Buyer, National Direct Response

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About Ovative Group

Ovative Group is one of the only firms in the country uniting strategy, media, and measurement under one roof to drive enterprise results. Our teams work together to drive business impact for clients such as General Mills, United Healthcare, Lane Bryant, Facebook, and more. Recognized six consecutive years on Star Tribune’s list of Top 150 Workplaces and the past two years on Inc.5000’s list of the fastest growing private companies in America, we pride ourselves in always over delivering for our clients, our teams, and our communities.

About the Role

The Buyer, National Direct Response TV position is an opportunity to lead the industry in connected TV at a fast-growing company that has the highest standards for talent, fun, and client success. The ideal candidate demonstrates great critical thinking, strong detail-orientation, solid understanding of the direct response media landscape and phenomenal media outlet management. This role will play a pivotal part in helping Ovative take a leadership position optimizing connected TV as part of an integrated digital strategy.

Responsibilities of a Buyer:

  • Direct Response media and optimization strategy:
    • Support the cross-functional marketing team by providing insights and expertise regarding the role direct response media can play in delivering performance-oriented client goals
    • Develop and execute market strategies and negotiation approaches to achieve performance objectives
    • Understand and find synergies across media channels within the client mix in partnership with other team members
    • Act as a subject matter expert for Direct Response Media strategies by continually staying on top of evolving partner offerings and developments in the media landscape
  • Direct Response media management, execution and regular optimization:
    • Manage day-to-day buy negotiating, execution and stewardship for National Direct Response TV buys for performance-driven client assignments, including:
      • Assist planning team to develop thoughtful strategic media recommendations that meet buy spec parameters such as budget, flighting, performance KPIs and partner considerations
      • Maintain productive relationships with media vendors and their sales representatives, keeping up to date on local media developments and changes in the landscape
      • Work with Ovative cross-functional team to review client business performance and adjust buy approaches based on findings
      • Pull regular reporting and analyze data to inform appropriate optimizations
      • Manage media invoice reconciliation, including importing electronic invoices, matching them to ordered schedules, troubleshooting discrepancies, securing any needed makegoods, and reconciling creative traffic rotations
      • Regularly report budgets and delivery for client reporting, including actualizing after invoice reconciliation and posting
      • Custom analysis, reporting and insights
    • Internal agency and client relationship management:
      • Provide inputs to develop client communication and as appropriate, presenting those materials to the internal agency team and/or client
      • Work to achieve program objectives and KPIs, proactively raising concerns as well as providing potential solutions
      • Align with the agency culture of open communication and 360-degree feedback
      • Maintain collaborative relationships across cross-functional agency teams


  • 2+ years of experience directly responsible for Direct Response TV buying
  • Great communication and client relationship skills
  • Proven track record of success building strong local market relationships and driving positive results
  • Proven mastery of the following:
    • CORE Media Solutions media buying system


  • Strong understanding of digital channels
  • Previous experience in performance marketing, retail, eCommerce, etc

Benefits of working at Ovative Group

We provide strong, competitive, holistic benefits that understand the importance of your life inside and out of work



Culture matters and we’ve been recognized as a Top Workplace three-years running because of it. We demand trust and transparency from each other. We believe in doing the hard and complicated work others put off. We’re open in communication and floor plan. We’re flat – our interns sit next to VPs, our analysts work closely with senior leaders, and our CEO interacts with every single person daily. Put together, these elements help foster an environment where smart people can support each other in performing to their highest potential.

Compensation and insurance:

We strive to hire and retain the best talent in the Twin Cities. Paying fair, competitive compensation, with a large bonus incentive, and phenomenal health insurance is an important part of this mix. We’re rewarded fairly and when the company performs well, we all benefit.

Tangible amenities we enjoy:

  • Flexible paid vacation policy
  • 401k match program
  • Free parking and on-site fitness center with locker rooms
  • Sabbatical program
  • Charitable giving via our time and a financial match program
  • Shenanigan’s day

Working at Ovative won’t be easy, but if you like getting your hands dirty, driving results, and being surrounded by the best talent, it’ll be the most rewarding job you’ll ever have. If you think you can make us better, we want to hear from you!

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