Senior Partner - Global Investment Team

Buying, Trading & Investment London, England


Position at Wavemaker



Senior Partner - Global Investment Team


Reports to: Global Head of Investment

Based: London with global travel as required


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. Fuelled by the world’s most powerful consumer data, we understand where and how marketing can intervene decisively to help the world’s leading brands win more sales.

Our 7,600 people across 90 markets provoke growth through:

  • deep knowledge of our clients’ business
  • confidence to challenge what’s gone before
  • the support to go further than we thought possible

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

The Wavemaker Investment team sits at the very heart of our business, managing billions in media billings across the globe. On one-hand we coordinate the delivery of and maximize performance-related incentives from a range of international client trading commitments. On the other, we promote new trading models that offer significant benefits for our clients


Vision for the role

We want someone to take overall investment responsibility for a portfolio of our key global clients and the leadership of a sizeable team. You will be expected to drive the client dialogue on current media performance and landscape as well as developing future facing models as client and marketplace needs evolve. The successful candidate will also be required to have a sharp commercial mind, entrepreneurial flair and the relationship building capabilities to successfully align local, regional, and global needs. This is an integral role within the global client leadership teams.


Role & Responsibilities

Client Pricing Delivery & Management

  • Establish yourself as the client’s trusted advisor on all trading and value matters, working closely with the local Wavemaker teams and the client to ensure our trading delivery remains in line with all requirements
  • Manage the relationship with media auditors working across your clients, agreeing relevant and reasonable media value performance KPIs with the auditor and client
  • Work with local market trading teams to ensure that they fully understand commitment structures and are equipped to maximize incentive delivery against these
  • Ensure use of preferred suppliers is maximized in line with client objectives and investment strategy providing the link so that planning and investment teams work cohesively
  • Identify and maximize media partnership opportunities – lead negotiation on client deals with regional / global vendors
  • Ensure any client delivery issues are flagged with local and global agency / GroupM management to ensure a quick resolution
  • Proactively identify value opportunities for your clients.

New Business Investment / Commercial Alignment

  • Support global new business goals by leading investment on key pitches as required
  • Align with local investment leadership and GroupM to ensure pitch pricing is competitive and suitably benchmarked
  • Craft compelling investment stories for pitch submissions ensuring all the benefits of Wavemaker, GroupM and WPP are brought to bear
  • Work together with commercial teams to ensure that the design and application of trading-based incentives are feasible and achievable
  • Provide expert input on all trading-related contract/MSA wording

Team Leadership and Development

  • Work with other members of the global investment leadership team to ensure it is set up for success and each member has a clear understanding of their role and the overall team goals
  • Understand the investment team needs now and, in the future, to ensure sufficient resourcing and succession planning is in place
  • Create motivating career goals for your team and work with GroupM to create required training programs for ongoing development.
  • Contribute to the global trading community and ensure that best practice is regularly shared, and local / regional teams are suitably supported


Required Experience & skills

  • Substantial experience in one or a combination of local media buying, international media buying coordination and evaluation
  • Excellent client relationship skills with the ability to communicate complexity across multiple geographies and cultures.
  • Strong understanding of digital buying and evaluation experience including an up-to-date understanding of the digital landscape
  • Commercially minded, entrepreneurial approach to revenue generation
  • Solid understanding of client marketing and procurement functions
  • History of successful team leadership, training, and development
  • Keen eye for detail and desire to tell a compelling story through the numbers
  • Confident presenting to senior clients and senior internal management
  • Highly numerate, curious problem-solver


What makes us different:

As team we are deliberately different to the typical global investment teams that exist in other agencies:

  • We have developed market-leading technology to manage client commitments with unmatched accuracy to reduce the labor requirement (both centrally and locally)
  • We encourage our team to focus on managing future opportunities and threats with our clients rather than spending too much time talking about the past
  • We mandate diversity in both the staffing of the team and the work they do – we expect everyone to proactively develop thought-leadership and initiatives to keep us at the front of the business
  • We enjoy brilliant in-house training and development programs
  • We are relatively free of hierarchy and look to put new joiners in front of clients at the earliest opportunity