Media Planner/Buyer

Alchemy Media are looking for a bright and enthusiastic Media Planner & Buyer to join our team in Harrogate, North, Yorkshire.  The successful candidate will ideally have at least two years experience working in a media agency and have experience across all paid media channels including TV, radio, outdoor, digital and print.  Having a particular strength in digital media/marketing would be an advantage.

Alchemy is an independent media agency with a highly entrepreneurial approach. We work across a wide range of clients and sectors in a fast paced environment, so no two days are the same. You'll be expected to work independently and also alongside more senior members of the team to deliver outstanding client service whilst developing your skills and experience.

If you are interested in this role, please send a copy of your CV to, together with a covering letter outlining why we should consider you for this role.

Core Skills

  • Assumes responsibility & takes pride in work
  • Competent and knowledgeable across all media types
  • Pro-active
  • Creative thinking & open to new ideas
  • Interpersonal - ability to get on with and maintain relationships with a wide range of people
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – ensuring we are consistently managing client expectations
  • Excellent numerical, statistical and data-handling skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to assimilate information quickly
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Effective time management, ability to work to deadlines and under pressure
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Good computer skills/digital knowledge
  • Interest in digital media
  • Keen to learn both from others and under own steam
  • Contributes to the advertising process

Key responsibilities 

  • Responsible for day to day planning, buying and administration support across assigned accounts.
  • Obtaining comprehensive briefs & challenging where required
  • Responsibility for budget management
  • Responsible for accurate campaign admin, including managing status reports and delivering against SLAs for each assigned client
  • Providing accurate & clear reports & schedules for clients & creative agencies
  • Managing client and creative agency expectations, either directly or through Account Managers, via regular communication & status report provision
  • Effective negotiation, using internal benchmarking and obtaining guidance from other personnel as necessary
  • Compilation of useful, interesting & accurate competitive reports for clients
  • Compilation of exemplary post campaign reports & buying reviews for campaigns across all media
  • Proactive role in identifying ways of creating stand out for a campaign – considering size/position/’specials’
  • Providing clear rationale for recommendations in terms of how you have reached the plan you are proposing and what considerations have shaped your thinking
  • Liaising with media owners to develop a good working knowledge of each media type and the various benefits/options with each
  • Maintaining strong and collaborative relationships with suppliers, whilst establishing your authority as gatekeeper/decision maker
  • Campaign administration – management of media schedules, orders and budgets
  • Negotiating with suppliers to obtain best prices
  • Booking media space
  • Liaising with clients and keeping them informed on job progress
  • Liaising with creative agencies and other involved parties to ensure seamless delivery of campaigns for clients
  • Monitoring campaign delivery
  • Monitoring campaign performance & contributing to post campaign analysis reports
  • Using historical performance data to aid future planning
  • Keeping up to date with industry research and insight
  • Keeping up to date with innovation and developments across all media

Key Relationships

  • Reporting directly into Account Managers & Directors & gaining approval before releasing work to clients, copying account team on correspondence & keeping fully updated with conversations
  • Deputy to Account Manager/Director where required, thus implicit requirement to maintain full working knowledge of all live issues relating to assigned accounts
  • Fostering & maintaining professional working relationships with clients, creative & other agencies
  • Developing & maintaining professional working relationships with suppliers

Admin Duties

  • Telephone call handling – answering in-bound calls/managing enquiries
  • General office admin
  • Collecting, opening and distributing mail
  • General Filing
  • General office tidying

If you are interested in this role, please send a copy of your CV to, together with a covering letter outlining why we should consider you for this role.

Expiry Date: 
Friday 12th April