Associate Director, Business Affairs


Associate Director, Business Affairs


Digitas is a highly-caffeinated playground where brilliant minds come together to bring bold, award-winning ideas to life.


The production department is the force that makes creative ideas reality. We transform concepts into fully realized video assets, experiences, and marketing campaigns for every conceivable platform. We strive to elevate the creative content of every project.


To help with this, we’re looking for an outstanding Associate Director, Business Affairs – someone who will be responsible for the legal and financial oversight for selected clients and productions. Sound like you? Read on.


What you’ll do:  


This role is tied to specific pieces of client business but also provides general oversight and continuity across all lines of business.  


As an Associate Director you will be a primary point of contact in the department on business affairs matters relating to content production.


Day-to-day, your role includes:


•        Training and development of Business Affairs and Production staff

•        Manage work assignments and distribution of responsibilities

•        Work with all agency teams: Marketing, Creative, Project Management, Legal, Finance and AP on business affairs related issues



•        Budget all pass through costs as well as Time of Staff hours for Production and Business Affairs staff

•        Work side by side with producer to vet vendor bids, negotiate best prices/values and create estimates following agency and client specific guidelines

•        Work with producer and account team to flag legal risk with creative (treatments, scripts, rough cuts)

•        Act as conduit between project management and producer regarding budget and any required supporting documentation

•        Retain relationship with cost consultants to protect the best interests of the production

•        Work closely with finance to ensure proper management of budget

•        Upon award, manage the contracting & insurance phase of project

•        Manage the execution of all needed documents for productions (location release, talent release, insurance declaration pages, etc.)

•        Upon project completion, actualize and close job, and manage talent and music rights terms

•        Participate in special departmental projects as requested


We’re looking for strong, impactful work experience, which typically includes:


•        Four year degree or equivalent work experience

•        7-9 years working as a Business Manager and/or team supervisor in advertising production

•        Strong knowledge of production and post-production industry

•        Creativity and innovative problem solving skills required

•        Strong organizational skills and ability to establish appropriate process and procedures



•        Strong working knowledge of SAG and non-union talent standards

•        Strong knowledge of financial process and compliance requirements

•        Experience working directly with client and client designated production consultants

•        Ability to work with variety of personalities and able to manage multiple projects and teams seamlessly

•        Proficiency in MS Office suite

•        Candidate must be open to travel as needed


Got what it takes? We’d love to hear from you.

Digitas is an equal opportunity employer.

About Digitas 

We have 40 offices in 25 countries, each one helping to upend and redefine the landscape of strategy, creativity, media and technology. We’re pumped about the accolades we’ve earned – cue Titanium Lions, Gold Pencils and making LinkedIn’s Most InDemand Employer List of 2014 – but what energizes us most is the people we work with, the clients we work for and the never-ending challenge that confronts us: Producing amazing creative, day after day. On top of great values, great people and great clients, we’re proud to offer many great perks – things like flex vacation days, tuition reimbursement, gym membership discounts and anniversary gifts for the many people who’ve been with us 5, 10, 20 years and more. And while we celebrate those who’ve stuck by us and shaped us into the creative force that we are today, we’re always looking for great new talent help us grow even stronger. If that’s you, well, come join us.

Digitas is an equal opportunity employer.