Essence | Media Activation Executive

Programmatic, Biddable, Paid Media & SEO Singapore, Singapore


Position at Essence

About Essence

Essence, part of GroupM, is a global data and measurement-driven media agency whose mission is to make brands more valuable to the world. Clients include Google, Flipkart, NBCUniversal, L'Oréal and the Financial Times. The agency is more than 2,000 people strong, manages $4.5B in annualized media spend, and deploys campaigns in 121 markets via 22 offices in APAC, EMEA and the Americas.


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About the role


As a member of the Essence APAC programmatic team, you will help execute the tactical planning, setup and activation of programmatically purchased media campaigns across one or more countries via demand-side-platform (DSP). Campaign objectives can range from Branding (e.g. awareness, consideration, intent) to Direct Response (e.g. usage, acquisition, ROAS) and will leverage a combination of real-time and guaranteed buying across both open exchange and/or direct publishers as needed.


Role responsibilities include but are not limited to:


        Directly supports 1-2 markets/accounts

        Able to own 1 campaign E2E at any one time while assisting on others as needed

        ~100% time allocated to individual campaign assignments

        Supports/owns delivery of programmatic media plans, wrap-ups, and milestone outputs utilizing established best practices against client comm strat according to timelines

        Able to launch (or assist in launching) campaigns on time/does not contribute to gating issues, in compliance with platform (DSP/DMP) best practices (naming conventions, IO/LI structure, frequency settings, prebid, etc)

        Consistently delivers on daily/weekly tasks for all assigned campaigns (daily pacing, weekly client facing reports, data integrity, etc)

        Meets campaign objectives by EOQ (KPIs, 65% Viewability, 95% Pacing), and/or flags potential pacing issues in a timely manner

        Growing knowledge of media planning fundamentals e.g. reach, frequency, channels, formats, etc.

        Growing knowledge of tactical essentials including but not limited to inventory and data sources

        Excellent tracking of sub-campaign level details including but not limited to pacing, performance, etc.

        Growing knowledge of adjacent and/or connected disciplines including Data Strategy, Analytics, AdOps and Experience

        Growing knowledge of the programmatic/ad-tech ecosystem (publishers, data, platform, etc.) for specific APAC market(s) you are working on

        Growing grasp of overall campaign lifecycle and the role programmatic plays within it

        Communicates planning successes, failures, and escalations to line manager in a timely manner

        Growing ability to prioritize tasks with minimal oversight from manager (able to discern cost/benefit to decide priorities independently)



Desired background experience:



        High attention to detail, and excellent organizational skills

        Highly developed interpersonal and relationship management skills

        Strong analytical skills and a natural affinity for numbers is key; You must be able to analyze raw data, draw insights and develop actionable recommendations as needed

        Proficiency in Excel (pivot tables, Vlookups, etc)

        Demonstrable interest in programmatic/ad/mar-tech

        A passion for everything digital, with an active interest and understanding of digital marketing/advertising industry trends



        Previous experience working on the programmatic/ad-tech buy-side (e.g. agency, trading desk, DSP company)

        Proficiency planning and deploying campaigns using enterprise level DSPs (e.g. DV360, The Trade Desk, MediaMath)

        Google stack experience

        Familiarity with industry-relevant programming languages (e.g. HTML, Javascript, SQL, Python, R)



What you can expect from Essence


Essence’s mission is to make advertising more valuable to the world. We do this by employing the world’s very best talent to solve some of the toughest challenges of today’s digital marketing landscape. It’s important that we hire people whose values reflect those of our own: genuine, results-focused, daring and insightful. As an Essence employee, we promise you a workplace that invests in your career, cares for you and is fun and engaging. We believe these factors create a workplace where you can be yourself and do amazing work.