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Associate Planning Director

Strategy & Insights
Chicago, IL
Req ID: 6790


Position at VMLY&R

At VMLY&R, we create connected brands. We resist the usual ways of seeing, doing and thinking — harnessing creativity, technology and culture — to reimagine the entire connected consumer experience. Our goal? To create work that becomes part of people’s lives, to drive value for our clients and, in the best of cases, to impact the world.

Our Associate Planning Director will expand our collective reservoir of empathy for the consumer; to make sure everyone understands that there is a person at the end of every product and service. Not demographics. Not a caricature. But a real human being with veins and arteries, with dreams and aspirations. Out of this, we craft insights and creative briefs to inspire unique, break- through creative. Then we switch into brand manager mode to ensure that every concept the client sees is on-brand, on-target and laddering back to the goals and objectives of the initiative.


  • Develop marketing plans, communication and consumer touch-point strategies
  • Cultivate a deep understanding of the intersection of consumer motivations and client business needs
  • Work with consumer insights teams from client-side and VMLY&R’s primary and secondary researchers to translate findings into insights that fuel great creative
  • Monitor and interpret cultural and social trends relevant to the client’s business
  • Craft creative briefs and lead inspired briefings; remain an active contributor throughout the creative development process
  • Be a thinker and a doer, an innovator and visionary with a creative imagination
  • Partner with Account Management and Creative to grow the business

As part of the WPP Group, VMLY&R offers one of the best overall compensation packages in the business.

Required Skills

  • Proven ability to rapidly synthesize large quantities of information, identify critical observations and insights, and summarize driving implications and opportunities
  • Ability to effectively lead, influence and negotiate across different disciplines, internal and external, to achieve desired outcomes
  • An innovator and visionary with a creative imagination and a way of working that inspires creativity
  • Direct client experience and presentation skills to intimate and large groups of stakeholders

Required Experience

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a multidisciplinary background, including developing marketing strategy, consumer insight, media strategy and/or account planning
  • MBA is preferred
  • 7-10 years of overall marketing experience with at least 3 years of strategic leadership experience with clients
  • B2B marketing experience, Microsoft and email experience is a plus
  • Deep knowledge and experience with integrated marketing communications, specifically digital

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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