Agency Practice Lead, Programmatic, Chicago, Illinois

Agency GroupM
Created 09/11/2021
Reference oQdZefw0_6
Category Media
Job type Full-time
Country United States
State Illinois
City Chicago

Position at GroupM Services


At GroupM, we believe that work is a part of life, not the other way around. To support that belief, we have recently adopted a "collaboration-led" hybrid approach to work in order to provide employees with the flexibility to do the best work of their lives no matter where they are working. This means that for roles where it makes sense, you'll spend some of your time in our incredible workspaces (when it's safe to do so) and some of your time remote. Check out this updated list of where we can hire:
  • California - LA or SF
  • Colorado - Denver
  • Florida - Miami/Fort Lauderdale
  • Georgia - Atlanta
  • Illinois - Chicago
  • Massachusetts - Boston
  • Michigan - Detroit
  • New York - New York City tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT)
  • North Carolina - Raleigh/Durham
  • Texas - Austin or Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Utah - Salt Lake City


Are you passionate about programmatic and share our drive to create the best in class programmatic practice? Are you famous for finding innovative ways to weave programmatic into the digital mix?

This is your chance to gain high-profile exposure and experience with premiere global brands in a dynamic and driven environment. Mediacom's Programmatic practice represents cutting edge human intellect piloting technology and data in the programmatic field. We are methodical and visionary leaders who trade, buy, and optimize large scale campaigns for advertisers in real time.

As the most senior role on the Mediacom programmatic team, your mission is to create an industry-leading capability and future-proof it with your passion for all thing programmatic, investment in talent management, and ability to create tangible solutions to further our clients' businesses.


Practice Leadership
  • Shape the vision and identify the north star for programmatic at Mediacom. Create guiding principles for the practice and establish tangible and measurable goals. Ensure that Mediacom values are represented and applied to the programmatic practice.
  • Bring ideas and productize new programmatic service offerings to drive value for our clients and create new revenue opportunities for the agency
  • Create engagement/innovation roadmaps with DSP partners and drive development of product features relevant to the practice and clients' needs
  • Foster critical relationships with Mediacom CEO, Finance leads, Planning & Strategy, Customer Strategy and collaborate with other discipline leads and Mediacom specialty groups to create new agency and client solutions
  • New business participation and development of programmatic collateral
  • Be visible in the industry and participate in forums, conferences, and provide thought leadership pieces to leading industry publications

Client Management
  • Collaborate with Directors to create bespoke programmatic roadmaps that align with broader client roadmaps and priorities and drive accountability via quarterly check-ins
  • Commercial Models: work with Mediacom finance and Directors on commercial models and defining scope of work deliverables
  • Foster regularly cadenced touchbases with clients via annual meetings, QBRs, etc., provide POVs on relevant industry and client specific topics. Be the resource the clients call on!

Team Leadership
  • Talent Management: You are an inspiring and motivational leader with the ability to extract the best out of people. You will provide programmatic leadership and mentorship to Directors and work closely with them to grow junior team members.
  • Talent Training & Education: ensure certifications & trainings are completed by all team members and identify upskill opportunities (including cross-training led by peers).
  • Talent Retention: partner closely with HR on talent evaluations, succession planning, and prioritizing for internal/external training opportunities.
  • Talent Evaluation & Growth: work closely with GroupM US Programmatic Practice Lead, Mediacom Digital Investment Lead, and GroupM Services Lead on talent evaluations, mobility opportunities, and succession planning. Define programmatic specific evaluations in addition to agency evaluations.

You'll bring a minimum of 10+ years of progressively senior/technical experience in programmatic on the media owner, agency (preferred) or ad tech side
    • Hands-on experience with ad technologies including data management platforms, DSP's, SSP's, ad-verification, and 3rd party data providers is required
    • Working knowledge of viewability/brand safety solutions (MOAT, IAS, DoubleVerify, Open Slate, Channel Factory, etc.), audience measurement (e.g. Nielsen DAR)
    • Practical experience with ad-serving solutions, tag management and operations a plus
    • Familiarity with MMM, DMM or attribution modeling is advantageous
    • Experience with HTML and Tableau is a plus, but not required
  • You possess exceptional organizational skills, multi-tasking capabilities are notoriously meticulous
  • Ability to interact with people at all levels of an organization and especially communicate up to CEO level, fostering strong cross-functional teamwork
  • Exhibit passion through appropriate participation in team, agency, and industry initiatives
  • Enjoy working in a dynamic and collaborative environment


GroupM is the world's leading media investment company responsible for more than $63B in annual media investment through agencies Mindshare, MediaCom, Wavemaker, Essence and m/SIX, as well as the outcomes-driven programmatic audience company, Xaxis. GroupM's portfolio includes Data & Technology, Investment and Services, all united in vision to shape the next era of media where advertising works better for people. By leveraging all the benefits of scale, the company innovates, differentiates and generates sustained value for our clients wherever they do business.

GroupM and all its affiliates embrace and celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and equal opportunity.We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We are a worldwide media agency network that represents global clients. The more inclusive we are, the more great work we can create together.

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