General information

Agency: Initiative

Job Function: Data & Analytics

Location: New York, United States

Job Ref#: 6791

Description & Requirements

Position Summary

Working across some of the world’s most successful brands the Accountability Director will manage all US cost tracking across all media.   Working closely with partners in Initiative and MAGNA to deliver regular investment market insight & performance updates to both internal and external stakeholders as required.
 
The ideal candidate will be confident in designing & carrying out day-to-day processes that ensure the accurate delivery of all targets whilst putting in place pro-active forward planning strategies to deliver consistent results. 
 
Close working relationship with client auditors & clients to ensure fair and contractually compliant appraisal of performance.
 
Liaising with internal buying teams to offer insight and guidance as to the buying requirements in order to deliver savings goals and meet auditing requirements.  In addition, this person will work closely with the finance and planning teams to ensure proper oversight of the budget and billing process.
 
 This is a U.S. role concentrating on US media spend only and focusing on one major client. 
 
KEY RELATIONSHIPS
  • Head of Partnerships and Partnerships Leads
  • MAGNA Accountability Director
  • Managing Directors (Business leads)
  • Finance lead

Key Responsibilities

This is a pivotal role within a motivated and close-knit team working on a market leading account:
  • Be the primary day-to-day contact for all client accountability issues; both internally and externally.
  • Be capable of delivering value output to clients via presentations, dashboards and written documents.
  • Be accessible to the teams for questions as the key stakeholder to answer questions, drive the process and ensure compliance.
Desired Competencies
  • Client
    • Can influence without having direct authority, particularly with key client stakeholders.
    • Is a confident, articulate communicator, able to fill the client with confidence that you are able to deliver to their timing and data specifications.
    • Articulates agency services in a way that clients’ needs are met and value added.
  • Business
    • Ability to investigate, analyze and solve problems as well as clearly communicate results.
    • Ability to manage your time effectively across every aspect of your work.
    • Highly analytical with strong problem-solving skills: welcome client’s business challenges and identify data driven solutions.
    • Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment with the ability to learn and apply new concepts and tools quickly.
    • Strong attention to detail, well organized and has the ability to prioritize tasks under pressure.
  • People
    • Is positive and motivating in a team environment.
    • Willing to understand different points of view and work well in a team.
    • Self-starter who can work autonomously and remain composed under pressure.
    • Soft skills: attentiveness, detail oriented, excellent communication ability.
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s): 
    • Delivers on client efficiency goals
    • Ensure operational excellence across the teams
    • Drive operational efficiencies 

Desired Skills & Experience

  • 8-10 years’ experience in a media role (client, auditor, agency or media owner)
  • Experience with auditing preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Exceptional management, organizational and responsiveness skills
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain strong professional relationships with clients, colleagues and vendors
  • Project management experience, with proven ability to drive projects from conception to completion.
  • Independent, self-motivated, hardworking, analytically sophisticated with strong attention to detail.
  • Strong computer skills, comfortable with Excel, MBOX, Word and data
 

Employment Transparency

It is the policy of Mediabrands, division of the Interpublic group, to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, veteran status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law. 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. The job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and other job functions are subject to modification. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

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About Us

Initiative is different to other media agencies.
We are not trapped by a legacy structure primarily centered on paid advertising. Instead, we are liberated by a new world structure designed to deliver highly differentiated and highly effective communications strategies for our clients.
We are the world’s fastest growing media agency built upon the strongest strategic capability of any agency in the market. Core to this strategic proposition is the belief that the faster a brand can move through culture the more relevant it can become.
We call this Cultural Velocity ™.
Our process is designed to create ideas that move through culture through unique insight, market leading analytics and strategic media brilliance.
Our new world model is comprised of “craft centers” – Client Advice and Management, Strategy, Communications Design, Partnership and Culture, Insights & Analytics.