Associate, Planning

Future Talent & Entry Level New York, New York San Francisco, California Los Angeles, California Atlanta, Georgia Portland, Oregon Chicago, Illinois


Position at GroupM North America

Individuals who are successful Planning Associates role are part psychologists, part scientists, part artists, part entrepreneurs, and part politicians. The Planning team strategizes how brands should communicate with people across the myriad of media channels and how to do that differently from every other brand.  

Overview of Job: 

The Planning Associate works in support of the Media Planner and Manager to implement the brand’s tactical plan on a day-to-day basis. The is an entry-level position providing support to the planning team while learning through established training programs and on-the-job training. This position involves developing the details of the tactical plan and, working with the implementation groups, initiating and maintaining the implementation of those details. To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a team player who has strong communication skills with a positive attitude. 

What you’ll be doing:

  • Provide Planners and Supervisors with the necessary data to make media recommendations and supply substantiated backup information to justify those recommendations
  • Assist in the development of media plans that specify which forms of media will be used to effectively reach the target audience
  • Provide maintenance for a media plan once it has been implemented, oversee the launch process and liaise with internal and external partners as required
  • Responsible for all media plan entry into DB, coordinate with internal/external teams for all campaigns
  • Compile and analyze post analysis data and evaluate site proposals; execute various types of competitive analysis
  • Pull research to support the development of media objectives, strategies and tactics including, MRI/Simmons, Adviews, @Plan, Comscore, Ad Relevance and DART
  • Review industry trades for new sites, innovative and creative ad units and technologies as well as competitive information
  • Update and maintain flowcharts and archives

What you will need:

  • Able to work successfully within a team and independently
  • Effective time management skills with an ability to multitask and prioritize are what you’re known for
  • Details excite you and you’re able to remember the small things and make sure they’re accounted for
  • Able to produce high quality work within a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • You are adept and confident in working with budgets and numbers

What you’ve already accomplished:

  • Although no media planning experience is required, an internship with an advertising/media agency is a plus
  • You’re a guru when it comes to communicating ideas and can write in a clear and concise manner
  • You have a high level of comfort and proficiency with Microsoft Office (advanced proficiency with Excel is preferred)
GroupM is a WPP company. WPP is the world leader in marketing communications services. Within WPP, GroupM is the consolidated media investment management operation and parent company to world-famous media agencies, such as MediaCom, Mindshare, Wavemaker, Essence, and more. The company has offices in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Irvine, Atlanta, Seattle and in many other major markets across the globe. 

We are an equal opportunity employer
GroupM embraces and celebrates 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.