Manager, Programmatic Media Buying

Programmatic, Biddable, Paid Media & SEO New York, New York


Manager, Programmatic Media Buying

Job Description
The manager position will be responsible for creating and executing programmatic media plans using industry leading media technology platforms. Within this role you’ll begin to take ownership of your clients’ programmatic media strategy and oversee its implementation and day to day execution. Programmatic managers are typically responsible for overseeing the training and day to day workload of 1-4 junior team members.




  • Translating client campaign objectives into programmatic activation strategies; including defining and building target audiences and sourcing relevant inventory opportunities
  • Managing campaigns, including ensuring budgets are pacing effectively and tactics are being optimized towards relevant objectives and KPIs
  • Overseeing the execution of operational tasks including budget management, billing and campaign creative trafficking
  • Developing strong working relationships and with members of the broader digital account teams including planning, investment, operations and analytics
  • Collaborating with agency teams and publishers to source, evaluate and implement deals that provide our clients with high quality inventory opportunities
  • Creating and enforcing workflow processes to ensure deliverables are completed accurately and on time
  • Training, supporting and managing the day to day responsibilities and QAing work of more junior team members
  • Conducting regular and ad hoc analysis to identify opportunities to improve performance within and across campaigns
  • Keeping key stakeholders including clients and account teams updated on campaign and account level performance via regular and ad-hoc reporting and status meetings
  • Contributing to the development of best practices to improve the quality or efficiency of work within an account or broader agency programmatic team



  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably with a concentration in advertising, marketing, economics, finance, computer science, mathematics or engineering
  • 3+ Years of relevant career experience, with 1+ years’ experience trading programmatic campaigns at an agency, DSP or Ad Network strongly preferred.
  • Some degree of past management or supervisory experience is also strongly preferred
  • 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


Hi Future Makers. We are Wavemaker. We are a next-generation agency delivering world-class solutions through media, content and technology for some of the world’s biggest brands.  We recognize that our people create our competitive advantage and we will only achieve our fullest potential by leveraging each individuals’ unique skills, expertise and perspectives.  As a result, we’ve designed an inclusive culture that encourages and embraces diversity in all its dimensions. As Future Makers, we are driven by our deep audience and purchase journey understanding, coupled with our unrivalled scale and access through GroupM, to ensure the delivery of leading-edge solutions at the intersection of media, content & technology.  Our mission is ‘Let’s make the future’ – through a dazzling blend of magic and logic -- we never stop Caring, Creating and Growing to help our clients and people succeed.

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GroupM and all of its affiliates embrace and celebrate 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.