Programmatic Director

Programmatic, Biddable, Paid Media & SEO London, England


Position at Wavemaker

Programmatic Account Director

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 name is our mission and our method. To make waves, you need to be provocative, even fearless. We do our best work for brave brands and people who want to be challenged to go further and faster. We know it’s not easy, but if it’s in you, we will get it out of you.

Our 7,600 people across 90 markets provoke growth for some of the world’s leading brands and businesses. Our attitude of Positive Provocation is enabled by:

  • Deep knowledge we have of our clients’ business
  • Confidence to challenge what’s gone before
  • The support to go further than we thought possible 

About GroupM Nexus
GroupM Nexus UK is a community of more than 1,000 specialists comprised of Search, Social, Programmatic & Display, and Ad Tech Ops teams from across the GroupM agencies. GroupM Nexus is designed to help accelerate our clients’ businesses by leveraging the power and capabilities of GroupM and its agencies, through partnerships with the world’s leading digital platforms, advanced accreditations for digital practitioners or continued development and deployment of industry leading benchmarks.

The Team
We are a team of approximately 20 people working on a mixture of clients that include Audible, Danone, Morrisons and Nationwide. The team are based at Wavemakers’ office at Sea Containers, SE1 in London UK.

The Role
The Programmatic Account Director will have extensive, proven, and detailed knowledge and experience in Programmatic and DSP implementations. Striving to deliver excellence in campaign activation and is responsible for providing day to day leadership of their campaigns

You will ensure on-going and timely optimisation is delivered whilst constantly looking for opportunities to improve campaign performance. You will also be responsible for collating spend forecasts, creating and monitoring campaigns to deliver on planned targets. Your focus will be on in-depth analysis, trend spotting, accurate execution, and leading and developing a team

Key Responsibilities

Campaign Management

  • Build effective media plans to organize campaign actions and goals
  • Oversee and ensure best-in-class campaign activation across relevant accounts, ensuring campaigns are operating at the highest standard and delivering highest quality output for our clients.
  • Take a proactive role, supervising campaign activation and optimisation rigor, while also supporting global hub, executives, and managers, across your clients.
  • Create templates and proven methodologies for optimisation approach for key trading tactics and optimisation logs.

Client and Partner Management

  • Build strong, effective relationships with clients maintaining relationships of trust and respect
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the media and technology developments that influence our client’s business.
  • Drive revenue growth through spotting new optimisation opportunities, services or products and delivering excellent results.
  • Develop strong relationships with media owners and other service providers to select the most appropriate suppliers for campaigns.
  • Understand the products and solutions that could be relevant for clients that have been developed within the group.

 People Management

  • The ability to motivate and train individuals, being a key stakeholder in the development of junior staff.
  • To support and nurture junior & global hub employees, ensuring their training and development needs are constantly evaluated and fulfilled.
  • Clearly outline tasks and objectives with the Programmatic Associate Director, with specific deliverables and timelines for progression.
  • Highlight great teamwork, and client initiatives. Demonstrate examples of Programmatic best practice to the wider team and contribute to department and wider agency PR and communications.

 Operational Excellence

  • The appropriate use of tools to drive accountability in programmatic buying, operational efficiencies, and actionable business insights, with the scoping of agreed client outputs.
  • Ensure financial accuracy, integrating the planning and buying process, and reconciliation of spends, including client terms and programmatic fees, via buying templates and processes.
  • Maintain standards and process throughout the end-to-end campaign lifecycle
  • Proactively seek opportunities to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge of the programmatic landscape, latest tech platforms, vendors, and suppliers

About You

  • Passionate about programmatic activation and driving continued excellence.
  • Proven experience in programmatic multi-channel campaign activation and management.
  • Confidence in core trading platforms, DV360. TTD and Amazon
  • Confidence in ad serving technologies with experience in troubleshooting tags
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships both internally and externally.
  • Ability to translate technical and complex points to non-technical audiences and coach others to do the same.
  • Ability to develop and execute comprehensive testing roadmaps in the Programmatic space – audience, media, creative
  • Ability to lead and manage a hybrid team located in different markets
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people from all diverse backgrounds, cultures, countries.