Account Executive (Entry-Level)

Location: London, England, United Kingdom
Agency: UM - United Kingdom
Ref#: 8732
Job Function: Planning
Type of Contract: Regular

Applications Closed

About Us 

UM is a media agency designed to Futureproof our clients’ businesses for the now and the next. We leverage the transformational power of rich business analytics and real-time intelligence to maximize growth and activate the full consumer journey across content and connections – all rooted in culture. 

We believe in purposeful growth, and our Better World Media philosophy puts diversity, equity and sustainability at the heart of our business operations. We are committed to investing in diverse and responsible media partners, in order to drive more meaningful and authentic messaging for our clients. 

As the leading global media network in IPG Mediabrands, UM operates in over 100 countries, with more than 3,000 people innovating on a roster of global clients. Here in the UK we are proud to work with some of the world’s most exciting brands, including Accenture, American Express, Just Eat Takeaway, Johnson & Johnson, Mattel, MoneySuperMarket and Spotify. 

London is also the home of our UM EMEA Headquarters, providing the full spectrum of integrated media and marketing services to global clients across the region. Our in-house tools and technology capabilities, driven by a truly multi-national, talented and passionate team of people, makes us perfectly placed to create tailored, regional solutions for a diverse range of clients. As a regional hub, we act as a catalyst to integrate and connect – fuelling central strategies with both local insights and regional expertise. We have specialists across brand strategy, research & insight, data-driven analytics, 360 digital media planning and content creation, and we bring all of these disciplines together to provide frameworks that optimise our clients’ advertising investment in each market.


Role Description 

The Executive's role is to contribute to and support the planning and buying of the media activity in EAME. The media plans will cover all channels from digital to traditional media, from regular display formats through to OOH. You will need to liaise with local markets and internal team members to source plan information, produce regular and ad hoc documents and build relationships with partner agencies. You will support in all aspects of local market coordination, media planning/buying, ensuring timely and accurate delivery internally and to clients.


Key Responsibilities

  • Support Senior Account Director and Senior Account Manager for Corporate in delivery of client briefs
  • Gain the respect and trust of all relevant client personnel by demonstrating knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm for their business
  • Integrate & collaborate with partner agencies as appropriate, including creative and PR agencies
  • Provide support to the Business Operations team, including media budgets, invoicing summaries and ad hoc requests
  • Support the team in delivering timely and insightful PCA’s
  • Collaborate with specialist teams across relevant workflows
  • Work with markets when relevant to ensure that their plan is aligned with the central strategic platform
  • Cover off relevant account management administration, including finance and billing requirements, timesheet entry and ad hoc reporting
  • Gain full understanding of both UM & EM finance processes, supporting the Business Operations Director as required


Desired Skills & Experience

  • You are able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with various stakeholders – clients, agency partners and your own team members
  • You are enthusiastic about media, and excited to learn more about how different media channels and tactics come together as a final media plan
  • You appreciate the nuances of different markets and keen to understand how their media landscapes differ
  • Juggling a number of tasks with often conflicting deadlines is second nature
  • The ability to be flexible and able to think on your feet
  • You can build relationships with colleagues and contacts – daily contact with key clients is not new to you, nor is working closely and collaboratively with creative agency colleagues
  • An inquisitive mindset that wants to understand the why behind every client brief
  • Good with Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook


Employee Transparency 

At Mediabrands and Kinesso, we celebrate difference and believe this makes us stronger. Mediabrands and Kinesso are equal opportunity employers and committed to championing an inclusive culture that provides a sense of belonging for all our employees. We do not discriminate against any applicant based on age, disability, race, colour, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, belief, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Please reach out to our Talent Inclusion Specialist Jess at [email protected] if you would like to have a confidential conversation regarding any adjustments that would ensure our recruitment process is accessible for you. Please note requesting a reasonable adjustment will not affect your application. 


The Perks 

We aim to provide all our people with a supportive and fun work environment where you can develop your full potential and benefit from the broad range of opportunities within the agency. When you join us, we want to make sure you feel valued – and that you are rewarded for your fantastic work. So, we also offer a range of benefits:

  • Flexi–leave, with 25 days annual leave to be taken as minimum. In addition to your holiday entitlement, the office usually closes between Christmas & New Year 
  • Free breakfast and free lunch 
  • Early finish Fridays 
  • Core Hours (Mon-Thurs, flexible start/finish times)  
  • Retail discounts 
  • Electric vehicle salary sacrifices car scheme 
  • Wellbeing programme, including Headspace & flu jabs 
  • Interest free season ticket loan 
  • Paid time off for Volunteering 
  • Group Income Protection 
  • Life Assurance 
  • Private Medical Insurance or Health Cash Plan (dependent on level) 
  • Group Personal Pension Plan with matched contributions from 3-6% 
  • Generous Parental Leave & Pay  
  • Independent mortgage advice 
  • Financial education 
  • Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Free eye tests 
  • Flexible benefits including Dental, Travel insurance, Cycle to Work, Gym Discounts and many more!