Associate Director, Analytics

  • 375 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Spark Foundry is a global media agency that exists to bring HEAT – Higher Engagement, Affinity, and Transactions – to brands. By combining flawless media fundamentals with aggressive innovation, Spark inspires consumers to pay more attention; to care more about our clients’ brands; and to buy more products and services from them.

Balancing the nimble spirit of a startup with the powerhouse soul of Publicis Media, Spark Foundry delivers the best of both worlds to a client roster that spans some of the world’s best and most beloved brands and companies. We combine boutique-caliber insights and service with the buying clout and first-look access of a global leader, bringing the heat to challenger brands that want to act like giants, and to giant brands that want to act like challengers.

With a Millennial-friendly, bottom-up culture that celebrates diversity and aims for all voices to be heard, Spark has become a magnet for the industry’s best talent, with one of the best retention rates in the industry. And by applying a whole-person approach to professional and personal development, Spark develops a workforce that is well prepared for today’s challenges, and also poised to create meaningful careers in the years to come. 

Because we know that heat arises the intersection of complementary forces, our professionals come from myriad disciplines and backgrounds: data, analytics, and insights; content and creative production; communications and strategy; finance and marketing; and sociology, psychology, and other liberal arts disciplines.

Job Description

You will be central in driving analytic insights and strategic thinking for a specific Spark Foundry account.  You will be the key contact for the client on media strategy/performance and will provide recommendations for both DR and awareness/consideration campaigns.  You will also be responsible for ensuring that data and a continuous test and learn approach is implemented and utilized to drive client’s media objectives.
This position requires strategic and tactical thinking with an eye for numbers, intellectual curiosity, proficiency at problem solving, an in-depth understanding of online media and technology.  You must have a proven track record in data-rich analyses, be a team player and responsive in a client service environment.


  • Primary lead for brand and consumer research analysis that yields unique insights and opportunities
  • Collaborate with client research, insights and analytics team; have deep knowledge of client’s business goals and challenges
  • Inform media targeting and budget allocations to ensure client advertising investment is optimized to drive results
  • Drive day-to-day research efforts while contributing to larger cross-brand learning roadmaps. Execute, manage, and deliver best-in-class measurement & insight to inform communication strategy.  Develop research approaches to address complex research and measurement challenges
  • Support measurement execution focused on ad/media effectiveness, brand health and consumer behavior that capture campaign performance, inform optimizations and impact future plans
  • Construct and execute "test and learn" measurement and consumer research roadmaps tied to business goals
  • Support DMP audience analytics activities including developing precision audience recommendation for campaigns and mining target audience data within the DMP for relevant and actionable insights
  • Leverage social listening to define category, consumer, brand and competitive landscapes
  • Help answer client questions, create client-ready presentations and present at client meetings
  • Proactively educate internal and external clients on research, tools and approaches
  • Communicate opportunities, learnings and recommendations with authority and credibility
  • Strategic thought-leadership; Evaluate new and current data partners, and identify new approaches to ensure our research is cutting edge


  • Bachelor’s degree; MBA or Master’s preferred (Marketing, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, quantitative studies). The equivalent combination of education, training and work experience may be suitable
  • 6+ years of work experience in a quantitative business environment
  • 1+ years of marketing analytics (online advertising/media, channel marketing, strategic marketing, offline advertising/media and/or consulting)


  • Team management with ability to effectively integrate with fast-moving planning and activation teams.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency of Microsoft suite of products, including Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Command expertise in media concepts, terminology, media math and media plan execution
  • Working knowledge of competitive, audience and syndicated media research & systems (Nielsen, comScore, IMS, MRI, Scarborough)
  • Knowledge of the workings of a DSPs, Agency Trading desks and DMPs to drive campaign performance.  Understanding of programmatic audience buying concepts
  • Familiarity with DoubleClick, Google products. Must feel comfortable learning new systems and tools
  • Experience in the analysis of large data sets to find useful relationships (data mining)
  • Strong analytical skills with understanding of statistical techniques: hypothesis development, designing tests/experiments, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and developing actionable recommendations
  • Experience with statistical analysis software products, research design, and a track record of implementing research and analytics driven solutions that impacted the bottom line
  • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with business leaders and develop research programs to support business goals in a changing media landscape
  • Knowledge of visual techniques for data analysis and presentation 


  • Various dashboard, visualization tools (i.e. Tableau, Business Objects, etc)
  • Experience with multi-touchpoint attribution – implication, application, methodology and technology (vendor)
  • Knowledge of statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS, SAS)
  • Preferred knowledge of these web measurement technologies: 
    • Ad serving platforms (e.g., DCM, Atlas, etc)
    • Website analytics software (e.g. Omniture SiteCatalyst, Google Analytics (Premium), Test & Target, Discovery, Monetate)
    • Experience with data and reporting
    • Paid search engine marketing data sources (e.g. Google, Overture/Yahoo, Efficient Frontier)

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