Programmatic Specialist Toronto, Ontario

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Toronto, Ontario (ON) Posted on Thu, 25 November 2021 09:59:45 GMT Competitive Salary Permanent Full Time


Position at GroupM Services

Job Title:

Programmatic Specialist

Purpose of Job:

The Programmatic Specialist is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day campaign activity for your assigned brands and campaigns. You will own the account management, service, planning, setup and activation of your respective programmatic campaigns for your assigned clients.

The Programmatic Specialist develops positive relationships with agency partners and client while using multiple programmatic platforms to develop, activate and report on digital media campaigns. This is an interdisciplinary role that combines client service, planning, execution and optimization of client’s investment to deliver impactful results across all programmatic channels.

Key Accountabilities:
  • Ensure campaign timelines are adhered at every step of the process – plan deadlines, creative trafficking, go-live date
  • Project and account management of campaign from beginning to end – from initial briefings, planning, platform(s) setup and go-live to post reporting
  • Participate in discussions about potential campaigns and attend new campaign briefings, including assisting agency with the RFP
  • Uses programmatic background and knowledge of DSP capabilities to build smart programmatic plans for the client that operationally also make sense
  • Ensure all media plan requirements are correctly communicated to all relevant teams and entered accurately in the appropriate platforms.
  • Work across different platforms including trading (DSPs), financial (MediaOcean), audience platforms, and analytics/reporting
  • Establish a respectful relationship with agency - learn how to say no, how to consult, how to guide the agency rather than just take orders
  • Uses optimization tools and resources to hit performance goals. Ensuring full delivery on campaign and recommend alternatives to deliver when the need arises
  • Manage, optimize all in-house tactics as per defined best practices, managing pacing, performance and quality with direct actions in console or providing optimizations and pacing guidance to coordinators
  • Keep regular and detailed optimization notes and campaign insights
  • Aware of programmatic landscape and partner value proposition.
  • Participate and share ideas in client meetings, brainstorms and presentations
  • Innovation – come to managers with new ideas/processes/additions to the services, planning and trading toolkits
  • Mentorship/Teaching – actively involved in improving team coordinators’ skills by setting up vendor meetings, giving POVs on potential measurement solutions, supervising coordinators as they setup and optimize campaigns
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, deadlines and client demands
  • A deep knowledge of the programmatic industry: pros and cons of key platforms, understanding of sources of inventory (exchange, PMP, Deal, Programmatic Guaranteed)
  • Understanding of the key attributes, value, and capabilities of key platforms (DSPs) such as DV360, The Trade Desk, Xandr, and Amazon
  • Ability to rationalize and explain decisions with supportive logic and data, deploying evidence-based planning and strategy
  • Ability to navigate ad-server and ad-verification platforms and pull reports as needed
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Passion for problem solving and digital media
  • Strong attention to detail
Education and Work Experience:
  • 2-3+ years experience in hands-on experience with programmatic trading in (The Trade Desk, DV360, Amazon, or other DSP
  • DSP certifications are preferred but not required
GroupM is a WPP company. WPP is the world leader in marketing communications services. Within WPP, GroupM is the consolidated media investment management operation and parent company to world-famous media agencies, such as Mediacom, Mindshare, Wavemaker and Essence.


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