Job title: Head of Sales Advertising
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: Sales
Salary type: Annual
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Job published: 01-09-2022
Job ID: 32260

Job Description

For our client Marktplaats/ Adevinta we are currently seeking a Head of Sales (Advertising) to join their team.

This is an exciting leadership role and we are looking for an experienced sales leader with a deep understanding of the advertising ecosystem and the relevant players. Someone who can play a critical role in identifying new commercial opportunities and help them build new relevant solutions for their users and partners. You will lead the NL Advertising Sales team, which is part of the Benelux Advertising Team. You will work closely together with their Advertiser Success team in order to ensure client satisfaction. The role is a combination of leadership, strategic, commercial and technical skills.

Responsibilities / Accountabilities

  • Develop the sales strategy for their advertising and data propositions.
  • Oversee and enhance the major agency, partner and client relationships.
  • Deliver against ambitious revenue goals in a customer and user focused manner.
  • Day-to-day management of the Key Account management and Agency management team (e.g. sales strategy, driving results, client negotiations, relationship building, pricing and solution provisions).
  • Coach and develop direct reports - identifying development needs and utilising available resources to develop individuals.
  • Accurately forecast and manage revenue pipelines.
  • Provide a structured operating environment for the team.
  • Communicate expectations, roles and responsibilities effectively.
  • Stimulate co-operation between commercial teams and team members.
  • Achieve high levels of motivation and engagement of team members.
  • Develop long-term client / partner relationships and set up a structure to support this.
  • Establish a culture where long term development is balanced with quarterly focus and ownership.
  • Leading quarterly sales goals alignment and evaluation of efficiencies from previous periods.
  • Set and communicate quarterly objectives with the team that align with company goals.
  • Development of reporting and analytics to create insight and recommendations for improvement and positive change within the team.
  • Drive the launch of new revenue initiatives that capitalise on new market opportunities or technical developments.
  • Work closely together with and develop joint market approaches with the Head of Sales for Belgium and Head of Advertiser Success. 
  • Contribute to shaping the advertising and yield product development roadmap.
  • Leverage 3rd party relationships to strengthen the advertising value proposition.
  • Act as a role model, as a leader supporting our core values and behaviours.
  • Build effective relationships with Marketing, Business, Legal, Finance, Analytics and Product teams and foster a collaborative, open approach to share best practices across Adevinta. 
  • Industry networking: represent Marktplaats at relevant industry events and be an active participant in relevant external forums.
  • Personable individual who is fun to be around.


  • 10+ years’ experience in digital advertising.
  • 8+ years management experience of account/commercial teams.
  • Proven expertise in negotiating complex, commercial/advertising negotiations.
  • Proven track record of building and inspiring high performing commercial teams and delivering results.
  • Network of senior executives within media agencies and advertisers.
  • Excellent presentation, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Deep analytical capabilities.
  • Preferred qualifications: a highly driven commercial leader who is passionate about customer focused advertising solutions, innovation and delivering exceptional results.
  • Ability to effectively navigate and influence formally and informally.
  • In-depth operational understanding of digital advertising.
  • Strong conceptual and abstract thinking capabilities combined with the ability to present complex concepts in an easily comprehensible way.
  • Deep understanding of digital advertising competitive/market landscape.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Dutch and English.

The offer

  • Dynamic, international teams with skilled personalities, a passion for e-commerce, professionalism and a good sense of humour.
  • A competitive salary, great benefits and an excellent working environment with flat hierarchies and lots of flexibility.
  • Great development opportunities in a global, leading marketplace business.
  • Managers and teammates who invest in your growth as a technologist and as a person.
  • Access to tools and resources to do your job (elite laptop, conferences and meetups, all the coffee and soda you can drink, chair massage, and much more)
  • Ability to join and participate in multiple internal interest groups in Marktplaats and across Adevinta in trending topics like BigData etc.
  • Work on one of the most beloved brands in the Netherlands

What you'll get from us:

  • Competitive compensation package
  • Opportunity to shape the way we work. Your feedback and opinions are valued at all levels of the organisation
  • Benefits including stock purchase plan and quaterly bonus plans
  • Flexibility to work when and how you want - flexible hours, autonomy to set your own agenda, choice of phone and computer
  • Smart Working Policy - work remotely some of the time, balanced with time in the office together with your team - between 5 and 45 days per quarter in the office depending on each team. 
  • ‘Work from anywhere’ weeks - up to four weeks working from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection!
  • Career development, including language classes and Adevinta Academies: specialised content built by our experts on Commercial-, Leadership training and more.
  • 26 days of holidays.
  • Commuter allowance.
  • Subsidised gym membership + monthly massage. 
  • Life insurance, retirement plan and generous family leave.

Marktplaats in The Netherlands, and 2dehands and 2ememain in Belgium, are part of Adevinta: a global online classifieds specialist with marketplaces in 16 regions. The three brands are hosted on a multi-tenant platform, operated from their Amsterdam location, and are the top players in the classifieds space throughout the Benelux region. They run on both Android and iOS apps, and on the web.

They offer consumers the opportunity to trade their unwanted products and contribute to a greener, circular economy. They offer businesses - of all sizes, from the smallest hobbyist to the biggest brands in Benelux - a platform to showcase their goods and services online to over 11 million monthly unique users.

Adevinta is recognised as a sustainability leader and is one of only six companies listed in the Media & Entertainment industry group on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Europe.

Adevinta is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.