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Junior Programmatic Trader

Hybrid (London + Remote)

Job Type

Full Time or Part Time

About the Role

Junior Programmatic Trader

Full Time Salary Range: £40,000-£45,000
(We are open to conversations about a part-time role)

Media is culture. It’s the connective tissue that binds society, moves opinion, changes minds, sparks ideas and brings us together. Media is a vibrant, creative force.

A powerful force. A force for good. Why, then, has the advertising industry turned ‘media’ into a dirty word: the runt, commoditised cousin of the banking industry? Driven by deals, spreadsheets, backhanders and frustrated people at the end of their tether?

We are building an antidote. When geography matters less than ever, but people and connectedness have never, ever mattered more. Ground-up. Legacy-free. Creatively-ambitious. Strategically-led. Talent-first, forever.

About Bicycle London:

We are a new breed of communication agency.

Media experience (MX) is a new concept engineered to work hand-in-glove with a brand's CX and UX disciplines. MX focuses on context and actual experience rather than channel, placing the entire emphasis on effectiveness over efficiency.

Rather than rely on the claimed and assumed behaviours so often leant on by media agencies, MX uses a blend of data science and qualitative insight to observe and utilise real human behaviour and intent. We believe that MX heralds the ‘third wave’ of media agencies (the first being media buying and the second media planning) and represents an entirely new way of working with clients.

We believe in non-zero sum games, win-win scenarios, in synergies, reciprocity, balance, inclusivity, brand & performance, creativity & data. We believe in shared ambition, shared values, and shared profits. We believe in hope, humanity, work-life balance, trust and respect.

Together, we’ll change the industry. We are the fastest growing agency in London. We’ve only just started.

We are Bicycle.

The Role:

In the role of Programmatic Trader you will bring our MX proposition to life by developing the agency’s approach to programmatic trading, now, next and beyond by:

Key Responsibilities:

Help drive and implement best-in-class programmatic trading strategy and processes in order to maximise growth for our current clients and support the onboarding and growth of new clients within Bicycle London

Setup, manage and optimise different types of programmatic inventory via multiple Demand Side Platforms

Manage costs incurred and revenue generated from buying platforms, including billing hygiene

Evaluate and recommend current and potential technology partners

Keep up to date on industry trends and seek opportunities to drive technical innovation

Leading the technical implementation of new products, innovative formats etc

Expertise on onboarding new clients and technical setup as and when required across wider agency team

Leading client trading and optimisation initiatives ensuring activation is closely aligned to our clients business needs and objectives

Produce and present engaging campaign analysis for clients, demonstrating the effectiveness of planning, testing, and media optimisation, and management

Establishing best practice in trade/platform management and delivery for an agency in fast growth

Developing relationships with key programmatic partners and vendors

Working with the wider agency to embrace platform based solutions (including driving conversion across internet-based channels - paid search, paid social, and other non internet-based channels – AV, Audio, OOH)

Preferred experience/ability:

Will ideally have 2+ years of trading experience within another agency or a DSP

Proven practical hands on keyboard skills in planning, buying and optimising programmatic campaigns across multiple DSPs

Good presentation skills - ability to present clearly and effectively

Strong basic understanding of performance and media metrics

Good technical understanding of tagging and tracking systems and solutions for programmatic trading

Motivated by the opportunity to craft his/her own approach for the agency (and with that becoming a critical part of the future development of our capabilities in this space)

Management and training experience of traders

Ability to multitask, detail-oriented and organized

Excellent written and verbal communications skills

Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PPT) and ability to adapt to/learn new technologies

Strong understanding of media activity beyond programmatic on client accounts, including core media, search, and social

Creative and contributes to brainstorming/strategy sessions

Positive, professional, enthusiastic, and team-oriented attitude

Experience with any of the following is a plus: DV360, The Trade Desk, Xandr etc.

Competencies / Personal Attributes:

A strategic and creative thinker who pushes themselves to learn and seek out new and innovative programmatic opportunities

Confidence and curiosity to communicate with, and present to clients and senior internal stakeholders

Eager to learn how to manage client relationships

Acute commercial awareness and financial aptitude

Ability to work within a team

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Results orientated, with good planning and organisational skills

Personal Training Commitment:

Internal training of different channels & expertise within Bicycle London

External media and adtech training

Media skills development

Presentation skills training

Bespoke coaching (tailored to the individual and the wider organisation)

Client management training

Time management training


The chance to redefine an industry and work with a number of serious industry heavyweights to build a game-changing agency from its early days.

Salary is negotiable.

Benefits include healthcare, unlimited holiday, death-in-service, equity/EMI scheme, performance bonus and more.

Bicycle London job descriptions are not intended to be restrictive and are a guideline to the duties in this role. We are passionately committed to diversity and actively welcome applications from individuals who identify from backgrounds that are under-represented in the advertising/media industry.

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