Mid-West Programmatic and Sponsorship Sales Director- Based in Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, United States Full-time

The Ranker Story:

Ranker is a new form of entertainment publisher with a unique crowd-sourced element. Our editors publish ranked lists on topics as broad as The Best Movies Of All Time to things as specific as the 10 Totally Weird Stranger Things Fan Theories That Could Explain Everything. Our readers vote, edit, and re-rank the stories as they see fit. Founded in 2009, the company made a number of breakthroughs in the last 18 months which has led to explosive growth, now reaching over 80MM unique visitors worldwide spending on average 5 minutes per visit – making Ranker the 3rd largest Entertainment site.

We are currently expanding our sales operations and looking to add a Sales Director to be based in Chicago. The ideal fit for this role is someone who is an experienced digital media sales executive, with a deep understanding of both programmatic and direct digital advertising marketplaces. He/she has a stellar book of relationships, is entrepreneurial, smart, energetic and a problem-solver with strong communication skills and most importantly is a CLOSER!

Our business is driven primarily by programmatic advertising and is profitable. We are based in LA with roughly 70 employees. The Chicago sales director can work from home or in a co-working space downtown

Primary Responsibilities

  • Drive revenue with US-based agency holding companies and advertisers
  • Call on both agency trading desks and direct investment teams with the express goal driving spend with Ranker
  • Call on brand advertisers to generate revenue or support of agency activations
  • Connect the dots between all levels of holding company and advertiser decision makers
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of competitive landscape and market trends
  • Identify new products, packages, and areas for organic growth


  • 5-8 years of successful advertising sales
  • A minimum of 2+ years selling programmatic solutions
  • Strong contacts at Agency Trading Desks and Direct Investment arms
  • Proven track record of meeting and exceeding new business targets and revenue goals
  • Aptitude for a high volume of in-person client pitches
  • Expertise selling premium advertising solutions
  • Experience introducing new products/marketing concepts to marketers
  • Deep understanding and past use of industry CRM tools
  • Proficient in Google tech stack as well as MS Word, Excel, PPT
  • Positive attitude, enthusiasm, high energy; roll up your sleeves mentality and a high-level of emotional intelligence
  • Highly entrepreneurial, comfortable working in fast-paced environments
  • Strong negotiation skills & ability to close
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Ability/willingness to travel and client entertainment


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