the best media agency in the world.

ROLE OVERVIEW: ASSOCIATE, PARTNERSHIPS

The Associate in Partnerships is an entry-level position within Initiative requiring an eager, proactive and energetic person who is interested in beginning a career in media.  The Associate is an important position within the integrated investment process and supports the team as they build a go to market approach for as well as alternative offerings such as in cinema video.

This person should like working with numbers, have strong communication skills, work well in a team environment and have a level of curiosity that infects the entire team that works with you on campaigns.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Client

  • Maintain client’s schedules in accordance with their goals
  • Responsiveness to client requests Proactively Client

Internal

  • Proactively seek out mentorship and learning from other Discipline leaders at Initiative (Strategy, Analytics, Communications Design, Client Advice)
  • Attend company events and department-wide meetings
  • Learn key programs and tools
  • Distribute, collect and organize RFPs
  • Assist in reporting and tracking budgets, savings and value, ensuring accuracy for internal team
  • Assist in evaluating partner proposals
  • Responsible for the smooth running of day-to-day activities
  • Stewardship (Enter buys into Prisma and insure system reflects accurate buys, update buy summary documents, monitor network buys daily based on audience delivery data to ensure delivery in flight, secure necessary ADU weight, assist with traffic issues
  • Integral in the campaign set up and execution including order letters, specs, creative rotation and billing documentation
  • Be responsible for billing discrepancies and produce resolutions
  • Assist in actualizations with partners and final billing numbers
  • Participate in analysis and post-campaign summary of integrated programs
  • Coordination and scheduling of partner and team meetings
  • Compilation and distribution of conference reports from status meetings
  • Participate in departmental projects as requested
  • Integral in the campaign set up and execution including insertion orders, specs and creative trackers
  • Be responsible for billing discrepancies and produce resolutions
  • Assist in actualizations with partners and final billing numbers
  • Participate in analysis and post-campaign summary of integrated programs
  • Coordination and scheduling of partner and team meeting
  • Compilation and distribution of conference reports from status meetings
  • Participate in departmental projects as requested

Commercial

  • Timely resolution of billing discrepancies
  • Ensures and advocates for partner relationships

Prioritization:

  • 20% Client
  • 60% Internal
  • 20% Commercial

Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s):

Client

  • Responsiveness and accuracy on client maintenance

Internal

  • Fosters strong and positive internal relationships
  • Accurate maintenance of schedules
  • Participates in agency and external personal growth & education initiatives
  • Strong knowledge of buying mechanics – Prisma, ADUs, tracking, posting
  • Adherence to / use of agency processes and tools

Commercial

  • Align with billing timelines
  • Ensures and advocates for agency partner relationships

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 0-1 year media planning/buying experience (internship preferable)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft programs, especially Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to communicate concisely and clearly, both written and oral
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of an integrated team
  • Detail-oriented, organized, conscientious, with the ability to multi-task and work well under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment

THE PERKS

We guarantee that your career with us will be varied and exciting. Every day in this fast-paced environment presents a different challenge and if you work smart and are the best at what you do, your time here will produce endless possibilities for your future.

You will get our support in developing your skills at every step of your career journey with us. Your manager will help you create a tailored career path and through our in-house experts, and online performance management and learning and development tool, you will have access to a wide range of internal and external courses. In addition to this, there are always plenty of internal sessions on the latest developments in the industry, e-learning courses, bite-size learning sessions and on the job training and development.

We aim to provide all of our people with a supportive and fun work environment where you can develop your full potential and benefit from the broad range of opportunities within the agency both in the UK and globally.

When you join us, we want to make sure you feel valued – and that you are rewarded for your fantastic work. So we also offer a range of benefits:

  • 25 days annual leave. In addition to your annual holiday entitlement, the office usually closes between Christmas & New Year
  • Additional holiday for long service
  • Group Income Protection (after 2 years’ service)
  • Life Assurance
  • Private Medical Insurance or Health Cash Plan (dependent on level)

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Job Categories: London. Job Types: Advertising & Media Executive.

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