General information

Agency: UM

Job Function: Planning

Location: Sydney, Australia

Job Ref#: 7937

Description & Requirements

Position Summary

The Planning Manager is responsible for delivering market leading implementation planning which ensures our clients media plans are delivering required media and busines outcomes. 
 
You are the day-to-day lead on the development of Creative Connections Recommendations and Connections Plans however this is done in close collaboration with your Trading Manager to ensure all recommendations are underpinned by accurate media pricing.
 
You also work collaboratively with many disciplines across the agency group such as Client Leads, Strategy, Connections Design and BU’s to ensure that all recommendations put forward for your clients are planned to deliver on the briefed business outcomes. As campaigns go live, you work in close collaboration with your Trading Manager and respective trading team to ensure all planned metrics are being delivered, or if appropriate effective optimisations are undertaken and communicated to the client.
 
Alongside your trading team you will also work closely with our media partners to develop best in market connections executions.
 
You are an effective communicator with your Planning Director and Chief Media Partnerships Officer to ensure they are appropriately updated across your clients.
 
You have a fundamental and robust knowledge of the Australian media landscape in order to understand all of the opportunities that exist for your clients.
 
As the Planning Manager you are ultimately responsible for the development of implementation recommendations and connections plans.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and develop all Creative Connections Recommendations and Connections Plans in collaboration with the trading team ensuring they deliver on the briefed business outcomes.
  • Incorporation of UM proprietary planning tools, such as Growth Accelerator, into the planning recommendations.
  • Translate strategy & channel recommendation to trading hubs team.
  • Trains junior team members on UM approach to Planning.
  • Contribute to the preparation of Media Landscape quarterly reviews to clients.
  • Support the Senior Planning Manager and Planning Director by managing day to day workflow, ensuring all tasks that are delegated from the Senior Planning Manager / Planning Director are completed within the given timeframes.
  • Support workflow and resource allocation across the total Planning team.
  • Ensure team WIPs (Planning/Trading) are scheduled and actions allocated responsibilities post WIP.
  • Drive a collaborative approach with all UM departments including BUs to develop best in class media solutions.
  • Ensure a strong relationship with all media partners to remain across key/upcoming opportunities and trends. 
  • Attend required training as part of development.
  • Oversee financial process alongside the Trading Manager to ensure monthly invoicing is in-line with the plan.
  • Provide accurate reconciliation of Connections Plans after invoicing occurs.
  • Leads/assists with planning recommendations (in collaboration with Trading Managers) for day-to-day campaign optimisations to ensure delivery against business outcomes.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • You have 4-5 years experience in the industry. You have a fundamental and robust knowledge of the Australian media landscape, and can translate this knowledge into an educated point of view of the impact it has on your client’s business and/or approach to the planning craft.
  • You have expert knowledge of industry tools such as SMD and Asteroid, and have an ability to train those in your team effectively on these tools. You are also proficient in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel. 
  • You have very good attention to detail. 
  • You have the ability to create a positive and motivating work environment.
  • You have strong communication skills both in verbal and written form.
  • You are a strong presenter, and a desire to continually develop your presentation skills with more senior clients, media partners and internal UM and Mediabrands stakeholders.
  • You are a problem solver and are always thinking about solutions and how we can be better. 
  • You are a collaborator, able to work with and bounce of others within the team and across the wider business to generate the best outcomes for our clients. 
  • You lives and breathe the Planning craft and have an inherit nature to continue learning and development within the craft.

About Us

A full-service media agency, UM strives to Futureproof our clients’ businesses through our relentless pursuit of better science, art and outcomes. Founded in 1999, UM is made up of entrepreneurially-minded strategists, 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. A part of IPG Mediabrands, UM’s global headquarters are in New York, with six additional US offices in Birmingham, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco. UM's vision to Futureproof our clients for today, tomorrow, and beyond wouldn’t be possible without our Better People.

UM’s culture is an inclusive one, where people belong and 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. UM’s 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. They proudly uphold the following values:

Courage: Our courage to take risks drives our ability to set new industry standards.

Curiosity: Our relentless curiosity drives relentless innovation.

Commitment: Our commitment to uncovering better opportunities for our clients and our community is at the heart of everything we do.

Community: We pride ourselves on fostering a community where everyone can belong while actively giving back to the communities in which we live.

Caring: We care about being a diverse agency where everyone feels motivated and supported.

Candor: Our candor through open and constructive dialogue ensures better outcomes for our people and our clients.

As a company, UM is constantly pushing to improve, under their Better Science, Better Art, Better Outcomes banner, striving to set the bar in the ever-evolving media landscape. Their efforts have yielded a number of new business wins recently including Aetna, American Express, Columbia Sportswear, Gallo Wine, Henkel, and Quicken Loans.