Careers

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  • UPSHOT GENERAL APPLICATION

    We're always looking to speak with great candidates who are interested in future opportunities at Upshot. So please submit your resume and be sure to let us know your area of expertise (Creative, Account Management, Digital, Media, Production, Planning, Administrative). If you're a great fit, you'll be hearing from us.

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  • ACCOUNT SUPERVISOR - SHOPPER

    Upshot is looking to hire an Account Supervisor who will lead shopper marketing initiatives for a key CPG client.

     

    THE ACCOUNT SUPERVISOR WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING:

    • Leading shopper marketing initiatives across brands for a key CPG client
    • Developing customer programs with key retailers on behalf of the brands
    • Understanding of how to drive category growth at key retailers beyond just the brand; lead multi-branding scale initiatives
    • Activating the shopper journey and some understanding of shopper specific media tools

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • 5-8 years of experience in the role of leader or manager in agency, brand management, or media production
    • 5+ years of experience in agency, consumer product, brand management, or media experience preferred
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent and relevant work experience
    • Superior task management, interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills
    • Persuasive presentation and strategic selling skills

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  • DIGITAL STRATEGIST

    Upshot is looking to hire a Digital Strategist to bring strategic, analytical and innovative thinking to help solve the challenges our clients face in a world transformed by digital.  We are seeking someone who can connect the dots, discover trends to tell great stories, and collaborate on creating digital solutions that drive great client results.

     

    The Digital Strategist will develop research approaches, campaign strategies, drive marketing automation efforts. This person will also support the agency planning team members on larger initiatives.

     

    If you are a storyteller, creative thinker, and collaborative team player who understands the digital ecosystem, then we want to talk to you.

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Work closely with the sr client leaders, clients, account, creative, tech, UX, analytics and media teams to build roadmaps, customer journeys and strategies that inform digital campaigns, website redesigns, online videos, email campaigns, social media content and more
    • Engage in writing, presenting, and defending creative, brand, and strategic ideas, concepts, POVs and campaigns
    • Collaborate in the development of research projects needed to inform campaign initiatives with an expertise in competitive analysis
    • Develop target audience personas and use research to map their journeys across consumer touch points
    • Analyze, synthesize and present consumer data (in collaboration with the analytics team), market reports and trends to clients
    • Adapt digital marketing strategies to reflect changes in customer behaviors
    • Evaluate new technologies or marketing opportunities as they emerge
    • Analyze results from primary research to ensure insights are integrated into future work
    • Develop frameworks to help clients refine and evolve their digital marketing strategies
    • Use of 3rd party audience profiling & social listening tools to develop audience profiles and derive consumer insights
    • Drive marketing automation strategies and technologies that enable them

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • BA/BS required; MBA a plus
    • 5-7 years of digital agency, client marketing, or entrepreneurial strategic experience
    • Experienced across digital marketing channels: online, direct, CRM, interactive, SEO, SEM, content, and social
    • Preferably some background in account planning or driving big ideas/platform ideas for brands beyond tactical executions
    • Experience writing, presenting, and defending strategic ideas, concepts, POVs and campaigns in the digital landscape
    • Expertise in developing presentations of key strategy and tactical insights
    • Proven ability to analyze and synthesize data, market reports and trends
    • Prior experience leading primary consumer research efforts (quantitative and qualitative), with the ability to develop scripts for stakeholder interviews, conduct interviews and synthesize data/insights gathered into actionable recommendations across client digital properties/channels
    • Ability to prioritize, work quickly under pressure, and maintain flexibility
    • Ability to act as a bridge between technical, creative and marketing partners

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  • FREELANCE WEB DEVELOPER

    You’ve converted PSDs. Built brand microsites. And done your share of banner ads. You’re comfortable with HTML5, CSS/SCSS and JavaScript (wanting to leverage contemporary JavaScript/Node frameworks is a plus). While you’re proficient with front-end development, you really want to grow into a full stack developer who can handle large user bases and heavy traffic. At the same time, you like dealing with clients and are great at explaining the complexities of development in a way that’s easy for everyone to understand. Regardless of your experience level, we’re looking for a developer who wants to grow their skill set, has new ideas about frameworks, and wants to pitch in at every level as part of our close-knit team.

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  • ACCOUNT MANAGER – SHOPPER MARKETING

    You’ve got 1 – 2 years’ experience with executing in-store materials, digital assets and social media for the grocery and C-store channels. And you’re comfortable with developing strategies, presenting to clients, managing timelines and juggling multiple tasks. This is fun position working with a great client in a wonderful agency setting that’s an ideal place to take the next step in your career. If that sounds good and you’re a self-starter who can think on your feet, then we’d really like to speak with you.

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  • ART DIRECTOR

    You’ve been at your first agency gig for a couple of years now and you’re ready for your next big thing. So far, you’ve helped build brands with great work, won some awards, done everything from digital to print to point of purchase, and mastered Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. And if the idea of bringing those skills to a great agency, then we’d love to see your portfolio.

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  • COPYWRITER

    You’ve got a couple of years’ agency experience and have concepted against everything from branding to in-store to promotion and social media. During that time, you’ve developed complete campaigns and handled last minute one-off assignments. And if you’ve got experience in the food or healthy living categories, even better. But the real test of whether you’re right for the position, is your portfolio. If it’s good, we’d love to see it.

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  • MEDIA COORDINATOR

    The Media Coordinator role is responsible for assisting in media plan development and leading the ad operations, trafficking, campaign reporting and billing process. An understanding of the general media space, channels, partners and how those can help fulfill the needs of a clients’ objectives is key to growth, along with an attention to detail to execute the media plan flawlessly and analyze a campaign’s success. This individual reports directly to the Media Supervisor.

     

    MEDIA CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT

    • Work alongside Media Associate & Ad Ops Coordinator to assist in building, managing, and optimizing advertiser campaigns
    • Learn and understand media research tools and resources to aide in planning recommendations and campaign development
    • Assist in all upfront target and planning research: competitive, Comscore, Simmons, eMarketer, etc.

     

    BILLING

    • Lead creation of Estimates and IO’s in Advantage across all clients (Evolution Fresh, Tazo, LiftMaster, Wave Petunias, The Fresh Market, et al)
    • Update the billing pacing chart across all clients when needed and integrating with the billing department to ensure timely payment and ensure that they are aware of all upcoming campaigns
    • Attend all billing meetings with finance team w/ Media Associate and maintain accuracy of flowcharts and pacing documents

     

    MEDIA SETUP & EXECUTION (PRIMARY LEADER)

    • Schedule and participate in kick off calls with vendors
    • Lead creation of specs document & master timeline for all necessary creative assets and coordinate with internal and client teams with needed deadlines for launch (with minimal oversight by Media Supervisor)
    • Work with Production Manager to ensure all vendors receive necessary assets before launch
    • Assist Media Associate & Ad Ops Coordinator in daily pacing, ongoing monitoring and optimization of campaign performance within platforms (Doubleclick, Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, etc.) and with specific media partners
    • Lead the maintenance of any changes to media plan flowcharts, media buy estimates
    • Work with Ad Ops Coordinator to traffic traditional and digital campaigns
    • Ensure that all spotlight tags are firing (QA before launch), that the campaigns launch on time and all data is coming in properly to DCM (QA the day of launch)
    • Determine which pages on the site should be tagged to track metrics agreed upon using Analytics team for guidance

     

    REPORTING (IN COLLABORATION WITH ANALYTICS, MEDIA SUPERVISOR & SEAMLESS TEAM MEMBERS)

    • Lead collection and creation of client-friendly screenshot decks
    • These will need to be sent to the client 5 days after launch
    • Assist Ad Ops Coordinator in data collection and creation of ongoing (monthly/quarterly) report presentations with assistance of Analytics team
    • Mid-campaign reports to monitor performance of larger campaigns
    • Paid social insight reports and paid social recommendation decks
    • Weekly/monthly data pulls (as needed by client)
    • Deliver optimization recommendations to Media Associate and Supervisor to ensure campaign goals are met

     

    ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Lead organization of Media Drive by ensuring all items are saved in proper locations and have the correct naming conventions
    • During meetings, take notes in order to provide meeting recaps for all client calls/meetings to larger media team with any takeaways and next steps
    • Meet regularly with vendor/technology solutions to stay abreast of industry trends and potential client partnerships
    • Participate in projects outside of team responsibilities such as: training, POV presentations, process ideas, conferences, lunch and learns, symposiums, etc.
    • Self-education; set aside time each week to read through trades and review with Supervisor to discuss and ask any questions
    • Master Upshot media tool suite Doubleclick, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, ComScore, Simmons, etc.

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  • ASSOCIATE MEDIA DIRECTOR

    Media might be in your title, but you sometimes feel that’s limiting. Although you’ve built up a strong background in media (a full understanding and ability to talk about digital and traditional channels to the nicest and the most difficult of clients), you’re constantly interested in new platforms, technology, data use cases and even creative opportunities that can be used to build a better approach every time. You love getting in a room with a big client team and leading the presentation. You push creatives to think differently about ad executions and website landing experiences to drive better performance. Hell, you’ll even lead the whiteboard brainstorm with them. You get a high out of seeing clients and agency team members nod their heads and take notes as you lead an educational session on the latest media trends or agency case study. You have a personal investment contributing to the agency to produce good work, having an entrepreneurial mindset, and coaching and educating along the way because you genuinely care about everyone’s growth. And you know and appreciate that at the end of the day, everyone who touches media has to get into the nitty gritty at times because we’re all responsible for getting stuff done.

     

    GENERAL SUMMARY

    This Associate Media Director role will lead media strategy and tactical planning across several CPG accounts, leading internal and external relationship development and communication. With an understanding of all media channels (traditional and digital), AMDs are able to lead media strategy, consumer insight development, journey mapping and the general media planning process for both consumer and shopper type activations.

     

    DETAILED RESPONSIBILITIES

     

    GENERAL MEDIA LEADERSHIP (RELATIONSHIPS & TEAM DEVELOPMENT)

    • Act as the key media client lead (whether via direct or indirect communication/contact depending on team/account structure) and common educator/consultant
    • Create and maintain positive relationships and proactive communication for day to day counsel and strategic guidance to clients, team members and management
    • Manage day to day client requests autonomously, completing all tasks in a timely manner and properly delegating appropriate tasks and projects to direct reports
    • Collaborate with and manage up to VP, Media & Analytics across all client activity to utilize ongoing strategic support, ensuring client relationships are continuously nurtured and positively evolving
    • Provide media consult to creative and digital leads seeking media expertise, advice and guidance on possible ways to elevate ideas, brainstorms and partnerships

     

    MEDIA-SPECIFIC SKILLS

    • Showcase ability to leverage research, segmentation information and data to uncover strong consumer insights to properly inform media strategy
    • Understand and lead process of preparing, evaluating, and implementing media plans as well as overseeing setup, execution and reporting
    • Confidently present and sell in media recommendations to clients in collaboration with account and creative leads
    • Clearly understand and be able to communicate all internal media processes and outputs for all clients and internal teams (planning documents, KOCs with vendors, billing, specs, tagging/trafficking, reporting tools, report creation, etc.)

     

    GENERAL EXPERTISE & EDUCATION

    • 7+ years’ experience in media strategy, planning and buying
    • Demonstrate thought leadership and innovation for enhanced media plans and results
    • Have strong knowledge of all media channels to ensure appropriate marketing mix strategies are consistently brought forward to inform tactical plans
    • Stay up to date on new media and marketing trends that could positively impact our media services and our client’s business
    • Strong understanding of digital media and shopper channels with their increasing importance in the marketing industry
    • Create and maintain strong working relationships with media vendors for smooth planning, execution and implementation; showcase ability to negotiate larger partnership and added value components to vendor relationships on behalf of the agency and clients
    • Proactively identify and develop POVs on various media in the marketplace for client and internal seamless team education, establishing themselves as an expert agency resource
    • Meet regularly with vendor/technology solutions to stay abreast of industry trends and potential client partnerships
    • Assist in new business projects/pitches
    • Hold proficiency in MS Office applications and appropriate research tools

     

    ACCOUNTABILITY & GROWTH

    • Responsible for all projects and general client activity which flows in and out of their team; must take ownership of all process, deliverables and feedback
    • Responsible for accurate financial estimates of client activity with the ultimate goal of being able to track P&L for accounts (including management of team timesheets)
    • Establish and grow client relationships – qualitatively (relationship building) and quantitatively (recognizing additional services and financial opportunity) – by demonstrating an understanding of industry, client business issues/challenges and service opportunities
    • Oversee budget allocation process for all media based on client initiatives and direction; accurately project costs and anticipate the financial results of plan revisions

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  • AD OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

    The Ad Operations Coordinator role is responsible for assisting ad operations, trafficking, campaign reporting and billing processes. An understanding of the general media space, channels, partners and how those can help fulfill the needs of a clients’ objectives will be key to growth, along with an attention to detail to execute the media plan flawlessly and analyze a campaign’s success. This individual reports directly to the Ad Operations Manager.

     

    MEDIA CAMPAIGN EXECUTION

    • Work alongside Media Associates and Ad Operations Manager to assist in building, managing, and optimizing advertiser campaigns
    • Where applicable, learn and understand media research tools and resources to aide in planning recommendations
    • Assist in all upfront target and planning research: competitive, Comscore, Simmons, eMarketer, etc.

     

    BILLING

    • Lead creation of Estimates and IO’s in Advantage across all clients (Evolution Fresh, Tazo, LiftMaster, Wave Petunias, The Fresh Market, et al)
    • Update the billing pacing chart across all clients when needed and integrating with the billing department to ensure timely payment and ensure that they are aware of all upcoming campaigns
    • Attend all billing meetings with finance team w/ Media Associate and maintain accuracy of flowcharts and pacing documents

     

    MEDIA SETUP & EXECUTION (PRIMARY LEADER)

    • Participate in kick off calls with vendors and internal teams as appropriate
    • Lead creation of specs document & master timeline for all necessary creative assets and coordinate with internal and client teams with needed deadlines for launch (with minimal oversight by Media Supervisor)
    • Work with Production Manager to ensure all vendors receive necessary assets before launch
    • Lead daily pacing, ongoing monitoring and optimization of campaign performance within platforms (Doubleclick, Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, etc.) and with specific media partners
    • Lead trafficking of traditional and digital campaigns
    • Ensure that all spotlight tags are firing (QA before launch), that the campaigns launch on time and all data is coming in properly to DCM (QA the day of launch)
    • Determine which pages on the site should be tagged to track metrics agreed upon using Analytics team for guidance

     

    REPORTING (IN COLLABORATION WITH ANALYTICS, MEDIA SUPERVISOR & SEAMLESS TEAM MEMBERS)

    • Assist Analysts in data collection and creation of ongoing (monthly/quarterly) report presentations with assistance of Analytics team
    • Mid-campaign reports to monitor performance of larger campaigns
    • Paid social insight reports and paid social recommendation decks
    • Weekly/monthly data pulls (as needed by client)
    • Deliver optimization recommendations to Media Associates and Ad Operations Manager to ensure campaign goals are met

     

    ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    • During meetings, take notes in order to provide meeting recaps with any takeaways and next steps
    • Participate in projects outside of team responsibilities such as: training, POV presentations, process ideas, conferences, lunch and learns, symposiums, etc.
    • Self-education; set aside time each week to read through trades and review with Ad Operations Manager to discuss and ask any questions
    • Master Upshot media tool suite Doubleclick, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, ComScore, Simmons, etc.

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  • PRODUCTION ARTIST

    You’ve been a production artist for a couple of years and have all the nuances of keylining down pat, but you’d really like to try your hand at designing and art direction. Well then you’re in luck because we’re looking for folks to fill this hybrid role and be imbedded in a seamless team. While you’d be responsible for keylining within this group, you’d also be working with other art directors to help bring their vision to life and you’d definitely get a chance to show off your design chops. If your portfolio demonstrates your keylining prowess and design flair, then we’d love to hear from you.

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