Junior Performance Media Executive 2024

Type: Trainee
Region: North West

Are you a budding marketing professional? looking to showcase your newly learnt skills from your relevant Marketing or Digital Marketing degree? or keen to take your next career steps within an industry leader within the staycation market…

We are seeking an aspiring, driven Junior Performance Media Executive to join our fiercely ambitious Performance Media Team, supporting the organic growth of the Forge Holiday Group and its agency brands, specifically Forest Holidays!

In return for your hard-work, you will join our award-winning team, most recently awarded Digital Marketing Inhouse Team of the Year at the Northern Digital Awards 2024, where you can make the most of fantastic career progression opportunities and a whole host of fantastic company benefits!

  • Paying a salary up to £24,500 per annum working / 37.5 hours per week / Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm
  • Plus access to our annual STIP (annual company-wide bonus) scheme with an additional 10% of your salary
  • 33 days annual leave including bank holidays
  • Plus an additional day off for your Birthday
  • Plus an additional two volunteering days per year
  • A flexible hybrid-working policy, with a min two days a week from our Chester head office
  • An enhanced maternity and paternity policy
  • Inclusive and supportive work environment
  • Employee discounts and benefits with your wellbeing at the centre
  • Opportunities for career progression, personal development and opportunities to be recognised
  • Comprehensive training and development programs to set you up for success
  • Study support for additional qualifications, courses and accreditations
  • Numerous dedicated wellbeing initiatives and access to 24/7 mental health support
  • On-site gym at our Chester HQ
  • Regular social events including weekly Breakfast Club and annual social events

We are an energetic, passionate, high-performing team excited to welcome our newest Junior member to share our passion for paid search, paid social, programmatic and the broader paid media landscape.

We are a team filled with a natural curiosity and a commitment to driving positive outcomes whilst stewarding one of the largest cost bases in the business making this an exciting opportunity for a Junior Performance Media Executive ready to take ownership and have autonomy across Forge Group’s significant paid media operation, specifically across Forest Holidays!

As our newest Junior, you will be supported fully by our dedicated team, given full training and gaining exposure to a wide range of digital marketing platforms and strategies whist you grow your budding skills within a fast-paced, passionate environment. Providing crucial support to the Performance Media Manager, our newest Junior will work across all Consumer-focused initiatives, taking ownership of ensuring operational excellence of campaigns across paid media channels but with a specific focus on paid search to deliver against Forge Group consumer lead targets.

This is the perfect opportunity for those fresh out of a relevant marketing degree to grow their existing skills whilst soaking up the wealth of knowledge and talent surrounding them. If you are keen to make the most of our fantastic career progression, expand your personal development and witness your growing skills applied to a wide range of projects, we want to hear from you!

Your responsibilities

Reporting into the Performance Media Manager, our newest Junior member of the team will be responsible for the following:

PPC (Pay-Per Click)

  • Day-to-day management of assigned Google Ads and Microsoft Paid Search campaigns
  • Campaign optimisation across paid search, paid social and any other campaign channels
  • Reporting accurate data to Performance Media Manager and providing updates on testing initiatives
  • Proactive and enthusiastic attitude to learning about how PPC advertising works and developing the skills needed to run successful campaigns at scale

Paid social

  • Support paid social campaign building, optimisation and reporting against paid social targets
  • Work with Organic Social team to identify suitable collaborations
  • Build relationships and work with external partners (Meta, TikTok) to align Sykes paid social activity to best practices, new innovations and adopt new tools to improve performance


  • Support wider performance media team and support other marketing functions on an ad-hoc basis
  • Collaborate with other internal teams (CRM, Data & Analytics, Owned & Earned Media) on shared projects

Personal management

  • Effectively manage own time, resources and journey plans to achieve maximum efficiency and productivity
  • Live and Work through Sykes company values
  • Seeks out opportunities for self-development
  • Open to feedback and committed to growth
  • Adhere to hybrid working model, with at least two days a week in 1CP Office

Skills and qualifications

We are looking for those who can share in our company goals, values and ethos, who can grow alongside us and whose skills can aid our ongoing success!

By Being One Team, Owning it, Communicating Honestly and showcasing a devotion to Learning, Growing and Innovating, we remain true to our original ethos and ensure we stay true to our Customers, Owners and Colleagues alike.

First and foremost we are interested in those who have the potential to hold these values, as for this position, we ask you to have the following key skills:

  • Relevant Degree in Marketing, Digital Marketing, Maths etc or a minimum requirement or 1+ years’ experience in a relevant discipline
  • Experience of working within an office environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office with special attention to Excel
  • Be able to communicate effectively and professionally
  • Interest in digital marketing, paid media and the travel industry
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work in a fast-paced, delivery oriented environment
  • Operate independently and proactively with a positive can-do attitude
  • Creative and innovative with own ideas
  • Willingness to learn and to invest time and effort in their own professional and personal growth

Although standouts will also have

  • Experience of working within a marketing role is advantageous but not essential as full training will be provided
  • Paid media experience is advantageous but not essential as full training will be provided
  • Experience of the Travel Industry
  • Strong technical skills (able to interact directly with colleagues in IT)
  • Understanding of the current digital marketing landscape is highly advantageous.
  • Interest in automation and AI solutions highly advantageous
  • Basic understanding of the modern customer journey (Sales Funnel/Cycle), digital marketing metrics and lifetime customer value would be advantageous

If you are actively seeking your next career challenge, keen to join a diverse, exciting team, or want to grow your career within an industry leader, we welcome you to get in touch or apply!

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