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We are hiring - Planning Exec


Craft Media London launched in 2018 with the intention of filling the strategic hole that exists between media and creative agencies. We focus solely on communication strategy plugging into the planning teams at creative agencies or clients directly to help determine exactly what comms needs to do in order to meet business objectives. We had noticed (and don’t tell them this….) that creative agency planning wasn’t business rigorous enough so ideas were just that, ideas. And media agencies were overly focused on the commercial numbers which resulted in bland planning with no creative leap. So, we sit in the middle, acting as an interpreter and ensuring that we deliver campaigns that are both effective and efficient.

We are a small specialist strategic agency. This is important as it means that we can get to the answer faster than most agency teams, It means that we don’t have to send a squad of people to a meeting each with their own areas of expertise. We can give you an immediate point of view based on years of experience rather than waiting for a piece of analysis to be done. It also means that we absolutely know our stuff. We have a reputation as the Crafty team who get to grips with complicated comms challenges, give creative agencies an opportunity to create great and different work and who play nicely alongside every partner. If media buying was needed we have a relationship with all the independent agencies (and some of the networks) which we partner with to provide this specialist. Craft provides the strategic direction and planning and we help clients identify the right agency for them and they would focus on delivery/buying.

The CRAFT Founders

JEN SMITH Jen is the co-founder of Craft. She has over 25 years’ experience in media agencies in London and globally, including Mindshare, PHD, Maxus and Wavemaker. During her career, she has been nominated for and won various Media Week and Campaign awards and has been named one of Campaign’s Top 10 Planners in the UK for the last 5 years. She is a regular speaker at industry events and is never short of a point of view on the world of comms. She regularly judges at industry events including Cannes Media Lions, Campaign & Media Week awards, D&AD, APG & YouTube Effectiveness. She is a member of the APG Committee and Effies committee and writes for industry titles as well as Huffington Post.

The CRAFT Founders:

SALLY WEAVERS Sally is the co-founder of Craft. She has over 30 years’ experience in the industry and has worked for agencies covering the full range of communication disciplines: creative (JWT/WCRS), brand (Branded) and media (Vizeum, UM, Initiative). Sally is a member of WACL: a network of the most senior women in the communications industry, sits on the Facebook Client Council, is a long-term tutor for the Ad Association’s Media Business Course, a Campaign Top 10 planner and a regular judge on industry awards panels. Her career highlights include launching the new MINI for BMW, rattling the directory enquiries market with 118 118, helping Tesco through some significant challenges and bringing Amazon Alexa to the UK.

Small But Mighty

We are small but have already started to make our mark, working with start ups like Skin & Me and Zeo, through to established brands which needed some strategic love – like The Body Shop & St Johns Ambulance through to the biggest brands on the globe

We never know what the next brief might be….

Planning Exec

This is a role that will teach you the basics of advertising and in particular media.

We are a comms consultancy which means we help clients understand where to place their effort and investment across all of the potential opportunities: from advertising to search, from Influencers to Press releases, from events to product placement.

This role will require you to be open to new experiences, to be well organised, to manage to-do lists across multiple projects.

You will need to be a self-starter and spot opportunities for you to learn and help.

You will become skilled in basic tool requirements such as TGI, Mintel, Slack, & GWI


● To learn how to use the key media insight tool, TGI for audience analysis and Ad Dynamix for competitor spend

● You should help all Craft members with these tasks

● Tools may also extend to Touchpoints, Google Analytics, Social Media Listening, & Mintel (and more besides)

● You should identify a category area of interest at the start of your role and collect insight and evidence for this on the Slack channel – all of this will feed into a thought piece

● You will work alongside and report into Planning Manager, but you should be willing to help out across the wider team

We want to do work that makes others jealous, which means we need to do thing that they can’t or won’t.

And we need to do it with style.

Key Requirements:

- Ability to build and maintain positive client and agency relationships at your level.

- Support the day-to-day contact for agency partners - keeping work and responses on brief and to time

- Support the Planning Manager in the Day-to-day client contact including organising and contributing to status calls, timelines and coordination of in-campaign and post-campaign actions.

- You should have outstanding organisational skills to keep client work, and agency partners ‘on track’.

Measure of Success

This role will be judged against the specific delivery of the outlined tasks

By 360 degree feedback from key client personnel

From 360 degree feedback from Craft

From 360 degree feedback from Media Agency key contacts.

Area of special Interest

All members of Craft are going to take on a special interest with the media landscape.

You should endeavour to build relationships with the key media owners, to be kept abreast of new developments and technology.

You should contact trade bodies and work closely with our media buyers to ensure we fully understand the media planning tools and systems that are used.

We should look for new ways to leverage insights from your specialist area and apply it to our work

If there are training courses, or conferences you would like to attend you can apply for funding

You should spread your knowledge around the wider craft team

You should champion the sharing of knowledge in your area across Slack and also the Google Drives

As a stretch target you are also tasked with identifying a Craft campaign which could be entered into your category sector awards.

Our Structure


● Send CV & note summarising why you would like to work at Craft

● Shortlist invited to have a 30 min chat with one of the strategy Partners

● Shortlist will be given a short brief to demonstrating your thinking style

● Present to Founders

● Final Selection


It is important we find the right person for this role so are not putting time pressure on needing this to be filled by a date.

We would rather give ourselves time to find the right person

Salary Bracket & Benefits

This Role would be offered as a full time salary of £25k

You would be eligible for the Craft Pension, BUPA health cover and the Company bonus scheme

You will receive a Laptop & 75% of your mobile phone bill paid


We are open to considering this as a flexible role.

While government guidelines recommend it is a virtual role.

When restrictions are lifted we would expect this to be a blended role of remote & office based


We actively encourage the application from those from diverse backgrounds

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