Slingshot is looking for our next great media leader to join our media department team of more than a dozen folks who sit within our full-service agency. If you’re a TV junkie, if you get dialed up by AM and FM radio, if you zone into conversations about interconnect cable, and if a DJ could endorse your negotiation skills, then we’d love to talk.

The ideal candidate will be fluent in ratings and rankers, horizontal and vertical rotation, spot separation, clearance rates, daypart mixes, and may admit to giggling about the fact that #squadgoals are literally sometimes SQAD Goals, beyond of course the spirit of teamwork and camaraderie that we highly value and thrive upon. An exacting sense of financial accountability and responsibility stewarding every penny transparently and responsibly in our clients’ media investments is also critical, as is the strong capability to handle campaign invoices from hundreds of stations across the country, resolve makegoods in a timely manner, and manage flawless campaign reconciliation and post-buys on a monthly or quarterly basis.

So, if the acronyms of DMA, MSA, LPM, PPM, AQH, CPP, CPM, CPS, ISCI, and HUT/PUT are totally normal in your universe, keep on reading.

Expectations and the day-to-day rhythm of this role:

This role is more of an “independent operator” within an established and integrated media team (other team members include planners and digital buyers and search/social roles), so applicants should understand that they will be handling end-to-end buying assembly and management, collaborating with the planning team, and reporting into integrated Media Directors. You’ll work closely with our Senior Media Ops Manager and our Accounts Payable team regarding invoice processing. Day to day, you’ll be expected to be a proactive self-starter who can manage their own deliverables from receiving handoff specs to sending insertion orders out the door. The primary responsibilities will be buying for two clients who each have a 20-market footprint across a handful of states nationwide, including Texas, and you’ll work with both local market reps, national reps, and group sales rep organizations on the vendor side. From time to time, this role is client-facing in email or meetings.

The strongest candidates will be process-oriented people with a methodology for keeping all components moving along, but also those who possess nimbleness and can pivot rapidly to address last-minute traffic changes or quick-turn buy revisions without getting rattled. Beyond the spot buys themselves, you’ll handle added value negotiation, sponsorship, and package evaluation, seek and secure upgrades for our clients in key on-air programming, and traffic copy rotations with ease. Effortless time management and project management skills will help you handle a large volume of annual buys during peak seasons.

Requirements:

  • 5+ years hands-on broadcast/linear/TV/cable/radio experience as a buyer (experience with OOH, print, and streaming audio/video is definitely a plus but is not required)
  • Experience with Freewheel/Strata platforms including Eleven and S-Traffic is preferred, though a MediaOcean skill set is likely easily translatable
  • Strong and trusted relationships with vendor partner reps
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Team-oriented, roll-up-the-sleeves attitude
  • Insatiable curiosity or a love of puzzles
  • Acute attention to detail and comfort with numbers
  • Stellar references

Slingshot is a mid-sized, independent agency, in Dallas, Texas, founded on a culture of innovation and driven by a welcoming and entrepreneurial spirit at all levels, from front desk to corner office. (Except we work in a pretty open space with rustic tables, warm brick, wood beams, and very few doors, but you get the point.) We believe that Human Connections Create Growth, and so most of the team has returned to the office on a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday basis for our “Connect” days; Mondays and Fridays remain our flex/work-from-home days, so this position is intended to be local in Dallas. The weekly beer cart, early-dismissal Summer Fridays, and fully paid month sabbatical time off earned at seven years are pretty good perks too, not to mention 401k matching, customizable and comprehensive insurance options, and holiday/vacation/wellness time off benefits offered, to boot.

Applicants, please ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date, and please also provide a PDF copy of your resume including an email address and a mobile phone number.

Slingshot is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a warm and welcoming workplace for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural background, faith, parental status, sexual orientation/gender identity, or any other disability or difference that makes each person unique.