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Strategic Advertising Operations Manager

| Santa Monica

At Edmunds we’re driven to make car buying easier. Ever since we began publishing printed car guides in the 60’s, the company has been in the business of trust, innovating ways to empower and support car shoppers. When Edmunds launched the car industry’s first Internet site in 1994, we established a leadership position online and have never looked back. Now, as one of the most trusted review sites on the Internet, millions of visitors use our research, shopping and buying tools every month to make an easy and informed decision on their next car. For consumers, we bring peace of mind. For dealers, we make tools to help them solve their problems and sell more cars. How do we do it, you ask? The key ingredients are our enthusiastic employees, progressive company culture and cutting-edge technology. Want to join the team? Read on to find out how!

What You’re Applying For:

The Strategic Advertising Operations Manager will be responsible for supporting the Ad Operations group and our OEM clients in executing and monitoring the online advertising programs of Edmunds.com. This individual will work with designated Edmunds.com Account Directors (Sales Representatives) to ensure flawless campaign planning, execution, billing, and reporting as well as provide optimal client service support. The Account Manager will serve as the primary point of contact for client inquiries and requests pertaining to site advertising.

What You’ll Do:

  • Coordinate all operational efforts for post launch campaign management activities inclusive of asset collection, creative approvals, template development, QA, contract entry, and order fulfillment.
  • Communicate and deliver ad specifications to Media contact at Agency. Validate all creative submissions adhere to Edmunds.com Advertising specifications and are strictly enforced.
  • Monitor and Analyze campaign performance, delivery, and pacing.
  • Develop optimization strategies to increase and improve Edmunds.com advertising product delivery and performance
  • Audit, isolate, communicate and resolve any advertising counting discrepancies
  • Communicate cross-functionally with client and internal departments to ensure timely launch of campaigns
  • Finalize and accurately report monthly billing to Finance via ad operations system
  • Manage and support operational aspects of Programmatic Direct buys


  • Accuracy is of utmost importance since mistakes have a direct impact to our revenue. Focus and relentless attention to detail are critical to the success of this position.
  • Looking for a candidate that does whatever it takes to get the job done and has a strong sense of urgency and good work ethics. We have tight timelines to activate orders and every day loss has an implication to revenue. Must be able to work in a high pressure environment with tight deadlines.

What You Need:

  • 2-4 years of work experience in online advertising, project management, or a production/coordinator type of position
  • Preferred candidates will have knowledge of DFP, Operative and an overall understanding of online advertising (metrics, serving solutions, etc.), and a basic understanding of accounting/billing a plus
  • Experience with Excel, Word and PowerPoint a must
  • Operations focused with direct experience in the Internet and/or Advertising industries
  • Excellent communication skills and able to deal with multiple internal and external departments
  • Extremely detail oriented and thrives in a fast-paced deadline-oriented environment
  • Ability to manage several tasks at once
  • Able to work independently, generate new campaign and product ideas, understand the business process and work in a team environment

Working @ Edmunds.com:

Employees think it’s a pretty great place to work and some pretty impressive publications think it is too: we have been recognized as one of the best places to work by the Fortune Magazine and Great Places to Work, LA Business Journal (for the last 6 years!), Computerworld, and Built in LA. We've also been identified as one of the best workplaces specifically in Technology and also for Diversity and Asian Americans. In fact, our CEO, Avi Steinlauf, was rated as one of Glassdoor's Highest Rated CEOs! If you’re interested in learning more and joining our mission, we’d love to hear from you!

Edmunds will consider for employment qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of all applicable laws.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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Conveniently located at the Colorado Center, near the intersection of Cloverfield and Colorado.

An Insider's view of Edmunds

What’s the vibe like in the office?

This is not your average corporate office. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. While we're here to get work done, not everything is all business. People here understand the importance of human relationships. Not only are we co-workers, but many of us are also friends, close ones even. To top it off, our office is fun and encouraging to take breaks!


Technical Lead

What does your typical day look like?

Each day I start by building the Edmunds story from the ground up. Using our own unique reporting tools and in collaboration with our product, analytics and marketing team, I can speak to the value of Edmunds. Once this information is complied, I head out to meet with our dealer partners to go over program results, listen, assess their needs.


Account Executive, Major Accounts

What makes someone successful on your team?

I have grown more here than any other company. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to move between several teams. Each time, it challenged me to pick up new skills. Edmunds has a culture of continuous learning. In my time here, I have participated in study groups to learn: programming language theory, machine learning, and iOS development.


Director, Digital Futures Engineering

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Great ideas are the heartbeat of the Edmunds editorial team and they can come from anywhere. Everyone is encouraged to contribute and we have regular feature meetings where concepts are presented, discussed and evolved. As Editor-in-Chief, I love to be challenged by an idea and it’s hugely rewarding to see them come to fruition.

Alistair Weaver

V.P., Editorial and Editor in Chief

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I joined Edmunds as an IT manager. Now, I manage a team of 100 employees supporting our B2B dealer business. In 18 years, I have grown beyond my own expectations. From the moment I joined the company, each of my professional needs were met. Continued learning, peer support, skills development and opportunities for advancement greet me every day.


V.P., Dealer Operations

What are Edmunds Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
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