London, United Kingdom

International Associate Director - NBC Universal

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Media Planning, Implementation & Activation • Permanent (Full Time)

Job Description

Operating Company


Job Title

International Associate Director

Department / Team

NBC Universal

Reporting To

Global Account Director



About the team and/or client

We are incredibly proud of the long-standing relationship with NBCUniversal we have at MediaCom, spanning over 10 years. Of all their division which we work across, which include Home Entertainment, New Media, TV Networks and Hayu, Universal Pictures International l is by far the largest division in terms of budget internationally.

The international team at MediaCom oversees local agency teams in EMEA, LATAM and APAC in over 20 different countries.

Alongside the core UPI Account team, the Associate Director will also work with a Digital Director and a Strategy Director.

This role will offer the chance to work on some of the most exciting upcoming film releases, such as Bond, Croods 2, Minions, Fast & Furious 9, just to name a few!

Our client team is incredible fast-paced as the industry is ever changing, especially during these challenging times. We at MediaCom operate as an extension of the Theatrical client and have full visibility on all media projects.

As innovation and strategic input become ever more relevant for most industries, we are now facing a very exciting period of change where we bring great new projects to life.

Objective of the Role

The international Account Director is the lynchpin of the account and is the liaison between the central client, the local agency network, our sister agency, Essence, as well as the central Mediacom departments. This role requires a strong player with experience on a fast-paced client where agility as well as strategic thinking are highly regarded. This role will work alongside a small senior team of strategy and digital leads and needs to help communicate and deploy central initiatives to the agency network. Strong interpersonal skills are a must.

Key Requirements

  • Thorough understanding of the fundamentals of Media Planning, Media Buying, Account Management, and the international agency environment.
  • An ability to interpret comms strategy for the evolving media landscape and present and apply to the client’s business
  • Adept in anticipating the client’s needs. Whilst film/entertainment experience is not essential, you will need to be able to adapt the fast-paced nature of the industry.
  • A level of digital fluency is required to be able to support and help activate digital and data projects across the network.


  • Working closely with the commercial team to ensure all the contractual requirements are met on time.
  • Ability to manage and track financial changes due to scope of work changes in market.
  • Working closely with the trading team to manage local market trading targets as well as changes in the inflation and adspend forcasts.

Network of Excellence

  • Supporting markets onboard new team members or new markets.
  • Ensure the markets are using the best of Group M tools to effect.
  • Troubleshoot local client/agency issues with the help of feedback tools such as Vantage and scorecards.
  • Exploring new measurement opportunities e.g Live Panel re-contact, mScreen for all screen types
  • Ensure all markets are using The System to improve our planning output

People Responsibilities:

  • Inspire while leading by example in developing, motivating, mentoring, and coaching a team.
  • Grow relationship and gain the personal/professional respect of the client, specifically media director and head of media.
  • Appropriately represent and encourage growth within the department
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with diverse groups agency-wide.

Key Competencies:

  • Applies knowledge about the current and future practices and trends, technology, and information to the business
  • Demonstrates awareness of the competition and opportunities for the business and our clients
  • Is able to understand complex situations and makes good decisions that are judged to be successful
  • Develops ideas to think beyond the obvious solution; is flexible and can cope with change
  • Makes decisions in a timely manner; is able to establish what is critical and eliminate roadblocks; clearly communicates what needs to be done, maintains dialogue, monitors process and results; follows through on priorities
  • Knows how to get things done using personal and professional network; applies knowledge of the culture and values of the agency
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the need for diplomacy; sees where problems are likely to occur and plans accordingly
  • Genuinely cares about and is interested in the lives of others; is optimistic and creates an environment in which people want to do their best; motivates others to find ways of improving effectiveness and efficiency
  • Able to negotiate diplomatically and skilfully with both internal and external groups; can settle differences quickly and efficiently, minimizing damage to relationships; gains trust quickly
  • Has begun to practice attentive listening (before acting); welcomes feedback about own strengths and limitations; has the patience to hear people out
  • Provides relevant and challenging goals; able to build effective, motivated teams and empowers individuals to be responsible for their work
  • Holds frequent development discussions and is able to give honest, regular feedback; cooperates with the appraisal and review system used in the organization
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to multitask while working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Exceptional organizational skills as well as strong verbal and written communication skills

Qualifications and other relevant information:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • 5+ years agency experiences desired


Welcome innovators, initiative takers and instigators.

We are 8,500 of the world’s leading media communications specialists, in 125 offices, across 100 countries.

We have a global client roster that’s the envy of our peers. Adidas, Coca-Cola, Mars, P&G, PSA, Richemont, Shell and Sony to name but a few.

We help brands unlock growth through media. We do this using our Systems Thinking approach to data, technology and creativity and design communication strategies that build brands and generate sales. We’re part of WPP, the world's largest marketing communications services group, which gives us access to the richest data sets and most robust benchmarks in the business.

All this has helped us become the first network to hold the big six Media Network of the Year titles concurrently.

But the real secret to our success is simple (and not really a secret). It’s our People First, Better Results philosophy.

We know that when we invest in our people, we’ll deliver better results not only for them, but also for our clients.

We also know that talent comes in all shapes, sizes, genders and ethnicities. That’s why our agencies are open environments that celebrate difference.

Do you want to work with smart, creative, enthusiastic people? So do we.

Welcome to MediaCom

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