General information

Agency: UM

Job Function: Strategy

Location: Los Angeles, United States

Job Ref#: 7909

Description & Requirements

Position Summary

This proactive and enthusiastic individual will lead integrated, cross-channel communications strategies for clients in multiple categories, including Entertainment, Travel, Toys, and Home Decor. This role is responsible for unearthing consumer insights and behaviors to define the media strategy, target audience and communication goals.  By focusing on why people think, feel and act the way that they do, the candidate will identify unique opportunities that influence perceptions and encourage engagement.

In general, to succeed in Strategy, candidates must demonstrate a strong work ethic, exceptional analytical skills, and a knack for converting insights into creative, actionable recommendations for our clients. We are fiercely committed to delivering high-quality analysis, in a structured, thoughtful presentation, with strict attention to deadlines and deliverables. An ability to communicate effectively and efficiently in both written and oral form and build trusted internal and external relationships are also key.

This position is suited to a strategist with 8-10 years’ experience working in a similar agency environment or in a management-consulting firm. The VP, Partner will be responsible for the day-to-day management and execution of projects/assignment.

Key Responsibilities

Identifying Insights

  • Utilize a variety of data sources available to us (e.g., DMP, Acxiom) to identify high value audiences
  • Design and conduct primary quantitative and qualitative research, generating audience insights to inform strategic recommendations and tactical execution
  • Understand and integrate client and creative agency research

Strategic Development

  • Develop the strategic positioning for a given brand or product by considering category, consumer, and competitive context
  • Formulate target audience recommendations and communication strategies that help prioritize our media investment and partnerships
  • Map and create custom journeys and build strategies + solutions across customer journeys


  • Tell data-driven stories and use data + performance metrics to build strategies + client solutions
  • Package strategic ideas with clarity for presentation
  • Craft and sell ideas & write award entries using support materials i.e. mocks, videos


  • Work closely with the Planning Team to translate the campaign strategy and ideas into actionable media implications
  • Facilitate brainstorms and workshops that can provide inputs into media and tactical planning
  • Develop relationships with clients as a strategic thought partner

Manage internal relationships with other departments, identifying opportunities for efficiencies in working relationships and cross-departmental processes and hand-offs (e.g. Client Lead, Research, Media Planning, Digital, Programmatic)

Desired Skills & Experience


  • Background in strategy and/or consulting in digital or database marketing
  • Experience in Entertainment a plus!
  • Demonstrated project management experience; either managing small project or small team within larger project or experience in managing deliverables/ project timeline
  • Experience working with large, complex data, including audience data from DMP, Acxiom, etc.
  • Experience working with global teams at large Fortune 2000 companies
  • Familiarity with different media and digital channels (e.g., TV, OOH, Audio, Display, Mobile, CRM, Social, Search)
  • Familiarity with multi-channel measurement and attribution solutions
  • Collaborating within an agency and with extended marketing council of agencies
  • Bachelor’s degree preferable

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.  

For applicants to jobs in the United States: In compliance with the current Americans with Disabilities Act and state and local laws, if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with Mediabrands, please email

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.