Account Executive Entry Level - O2

Account Management / Client Services London, United Kingdom


Position at Havas Media

Account Executive

Reporting To: Account Manager

Office Location: The HKX Building, 3 Pancras Sq, London, N1C 4AG, U.K

About us:

Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups, operating in over 100 countries. The Group is made up of two major divisions: Havas Creative Group (the creative agencies) and Havas Media Group (HMG), the media agencies. HMG UK & Ireland today employs over 900 people and is made up of five leading media brands; Havas Media, Arena Media, Forward, LuxHub and Target Media, PR & experiential agency HSE Cake and specialist brands, Socialyse, Mobext and Ecselis.

Our ambition is to be the UK’s most integrated, agile media and marketing services group with data, content and entertainment at our core. It’s an exciting time for the business, with our recent move to the new ‘Havas Village’ in King’s Cross, where all UK agencies sit under one roof and share one common purpose; to bring media and creative closer together for the benefit of our clients.

The Role

O2, owned by Telefonica, is one of the leading Telco brands in the UK but in a highly competitive market it’s never been more important to offer a point of difference through media and messaging by demonstrating innovation at every touchpoint. The role will be planning across both DR and Brand campaigns

This role sits within the O2 Client Planning Team, supporting the Client Planning Manager in all day to day activity on O2 with the primary objective of account management and planning across the wide media landscape.

Key Responsibilities


  • To build understanding and media planning skills across all media channels, from insight generation, to media strategy, media implementation and campaign management, to measurement / effectiveness (both in flight and post campaign)
  • To provide administrative support to the team including competitive insight/analysis, regional analysis, media owner support etc
  • To provide support in the development and presentation of strategic and implementational responses to briefs to a range of clients
  • Demonstrate ambition for delivering media innovation (e.g. new platforms, media firsts etc.)
  • Take over operational responsibility for the account team and supporting the senior team members in delivering a strategic vision for planning
  • Working with colleagues, other departments and media buyers either in-house or in a specialist agency
  • Making and maintaining good relationships with media owners
  • Managing client relationships to build respect and trust in your judgement
  • Keeping on top of all things finance – from putting campaigns on the booking system, to checking buyers’ bookings against plans to confidently informing ADs/BDs when POs can be closed once the campaigns have been reconciled

Ideal Experience

  • Good numerical skills, people skills and common sense
  • Passionate about media and advertising
  • Enthusiastic, amenable and outgoing: a self-starter
  • A team player
  • Good attention to detail
  • Able to approach more menial tasks with equal enthusiasm

Specific Skills

  • Process driven and organised
  • An awareness of the overall media landscape, the role of each media, strengths/weaknesses and opportunities
  • Developing a good relationship with clients, ensure that all deadlines are met and requests are dealt with swiftly and professionally
  • Display a genuine willingness to learn and work hard to achieve goals and challenges
  • Work well under pressure and to be up for the opportunities and challenges that come with a fast paced client such as O2


  • Telmar – Intro to Coding – TGI/NRS
  • AdDynamix – competitive reports, creative search
  • Mediatel
  • Microsoft Office – Basic use of key functions such as Powerpoint, Excel

The type of candidate that we’re looking for:

  • Gravitas and confidence
  • A high energy, positive, can-do person who is always looking for ways to improve what we do
  • Someone who can make things happen and likes to be accountable
  • A clear communicator who keeps the use of jargon to a minimum
  • A team player and a passionate motivator, who can communicate and relate to all levels of people
  • Someone who is well organised and able to manage the multiple tasks in a fast paced environment
  • Someone who works hard but plays hard

Keywords: media, advertising, media planning, digital, campaigns, ppc, seo, programmatic, online, offline.