ASE0319 - Advertising Sales Executive (Maternity Cover)

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Posted: 15/03/2019 10:05
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: up to £26,000
Location: Piccadilly, London
Level: N/A
Deadline: 04/06/2019 23:59
Hours: 40.00
Benefits: plus annual staff incentive scheme and generous pension scheme
Job Type: Temporary

About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions. We are best known for our programme of world-class exhibitions including Ai Weiwei, Abstract Expressionism and Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. It is a particularly exciting time in our history. An ambitious ‘Masterplan’ by David Chipperfield RA has recently been completed, redeveloping our 2.5-acre campus in Mayfair in time for our 250th anniversary this year. The works have united our two buildings, created new galleries for more exhibitions, a 260-seat lecture theatre, learning studio and new spaces dedicated to free displays of our Collection, works by RA Schools students, Royal Academicians and as architecture projects. We are an innovative, forward-looking and commercially astute organisation that receives no government operating subsidy.

About this position

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for an Advertising Sales Executive to join the successful RA Enterprises publishing team.  This individual will sell advertising on a wide range of contract publishing titles and online publications.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and persuasive, with a flair for selling. Highly numerate and commercially minded, they will be self-motivated and share the publishing team’s ambitions for growth.

A keen eye for detail and well-honed organisational skills, to ensure accuracy and that deadlines are met, are essential. This role entails a significant amount of administrative tasks.

Well presented, articulate and confident, they will possess first rate communication skills to build effective working relationships both with internal colleagues and external clients.  Existing publications experience is necessary, along with a genuine interest in visual arts.

Closing date for applications: Midnight 7 April 2019                              

Interviews will be held week commencing: 22 April 2019


JOB TITLE:                Advertising Sales Executive

DEPARTMENT:         Publishing

REPORTS TO:           Advertising Manager and Business Manager

Main Objectives

  • Solely responsible for selling advertising and inserts on contract publishing titles. Currently London Library Magazine, MCC magazine, C20th magazine, with shared selling on “A” magazine, Eye Magazine and online, The World Today and Bonhams magazines.
  • To sell the Restaurant, shopping and classified sections of RA magazine.
  • To assist the Advertisement Manager and Business Manager with all aspects of advertisement and editorial production of the magazines and take responsibility for day to day client management.

 Main Duties

  1. Act as first point of contact for enquiries by email and telephone.
  2. Sell advertising across the contract titles those with both sole and shared responsibilities.
  3. Sell advertising on the Restaurants, Shopping and Classified sections of RA magazine.
  4. Update and maintain the databases and process sales emails.
  5. Research and identify potential new advertisers.
  6. Manage the ads for and load web campaigns.
  7. Manage the process of bookings, chase the booking forms.
  8. Chase for copy, check and supply to designer.
  9. To be part of the production process. Liaise with the editor and designer over pictures required and research these, negotiate and purchase within budget.
  10. To oversee production schedules, flat plans and print orders for contract titles.
  11. Responsible for managing delivery of inserts.
  12. Assist in achieving financial business objectives in all activities required of the advertising and production team.
  13. Responsible for own administration.
  14. Comply with all relevant Health & Safety, procedures and regulations and take appropriate and reasonable care for the safety of colleagues and visitors to the Academy.
  15. Undertake any other task which may reasonably be required by the Advertising Manager and Business Manager or other senior staff.



  • Enthusiastic personality, persuasive, with a strong and natural aptitude for selling.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and a willingness to pick up the phone.
  • Strong negotiation skills and commercially minded.
  • First class English language skills (spelling, punctuation and grammar).
  • Well honed administrative skills to maintain office systems and files.
  • Demonstrable interest in the visual arts. 


  • Proficiency in word-processing and desktop publishing with excellent keyboard skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Photoshop, Adobe Pitstop and In-design).


  • Previous sales experience preferred.


  • A willingness to seek out and accept responsibility and accountability
  • A genuine interest in art publications
  • Articulate
  • Shows initiative
  • A team player
  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of the Royal Academy of Arts

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