Global Investment Manager

Data, Research & Insight London, England


Following a number of Global new business wins, MediaCom Worldwide are seeking to expand it’s current team and to manage a series of new and current assignments, where our clients require a centralised measurement of media buying performance.

Clients currently being handled by the unit include: Danone EMEA, GSK, NBC Universal, UIP, Sony, T-Mobile, Bayer, Shell, Dell, Nikon, Ryanair, Richemont and PSA.

The investment management function has three core objectives: leading the buying and pricing elements of international and multi-local pitches; managing client cost deliveries and incentive schemes across the MediaCom client portfolio; disseminating trading best practices within the network and supporting local trading operations in their roll-out (tactical processes, new trading models...).

Role objectives and tasks:

1. Investment Management for PSA (70%)
Following GroupM’s appointment by PSA the Investment Management Unit has been tasked with tracking the media buying performance globally against agreed targets.

In 2018 a market by market trading position will be reported to PSA, so it is expected that the Investment Manager will support on the tracking process for PSA, with appropriate senior support.

2. Investment Management for other clients (30%)

The investment Management Unit track the buying performance for a number of other clients across a range of media in key European markets (Television, Digital and Print). Results are reported against various frequencies.

Further to the above; due to the team’s wide range of clients and relatively horizontal structure, there are a number of opportunities for the Investment Manager to directly manage projects (work directly with MediaCom’s Account Teams, build auditor relationships, and handle benchmarking-related client queries).

3. Supporting New Business RFQs
Although new business support is not seen as a focus for this role, each and every agency resource gets involved if necessary. From an Investment Manager’s perspective this will be particularly true in the case of a large consolidated regional or global procurement processes where a number of central ‘cost experts’ would need to be involved in the RFP. Resilience is the key quality required in such situations. The time allocation to new business is of course difficult to predict, but in any case should not reach too significant levels over the whole calendar year.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Experience

The candidate must possess experience gained in a buying role in a media agency or alternatively at a media auditing firm.

It is essential that the candidate possesses solid knowledge of cost aspects across all media types, especially television / online, ideally gained in an auditing environment on-top of direct media buying experience. Due to the increasingly digital profile of the accounts in scope, experience in online buying would be a particular asset.

Given the technicality of the benchmarking, where very precise and quantified outcomes need to be delivered, excellent numerical and IT skills, as well as great attention to detail are essential.

The candidate will need a good eye for organisational structures and procedures, as well as a very “hands-on” attitude. Working with a network of local operators on globally aligned businesses can often present big challenges in terms of collaboration and a certain degree of resilience and patience is therefore required.

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