Welcome to The Candidate's website. We focus on roles such as Media Planner & Buyer which is ultimately a specialist role within the online sector. You should use a recruitment agency who knows this area well in order to find the right role. Having worked with the majority of leading advertising agencies in the area, we know the profile of person who each of our clients and employers are seeking and by speaking to you we'll know if we can put you forward for that role.

The role of Planner and Buyer may be combined due to the size of the agency but in some cases they are separate roles. Ultimately, whatever the case they skilfully apply client's budget across a range of available media formats to push for the best response in differing campaigns. Planning a schedule across the range of channels requires a mathematical and analytical skill and often develops good planner and buyers into spreadsheet wizards! To successfully plan a schedule you will either test the response through an initial test budget or look at historic results to determine the level of spend moving forward.

The different types of media that exist range from online activities including internet and mobile through to TV, Press and Outdoor etc. Different Media Planner and Buyers will specialise in different channels and usually online is split from the off line planning and buying world.

The salaries range significantly from around £17k for entry level candidates through to £45k/£50k for senior planner and buyers. This can increase to up to £80k for top planners and buyers. The way to develop your career within this industry is to keep abreast of the latest opportunities and trial new channels to push client's products. Instigating relationships and using these to leverage the best deals through good negotiation is also vital. The bigger the budget and brand you work with, the higher up the career ladder you'll climb.

Media Planner and Buyers have tended to specialise in certain areas over time should the organisation demand it. For example search activity has begun to dominate online schedules and some agency employees within this area have begun to specialise within it. However career prospects are promising as the skills shortage in the area within digital has highlighted and with the advent of more digital channels to trial, the role is expanding and creating significant career opportunities.

18.01.17

Client Executive

Salary: up to £24,000

Location: Manchester

Type: Permanent

Our client at a Media agency delivering ground breaking campaigns for blue chip clients.

Due to rapid expansion they require a Client Executive to support in the creation of client campaigns. The Client executive will be deliver campaigns to clients whilst providing excellent customer service. The successful candidate must be enthusiastic and keen…

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18.01.17

Digital Outreach Executive

Salary: Competitive

Location: Manchester

Type: Permanent

How does travelling around the UK and beyond sound? Grab the opportunity to become the Digital Outreach Executive for one of the UK’s largest content marketing teams!

Our client is looking for an enthusiastic individual who will work closely with in-house and external Marketing and PR teams to plan and execute exciting digital outreach campaigns! …

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12.01.17

Display Account Director

Salary: Competitive

Location: Manchester City Centre

Type: Permanent

Would you like to become a director for a global media powerhouse based in Manchester City Centre? Our client is looking for an expert in display and programmatic marketing!

This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual to grow a well-established department. Our client has a great impact on the media market and is always ahead of their comp…

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12.01.17

Client Manager

Salary: Up to £45,000

Location: Liverpool

Type: Permanent

Work with a large client portfolio consisting of multi-million blue chip brands as a Client Manager for a leading and award-winning media agency! 

The Client Manager will be responsible for managing an enthusiastic creative team to develop, implement, and execute media campaigns across multiple channels. As an in-house Client Manager, they will be…

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12.01.17

Senior Client Executive

Salary: up to £26,000

Location: Manchester

Type: Permanent

Don't miss out on this brilliant opportunity to join a fast-paced, award winning media agency as a new Senior Client Executive!

Our client is looking for a Senior Client Executive who is ambitious, outgoing and always up for a new challenge! Their main responsibility will be to supporting new business to the company by delivering state-of-the-art …

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11.01.17

Senior Client Executive

Salary: up to £27,000 plus generous bonus structure

Location: Manchester

Type: Permanent

Bonuses, a generous holiday and the chance the work for a multi-award winning media agency in the heart of Manchester! What more could you want! This fantastic agency is now on the hunt for a new Senior Client Executive to join them on a very exciting journey!

Our client is one the of the UK's leading media agencies and over the years they have ma…

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11.01.17

Client Director

Salary: £50,000

Location: Manchester

Type: Permanent

Are you the ambitious individual we are looking for? Become the Client Director of a top media agency and never have a boring day at work again!

The Client Director will be a strong leader and a key influencer and decision maker in the business. The Client Director will set up new partnerships and manage relationships with senior stakeholders in o…

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11.01.17

Offline Planner

Salary: Up to £26,000

Location: Manchester City Centre

Type: Permanent

Do you want to join a highly innovative Manchester based agency and implement world-class offline media?

Based in stylish centre offices this market leading communications agency provides expert knowledge across a diverse mix of emerging, new and traditional media channels to help clients create world-class media. They are looking for an enthusias…

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10.01.17

Head of PR

Salary: Up to £35,000

Location: Manchester

Type: Permanent

Our client is a full-service digital marketing agency, who is looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic professional to lead their busy PR function as the Head of PR.

The ideal candidate is someone with previous experience leading a PR department for an agency. The successful candidate will create new and innovative online strategies to improve th…

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10.01.17

Head of Paid Media

Salary: Up to £50,000

Location: Merseyside

Type: Permanent

Are you a natural born leader who's on the hunt for a new challenge? Join a fast-paced, award-winning digital agency in Merseyside and become the hub of their Paid Media team. Interested? Carry on reading…

Our client is highly successful and prides itself on pushing boundaries and being a step ahead of the competition. They have strong relationshi…

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06.01.17

Client Executive

Salary: up to £24,000

Location: Manchester

Type: Permanent

A thriving media agency is looking for a Client Executive to join their award winning team! Caught your attention? Well, carry on reading...

This agency has carved themselves a reputation that other agencies could only dream of! They produce innovative campaigns for a number of the world's leading brands and their success isn't slowing down anytim…

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I have recently had the pleasure of working with Laura at The Candidate where she helped me find a role in Manchester. Laura was really hands on, was always on the end of the phone to advise and chat me through the process. She was incredibly helpful, professional and just generally lovely to work with, so it made the whole experience very easy.


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