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How to be a sales and marketing manager

This week René Gray, senior consultant at Freedom Recruitment, tells you how to become a sales and marketing manager.

“Marketing is an exciting and fast paced vocation. As a marketing manager within a fashion wholesale environment you play a pivotal role in delivering profits. It’s your job to plan how a brand communicates a message or information about its products to the consumers or buyers.

Day to day you can expect a varied and sometimes high pressured work flow.  From the planning and implementation of campaigns to client meetings and sales pitches.

Getting your foot in the door can be tough if you don’t have a plan. My advice to kick-start your career is to have a clear and achievable projection of your own career path and how you aim to get there. Fashion week and trade shows provide some of the best opportunities to freelance or gain work experience with events companies and showrooms. The more exposure you gain within your market the better.

Employers will be looking at your knowledge and experience in the industry as well as the skills you have picked up along the way. The most relevant requirements surround a solid track record in sales, leadership, team motivation, planning and organisation.

To attain management status a degree can be advantageous but is not really necessary.

Salaries for this type of position range from £35,000 to £60,000.”

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