Are you looking for a job in comics? Do you have sales experience? Oni Press is looking to hire a sales manager.

ONI PRESS, INC. — SALES MANAGER JOB DESCRIPTION

The Sales Manager position at Oni Press is a dynamic and multi-faceted role with key responsibilities that span sales to the direct, book, and library markets, maintaining and developing vendor relationships, and working to formulate appropriate sales strategies by channel. The successful candidate will be:

  • Self-motivated, yet able to work as part of a team;
  • Excited about the Oni Press brand, including its erotic and sex education comics imprint, Limerence Press;
  • And, most importantly, be able to translate that excitement into an ongoing sales strategy that results in a net increase in the sales of our comics and graphic novels.

Apart from the key responsibilities of conducting sales calls and emails, this position will also be our primary point of contact for with our distributor, and other digital, direct, and mass market partners. Reports to the VP of Marketing and Sales.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Direct Market (Comic Retail Shops) sales
    • Research, develop, and execute a variety of sales programs including exclusive variants, discount incentives, and returnability.
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with comic book store direct market retailers.
    • Conduct regular calls and emails to retailers (approximately 500 a month) to retailers to assist them in placing aggressive, but appropriate, orders for our new and backlist titles.
    • Compile and maintain a list of retail partners, their purchasing preferences, and their preferred method and frequency of contact.
    • Compile and maintain a rotating list of retailers and press to send a monthly package of promotional materials (posters, buttons, etc.) and sample pages to.
    • Provide PREVIEWS catalog information to Diamond Comic Distributors.
    • Provide Diamond PREVIEWS ad pages work order to Design & Production.
    • Work with editorial to facilitate Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) and previews.
    • Work with individual and groups of retailers to craft custom promotional and sales opportunities.
    • Work towards expanding Oni Press market share in the North American direct market.
  • Mass Market (Bookstores, etc.) and Library sales
    • Establish and maintain relationships with libraries, in particular librarians with purchasing authority.
    • Establish relationships with bookstore and entertainment store chain buyers.
    • Provide bookstore catalog information to Diamond Book Distributors.
    • Coordinate Advance Reader Copies (ARC) dispersion through physical copies, PDFs, and NetGalley.
    • Compare orders to sales (according to Bookscan) and returns develop tailored sales recommendations.
    • Identify product lines appropriate for specialty retailers and boutiques and secure orders for appropriate products and lines.
  • Digital Sales
    • Work with Publisher to oversee vendor relationships with comiXology, Amazon, Apple, and Google Play.
    • Develop promotions and sales appropriate to these platforms.

SECONDAY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Analysis, Execution, Evaluation: Act as an adviser to the VP of Marketing and Sales and the Publisher on ways to better manage sales and increase profitability.
  • Set Goals: Work with VP of Marketing and Sales to set quarterly and yearly budgets, include goals for purchase orders based on comparative titles, and market trends.
  • Event Planning Support: Work with our Director of Logistics to support in-store events and trade shows, including creator signing and appearances. Work as part of the team that determines company presence and attend industry trade shows and conventions.
  • Conventions: Attend all major North American comic conventions. Travel is roughly 15% of the job.
  • Other duties: As assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Three to five years in a sales representative role; within industry preferred.
  • At least one year of prior management experience or demonstrated willingness and ability to learn management basics.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with data analysis and reporting.
  • Hardworking, persistent, and dependable.
  • Positive and enthusiastic.
  • Willingness to travel for trade shows and conventions.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree; business and marketing majors preferred.
  • An interest and empathic response to individual needs and points of view.
  • A willingness to spend time and devote thought to analyzing attitudes, and their impact on emerging trends.
  • A sense of justice or fair dealing in their interactions with retail partners.
  • Respect for others’ unique personalities and experiences.
  • Prior knowledge of the book and/or comic markets.Experience with MailChimp.
  • Prior knowledge of Diamond Comic Distributors, Diamond Book Distributors, and their sales system.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Qualified applicants should send an email with the subject line “SALES MANAGER APPLICATION” that includes all of the following: a cover letter (copied in the body of the email), resume, and salary requirements to marketing@onipress.com. No calls please.

About Oni Press, Inc.:

Oni Press is a premier comic book and graphic novel publisher located in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1997, Oni Press is run by Founder and Publisher Joe Nozemack and Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones. Oni Press’s curated line includes a variety of best-selling, award-winning, original and licensed comic books and graphic novels, including: [adult swim]’s Rick and Morty, Nickelodeon’s Invader ZIM, Scott Pilgrim, Queen & Country, Courtney Crumrin, Wasteland, The Sixth Gun, Stumptown, Wet Moon, Letter 44, The Bunker, The Life After, The Coldest City, and Kaijumax.

About Limerence Press:

Limerence Press, an imprint of Oni Press, was founded in 2016 to publish quality erotic and sex education comics. Led by managing editor Ari Yarwood, Limerence Press focuses on positive, diverse, and approachable books that reflect a wide variety of emotional and intimate experiences.

Oni Press, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Oni Press complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Oni Press, Inc. expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Oni Press’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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  1. May 21, 2016 at 4:58 am — Reply

    For a Management position with a company that has to compete with Marvel and DC, among other publishers, the “Qualifications” section of this job listing reads vey much like those you would see for much lower profile gigs. I find that interesting.

    I’m certainly not the type that would survive in the world of Sales but that section alone helps make this position look a little more approachable. I would imagine Oni will be getting flooded with applications and hopefully those who may be second-guessing their ability to thrive in this role take a chance and at least put their names out there.

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