EssenceMediacom | Communications Planning Manager

Manila, Philippines


Reporting of the role: This role reports to the Associate Media Director in the Philippine office.

3 Best things about the job:

  1. Being part of an inspired, passionate, dynamic & talented group.
  2. Work with top Philippine corporations & talents allowing for excellent training and exposure to the media industry.
  3. Flexible & fun working environment.
Measures of success:

In three months, you would have…

  • Be able to function independently and establish a strong working relationship with the team and is able to fully understand and deliver on time all day to day requirements for accounts being serviced.

In six months, you would have…

  • Be able to work with the team to deliver within schedule all quarter and semestral requirements like media reviews and communications planning decks.

In twelve months, you would have…

  • Be able to establish a strong working relationship with Clients as reflected in established Client feedback mechanisms like The Referral Ratings (TRR), Client-Agency Performance Evaluation (CAPE), Performance-Based Remuneration (PBR) etc.

Responsibilities of the role: Be prepared to get involved!  The office work is fast-paced and exciting but that means you need to be ready to adapt to challenges and have good prioritization skills.  We’re not looking for someone who will just copy and paste previous media plans for new briefs  We’re going through a step change as we move away from just best practice execution but also covering best practice strategic thinking too.  Shy and retiring wallflowers may find the role tricky too as there is a lot of face-to-face time involved in the role, not only presenting to clients but also internally to the rest of the GroupM team.  We should be ideas led and creativity is crucial.  Owning that one thought, that strategy and that one thing that puts us in the driving seat of a campaign is an important goal for every project we undertake. 

What you will need:

  • Lead one of the groups within a business unit in terms of media planning and buying.
  • Directly service clients and support groups (eg creative partners, activations and digital teams) to deliver integrated communications plans for brand requirements
  • Ensures key deliverables to clients  are met or achieved
  •  Ensures media metrics are guarded and achieved in all buying requirements and media executions
  • In charge of achieving best possible PBR for the agency through beyond average scores in media savings /buying KPIs, Business KPIs and client agency performance evaluation
  • Minimum 4 years experience in media planning and media buying.
  • Strong Digital and Integration experience/skills
  • Extensive Media Planning background
  • Media Buying and Negotiations not limited to middle management only
  • Highly skilled in Excel, Powerpoint, AGB and IMS Nielsen Tools
  • Exudes leadership, and can lead team of at least 5pax
  • Cohesive in understanding client businesses
  • Fluent and confident
  • Willing to work with exciting new accounts and must be open with developing media innovations for the company and clients

More about EssenceMediacom

We are a global communications agency leading with breakthrough thinking, building explosive growth for brands, and helping our clients see the bigger picture. Our daring global network of 10,000 influencers help our clients breach traditional boundaries in media, uncover novel ideas, and unleash exponential growth. EssenceMediacom challenges conventional thinking to build, propel, and supercharge our clients’ businesses at scale and lead our industry in critical areas such as diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability.  

EssenceMediacom understands that our people are tasked with big goals: building breakthrough growth for brands and leading with breakthrough thinking in our industry. Our people are at the heart of this work because their ideas will enable us to decode the intersections of people, content, and technology to bring our aspirations to life. Our success is down to our eclectic, diverse, and talented people. EssenceMediacom is a place for us to grow our careers and expand our horizons. EssenceMediacom is committed to building an agency culture that supports our people, puts diversity at the forefront of our operations, and creates opportunity for all. This collective culture will be our “new power” where ideas are freely exchanged, and collaboration is actively encouraged in a place where you can innovate in our hyperconnected world.  

About the Philippines

In recent years, the Philippines has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. Al-Jazeera noted the market demonstrating “an unprecedented period of macro-economic buoyancy and political stability”, spurring both domestic and international business growth. It is also one of the largest and fastest growing digital markets in Southeast Asia, with growth expecting to increase exponentially in the next few years.

With a population of 109.5 million, 59.2% of these currently have access to the internet. By 2022, the Philippines' internet population is forecasted to be 73%. Coupled with the Philippines’ vibrant economic growth and the expansion of its digital footprint, GroupM Philippines is well-positioned as an exciting and innovative organization for media players and talent to be.

GroupM is an equal opportunity employer. We view everyone as an individual and we understand that inclusion is more than just diversity – it’s about belonging. We celebrate the fact that everyone is unique and that’s what makes us so good at what we do. We pride ourselves on being a company that embraces difference and truly represents the global clients we work with.

GroupM APAC is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our people are our strength so we respect and nurture their individual talent and potential.


GroupM is looking for talented and passionate individuals to join the Group as Media Manager. As Media Manager, you  will have a huge opportunity to showcase your skills as you work across local and multinational brands/categories.   

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