The Operation Executive focuses on the tracking and monitoring of media briefs and deals; providing responses to off-line media briefs within agreed timelines.
Media Assistant, Media Executive, Trading Assistant, Trading Executive, Buying Executive, Buying Assistant
The Operation Executive focuses on the tracking and monitoring of media briefs and deals; providing responses to off-line media briefs within agreed timelines, managing bookings and the tracking and the financial administration relating to approval and reconciliation/invoicing of campaigns across all media. This may be across specific media channels.
Highly numerical, accurate and organised in their approach to their work. They are proficient in using Excel, ideally with the ability to use pivot tables, sumifs and vlookups. Adept at interpreting data and identifying themes and inconsistencies. They can assimilate information quickly and adhere to processes/best practices. They are proactive in their response to requests and solve problems. They have an interest in learning about working in a media environment.
Ideally, they have 1-1.5 years’ in a finance/admin/media investment role.
At larger agencies this is done via formal graduate recruitment schemes, typically on an annual basis. Operations Executives may also be taken on following agency apprenticeship schemes (such as Advertising and Media Executive) where there is no requirement for a degree, although A-Levels, or equivalent, are still expected.
With an interest in working with data and figures and curious about all of the different media channels (TV, AV, radio, cinema, Out of Home and Print) and how they are traded they go on to become Media Managers, Media Directors, Head of Trading.