Associate Director, Media Analytics & Insights

  • 35 West Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
  • 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 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

Overview:
The Associate Director, Analytics and Insights is responsible for the application of data-driven insights into Spark Foundry planning, investment, and measurement process. Additionally, the role requires the candidate to design and lead the implementation of modern measurement plans and longer terms roadmaps for the client. Working closely with internal client teams and Analytics leads are vital parts of the role, with accountability for the highest quality execution of a diverse array of client and project deliverables an imperative. The role functions as an expert technical point of escalation, an analytical problem solver, and a technical translator to internal account teams and clients. It provides ongoing strategic account direction/vision for technology, process, and digital reporting/insights.

Role Objectives:

  • Build strong relationships with internal stakeholders and groups, facilitating synergy between the planning and activation functions that manage day-to-day client business
  • Build and develop relationships with client business directors and brand teams, ensuring that client and overall data proposition is relevant and aligns with strategy direction
  • Grow product delivery and agency revenue organically by cross-selling and up-selling value-add analytical products across client divisions, markets, categories, etc…
  • Drive a culture of ‘always on’ data-driven decision making that will institutionalize the use of consumer-driven analytics in media/marketing investment planning
  • Scope and direct advanced analytics projects to ensure that the deliverables are designed to answer valuable client and media team questions and that timelines and scope are adhered to
  • Have experience and expertise in how to intersect consulting skills, data, advanced analytics, and marketing strategy to drive and improve clients’ business results
  • Consult with senior client marketing and business leaders to define and answer the most important business questions
  • Advise on how to best leverage media and marketing investments to drive business results
  • Work collaboratively with the network to provide the client with the very best thinking and leadership in creating meaningful and measurable marketing experiences
  • Underpin client marketing processes with ‘Big Picture’ measurement frameworks and KPIs that will be used to evaluate experiences and specific plans, campaigns, or investments across paid, owned, and earned media environments
  • Keep abreast of evolving media landscape, including research and emerging trends to provide insight to both media teams and client (as required)
  • Guide and work closely with the planning teams and the client teams to deliver on “data-driven” marketing investment decisions (how much, where, when, which channels, etc…)
  • Create and manage deliverables against detailed project plans that align expectations with outcomes
  • Provide a high-value consultation layer on top of analytics deliverables
  • Consult with client media teams to align on the strategy, implementation, and measurement plans for all key accounts
  • Determine the best means of communicating analytical insights to clients that ensures understanding of results and application of the analyses is applied
  • Build presentations providing clear analytics stories – why the work is important, the truths that the analytics reveal, and the actions that should follow the analyses
  • Build the profile of Business Integration within the agency by packaging and evangelizing best in class client work

Qualifications

  •  5-8 years of experience consulting with clients on making strategic investment decisions to improve business results
  • Working knowledge of databases and SQL a must
    • Knowledge of web measurement technologies:
    • Ad serving platforms (e.g. DART)
    • Website analytics software (e.g. Adobe SiteCatalyst, Google Analytics)
  • Data visualization skills desirable (e.g. Tableau, Omniscope)
  • Quantitative educational background (preferred advanced degree in Statistics, Social Sciences, Economics, Quantitative Marketing)
  • Experience in a cross-functional team environment with agency experience a big plus
  • Strong understanding of contemporary marketing analytics, advertising technology and research techniques, as well as an innovative vision on how the practice should evolve to keep pace with the ever-changing marketing environment
  • Strong client management/consultative experience with both presenting and resolving issues
  • Extensive experience leading and managing marketing technology projects from ideation through installation
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills – a demonstrated ability to mine data for relevant and actionable insights
  • Solid written and verbal communication skill with ability to communicate/translate complex concepts to non-technical audience
  • Strong understanding and experience with digital media buying, KPI development, and technology practices during campaign planning and execution
  • Demonstrated experience with programmatic audience buying concepts and execution
  • Powerful leadership qualities, as will be required to lead external and internal resources into new marketing effectiveness territories
  • Strong attention to detail, and be able to quality-check their teams’ work to ensure that data anomalies/mistakes are caught prior to delivery of the analysis to the client teams
  • Strong management capabilities, both operationally (as well as strategically) to ensure that guidance is given to all teams on how to enhance the product as the account matures)
  • Outgoing and able to integrate with fast-paced planning and activation teams
  • Able to cultivate excellent relationships with technology and research partners
  •  Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Hands on, problem solving abilities – “can do” approach (someone who is a thinker and a doer)

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