Publisher; Automotive Group

Monday, January 13, 2020

Gardner Business Media is ready to take our automotive media brands from good to great—and we’re looking for you to lead us in that charge. We see opportunity to take our readers and advertisers to the next level of value with a fresh strategy for our media brand’s Automotive Group which includes AutoBeat and Automotive Design & Production. That’s where you come in. We’re looking for an experienced, innovative, dynamic and smart leader to work with our passionate teams in Detroit and Cincinnati to make our vision happen.

For the right candidate, this opportunity promises a high-profile role in the strategic management and development of existing and new products, hands-on with the selling process and leading our worldclass automotive content team. We want someone who will engage in all aspects the automotive market to lead these brands. Work with us in this opportunity to take your career to the next level!

To excel in this role, you understand the importance of developing and maintaining a strong network, both internally and externally. You are comfortable participating in complex industry discussions with high level stakeholders, and understand how to drive revenue by closing business and coaching a team to do the same. You are savvy with a digital media portfolio and recognize value in all aspects of a balanced digital product mix. You possess the ability to work collaboratively and communicate with a team eager to support your efforts.

This position will be based in Detroit and will report to the President in Cincinnati.

Core Responsibilities

  • Manage and grow Gardner’s Automotive business unit (serving the automotive manufacturing, design and production from C-Suite to production) into the number one media, events, data and marketing services platform, including P&L accountability
  • Develop sales and marketing go-to-market strategy for the Automotive media brands,events, integrated business development projects, market intelligence and marketing services
  • Make an immediate impact and build and maintain a strong network with various stakeholders
  • Create business strategy, annual budgets and revenue forecasts
  • Establish new products, strategic partnerships and business development joint ventures
  • Cultivate and develop sales organization for ultimate effectiveness
  • Maintain sales involvement and relationships with key customers
  • Collaborate and oversee various teams including editorial, marketing, finance, accounting, audience development, operations and technology
  • Participate and collaborate in projects that run across Gardner’s various media brands


  • College Degree
  • Strong understanding of digital media
  • Sales leadership, revenue driver, market analysis
  • Performance, results orientation and product development
  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) and team player
  • Networking and negotiation skills
  • Business acumen
  • This job requires traveling 6-8 weeks per year


Gardner Business Media is an 90+ year old successful family owned and operated small B2B company. Currently employed at Cincinnati HQ are more than two-dozen employees who have 20+ years on staff. We practice an open book and open door policy. Have a question? Ask someone, they will either answer or point you in the right direction. Gardner values personality and intellect just as much as one’s talent and skill-sets. Across all the work groups, Gardner peeps are genuine, down-to-earth and quick share in a good laugh. Yes, we work hard but also we know how to be accommodating, generous and ultimately have fun. We take our industries, our markets, our jobs and our brands seriously. When the work and deadlines have been met, we will come together celebrating our collective efforts as a premier B2B media company.


Competitive Salary, Participation in Bonus Plan, Social Security Insurance, Group Life Insurance, Group Comprehensive Medical/Dental Insurance, Paid Time Off, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Savings Plan [401(k)], Cafeteria/Flexible Benefit Plan, Educational Assistance.