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Account Executive

Location: London, .
Company Description:

Founded as an independent media agency in 1996, DWA is headquartered in San Francisco, with eight additional offices in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific employing 150+ employees globally.

In December 2017 we were acquired by Merkle, part of the Dentsu Aegis Network. The move expands the B2B offering at marketing agency Merkle, adding scale and breadth to existing capabilities, and offering brands in the technology and B2B sectors greater sophistication, integrated technology, data, creativity, and outstanding performance marketing.  Our approach has delivered success for a diverse group of clients, including Cisco, Citrix, Box, NetApp, Salesforce and Oracle.

The acquisition allows us to have the best of both worlds; locally we retain our independent agency feel, with the backing of a global network - meaning the potential opportunity for career growth is yours for the taking. We foster a culture of ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’, and actively encourage our team members to have, and share opinions.

Our London office based in Tower Hill, is a team of 40 awesome people. We have daily replenished fruit bowls, a wide choice of breakfast cereals, canned soft drinks, a fancy coffee machine, and it would be rude not to mention our well-stocked beer/gin/bubbles-fridge!

Across the year we really do embrace the ‘Play Hard’. For our summer party last year, we took 2 nights away near Chichester, spending the day surfing and paddle-boarding. Christmas was celebrated in Shoreditch, and there are also regular ‘Out of the Box’ social events which can be anything from visiting a museum to rounders in a park. We also love to connect on a global level with our colleagues from around the world. It sounds cliché but we really are one big happy family.

Job Description:

We’re looking for an Account Executive (AE) who is interested in developing their career in media and advertising. The AE will work closely with Account Managers and Account Directors to produce and maintain media plans, whilst building on their existing media knowledge.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Account Management
    • Coordinate weekly updates on all accounts to be shared via email with the company
    • Work closely with media team colleagues to review action item deliverables on a daily basis
    • Maintain account files and documentation on server
    • Update client status reports
    • Prepare screenshot presentations
    • Gather market and media research, and compile competitive spend reports  
    • Work closely with media and account teams to develop and maintain media plans
    • Format, proof, and prepare PowerPoint presentations as needed
    • Prepare POVs (point of views) on opportunities presented to us
    • Train Interns alongside the Account Manager
    • Send thank you notes for gifts and services
    • Schedule media owner meetings
  • Finance & Profitability
    • Prepare media authorizations and maintain updates on PO tracker
    • Monitor and reconcile client/vendor billing
    • Issue insertion orders (IOs) and change orders (COs)
  • Campaign
    • Maintain client media buy details
    • Prepare and maintain online creative traffic masters – gather ad specs to be shared with client/creative agencies
    • Manage due dates of tracking reports
    • Work with media team colleagues to track online programs – pacing, performance, etc.
    • Traffic lead gen assets as needed
  • Reporting
    • Prepare and maintain reconciliation reports, including running reports from adservers to update booking system with current month end activity
    • Collect leads from media partners, and organize, scrub, and prepare summaries as needed
  • Internal/Vendor Relationships
    • Assist in sending vendor RFPs and collect/organize completed RFPs

A few of the benefits

Whether it’s the joy of working with people at the top of their game or the Merkle social calendar, people love working here – and we hope you will too

  • Career development through Merkle University and other tools; with access to courses, textbooks and mentorship
  • Company Pension, Private Medical and other corporate benefits
  • Free breakfast, fruit and most importantly, biscuits!
  • Food Fridays – enjoy a takeaway lunch courtesy of us once a month
  • Four Thirsty - have a drink on us on a Friday afternoon!
  • A selection of other industry standard benefits

  • BA or BS degree
  • 0-2 years of experience
  • Passion for the advertising industry
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with solid mathematical understanding  
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PPT) and ability to adapt to/learn new technologies
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Creative and willing to contribute to brainstorming/strategy sessions
  • Positive, professional, enthusiastic, and team-oriented attitude
  • Related internship/job experience is a huge plus if no previous experience

Additional Information:

At the point of application, the candidate must have the legal right to work in the UK as we are unable to sponsor visas as this time.

Merkle does not discriminate against job applicants on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Experience stipulated in this job description serves as a guide only and all applications will be considered on their merits, irrespective of experience.

As part of our Diversity and Inclusion agenda, and as an Equal Opportunities employer, if you require reasonable adjustments during the selection process please engage directly with your Recruiter.

More Information:

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