Data Platforms Manager (17WM1353)

Data & Analytics London, England


Position at Wavemaker


You might know that GroupM is ‘the world leading media investment group’ - but what does this actually mean? Put simply, one in three adverts you’ll see online or out-and-about in public have been placed with our network of media agencies, some of the best and biggest agency brands in media (including Wavemaker, Mediacom, m/SIX, and Mindshare) so we have a pretty big responsibility on our shoulders.  If that wasn’t enough, GroupM is also a Top Employer ( meaning that we really value our employees’ wellbeing, and we have world development programmes to lead and develop our talent.  Considering we’re the only media agency network to have this accreditation, we hope you’ll consider joining us in your next career move. If you’d like to know more about life at GroupM, you can search for ‘GroupM UK Careers’ on all major social media platforms.



GroupM recently merged two of its leading global networks, MEC and Maxus, to form a brand new media, content and technology agency – one of the largest in the world. WAVEMAKER exists to be Future Makers: to build brands that pioneer the future, inspire society and move customers to action. What started with a blank page and a fresh perspective has resulted in building an agency of future.

Bound together by our Purchase Journey approach, we help clients translate audience behaviours and insights into smart decisions today, for a prosperous tomorrow. Our organizational capabilities and specialisms, along with the talents of our 8,500 people are united through our focus on understanding, accelerating and optimizing purchase journeys. Our obsession with purchase journeys is apparent in the solutions we create for clients, in how we structure ourselves and in the job roles our people perform. So a job a WAVEMAKER may not sound like a job at any other agency, and that’s because it isn’t.

Our people are encouraged to become the best versions of themselves and share the values and behaviours of what we refer to as PACED -  passionate, agile, collaborative, entrepreneurial, and diverse. With our combined global heritage coming together to create something new; our people are the brains, the data experts and the thinkers of the GroupM family.

WAVEMAKER is a leader in its field.  We’re in front of transformation, making waves by making bold choices. It means the impact of our choices today creates momentum into the future.

Our vision is simple: To become the most distinctive and admired media, content and technology agency in the world.

The future is not only coming, it’s now.



The Data Platforms team sits in the Data and Technology department within our TAPP (Technology, Audiences, Platforms, Products) function. TAPP is one of the agency’s central team, representing a group of specialists, covering areas such as consumer research, advanced analytics, data strategy and technology operations.


The Data Platforms team is the bedrock of the Data and Technology department, it provides the foundations to the tools that are used to generate insight across all of Wavemaker’s clients, by bringing data together in a single, easy to access place. 




As the Data Platforms Manager you will be responsible for gathering requirements, installing, maintaining and developing our existing end to end data platforms. This includes data acquisition from 3rd party platforms,  enterprise-level ETL, SQL Server data warehouse schema and SQL Server OLAP cubes, all the way through to supporting the end client data delivery.


You would be clients and our accounts team first point of contact when it comes to Data, providing subject matter expertise on Wavemaker and client-specific data questions and ideas. You will immerse yourself in clients’ structures and teams and will build great understanding of their business as well as strong relationships with the client themselves. You will not only work with client requirements, but you will look for opportunities to make better use of client data and implement ways of turning that data into valuable insight.




We are seeking someone who is numerate and data savvy with a strong attention to detail. You will be proficient in SQL, SSIS and SSAS. You will have the ability to build databases and come with a solid understanding of ETL possessing. Knowledge of media and digital advertising would be advantageous.


Most importantly we are looking for someone who can join the team, understand our clients objectives and ensure that data is received and imported accurately to drive effective analysis to improve our clients ROI.


A background in one or more programming languages (preferably python) is a significant advantage and an appreciation of cloud computing and big data technologies (preferably AWS or Google Cloud) will be beneficial.



If you’d like to apply please do so via this advertisement or you can speak to Natalie Glynne if you have any initial questions about the role.  (

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