Associate, Planning

Future Talent & Entry Level New York, New York Los Angeles, California Chicago, Illinois


Position at GroupM



At GroupM, we believe that work is a part of life, not the other way around. To support that belief, we have recently adopted a “collaboration-led” hybrid approach to work in order to provide employees with the flexibility to do the best work of their lives no matter where they are working. This means that for roles where it makes sense, you'll spend some of your time in our incredible workspaces (when it's safe to do so) and some of your time remote. Check out this updated list of where we can hire:

  • California – LA 
  • Illinois – Chicago
  • New York – New York City tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT)


You will be responsible for the maintenance of all media campaigns across multiple channels (i.e. TV, Print, Radio, OOH, and Digital). Because this is an entry level role, the Associate position represents the beginning of a media career and is highly supervised by the Sr. Associate and Managers on the team. This position is critical in the day-to-day tactical management of the media plans requires someone that works extremely well in a fast paced and detail-oriented environment. You will get exposure to all relevant media disciplines and be able to put together a media strategy that is best for the client’s needs.




  • Partnering with the Senior Associate in gathering necessary data for plan development:
  • Run marketing & media reports and analyze data, gather costs, create and maintain flowcharts
  • Monitor and compile competitive advertising and spending data
  • Assist in the preparation and rationale of media recommendations and annual plan presentations
  • Assisting the Senior Associate to ensure the overall quality and integrity of plans, including:
  • Monitor and maintain budgets, budget reports, and all other stewardship reports
  • Generate paperwork necessary for media authorizations
  • Resolve billing discrepancies with relevant buying teams
  • Analyze and plan performance where necessary to ensure success
  • Maintain media partner information files
  • Partnering with the Senior Associate to establish priorities and manage workload
  • Providing timely and accurate delivery of all work
  • Assisting in the development of insightful media points-of-view
  • Successfully complete required training program(s)
  • Demonstrating a desire to create improvement and better outcomes through innovation / approaching things in new ways
  • Update client media activity flowcharts
  • Assist with tracking media expenditures to ensure agency and client budget compliance
  • Thinking of new solutions to your work / client challenges



  • Although no media planning or buying experience is required an internship with an advertising/media agency is strongly preferred
  • Comfortable working with budgets, numbers and all relevant Microsoft Office tools (i.e. Word, Excel)


About GroupM:

GroupM is the world’s leading media investment company responsible for more than $63B in annual media investment through agencies Mindshare, MediaCom, Wavemaker, Essence and m/SIX, as well as the outcomes-driven programmatic audience company, Xaxis. GroupM’s portfolio includes Data & Technology, Investment, and Services, all united in vision to shape the next era of media where advertising works better for people. By leveraging all the benefits of scale, the company innovates, differentiates and generates sustained value for our clients wherever they do business.

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GroupM and all its affiliates embrace and celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and equal opportunity.We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We are a worldwide media agency network that represents global clients. The more inclusive we are, the more great work we can create together.

In New York City, the base salary for this position at the time of this posting may range from $40,000 to $75,000. Individual compensation varies based on job-related factors, including business needs, experience, level of responsibility and qualifications.