Head of Performance Planning
Wood Lane, London, W12

Company Description

We think big. And act bigger. Stay versatile and interconnected. We approach everything with an inventive spirit and rigorous mindset. Individually we’re great, but as a team we’re unstoppable. Together, we seek out opportunities, frame problems and solve complex challenges. Our collective brilliance exposes breakthroughs. Our capability unleashes creativity. We pursue a new perspective and deliver a new kind of ROI.

Zenith Global are the central team, primarily based in London, supporting our local Zenith markets, leading new business efforts, developing thought-leadership, and driving network development for our 250 offices across 95 countries with over 8,000 staff worldwide.

We house a large team of multi-faceted communications planners, digital and innovation specialists and client leadership teams. Our global client portfolio comprises a range of category leaders including Reckitt, TikTok, Edrington, Coty, Electrolux and Nestlé.

Our Commitment
At Zenith Global, we believe that fostering an inclusive culture where all talent can thrive makes our company stronger and help drive invention in the work we do for our clients better. We also believe it enables a greater idea exchange that fuels innovation and best reflects diverse consumer experiences.

We are committed to encouraging our talent to participate in Publicis Groupe’s wide variety of talent engagement and inclusion programming, which includes professional development experiences and participation in the company’s many business resource groups. These include VivaWomen!, Égalité, MOCA (Men Of Colour Alliance) and more than a dozen others that are thriving across our network.

Through advocacy, education and inclusion we foster greater collaboration among our people, which in turn inspires work that provides better experiences for our clients and their consumers.

Job Description

About the role…

The Head of Performance Planning is a crucial senior role within the Agency, servicing all clients, and liaising with all other departments, this role is vital to the smooth running of performance media planning & activation, and delivery of client scopes. The role will sit alongside the Digital Channel leads, and collaborating with Global Client Leads and Business Directors, reporting into the Global Head of Performance.

About the work….  

The key responsibility for the role, is owning and leading the Performance Planning product.

Zenith Worldwide is on a growth trajectory, which has seen the creation and expansion of many centralised digital hubs, based in the Zenith Global HQ, in London. These hubs deliver centrally-governed planning and activation for multiple markets, predominantly in EMEA, but also globally. Whilst we manage the entirety of many clients’ digital activation, including upper funnel/brand activation, the consistent theme for us as the ROI Agency is that every client has a Performance scope deliverable.

Working alongside our Client Practices, our Strategy Team, and our Digital Channel Leads across Search, Social, Programmatic & Commerce, the Head of Performance Planning will be responsible for owning the Performance Planning product, and delivering performance planning excellence across all clients, and to contribute significantly to new business pitches. 

You will be tasked with auditing existing Performance Planning, and building and deploying a best in class Performance Planning product, in order to drive standardisation, efficiencies, and drive market-leading effectiveness. 

The successful ownership of the Performance Planning product will be delivered and evidenced as follows:

  • Elevating the quality of our performance planning and activation delivery for our clients, as evidenced by overachieving against client KPIs and benchmarks
  • Meaningful contribution to performance planning strategies, resulting in successful new business delivery
  • Collaboration with Groupe specialists to drive innovation within Zenith Worldwide’s performance delivery
  • Entering and winning leading industry performance related awards


What you need to succeed….

  • Strong knowledge and experience of performance media
  • Deep channel expertise across Search, Programmatic, Social, Commerce
  • Good experience in a Global/EMEA role delivering multi-market client scopes
  • Deep knowledge of data-driven media planning
  • Expertise in ad tech management
  • Senior leadership experience in media agency
  • Senior Client Stakeholder Management experience

Additional Information

Publicis Groupe operates a hybrid working pattern with employees being office-based on Mondays and two other days during the working week.

If you have any adjustment needs arising from a disability or medical condition to fully participate in the recruitment process, please discuss this with the recruiter who contacts you.


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