Head of Client Partnerships, Polk Automotive Solutions at IHS Markit Digital

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Head of Client Partnerships


We are excited to announce the role of Head of Client Partnerships for our Polk Automotive Solutions business unit. This position is slated for U.S. coverage, with future possibilities for international expansion. The role will report directly to the Vice President and General Manager of Polk Automotive Solutions and will be an active and integral member of the Polk Automotive Solutions leadership team.


The Head of Client Partnerships will develop and lead sales efforts across all U.S. OEMs and their agencies of our Polk Automotive Solutions’ industry-leading data-driven marketing opportunities.




Build a team and sales practice to drive the Polk Automotive Solutions offerings across Auto OEMs, Tier 2 Auto, Auto Affiliate Industries, and their agencies.

  • Establish organizational framework to maximize opportunity.

  • Develop and nurture relationships with key stakeholders from client and agency.

  • Act as industry voice for Polk Automotive Solutions to our client base.

  • Deliver sales against an established quota for direct marketing, email, digital, TV, and social channels.

  • Align initiatives on a regular basis with IHS Markit Automotive sales organization.

  • Primary products include Polk Audiences and Polk Demand Signals.


Develop sales structure to drive success.

  • Develop enterprise subscription Data-as-a-Service model for clients and agencies

  • Establish, track, and report key sales metrics for demand activation at the agency level

  • Manage and report on pipeline of opportunities for the business

  • Regularly work with sales operations to collaborate on financial forecasting and reporting

  • Establish annual budgets for the business and sales quotas for your team


Provide feedback loop to product and marketing organizations to ensure ample presence.

  • Determine marketing strategy needs for your client base, including paid and earned media requirements, event presence, and other thought leadership initiatives

  • Work with clients and our marketing team on joint marketing, press, case studies, etc.

  • Provide regular feedback to product teams as voice-of-customer to influence roadmap and enhancements


Develop appropriate team structure to support client partnerships’ needs.

  • Establish and recommend appropriate team structure for current and future needs

  • Identify open head requirements and needs

  • Recruit and hire to develop team to support the business


Establish framework to collaborate closely with Customer Success, Partnerships & BD, and Tier 3 sales.

  • Ongoing communication and cadence with customer success team to ensure alignment with client needs

  • Constant collaboration with Tier 3 sales team and Partnerships/BD team


About You

  • A partnership-driven individual who thrives on relationship-building and partnering with key decision makers

  • A true team builder who develops and improves members of an organization with coaching, feedback, and open communication

  • A thorough and skilled communicator both internally and externally across various communication channels

  • A dynamic, thought-leading individual with a desire to “be the brand” and represent the business line with excitement

  • A strong collaborator who can work across functional teams, and bring together constituents from IHS Markit teams and client organizations with ease

  • 10+ years in automotive media, ad tech, or data sales, calling on auto OEMs and their agencies

  • 5+ years of sales management within the industry

  • Established key relationships throughout the auto industry

  • Strong knowledge of, and interest in, Automotive marketing landscape

  • Strong written and verbal communications with an aptitude for presenting thoughts and ideas to all levels of internal and external stakeholders

  • Works to build consensus across groups with competing priorities

  • Persuasive with details and facts

  • Excellent computer skills and proficient in all Microsoft Office and Salesforce applications

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