Head of Media

15 Dec
Agency - Digital
Work arrangement
  • Head of Media
  • Global Media Agency
  • Leading on their biggest account

The Role

The Japan Head of Media is responsible for leading overall media strategy, planning, and activation capability in Japan.  With oversight of the media team, the position is responsible for our core media service delivery across a leading account, and pushing industry leadership.  To succeed and ensure best-in-class capabilities, the role requires close partnership with other agency teams (client service, analytics, investment etc).

The agency is a full-service, data-led media agency, and your core responsibilities will span across all media channels.  Extensive experience in media strategy and planning, with deep focus on digital media, and fluency in emerging media (programmatic, addressable, biddable (search/social), gaming, etc.) are integral in this role.  Most critically, applying a broad understanding of the marketplace to drive innovation and creativity across our client deliverables is central to the role.

As the most senior media officer in the Agency, thought-leadership, engagement with industry partners/associations, and ongoing senior client provocation will be expected.  This includes working with colleagues across regions and disciplines to craft leading-edge POVs on topics that are front-and-central to our clients. 

Some of the things we’d like you to do:

  • Lead a team of 50+ across the Japan business (planning, strategy, & activation)

  • Ensure operating model and work product consistency 

  • Stay one-step ahead of the marketplace and bring the latest solutions to help our client win (use of new channels, methods, techniques, tools and systems.)

  • Provide regular, ongoing engagement at the senior-most client level to establish strategy buy-in and develop approach for successful delivery

  • Drive strategy, planning and activation teams to imagine, invent and create ambitious ideas with our partners that are strategically connected from insight to implementation

  • Synthesize trends and marketplace developments for internal teams and external clients.

  • Work with Learning & Culture team to assemble, update and deploy ongoing training and development initiatives

  • Oversee media department growth by assisting with recruitment/ interviewing/hiring

  • Partner with Client Service and Resource Management to oversee project scope, budget, timelines, assets, approval, post-mortems, etc.

A bit about yourself:

  • Deep integrated media strategy and planning experience.

  • Deep understanding of the Japanese client and agency dynamics in advertising;  

  • Robust understanding of digital media including data and targeting solutions.

  • Experience with addressable offerings.

  • Adept problem-solver and with a natural ability to prioritize tasks.

  • Ability to lead and manage initiatives, while driving collaboration across internal cross-functional teams, with multiple external partners.

  • Extensive storytelling and presentation skills.

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