General information

Agency: UM

Job Function: Investment

Location: London, United Kingdom

Job Ref#: 13377

Description & Requirements

Position Summary

An exciting opportunity to join UM Core and play an investment leadership role across a dynamic portfolio of accounts.

UM Core is a unique and dedicated hub that delivers core media planning and buying services to select clients. As an integrated planning and buying team you will be working closely alongside Communications Planners from day one.

Key clients include Zurich Insurance, Pinterest, Western Union, Cathedral City, Rowse Honey, Reese’s, FSCS, Energizer, and Esso.

The Investment Director is tasked with playing a leading role within an integrated planning and buying team ensuring outstanding delivery across all the accounts. 

You will work closely with the Managing Partner and Communications Directors on some accounts whilst having autonomy to lead and manage other accounts within the team. 


Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for holistic video planning, encompassing TV, VOD, OLV, cinema, and OOH TV 
  • Demonstrates an expert understanding of the media landscape in the UK, including digital and programmatic
  • Ensure regular interaction with Managing Partner and Comms Directors to develop an understanding of the latest business objectives across your client portfolio 
  • To create and implement the right process and procedures for effective day to day management of AV activity 
  • Responsible for the delivery of all activations across TV, VOD, Radio, Cinema and digital in-line with client expectations
  • Accountability:
  • on-going tracking of deliveries, submission of figures, attendance at reviews and to work seamlessly with Magna 
  • Ensuring that client specific commitments (e.g. pitch price and quality commitments) are understood and delivered across all media
  • Have direct client relationships and work alongside the Managing Partner and Comms Directors to ‘Sell in’ annual plans / large briefs across all AV channels.
  • Challenge strategy and ideas to ensure they are remarkable and inspirational for our clients
  • Ensures the team continue to deliver to the highest standards and are learning from your example.
  • To be the Investment figurehead on all clients within your portfolio
  • Lead by example. As a senior member of the agency your behaviours set the tone for the rest of the team. 
  • Encourage your teams to attend agency seminars and events and support the initiatives that are happening internally.  
  • Understand business and commercials to support decisions being made by management teams.
  • Plan, direct, supervise and coordinate the work activities of the team.
  • Work in partnership with HR and leadership team to ensure attraction, development and retention of top talent
  • Managing and mentoring junior team members with key focus on instilling core AV and digital buying skills
  • Ensure robust performance management (appraisal, goal-setting, ongoing feedback) as well as reviewing structures and job roles, identifying critical talent 
  • Supports team environment of experimentation and collaboration, creating a high standard within the agency
  • Stands by team and gives recognition even when things go wrong
  • Manages individual work styles and addresses team issues
  • Empowers individuals to embrace change whilst using vision as a guide to managing team direction
  • Strong personal insight – receives and reacts upon feedback opportunities
  • Self-starter who can work autonomously and remains composed under pressure
  • Consider what you would do to make your UM better? Where do you think you can add value and how would you make that happen


Desired Skills & Experience

  • Excellent in front of clients and in leading meetings and presenting to stakeholders
  • Experience in managing and coaching a team and enabling the development of those around you
  • Is experienced and well versed in all video and audio media and able to clearly articulate how communications are able to deliver a positive impact on our client’s business
  • A dedicated and motivated individual, who helps create and maintain a powerful team dynamic
  • Highly personable with a collaborative spirit, who develops good working relationships internally and externally with ease.
  • Good communication skills, familiar with developing strong client and industry connections 
  • Positive and proactive with a curious and creative mindset
  • Highly ambitious, with a thirst for continually learning and delivering an improved UM product 
  • A self-motivated and driven person who has an entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to succeed and achieve
  • Strong admin skills and great attention to detail
  • Experience working on a range of brands, and across a wide range of channels.  

About Us

A full-service media agency, UM strives to use Better Science and Art to create moments that drive business momentum for brands. Founded in 1999, UM is made up of entrepreneurially minded planners, researchers, investment experts, decision scientists, account executives, and content and activation specialists over 4,800 employees across 130 offices in over 100 countries around the world. They are globally headquartered in New York, with six additional North American offices in Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Toronto.

UM's culture is an inclusive one, where people are encouraged to bring their full selves to the office, and where personal and professional growth are a priority of every member of the team. The executive leadership team is dedicated to building a culture that permeates every element of the company, from work flexibility, to career planning and regular talent reviews, to an active culture club. We proudly uphold the following values:

Courage: having the courage to try the things that make us afraid, present something to a client that we know isn’t what they are expecting, taking on roles that we may be a bit intimidated by, inventing the future, etc.
Candor: pushing ourselves to have the hard conversations with colleagues, team members, clients and media partners that will make us all better.
Curiosity: being curious about the world, media, our clients, and each other and using this curiosity to find new and innovate ways of doing everything we do.
Commitment: being committed to UM, our teams, and our clients and going above and beyond when it is required.
Community: being an active and positive participant in the UM community, our team and client communities, our local community, and the world and creating valued communities with the people, clients, and partners that we work with.
Caring: caring about those around us–both their work lives as well as their personal lives and working to make everyone have as complete and fulfilling a life as possible.

As a company, we are constantly pushing ourselves to improve, under our Better Science, Better Art, Better Outcomes banner, striving to set the bar in the ever-evolving media landscape. Key clients include American Express, Quicken Loans, J&J, Sony, Hulu, Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, Spotify, ExxonMobil, and BMW, to name a few.

At Mediabrands and Kinesso, we celebrate difference and believe this makes us stronger. Mediabrands and Kinesso are equal opportunity employers and committed to championing an inclusive culture that provides a sense of belonging for all our employees. We do not discriminate against any applicant based on age, disability, race, colour, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, belief, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.
If you need any adjustments to ensure our recruitment process is fully accessible to you, then please contact us on recruitment.uk@mbww.com