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Associate Director, Strategy - Starbucks
Mediavest | Spark

Let’s be honest – in this industry, sometimes we complicate things that should be simple.  Here’s the bottom line:  We want YOU to join us if you are truly passionate about guiding marketers on how to best connect their brands with people.  It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
At Mediavest | Spark, we have a unique approach and provide the support to help you do this.  In fact, our approach is built on creating the space for ideas that lead to smart work, and MV|S is built to celebrate and develop YOUR ideas.
Our clients are some of the world’s biggest and boldest marketers.
So, if you like what you’ve read so far, and want to work for a leading media company that values diversity and community outreach, has perks like free soda in the office and product discounts, and gives you the opportunity to learn from the best to become the best, keep reading.
The position will be part of large Starbuck’s team: 20+ team members in the Seattle office and 25+ team members in Chicago.  The Associate Director is responsible for managing one Supervisor and one Associate, while reporting into a Media Director in the Seattle office. Outside of direct team, they will work extensively with Investment Directors, AMDs, and Supervisors across both Seattle & Chicago, as well as many key stakeholders at the client. 
STARBUCKS is a world-renowned brand with strong cultural pull and a devout social following.  They are a brand that constantly challenges themselves and thirsts for innovation, affording opportunity to execute first-to-market ideas across exciting platforms and produce industry leading results!  Additionally, there is opportunity to work closely on many different types of media (branding, direct response, new-to-market tech) and you will become well-versed in all things media on an amazing account with many growth opportunities.
  • Strong cross-channel planning and buying skills, particularly in digital
  • Successful at building strong, collaborative client relationships, instilling trust and authority on behalf of the agency
  • Ability to manage timelines, projects and personnel within direct report team and across cross-functional teams
  • Flexible and able to keep up with a fast paced, constantly evolving environment
  • Including the capacity to successfully manage multiple work streams at one time
  • Strong foundation in strategic and critical thinking, with an eye for finding ways to innovate and collaborate with teams to improve outputs
  • Experience with productive and positive vendor relationship management
  • Individual should possess confidence and composure and polished presentation skills to effectively attend and lead meetings in-person with key clients on a daily basis
  • Self-motivation and organization are key given coordination with multiple internal and external teams
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably with a concentration in advertising, marketing, business administration, and communications preferred. If you have an MBA, that’s an added bonus.
  • Have been working in media planning, buying and management for 5+ years with progressive levels of responsibility.
  • Think strategically, take into account the bigger picture, analyze everything and think critically when solving problems to come up with unconventional solutions.
  • Have lead a team before, know what it takes to manage a group, even when a lot of moving parts are involved, not only can you take care of the day-to-day part of overseeing others, but you are good at helping them grow and realize their own potential.
  • Build great relationships with clients, vendors, and reps, have a history negotiating to get the job done right and track record of success in media, understand business and have a knack for sharing complicated ideas in a simple, understandable way.
  • Already active in the kinds of digital gadgets and communities that are changing our business, have a passion for tablets, smartphones, social networks, instant messaging, widgets, apps, blogs and whatever is new and life-changing, and want to find ways to make them work for brands.
Mediavest | Spark is a full-service media agency that offers the best of both worlds – a startup spirit backed by a powerhouse soul.
We are a proud member of the Publicis Media network.
We combine the kind of high-touch customer service and insights clients expect from a boutique agency with the marketplace clout, technology infrastructure, and category and marketplace context of a global leader. For clients, that means no more trade-offs.
By fusing the complementary pieces of Publicis Media agencies Spark and Mediavest – our geographic hubs, talent, tools, and processes – and by creating an exciting new culture, we’ve established a true “destination agency” for the best clients and people.
We’ve taken to referring to our newfound advantage as “the power of plus” – a jolt of energy that occurs when two or more entities come together to create greater value. Whether we’re talking about art and science, data and insights, or content and programmatic, it’s clear that effectively combining disparate entities is at the very heart of achieving exceptional business results today through media.
We hope you’ll take a few moments to learn more about us, and to begin thinking about how we might put “the power of plus” to work for you (mediavest-spark.com).
Mediavest | Spark is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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