Associate Director, Planning

Chicago, United States

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Title: Associate Director
Team / Department: Planning


Media Planners at Mindshare are part psychologists, part scientists, part artists, part entrepreneurs, and part politicians. We strategize how brands should communicate with people across the myriad of media channels, and how to do that differently from every other brand.

The Associate Director, Planning has the primary responsibility for supervising the media planning staff on assigned accounts. This job entails providing key strategic input for media plans and reviewing draft plans. You will maintain regular contact with mid-level clients and has the initial level of responsibility for account profitability and business development.



  • Maintain day to day client contact and agency contact regarding their area of responsibility
  • Manages and directs the requests/projects for the group
  • Oversees the development of objectives and strategies
  • Oversees the development of plans and presentations
  • Supervises the group in the interpretation of competitive and other research data
  • Trains and evaluates Supervisors, Managers and Associates on the team
  • May participate in department projects/committees
  • Meets with vendors and agency partners
  • Act as the liaison between internal teams as well as various partner vendors to ensure media performance.



  • A Bachelor’s Degree in advertising, marketing, business administration or communication; OR equivalent professional work experience
  • 5 – 7+ years of media planning experience
  • Knowledge of buying, planning, client presentation, and reporting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to prioritize and organize workload • Ability to manage direct reports; prior management experience a plus
  • Sense of procedure within a corporate environment
  • Strong people skills
  • Ability to present before vendors, clients, and fellow employees
  • Proven ability to operate under tight deadlines while managing multiple projects
  • Excel and PowerPoint skills are required.



At Mindshare, we believe in speed, teamwork and provocation. Mindshare USA empowers people to challenge the status quo, through what we call Provocation with Purpose. We’ll encourage you to break the rules, knock things down, rebuild them better, and push the boundaries of what’s possible. It takes a team of people who invest in other’s success, and together we make Mindshare the place where we do the best work of our career. We’re a team that is radically honest – we call this our Authenticity Quotient. We are curious and competitive – that’s our Passion Quotient. We embrace teamwork and adaptability – that’s our Emotional Quotient. We’re proud to be unmistakably #TeamMindshare.

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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 greater work we can create together.