AV Senior Planner


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AV Senior Planner


Overview of role


MediaCom handles the media planning and buying for some of the world's smartest advertisers.  Supported by consumer insight, analysis and experience, we are part of the largest media planning and buying network in the world.


We are the only agency to simultaneously hold the title of Agency Network of the Year across all 5 of the industry’s biggest awards, whilst recently being named Campaign’s Media Agency of the Decade.

We are looking for a diligent senior planner with at least two years of TV buying experience to work on the DFS AV team. In this role you will be responsible for the entire planning process within AV, where you will make a recommendation to the client founded in insight and evidence, with audit guarantees in mind.


Ideally we would also like to see knowledge across other AV channels such as Online Video, Addressable TV, OOH TV, Cinema and Radio. This is to ensure you are equipped to plan all facets of AV within an industry leading team.


Reporting of the role


This role reports directly into the AV Manager on the account, along with the relevant Trading Heads regarding value management, quality and channel coordination.


3 best things about the job


  1. MediaCom’s strength has always been our people. This team really reflects that. We’re a tight team working to deliver great data-led work to our clients.
  2. A widely varied client base makes for a great place to grow your career as it gives everyone in the team a real breadth of experience.
  3. Exposure not only to planning of all AV channels, but the digital specialists in response to briefs, where we make a joined up media recommendation across all channels. 

Measures of success


In three months, you would have:

  • Learnt how to use all the key planning and buying tools.
  • Built a strong working relationship with the other individuals within AV Planning and Investment. This will be key – you will be pivotal in creating the right environment for all our planner-buyers to develop, grow and create great work.
  • Built strong working relationships with all key stakeholders internally and externally – this includes key client contacts, Comms Planners and Investment Leads within our Business Unit.
  • Gained a good understanding of the client businesses which you will oversee.
  • Overseen the delivery of all AV plans and responses on time and without errors.
  • Have a solid grasp of all the commercial aspects of your role (clients’ businesses and ours).


In six months, you would have:

  • Demonstrated your ability to make AV recommendations founded in insight.
  • Implemented a robust test and learn framework for relevant clients in the group to show how our AV planning and buying is pushing their businesses forward (beyond just media metrics).
  • Started to demonstrate to your clients an improvement in key business performance metrics.


In 12 months, you would have:

  • Delivered stable or improving client referral scores on all your client businesses.
  • Delivered demonstrable revenue growth or value saving within your of clients.
  • Be able to lead AV recommendations with minimal input from your manager or AD.


Responsibilities of the role


  • Planning all facets of AV (inc TV, BVOD, Cinema, Audio).
  • Working within a full media team to deliver response to briefs.
  • Campaign reporting to ascertain if you executed recommendations.
  • Admin and budget management with commercial targets in mind.

What you will need


  • Multi-media understanding and 360 AV knowledge (all channels)
  • Knowledge of industry media planning tools (all media e.g. Techedge, BARB, Media Ocean, TGI, NRS, Comscore, Rajar, Postar)
  • Implementational knowledge of multi media planning tools (TGI, Media Multiplier, Touchpoints)
  • Pro-actively forge relationships with media owners
  • Commercially aware
  • Ability to extract and filter relevant insights / research to support planning decisions
  • Ability to tell compelling implementation stories (with the aim to interweave roles, flighting, weights, formats of different media and how they interrelate)
  • Strong personal relationships
  • Ability to sell (consultative selling)
  • Good communicator
  • Genuine interest in industry research and new ways of working
  • Strives to deliver award winning work and industry leading innovation
  • Understanding of brands and ability to understand and execute strategy
  • Collaborative
  • Good leadership skills and talent management
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Positive drive for innovation


About MediaCom


MediaCom is the UK’s largest planning and buying agency, with over 1,400 employees across five offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

We believe in People First, Better Results. This means that through investing in our people’s whole-person wellbeing, careers and capabilities and creating a culture of belonging, we achieve brilliant results for both our clients’ businesses and our own. We champion individuality and diversity in our people through an abundance of initiatives and training, and attract and retain the greatest talent in the industry.

Our mission is to See the Bigger Picture for our clients. We apply our unique ‘Systems Thinking’ philosophy and technology to all marketing levers: media, message and data. As a result, we design communication strategies that deliver short term results and help brands build for the future. 

MediaCom represents some of the greatest brands in the UK and beyond, both big and small. This includes Sky, British Gas, Sony, Boots, DFS, TUI, The Coca-Cola Company, Tesco and Cancer Research UK. Our client work is celebrated at the industry’s most prestigious ceremonies, and we were named Campaign’s Agency of the Decade for 2009 and 2019.

MediaCom is a member of WPP, the world's largest marketing communications services group, and part of GroupM, WPP’s consolidated media investment management arm. As such, we have access to the richest data, most robust benchmarks and most advanced capabilities in the market. This helps us provide comprehensive solutions to all marketing challenges.

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*Although we cannot make guarantees, we welcome conversations about flexible working for all roles at MediaCom London*

Buying, Trading & Investment London, England Permanent (Full Time)