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Senior Media Strategist

San Mateo, CA

As Senior Media Strategist - 1st & 3rd Party Software, you will have a strategic and visible role within SIE global Marketing Department, focusing on developing and managing global media investment strategy for 1st & 3rd Party Software.

In this role you will build media strategies and objectives that balance delivering the requisite brand impact with direct response ROI-driven campaigns. If you love the art of marketing and the science of attribution, this fantastic role is for you!

You will closely partner with the internal Media Planning & Activation team and the global media agency to ensure a quality media performance, and report on campaign performance & optimization to senior partners.

You are a forward-thinking leader on the topic of driving highly effective, efficient, and innovative advertising in today’s media landscape, across acquisition, engagement, and retention-related metrics, delivering media strategy for plans that cover the full spectrum of paid media channels.

While an in-depth knowledge of digital media is required to perform this role, it is equally critical that you combine this expertise with data-led analysis and creative thinking on a regional basis, and that any market-level recommendations within the strategy are tuned to each region’s media marketplace and consumer behaviors. As this is a new and growing team, you will also have an excellent opportunity to improve, innovate and/or pioneer new ideas over multiple areas or functions related to media!

Main Areas of Responsibility:

Media Strategy & Analysis:

  • Responsible for developing global media investment strategy (Software), creating & executing innovative, insight-led, actionable media strategies, which deliver on important metrics / objectives
  • Work with Global First Party and Third Party Marketing teams & partner with key Marketing functions to develop robust Global Media briefs
  • Partner closely with the in-house PlayStation Media Planning & Activation team to ensure that media plans fully embody the media strategy, and that, across fixed and fluid media channels, audiences and objectives are planned holistically
  • Provide Territory teams (internal & agency) with the globally consistent strategic vision & locally relevant implementation recommendation to guide the creation of localized media plans
  • Develop global processes for briefing and developing media strategies, connecting to overall business / communication planning
  • Deliver actionable campaign reporting and analysis to partners, combining insights and data from internal and external media buying teams to establish opportunities for optimization
  • Work closely with creative teams & creative agency to inform the development of the right content and creative assets for different audiences and platforms
  • Partner with data science and insight teams to operationalize Media Mix Model and Multi-Touch Attribution programs
  • Partner with global media leadership team to negotiate media upfront opportunities and partnership terms.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Successfully grow the team’s impact on PlayStation’s global business, as measured by a blend of brand metrics, return on investment/ROAS, business goals, and partner feedback
  • Ability to keep a broad base of partners aligned to the approved media strategies during campaign planning and execution, evaluate success of the media campaign, and actively suggest optimizations
  • Ability to innovate campaigns in partnership with all key partners

Required Qualifications:

Education

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. Degree in Marketing, Communications, Business or Economics preferred

Experience

Required and Preferred

  • 10+ years of experience in media planning and strategy, with experience developing successful global media campaigns preferred
  • Experience with managing large agency relationships preferred
  • Experience negotiating platform upfronts or channel partnerships preferred
  • Experience in working in global / regional roles preferred
  • Proven expertise in digital media strategy and execution standard methodology preferred

Candidate Preferred Qualities

Ideal candidate attributes

  • Advertising expert – understands driving demand, mental availability, and converting consideration into purchase action
  • Strategic thinker, with the ability to clearly articulate and implement plans
  • Strong digital acumen – understanding of the role of emerging platforms in media landscape
  • Ability to use complex analysis to make decisions
  • Talent for collaborating with external and internal teams
  • Flexible and adaptable while maintaining positive attitude
  • Doesn’t settle for the status quo, challenges and leads change in a positive way
  • Self-starter with passion, energy, enthusiasm to drive results and affect meaningful change
  • A team player who is able to work collaboratively within the group and across business units/functions – high emotional intelligence

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