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Director, Channel Media Planning

Spectrum Science

This is a Full-time position in Atlanta, GA posted January 2, 2022.

Brace your career – you’re going beyond the science quo with Spectrum.

We’re the integrated marketing, communications, and media agency that’s out of this world.

We’re fiercely independent and 100% science-focused so we can go where other “science-light” agencies can’t or won’t.

Together with superhuman strategy, atomic creative, intermedia magic, interwoven ingenuity and indomitable innovation we dream beyond the realm of the possible – and do it.

The Director, Channel Media Planning must have a love for strategic thinking blended with an ability to roll up their sleeves and see things through to execution and optimization.

They will have proven themselves as an energetic and collaborative team member with responsibilities on high performing brands/accounts.

They are ready to show—and teach—junior media planning specialists how it’s done.

Ideally, the right candidate will possess an interest in healthcare and the scientific process and how to reach various audiences – from patients to healthcare professionals and everyday practitioners to thought leaders.

An idea partner, they know that collaboration is key, and works in lockstep with fellow disciplines to deliver high quality work to set the tone for what performance excellence looks like.

For this role, you will be a key member of an integrated cross-functional team working to bring marketing and communications campaigns to life through paid media channels with a heavy emphasis in video, audio, print, OOH, and emerging mediums.

Your task is to bridge the gap between planning via traditional linear approaches and addressable, biddable, and other digital buying methods for a comprehensive channel plan that takes the best from all worlds.

As a leader on the paid media team, you must be able to collaboratively lead internal and client strategic thinking to ensure that proposed media tactics directly achieve client strategic imperatives.

You must also be an effective team leader mentoring a word-class team of cross-functional media planners and optimizers.


  • Manage, mentor, and grow a cross-functional team of media planners and optimizers
  • Develop and document team processes and best practices
  • Lead the media planning, negotiation, and deployment, and optimization process for assigned clients from beginning to end
  • Develop media strategies that directly address client objectives
  • Directly and through junior staff manage media schedules, budget reconciliation, develop and send RFPs to identified media partners
  • Critically evaluate and compare RFP responses and negotiate added value while building and maintaining high trust and respect relationships with external media partners
  • Work with internal account and subject matter expert teams to collaboratively develop strategic brand plans with integrated media
  • Assist project management and account teams with estimation of paid media projects and retainers
  • Develop and nurture relationships with key media partners and stay on top of emerging trends, technologies, and paid media opportunities
  • Educate internal teams on the media planning process, deliverables, timelines, and help upskill broad agency paid media proficiency
  • Plan across all multiple media channels including linear TV/Radio, Connected/OTT/Addressable Video/Audio, Out-of-home advertising such as billboards and digital signage, print and experiential media.
  • Drive integration strategies with other digital channels such as search and social.
  • Show a collaborative, flexible, and solution oriented working style and be prepared to roll up your sleeves when a hands-on approach is needed


  • Minimum 8 years planning experience within the ad/media agency environment
  • Core competency/capability in traditional and offline channel planning
  • Minimum 4 years of experience with pharmaceutical advertising
  • Management experience
  • Expertise in digital advertising platforms including DV 360, GCM, YouTube, and other relevant audio, video, and OOH DSPs.
  • Ability to plan with TRP, GRP, and CPP goals as well as programmatic and digital video engagement metrics.

    Experience to know when to consider linear remnant buys.

  • Experience with rating projections and planning, scheduling, ordering, makegoods and post logs, national and local buys
  • Experience managing space, materials deadlines and communicate specs internally and to clients
  • Experience with media research tools like Strata, Nielsen, Scarborough, Lumina,, Clearchannel, and others
  • Experience with campaign management, ad serving, and viewability/fraud prevention technology
  • Working knowledge of third-party media research and competitive monitoring tools
  • Working knowledge of Google Analytics
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Able to travel to meet client and agency needs
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with media partner reps across a variety of channels
  • Strong attention to detail

You choose where you work.

We are a hybrid work environment with options to work in one of our four offices (DC, NYC, Chicago and Atlanta), remotely anywhere in the United States, or a combination.

Spectrum is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

More Information on Spectrum Science

Spectrum Science operates in the AdTech industry.

The company is located in Washington , DC, New York, NY, Atlanta, GA and Chicago, IL.

Spectrum Science was founded in 1996.

It has 176 total employees.

It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance.

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