Director of Ad Innovation

Posted: 9/14/2018

Location: NYC, New York
Function: Sales & Business Development
Specialty: Ad Operations, Sales
Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive


Group Nine Media is one of the world's largest digital-first media companies and the #1 publisher on Facebook Watch, boasting over 5 billion monthly video views [source: Crowd platform specific analytics modules] and reaching 81% of U.S. adults in their 20s [source: Nielsen]. With over 120 million social engagements each month [source: ListenFirst Media], Group Nine's brands are built for consumption on the platforms where young people spend the majority of their time. Group Nine is home to NowThis (the no. 1 most watched social news brand in the world), The Dodo (the no. 1 animal brand on social), Thrillist (the most trusted digital brand in food, drink, travel & entertainment) and Seeker (the digital leader in science and curiosity). Group Nine recently acquired Emmy nominated, Cannes Lion and Sundance Film Festival award-winning production studio, JASH.


We’re currently looking for a motivated and experienced Director of Sales Innovation. As a key owner of our pre-sales strategy, the individual in this role will be responsible for helping the Sales Planning team develop industry-leading media plans that capitalize on one of the most robust inventory sets in the industry; thinking critically in a fast-paced environment to satisfy individual client needs; working collaboratively with various teams across the entire sales org; and staying at the forefront of changes across the broader media industry. This role will report into the SVP of Ad Solutions and Innovation.


Responsibilities



    Assist Media Planning Director with workflow management, product diversification and cross-organizational communication
    Liaise will key POC’s across all social, OTT and ad tech platforms to maintain and optimize ad product portfolio
    Attend and contribute to brainstorms related to RFPs, RFIs and proactive proposals
    Offer strategic assistance and help build media plans at highest budget levels
    Work with Media Planning Director to revise media plans to meet highest quality standards
    Perform yield management by monitoring and managing inventory across all channels and platforms
    Nimbly respond to client requests and plan revisions
    Attend client meetings and act as the face of Sales Innovation for Group Nine in-market

Qualifications



    Minimum 5-7 years of experience, including direct experience with media planning and sales support, with at least 2-3 years spent in a digital environment
    Previous management experience
    Experience with Salesforce or other relevant sales CRM and pipeline management software
    Top-flight organizational capabilities and attention to detail
    Ability to remain flexible while managing team on tight and/or shifting deadlines
    Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    Capacity to synthesize complex ad product suite into strategic, industry-leading media plans
    Advanced proficiency in Excel

We offer great benefits such as medical, dental, vision, matching 401(k), PTO, company paid AD&D, Life Insurance, Short-term & Long-term disability, and much more!


Group Nine Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.


 


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Group Nine Media is the partnership of four mission-driven, category-leading brands covering food, drink & travel (Thrillist), news & entertainment (NowThis), animals (The Dodo) and science, tech & exploration (Seeker). We’re one of the world’s largest digital-first media companies, boasting over 4 billion video views every month, while providing consumers 360-degree experiences across web, social, VR and live events. At Group Nine Media, we care about the content our brands create, and if you’re a talented passionate individual who does too, let’s talk.