Wavemaker | General Manager

Executive Leadership Mumbai, India


Position at Wavemaker

Wavemaker India

Overview of job
Wavemaker is an agency of GroupM, the world’s largest media investment company and are a part of WPP. In fact, we are responsible for one in every three ads you see globally. We are currently looking for a Managing Partner to join us. In this role, you will be responsible for running a portfolio of high-profile brands with services scope focused on client delivery (client delight, trusted advisor, engaging with the senior clients & strong health of the relationship), communications strategy and media campaign implementation management, by harnessing your amazing insight, analytics and strategy skills.

At GroupM APAC, our people are our strength, which is why fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion is important to us.

Reporting of the role

This role reports to West Office Head

3 best things about the job: 

  • Working with an exciting client known to be bold, ambitious and transformative.
  • Working with a passionate, driven and highly capable team.
  • Opportunity to lead a leader into the transformative world of media with data and innovations.

In this role, your goals will be: 

In 3 months:

  • Have a thorough understanding of the client's businesses (KPIs, growth spaces, key challenges and how they differ from other brands).
  • Understand the current horizon of media, data, and commerce activities on the client and build a perspective on areas of excellence
  • Leading key areas of transformation, business strategy, and brand growth with high quality and agile responsiveness to client requests
  • Understand team dynamics, talent spaces, and functions and build a relationship of trust and growth.

In 6 months:

  • Land a strategic view of the client’s business with a perspective that blends best practices and original thinking
  • Establish relationships with key stakeholders at the client and engage with them effectively.
  • Improve outputs and presentation of reviews/planning sessions
  • Drive business excellence by bringing together all the areas and leading them to future forward thinking
  • Begin to consult with clients on their business challenges for short term and long term
  • Maintain a high level of execution excellence through the team
  • Lead the data and audience strategy, data architecture, emerging commerce spaces, and new ways of measurement
  • Ensure deployment of all the relevant Wavemaker India and global tools

What your day job looks like at Wavemaker:

  • Strategic thinking with forward-looking plan of action
  • Guiding and coaching the leadership teams to bring extra excellence at their work
  • Drive maximum value via media partners
  • Consistent communication with clients on unlocking their business problems
  • Manage and build team, drive upskilling with a consistent program

What you’ll bring:

  • Require proactivity and a determination to create change.
  • You are expected to have experience in integrated strategy with a focus on digital, business orientation, and data/tech transformation spaces.
  • Curiosity – always asking meaningful questions, challenging the brief if necessary
  • High attention to detail to ensure the team’s output is of the highest quality
  • Leadership skills; ability to manage a very large team
  • Ability to navigate difficult client situations/manage expectations

Minimum qualifications:

  • Post Graduate degree in Mass Communication/ Mass Media/Marketing from a reputed institution/university with min 12 plus years of work experience

 More about Wavemaker

We believe there always is a better way to grow. We positively provoke growth for our clients by reshaping consumer decision-making and experiences through media, content, and technology. The Wavemaker way is globally consistent. Fuelled by the world’s most powerful consumer data, we understand where and how marketing can intervene decisively to help brands win more sales. Our 7,600 people across 90 markets have the deep knowledge, confidence, and courage to provoke growth for some of the world’s leading brands and businesses.

We are a part of GroupM, WPP’s global media investment management company. Discover more on wavemakerglobal.com, Twitter and LinkedIn   

About India

2020 brought opportunities for brands to innovate because of which we saw an evolving media stack. The growth of digital is set to soar high because of changing consumer habits. With approximately 500 million smartphone users, low-priced data plans, 45 to 50 million e-commerce shoppers, approximately 60 OTT offerings and a young population, India is a mobile-first internet market. It is also one of the top 10 ad spend markets in the world and is set to climb the ranks. Global big tech corporations have made considerable investments in top e-commerce/retail ventures and Indian start-ups, blurring the lines between social media, e-commerce and mobile payments, resulting in disruption on an unimaginable scale.

At GroupM India, there’s never a dull moment between juggling client requests, managing vendor partners and having fun with your team. We believe in tackling challenges head-on and getting things done.

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.