Essence | Digital Media Director

Advertising & Creative Services Tokyo , Japan


Position at GroupM

About Essence

Essence, part of GroupM, is a global data and measurement-driven agency whose mission is to make advertising more valuable to the world. Clients include Google, Flipkart, Nando's and the Financial Times. The agency is more than 1,600 people strong, manages over $3.6B in annualized media spend and deploys campaigns in 71 markets via its global offices throughout North America, EMEA and APAC.

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About the role

The Digital Media Director is responsible for leading our media buying and optimization team in Japan.

This role will lead a team of Search, Social, Programmatic and Investment experts to deliver best class digital media campaigns.

This is an exciting role for a digital media leader to create innovative campaigns for some of the worlds largest brands,


Some of the things we’d like you to do:

  • Build a world class digital media team
  • Manage a team of 30+ digital media specialist
  • Establish best practice digital media processes
  • Manage and develop key media owner relationships
  • Develop innovative marketing campaigns
  • Negotiate long term media partnerships
  • Identify new platforms, partners & integrations
  • Develop thought leadership pieces & case studies
  • Build strong client relationships


A bit about yourself:

  • Passionate about digital media and have a desire to be at the cutting edge of online advertising
  • At least eight years’ experience within a digital-centric role with a track record of leadership and business growth
  • Bi-lingual English and Japanese
  • Strong understanding of the digital landscape, suppliers and technology
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to present your strategic recommendations
  • Highly developed interpersonal, team building and relationship management skills
  • Demonstrated experience in senior stakeholder relationship building and management
  • Proven capability in building, developing and mentoring people and teams



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.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.