Account Executive (Agency)

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Job Code: 53933269
Last Updated: 9/12/2017
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Location: Oak Brook , Illinois
Category: Account Executive
Job Type: Direct Hire

Paladin is in search of a junior to mid-level Account Executive to join one of our long-standing advertising agency clients, in assisting them in managing the agency’s top account! This role is perfect for someone who is looking for an agency environment, and a close-knit group of colleagues to be involved in event planning, media placement and overseeing production scheduling. Also includes a bonus of an all-expenses paid new vehicle for everyday use! (gas, insurance, maintenance, parking included) **Please note this is NOT a sales position, so those with a seasoned sales background will not be a fit. **
The ideal candidate will have advertising agency experience, top-notch organizational and client-facing skills, and the desire to work within a fast-paced environment and be involved in client meetings/presentations. This person must have experience overseeing timelines and budgets, and serving as a main point of contact for clients. Candidates with retail or automotive industry backgrounds will be a huge plus!
Role: Permanent (direct-hire)
Location: Oak Brook, IL  
Start date: ASAP – as soon as we find the right candidate!
Salary: up to $50k annually - commensurate with experience.
All-expenses paid vehicle lease as well! (gas, insurance, maintenance, parking all included)
Benefits: robust benefits package including full healthcare coverage & 401k
•Manage the regional advertising activities (creative, media budget & production) for a major metro market and number of single-point markets across an assigned territory
•Regularly gather/prepare all necessary materials and conduct Client meetings/presentations
•Serve as the primary contact with the Media Planner and Operations team to service clients
•Train and delegate workflow carried out by an Account Coordinator for his/her clients
•Have and maintain a thorough knowledge of client’s business, and must demonstrate an ongoing commitment and response to clients’ needs and queries
•Serve as the primary client contact, and continuously forge positive relationships with client contacts through consistent contact and diligent service – which will include monthly travels to some client locations for in-person meetings
•Build relationships and work effectively with multiple agency teams, including Media, Creative, and Sr. Management to achieve optimal results
•Knowledge of integrated disciplines (Direct Marketing, Digital, Sales Promotion, Public Relations, Lifestyle Marketing, Collateral, and Merchandising) is a plus, but not required.
•Understanding of advertising agency principles and functions, including: billing, media, traffic, production, financials, etc.
•Prior experience in CPG, retail advertising and/or the automotive category is a plus, but not required.
•Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Marketing, Business, or related field – 2-5 years of experience in advertising is required; prior experience in automotive category is a plus, but not required
•Ability to maintain a high level of client service & responsiveness, attention to detail and work under pressure
•Good understanding, use, and interpretation of numerical data
•Ability to develop focused, insightful strategies and execute tactical plans
•Exceptional meeting preparation and Client presentation skills
•Adept ability to keep supervisors consistently informed
•A keen ability to prioritize workload and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
•Ability to maintain productivity while working at an expedient pace
•Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is a must
•Experience with Quark Xpress or Adobe InDesign, Donovan data systems and Adobe software is a PLUS, but not required
If this role is for you, please forward the following immediately to Kristen at
– Updated resume in word file format only (No PDFs please)
– REQUIRED: 1-2paragraphs of how your background and experience relates to this job; talk about the specific accounts (ideally, automotive) that you have worked on, etc.
– Current salary and desired salary range

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