Local Investment Buyer

Media Planning/Buying Chicago, Illinois


Position at Havas Media

Within Havas Media, the Media Buyer is responsible for the negotiation and placement of all media for existing clients and new business, in addition to making special recommendations to be presented to the client and key account management personnel. As a Local Broadcast Buyer, you are responsible for local television and radio negotiations and account maintenance.


  • Negotiates and places commercials with television and radio media for accounts within an assigned group of markets
  • Estimates, updates and adjusts all broadcast ratings
  • Negotiates and documents rates, special placements and added value
  • Executes all Media plans while adhering to established budgets and timelines
  • Clearly and accurately communicates orders and changes to media vendors
  • Monitors buys in progress, arranges for credits and responsible for post-buy results
  • Tracks media expenditures in Havas Media system(s) to ensure budget compliance
  • Researches and maintains record of trends, innovations and changes that affect media buying
  • Collaborates with clients and media control team members and planners to resolve billing issues
  • Provides new and profitable ideas to grow clients’ business
  • Gathers, organizes and presents competitive research and spending data, as requested
  • Provides market analysis and other reports, as requested
  • Mentor and support junior team members


  • 1-3 years of media buying experience as a junior or assistant buyer at a media agency
  • Undergraduate degree; relevant courses or field of study preferred
  • Demonstrate strong negotiating capability, excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication, problem solving, and, decision-making skills
  • Strong computer skills including media research and purchasing tools and proficiency with MS Office
  • Capacity for analytic problem solving, synthesizing data to identify themes and create reports
  • Ability to manage simultaneous tasks in a fast-paced technology-oriented environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Desire to be a part of a team environment
  • Ethics and values consistent with Havas Media’s high standards