Share this Job


You must apply through our internal portal: 
click here

Sr Manager, Media (Open to Remote)

DATE:  Sep 20, 2022
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Designer Brands
REQ #:  137309
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Marketing

Brand: Designer Brands
Req #: 137309 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Marketing


General Summary:

The Senior Manager, Brand Media is responsible for leading DSW strategic media efforts in upper funnel / brand media channels & Co-Op/Brand Partnership media campaigns, that ladder back to DSW business goals and objectives. This position will support primarily the following channels (but not limited to): paid social (Meta, Pinterest, TikTok, Snapchat, etc.), digital video (YouTube), digital audio, CTV/OTT, programmatic & display, and media partnerships.


This role will support both always on media initiatives / channels, as well as seasonal tentpole / ad hoc business/marketing campaigns. In addition to strategic planning & execution, this role will be required to produce deep analysis of campaign performance/opportunities and translate findings into insights that inform strategic points of view. This position leads a team that supports overall execution of brand media initiatives, plus works cross functionally with external media agencies & internal strategy, brand & product marketing & expanded media team.


Reports to: Director, Media


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Strategy / Planning / Execution:

  • Identifies strategic priorities for channels, or a given season, by collaborating with strategy, internal brand/product marketing teams and/or external agencies.
  • Translates business strategies into customer-centric integrated media plans, campaigns, and experiences that fuel brand awareness, customer engagement, and drives traffic & customer acquisition
  • Leads media strategies that have a customer-centric approach to targeting, and include key inputs that tie together brand, product, and media channel strategies with best in class, platform native creative.
  • Responsible for development of new, unique, innovative, and ownable media ideas & experiences that differentiate the DSW brand and drive traffic/sales/engagement, collaborating with agency & external partners as needed
  • Leads strategy and execution related to always on media channels (i.e., digital video, paid social), including planning, test & learn roadmaps, optimizations, reporting/analysis & go forward recommendations
  • Leads media seasonal tentpole planning to support key seasonal business objectives, outlines media plan, optimizations, and reporting/analysis
  • Drives incremental sales and market share by aligning seasonal marketing campaigns and brand strategies to market opportunities
  • Leads strategy, seasonal/annual plans & recommendations and executional management of Co-Op/Brand Partnership campaigns, aligning to individual brands goals/objectives to develop channel plans, targeting, and reporting on key KPIs
  • Lead pitching/ideation and communication with brand partners around media plans
  • Integrates Co-Op/Brand Partnership plans with National media efforts
  • Collaborates with internal creative team on creative strategy to ensure messages and production are meeting channel best practices, are platform native, and follow DSW strategy/objectives
  • Stays up to date on industry trends, technology advancements, new channel opportunities, leads patterning & best practices, and provides recommendations for application into DSW programs
  • Leads team responsible for executing media plans flawlessly, and manages outside agency partners to ensure strong execution & planning support  
  • Collaborates with external agency partners and internal DSW teams across strategy, PR, organic social, performance media, CRM, and/or creative.


Performance / Reporting / Insights:

  • Accountable for media performance across all brand building channels & Co-Op/Partnership campaigns
  • Manages weekly / monthly / quarterly or ad hoc reporting across channels to report with succinct insights with recommendations for optimizations
  • Utilizes data and insights from campaign performance, plus consumers and competitors, and partners cross-functionally, when applicable, to influence future strategy, direction, and creative content.


Required Skills: 

  • Expert in the digital media space with prior management experience of related brand media channels
    • Strategic mindset with the ability to develop successful media campaigns/plans that ladder up to business objectives, with ability to see plan through to execution and completion.
    • Highly analytical & data driven – can translate complex data into succinct findings/insights; can present data in a meaningful way to leadership and others outside of the media industry
    • Manages for results with ability to set goals/KPIs & holds teams accountable
    • Highly organized and detail oriented; ability to manage multiple competing priorities
    • High level of critical thinking ability and curiosity
    • Ability & prior experience managing a direct team and external agency partners
    • Strong collaboration & communication skills as this role works with many cross-functional partners; must have the ability to build and cultivate relationships across all levels of the organization
    • Strong oral, written, and visual communication skills with expertise in presentation development; ability to influence partners & story tell  
    • Innovative – ability to challenge, bring new ideas, be solution oriented
    • Highly flexible: Thrives in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment; Demonstrated ability to excel in a collaborative environment to develop measurement frameworks and execute against media plan goal
    • Strong familiarity developing test plans, outlining success metrics, media analytics tools & processes, & advanced skills in Microsoft applications particularly Excel & Powerpoint



  • 8+ years of experience working in a Marketing function with a focus on digital media
  • 4+ years of experience Managing a team in a fast-paced retail environment



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience managing co-op / brand partnership campaigns
  • Retail experience preferred



  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, business, or advertising related field







You must apply through our internal portal: 
click here

Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 












Nearest Major Market: Columbus

Job Segment: Marketing Manager, Outside Sales, Product Marketing, Strategic Planning, Manager, Marketing, Sales, Strategy, Management