Media Strategy & Innovation Manager

| Chicago
WHO WE ARE 

Centro delivers software and services to automate digital media operations for more than 1,000 leading agencies and brands. 

Our comprehensive ad tech platform, Basis, supports the planning, reporting, and financial reconciliation of direct, programmatic, search, and social media, all in one place. 

We are deeply committed to building software that will change the ad tech industry for the better and are equally dedicated to building an inclusive culture of highly motivated individuals who create a positive and supportive environment together. We invest in our culture and support our employees so they can do their best work. 

Centro is headquartered in Chicago, with beautiful offices also in Toronto, Dallas, Denver, and New York to name a few. Post-COVID, many of us will be returning to one of our offices (by choice, not requirement -- we believe results matter more than where they are produced). This position and all of our employees have the flexibility to work in one of our office locations, completely remote, or a hybrid of the two.

ABOUT THE TEAM

The Media Innovations + Technology (MIT) team’s mission is to inspire and educate Centro’s customers on the evolving media landscape and technology trends, connecting Centro’s innovative media solutions, products, and services. This team drives revenue growth by increasing the customers’ media intelligence and the utilization of Centro’s solutions through the development of best-in-class content, consultative presentations and industry-focused webinars.

WAYS YOU’LL CONTRIBUTE

The Media Strategy & Innovation Manager (internally known as our Manager of Media Innovations + Technology) will serve as one of Centro’s internal and external experts on emerging trends providing educational solutions and thought leadership to Centro’s customers. This cross-functional role works with Centro’s Sales, Media Services, Product, and Technology teams as part of the Marketing department. The Manager will act as a catalyst for new business development and assist in the growth and retention of existing business across Centro’s growing client base of agencies, brands, and publishers. The position reports into the VP, Media Innovations + Technology. You will contribute by:

  • Supporting the development, implementation, and measured success of advanced educational content and programs to empower clients and drive adoption of Centro’s products and services. This role will have an emphasis around the utilization of advanced data and targeting for media planning, buying, and insights
  • Regularly engaging with regional Sales and Media Services leadership to act as a catalyst to increase the adoption of Basis and Centro’s managed Media Services
  • Playing an active role in developing programming and presenting content in MIT-managed client programs including client-specific workshops, in-market-focused symposiums, and other collateral per MIT programming goals
  • Working with a cross-departmental team to define, create and manage communications and collateral development for new media solutions, and Basis features and integrations, while tracking adoption and growth against goals
  • Collaborating with the internal education & training team to share insights, learnings, and relevant materials and information that can be leveraged for both internal employees and external customers
  • Creating regular POVs on evolving media and advertising trends, information, and learnings
  • Keeping abreast of new media developments through trade publications, seminars and in fostering relationships with technology vendors via frequent outreach and communication

WHAT YOU BRING TO THE TABLE

  • 5 years of digital advertising and programmatic experience, adtech experience preferred
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of advanced media trends, including first party data management and activation, advanced TV, streaming audio, ad signals and identifiers and experience with strategic media planning
  • Deep comprehension of third-party data sources, inventory suppliers and other innovative vendors that are relevant to paid digital media and programmatic campaign development
  • Excellent communication and business writing skills with client-facing presentation building skills a must
  • Infectious energy and enthusiastic about working across departments
  • Ability to operate and succeed as both an individual and as a team
  • Strong analytical skills; skilled at Excel and data analysis
  • Skilled at managing and prioritizing multiple tasks and responsibilities
  • Willingness to travel (~10-15%)**

BONUS POINTS

  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field Preferred
  • **While there is currently no travel due to COVID, as things turn back to normal some travel may be required 

ANYTHING ELSE? 

Don't think you have all the skills required for this role? That's okay, we recognize that experience can be built in many ways. If you have relevant skills that are not reflected in your resume, we welcome your candidacy and encourage you to share more in an optional cover letter, even if your experience doesn’t match our exact requirements.

LIFE WITH CENTRO 

We take care of our people and believe that Centro’s success depends on the growth and well-being of each one of our team members.

We provide a thoughtful perks and benefits package including competitive 401k/RRSP matching, mental health support, a funded health savings account, paid sabbatical, generous parental leave, a work from home stipend for employees in closed offices, and more. 

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer are committed to building teams of Centrons that are diverse in thought, perspective, and culture. We celebrate all team members regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race or cultural background, religion, disability, and age. Our employee-led communities enrich our culture of uniqueness, inclusivity, and empowerment. 

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Location

The Chicago Loop is a great place to work, located in a central area of Chicago accessible to major public transportation, dining and shopping.

An Insider's view of Centro

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Instead of balancing work and life, it’s about blending the two. As a parent, I may need to leave for part of the day or before 5. Everyone here understands and I don’t feel guilty. Even if I’m not sitting at my desk from 9-5, my work and my teams work will still be done on time. Centro is giving me the opportunity to live the best life I can.

Matt Klaers

Manager, Financial Reporting

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

There’s an incredible balance of freedom, drive, and fun that I’ve only experienced at Centro. On an engineering team retreat this summer, the plan was to code from 10 AM – 2 PM on a fun team-based competition and then go outside to enjoy the day. The team would not stop coding until 10 PM! Of course, this was followed by 6 hours of karaoke.

Mike

VP, software engineering

What are Centro Perks + Benefits

Centro Benefits Overview

While our people work to change an industry, we reward them with industry-leading perks. It’s not just about the free snacks and onsite yoga (although they help)—it’s about making sure Centrons feel happy, healthy and fulfilled when they come to work.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Centro offers each employee one day per calendar year to use for community work or volunteering opportunities. Local offices regularly organizes group volunteer activities for employees.
Partners with Nonprofits
Centro partners with local non-profit organizations to support various causes and to organize group volunteer events for employees.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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