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Senior Associate, Growth



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Sales & Business Development, Operations
United States
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2024

Business Overview

We believe in the power of media to reshape our industry and orchestrate a brand’s entire consumer experience, by balancing both what unites people and what makes them different. When brands unite people in culture, they build Fame, and when brands connect individuals to their unique journeys, they build customer Flow. Initiative builds Fame & Flow for brands like Nike, Amazon, Merck, and T-Mobile. Media responsibility is at the forefront of everything we do, whether it’s creating media plans that reflect the diversity of our communities, promote brand safety, and foster sustainability. Our agency celebrates diversity in an inclusive environment where all of our 6,000+ strong talent across 90+ markets feel seen, heard, and valued. Our vision is to create not only a better media company, but also a better media industry, and maybe even a better world.

We make a promise to our people that we double down on seeing, celebrating & elevating all the things that make you, uniquely you. And just as we do for our brands and clients, we connect our people to the journeys that matter in building a meaningful career.

There are four I’s in Initiative and these represent our core values and behaviors.

  • INDIVID[YOU]ALITY – you bring your genuine and unique self to and into the work, every day.
  • INSTINCT – you’re tuned in and armed with intelligence; you have a bias for action – shit happens when you’re around.
  • IMPACT! – you care deeply about the impact you have on our clients, their customers, our community, the media landscape and our world at large.
  • IMAGINATION – your ability to imagine and bring to life the ideas, solutions, and the future of Initiative, makes us THE create media agency in the world.

Position Overview

After being named as RECMA’s fastest-growing agency and topping the new business rankings globally over the past three years, we are looking to expand our team. Reporting to the Director, Growth, the Senior Associate will assist with global and US new business. You will touch all aspects that contribute to agency growth and will be a part of every step of the new business pitch process.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to the biggest client pitches and will be able to work with the agency’s most senior talent globally. This role offers wide-ranging opportunities to utilize your creative, strategic, commercial and project management skills.

As part of Initiative, you will be required to build strong relations across our network and key divisions to help achieve our ambitious growth KPI’s - working collaboratively with all agencies within IPG Mediabrands and the wider IPG network.

The environment is busy, focused and supportive. We are looking for someone who matches our hunger to succeed with a strategic and creative flair. You will be working in a fast-paced environment and will require a dynamic can-do attitude with the confidence to challenge the status quo.


  • Attend & support pitch kick-off meetings/calls and draft recaps
  • Support the pitch kick-off back-end set up process (scorecards, finance & organization)
  • Provide pitch status updates and escalate issues to the team
  • Maintain asset organization within file storage
  • Collaborate with internal teams to ensure clear deadlines and deliverable expectations
  • Review presentations before routing to upper management
  • Troubleshoot any timeline issues with internal teams
  • Provide status updates for ongoing projects
  • Maintain team calendar, expense reports, status reports, and budgets
  • Research company background information for pitches and maintain ongoing updates to support pitch team
  • Support internal and external reporting of pipeline activity
  • Carefully proofread developed materials to ensure clarity and accuracy

Required Skills and Experience

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PPT, Outlook)

Desired Skills and Experience

  • 1-2 years of project management experience within either media or creative services
  • Strong desire to learn and build knowledge of media and new business pitch process
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for learning about new brands and working on fast paced projects
  • Well-organized, ability to multi-task, strong written and oral communication skills, detail-oriented, energetic, can work as a team or independently and responsive to feedback
  • Exceptional attention to detail, organization skills, and multi-tasking capabilities

We See You

At IPG Mediabrands, we are unified behind a commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging. Together, we shine through a set of shared values and behaviors. We take pride in our responsibility to our clients, communities, and to each other. We embrace differences and recognize the unique value that each of us brings to our community.

We encourage you to apply, as unique backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences are welcomed.

We See You at IPG Mediabrands.

Wage and Benefits

We offer a Total Rewards package that includes medical and dental coverage, 401(k) plans, flex spending, life insurance, disability, employee discount program, employee stock purchase program and paid family benefits to support you and your family. To give you the ability to better meet your personal needs, and in support of your physical and emotional well-being, you will receive discretionary time off days and company-wide Appreciation Weeks and Wellness Days.

We also offer a competitive Total Compensation package, including a competitive salary and eligibility for an annual discretionary incentive award or a relevant incentive award.

The salary range for this position is posted below. Where an employee or prospective employee is paid within this range will depend on, among other factors, actual ranges for current/former employees in the subject position, market considerations, budgetary considerations, tenure and standing with the Company (applicable to current employees), as well as the employee’s/applicant’s skill set, level of experience, and qualifications.

Employment Transparency

It is the policy of Mediabrands, division of the Interpublic group, to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, veteran status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. The job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and other job functions are subject to modification. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About IPG Mediabrands

IPG Mediabrands is the media and marketing solutions division of Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). IPG Mediabrands manages over $47 billion in marketing investment globally on behalf of its clients across its full-service agency networks UM, Initiative and Mediahub and through its award-winning specialty business units Healix, Kinesso, MAGNA, Mediabrands Content Studio, Orion Holdings, Rapport, and the IPG Media Lab. IPG Mediabrands clients include many of the world’s most recognizable and iconic brands from a broad portfolio of industry sectors including automotive, personal finance, consumer product goods (CPG), pharma, health and wellness, entertainment, financial services, energy, toys and gaming, direct to consumer and e-commerce, retail, hospitality, food and beverage, fashion and beauty. The company employs more than 18,000 diverse marketing communication professionals in more than 130 countries. Learn more at

Salary Range
$62,500$70,000 USD

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