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Become An Account Director

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Working As An Account Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $97,987

    Average Salary

What Does An Account Director Do

An Account Director is focused on account management and supervision of the subordinate staff. They also plan budgets and activities for account management in the company.

How To Become An Account Director

A bachelor’s degree is required for most advertising, promotions, and marketing management positions. These managers typically have work experience in advertising, marketing, promotions, or sales.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is required for most advertising, promotions, and marketing management positions. For advertising management positions, some employers prefer a bachelor’s degree in advertising or journalism. A relevant course of study might include classes in marketing, consumer behavior, market research, sales, communication methods and technology, visual arts, art history, and photography.

Most marketing managers need a bachelor’s degree. Courses in business law, management, economics, finance, computer science, mathematics, and statistics are advantageous. For example, courses in computer science are helpful in developing an approach to maximize online traffic, by utilizing online search results, because maximizing such traffic is critical for digital advertisements and promotions. In addition, completing an internship while in school can be useful.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Advertising, promotional, and marketing managers typically have work experience in advertising, marketing, promotions, or sales. For example, many managers are former sales representatives; buyers or purchasing agents; or public relations specialists.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must be able to analyze industry trends to determine the most promising strategies for their organization. 

Communication skills. Managers must be able to communicate effectively with a broad-based team made up of other managers or staff members during the advertising, promotions, and marketing process. They must also be able to communicate persuasively with the public.

Creativity. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must be able to generate new and imaginative ideas.

Decisionmaking skills. Managers often must choose between competing advertising and marketing strategies put forward by staff.

Interpersonal skills. These managers must deal with a range of people in different roles, both inside and outside the organization.

Organizational skills. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must manage their time and budget efficiently while directing and motivating staff members.

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Real Account Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Account Director Droga5, LLC New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $265,000
Account Director Firmenich, Inc. Plainsboro, NJ Sep 18, 2015 $215,653
Account Director, Fragrances Firmenich Plainsboro, NJ Jun 16, 2016 $215,653
Account Director Xaxis New York, NY Sep 28, 2015 $211,994
Advertising Account Director Droga5, LLC New York, NY Apr 29, 2015 $206,170
Account Director Anomaly Partners LLC New York, NY Jun 29, 2015 $180,000
Account Director Translation LLC New York, NY Mar 23, 2015 $175,000
Integrated Account Director Terri & Sandy Solution New York, NY Dec 12, 2016 $170,000
Account Director TBWA Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 11, 2015 $170,000
Account Director TBWA Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 02, 2015 $170,000
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Top Skills for An Account Director

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Top Account Director Skills

  1. Digital Strategy
  2. New Product Launches
  3. Financial
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed digital strategy for Nikon and CA Technologies accounts and oversaw execution by sister buying agency.
  • Key focus was on new product launches and key point of purchase times for retail.
  • Develop and monitor financial forecasts/budgets.
  • Developed direct/online marketing plans for B2B and technology clients.
  • Account Director, 2010 - Present Grow existing account base and establish new client relationships.

Top Account Director Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Account Director

  1. Level 3 Communications
  2. National CineMedia
  3. Ryan Partnership
  4. Mondo
  5. Thomson Reuters
  6. Aquent
  7. ICrossing
  8. HealthSTAR Communications
  9. Allegiance Corporation
  10. CMD
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