JOB ADS | AdOps specialist; procurement manager

Here's your chance to join the team at one of SA's most innovative publishers

Hill on Empire, the Arena Holdings headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg.
Hill on Empire, the Arena Holdings headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg.
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Senior ad operations specialist

Reporting to: Head of digital

Department: Digital 

Location: Johannesburg (negotiable)

Position overview

Arena Holdings has an exciting opportunity for an ad-operations specialist to join the digital division of one of the largest and fastest-growing media houses in South Africa. The role entails the implementation and management of client advertising campaigns across a range of network websites, mobile sites, email products and applications. This includes day-to-day communication with sales teams, clients and other internal parties, and providing support to the sales manager.

Main responsibilities 

  • Work closely with the sales team, editorial teams, the development team, senior management, vendors and suppliers to help carry out all digital advertising needs of the business.
  • Manage a small team of campaign managers to deliver on client advertising requirements.
  • Monitor campaign activity and assist sales team with recommendations and optimisations as required.
  • Constantly monitor team performance and ad-ops processes, and implement changes to streamline as needed.
  • Work closely with the sales, development and editorial teams to carry out research, development, testing and launches of new creative products and custom solutions.
  • Overall management of ad trafficking, ad creation, QA, and reporting, and providing support to the sales team as needed in this regard.
  • Provide email and telephonic technical support to the ad-ops team and clients when required.
  • Regularly meet clients to facilitate smooth communication, foster relationships and tackle issues or concerns.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and news, and provide technical and product training and knowledge-sharing sessions to the ad-ops and sales teams when required.

Required skills, attributes and attitudes 

  • At least four years’ experience in a senior ad-ops position with a publisher or tech vendor.
  • At least four years’ experience with known ad-serving tools, servers and technologies, such as Doubleclick, Open X, Sizmek, Everlytic etc.
  • Knowledge of website analytics using analytics tools such as Google Analytics and Narratiive.
  • A thorough understanding of the digital marketing ecosystem and technologies that play a part in it.
  • Sound knowledge of online advertising troubleshooting procedures, website debugging and debugging tools such as Firebug, Charles, Fiddler etc.
  • Knowledge of Flash, HTML (essential), CSS, JavaScript (advantageous) and other programming languages (advantageous).
  • An eye for detail and excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills.
  • A good technical aptitude and ability to make simple deductions from complex technical problems.
  • Superior time management and prioritisation skills.
  • Good project management and multitasking skills.
  • Excellent client service skills and a strong sense of business acumen.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A passion for client service, advertising, online marketing and technology.

Skills that would be an advantage

  • Sales management/CRM tools
  • Newspaper/newsroom/editorial processes
  • Programmatic buying and selling
  • Passback strategies
  • Native advertising
  • Data management
  • Email marketing
  • Audience and behavioural targeting
  • Billing procedures
  • Website development and development cycles
  • Content management systems
  • Rich media creative and video
  • Knowledge of design and editing programs such as Photoshop, GIMP, Snagit.

Qualified applicants may submit their CV and a short cover letter to Riaan Wolmarans, head of digital, at wolmaransr@arena.africa.

Closing date: December 10 2020

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Procurement manager

Reporting to: MD: Operations and Corporate Services

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg

Main responsibilities 

  • Implement and manage overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of procurement for the group.
  • Propose policy and guidelines for delivering commercial and cost-effective procuring processes for the business.
  • Develop key relationships with business stakeholders and strategic supply partners to improve business.
  • Coordinate and administer business review meetings with key stakeholders to assess risk, review future strategies, and propose potential cost-down and improvement opportunities.
  • Responsible for the procurement of assets and monitoring against budget.
  • Ensure all procurement is executed within policy and budget.
  • Set national procurement plan with MD, CFO and general managers of each business in the group.
  • Liaise with all necessary stakeholders.
  • Optimise company costs while ensuring high quality.
  • Establish committee and action each tender in line with policy.
  • Management of necessary paperwork and contracts for each tender.
  • Effective post-tender process management with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Effective management of contracts and renewals.
  • Update the necessary system to ensure accurate and up-to-date data.
  • Draft an appropriate service-level agreement to properly evaluate the performance of suppliers, and report on this on a regular basis.
  • Monitor, evaluate and improve supplier performance, according to appropriate service-level agreements, on a continuous basis.
  • Work with internal stakeholders to determine procurement needs, quality and delivery requirements.

Required skills, attributes and attitudes 

  • Great communication.
  • Time management.
  • Leadership.
  • Collaboration.
  • Continual improvement.

Must be

  • Enthusiastic.
  • Organised.
  • Assertive.
  • Innovative.
  • Responsible.
  • Reliable.
  • Able to handle pressure.

Qualifications and experience

  • Formal qualification in procurement and or similar is essential.
  • Strong financial analysis skills and relevant legal knowledge.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in a similar position.
  • Knowledge of BB-BEE implementation.

Qualified applicants may submit their CV to mediarecruitment@arena.africa.

Closing date: December 4 2020

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.





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