Associate Director, Programmatic

Programmatic, Biddable, Paid Media & SEO Chicago, Illinois


Associate Director, Programmatic 

Management: 5+ Years 



As Programmatic has evolved, it has moved from being considered one of those specialty services towards a fundamental aspect of our digital activation strategy. While our programmatic teams are a part of a broader programmatic community dedicated to shaping best practices, our individual trading teams work directly with their agency counterparts to create and execute campaigns that support our clients overall marketing objectives.  
The Associate Director is responsible for overseeing the overall health and success of their respective account or accounts. Within this role you’ll be responsible for the ownership of your clients’ programmatic media strategy and oversee its implementation and day to day execution. The primary responsibilities of the role include the management of the programmatic team and engaging with respective digital agency counterparts, clients and external partners. The Associate Director is also expected to be the team’s strongest programmatic trader and should be a source of expertise and point of escalation for all aspects of the execution of a programmatic campaign including implementation, optimization and inventory and audience strategy.  


Programmatic Associate Directors are typically responsible for overseeing the day-to-day workload, training and career development of between 3-8 reports. 



  • Collaborate with planning teams to develop a programmatic strategy that ensures the clients marketing objectives are met with appropriate programmatic tactics  
  • Oversee the management of campaigns to ensure they consistently meet or exceed client KPIs and lending support to day to day trading as needed 
  • Act as the team’s central point of trading expertise and escalation to address problems as they arise for the account 
  • Create and enforce workflow processes to ensure deliverables are completed accurately and on time 
  • Hold members of the team accountable to flawless execution of campaign implementation and develop the QA processes that allow them to do so 
  • Own and improve the working relationships with members of the broader digital account teams including planning, investment, operations and analytics 
  • Develop relationships with platform, inventory and data providers to maximize their value specific to account needs 
  • Keep key stakeholders including clients and account teams updated on campaign and account level performance via regular and ad-hoc reporting and status meetings 
  • Conduct regular and ad hoc analysis to identify opportunities to improve performance within and across campaigns 
  • Ongoing training and support of the career growth of direct reports 
  • Keep Senior Leadership informed of the overall status of the trading team to ensure any challenges are appropriately resolved and/or escalated 
  • Develop best practices that improve the quality or efficiency of work within an account or broader agency programmatic team 
  • Develop POVs, Presentations or other shareable collateral that improves the overall level of programmatic education across programmatic and digital teams 
  • Support the Programmatic Agency lead as needed for larger presentations, projects or pitches 



  • 5+ Years of relevant career experience, with 3+ years’ experience trading programmatic campaigns at an agency, brand, DSP or Ad Network strongly preferred.  
  • Other Programmatic functions, Paid Search, Paid Social, Ad Operations, Digital Analytics or Digital Planning or client-side roles supporting a direct response or e-commerce brand may also be considered for high qualified candidates. 
  • Past management experience is required 
  • Familiarity with key programmatic and digital platforms 
  • Understanding and familiarity of key industry concepts and trends 
  • Advanced Excel User (Pivot Tables, Joining Data Sets, Complex Formulas, etc.) 
  • Experience with other database, visualization tools or coding languages is a plus 
  • Excellent verbal and written skills 
  • Exceptional organizational skills and detail-oriented mindset 
  • Strong presentation skills and comfort presenting to senior stakeholders  
  • Strong analytical abilities and quantitative skills 
  • Ability to prioritize tasks effectively 
  • Natural curiosity and desire to continuously learn 


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