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Associate Director, Marketing Science Platforms
Chicago, IL
Updated 2023-05-03

The Associate Director, Marketing Science Platforms brings together data-driven marketing technology and systems connectivity within the media ecosystem with an emphasis on digital audience activation.

The ideal candidate for this role brings a consultative mindset with a deep understanding of audience use cases in media buying across both programmatic (display, native, audio, video, mobile, search, social) and linear channels. They will have a holistic understanding of media buying processes, where audiences fit in, and how data can and should flow end-to-end.

The Associate Director works dynamically across the agency’s Marketing Science Group, Digital, Programmatic and Planning teams to deliver excellent results in an ever-changing environment.

We value the power of collaboration and teamwork; hence the candidate should be committed to working 4 days a week out of the hired city office (Cincinnati, Chicago, or Atlanta).


  • Ownership of Empower’s Data-Centric Platforms (DMP/CDP/Onboarding) and their day-to-day operations of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party data throughout the agency.
  • Provide expert-level audience and platform guidance for all stakeholders and lead broader team with ever-changing data landscape and initiatives such as cookieless alternatives, digital identifiers, and privacy.
  • Lead key data-focused components of Empower’s Marketing Science Platform roadmap.
  • Build custom audiences in a timely manner across the full-funnel of the customer journey and recommend data use-cases to buyers based on client or agency objectives.
  • Work across multiple clients in various stages of data-driven media executions.
  • Manage client’s expectations regarding usage of data-driven audience activations across the media landscape.
  • Engage with broader Marketing Science Group (research, analytics) as necessary to deliver on agency initiatives including platform POVs, thought leadership.
  • Deliver cross-functional team’s audience requests, reporting and analysis.
  • Deliver invoice reconciliation for data usage in media campaigns.
  • Interpret scopes of work and make changes as necessary to contracts.

Key Characteristics and Desired Competencies:

  • Sharp focus, attention to detail
  • Organizational skills and effective task management
  • Self-directed, entrepreneurial growth mindset
  • Ability to build internal and external relationships
  • Ability to communicate and present ideas effectively depending on environment and intended audience
  • Thorough understanding of data landscape, organization of taxonomies, and partner selection processes
  • Understanding of media landscape trends and ecosystem
  • Linking conceptual ideas to executable tactics rapidly in a dynamic environment

Qualifications, Education & Experience:

  • 5+ years’ experience in media planning, buying or previous equivalent experience in audience-driven media environment
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher; preference given to Marketing, Business Analytics or a related field
  • Experience with Data-Centric Platforms: DMP (Lotame, Adobe, Permutive, etc.), CDP (Amperity, BlueConic, Salesforce, Adobe, etc.), Onboading tools (LiveRamp, Throtle, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of programmatic landscape (Ad Serving, SSPs, DSPs - buying experience a plus)
  • Thorough understanding of media timelines and process executions with vendor partners.
  • Knowledgeable with data privacy (CCPA, CRPA, GDPR, etc.)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite (excel, powerpoint)

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