Media Planner

Zimmerman Advertising - Dallas, TX (30+ days ago)2.9


The purpose of this job description is to describe the authority, responsibilities, and duties of an Integrated Media Planner


This position reports directly to a Media Supervisor, secondly to Assistant Media Director (AMD) or Group Media Director (GMD) and VP Planning. The Media Planner is responsible for directing the efforts of Assistant Media Planners. As directed by the Supervisor, the Planner is to exercise prudent judgment facilitating the execution and implementation of planning, scheduling, project development activities. This position works under General Direction, providing overview of end result; work is completed unsupervised. Incumbent uses independent judgment and discretion to accomplish tasks. Plans/schedules/arranges own activities. Has considerable latitude of discretion and judgment within scope of position. Develops solutions to complex problems.

Overall Objective

The Integrated Media Planner facilitates the efforts of his/her team in the timely development and facilitation of the effective and efficient operation of all functions of the accounts assigned. The responsibilities are many, various, and not limited to those written in this document. These responsibilities must be directed continuously toward maintaining exceptional service to the client and providing timely deliverables, i.e., Media Plans, Point-of-Views (POVs), and related media analyses.


Oversee assigned Assistant(s) in the development and implementation of national, regional and local traditional media campaigns that will include most or all of the following;
National and local broadcast television in traditional and direct response formats, cable television, radio, Outdoor advertising , Local newspaper and magazine (offline & online)
Couponing via FSI, shared and direct mail alternatives
Local events ideation and implementation, i.e., local guerilla marketing
Work as part of a media planning and buying group, applying media solutions to overall client objectives
Work with Interactive media team to integrate interactive objectives and strategies into overall client media plan
train assistant level employees
As directed and overseen by the Media Supervisor, present recommendations, POVs and select analyses to clients and Account Service
Organize, implement and control the day-to-day media planning development process including coordination among assistants.
Plan traditional media campaign strategy in tandem with interactive media team
Utilize available traditional media planning tools (TNS, Scarborough, Media Monitors, Nielsen, Arbitron, Tactician, and Simmons), other industry research and clients’ historical media activity reports to develop media plans
Complete assigned areas of the annual media plan(s) in their entirety
Coordinate projects and media requests with Account Service and assigned client contacts to determine specific advertising needs, communicating deadlines to Media Supervisor(s)
Monitor media campaigns having periodic campaign performance meetings internally and reporting results to client
Work with the Buying team, providing buying specifications, monitor development and review media buys and post-buy analyses
Work with Buying to put package on estimate and to manage evaluation process, ensuring that the package is efficient before client presentation
Maintain all activity, including requesting and presenting added value and regular status reports (i.e. positioning and post reports on media and added value when applicable) in a timely manner
Negotiate the print/OOH rates and added value.
Issue insertion orders from BAP for all print/OOH/internet planned for each market
Ongoing, coordinate with the Buying and Account Service teams addressing but not limited to;
Understanding of current marketplace conditions,
Competitive spending,
Media and Promotional Opportunities
Invoice Approval and Billing.


2+ years media planning experience as a Junior or Mid-level Planner
Demonstrated presentation and writing skills
Experience negotiating with and managing print vendors
MS Office: Internet Explorer, Excel, Word and PowerPoint
Experience using most of the following media planning tools: TNS, Scarborough, Media Monitors, Nielsen, Arbitron, Tactician, and Simmons
A four year college degree or equivalent in Field
Experience in working with retail clients is highly desirable
Understanding of Interactive advertising preferred but not required
Full service agency experience preferred, but not required

The responsibilities are many, various, and not limited to those written in this document

Required Skills

Required Experience