GroupM Services | Senior Director, Buying team Search

Buying, Trading & Investment Manila, Philippines


Position at GroupM

The GroupM Services team adopt a collaborative and customer-centric approach in delivering highly valued and innovative solutions for our Agencies and Agencies’ clients, including the activation and execution of dynamic media campaigns.

The following are the responsibilities of the GroupM Services Buying team (Search) and the varying degree of complexity is subject to individual job level:

  • Ensure understanding of all GroupM Agencies brand portfolio, deliverables and campaign KPIs
  • Be an expert across media behaviorsand how target audience interacts with search touchpoints (e.g. Google, Microsoft Advertising, Amazon) and any cross-channel delivery 
  • Lead opportunities to improve and enhance clients’ campaigns and advise GroupM Agencies accordingly
  • Proactively address, and escalate when needed, any issue that compromises the quality and timeliness of deliverables
  • Lead quality control and assurance practiceswithin Search activation
  • Ensure team understanding and compliance with finance process (including end of campaign reconciliation and addressing media query)GroupMpolicies and procedures.  
  • Lead cross-functional collaboration by demonstrating openness to new ideas and interest in learning from colleagues with different expertise. 
  • Support GroupM Agencies in providing specific expertise to clients when/if needed Lead and drive knowledge share and understanding of new trends and technologies across Search activation 
  • Independently manage the assigned teams and implement Search campaigns on major platforms (e.g. Google, Microsoft Advertising, Amazon) across all GroupM Agency accounts
  • Formulate Search strategies for client’s campaigns, ensuring that recommendations and decisions are consistent, imaginative and deliver results. (including draft media schedule) for GroupM agency planners/teams
  • Provide actionable insights during mid and post campaign reports to improve in-flight optimizations and future campaign brief recommendations
  • Lead and implement Search campaign activities of established local and global brands across multiple industries
  • Attain Google Ads Search and Analytics certifications
  • Manage a small team and be responsible for team coaching and day-to-day supervision
  • Accountable for business performance and is a key leader in the performance implementation team, ensuring growth and development takes place
  • Explore and conceive novel opportunities to expand our advisory offeringEstablish working models for Search to be used by GroupM Agency teams as a planning and an operations model
  • Any other project or tasks as assigned from time to time
Qualifications and Technical Skills

  • 6+ years working experience in Digital Marketing or relevant industry
  • 3+ years in managing a technical team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience managing a team to deliver best in class client campaigns
  • Deep knowledge of Search as a behavior not a platform. Covering Search planning expertise on verticals, social, e-Comm, audio
  • Practical expertise in paid Search activation on the global/regional biddable platforms including Search management platforms Google, Microsoft Advertising and relevant platform certification
  • Able to manage competing priorities in a fast-changing environment
  • Leadership skills demonstrated as the ability to anticipate and remove barrier to productivity, drive teams towards clear goals, take effective decisions and challenge the status quo
  • Strive for excellence demonstrated by setting high standards for yourself and others, holding teams accountable, focusing on continuous optimization while mitigating risks
Desired knowledge, skills and Abilities
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and time management skills
  • Creative and a good team playerKnowledge of digital marketing preferred
  • Proactively seek feedback on your work to take it to the next level
  • Detail oriented, responsive to deadlines and able to multitask
  • Ongoing interest in digital marketing, industry trends, best practices and emerging technologies
  • Client servicing experience and good interpersonal skills
  • Good working knowledge of non-digital media and the role they play in driving Search
  • Ability to build and maintain a productive collaboration across teams and external stakeholders
  • Persuasive and effective communicator
  • Passionate about digital marketing, Search tools and technologies and eager to keep learning

More about GroupM

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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.