An Account Manager within the fashion industry means you will manage and be the key point of contact for major retail accounts liaising with suppliers. This could be a supplier of any fashion product from womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, fashion accessories, footwear, or lingerie; and the product supplied is generally more specific than this, for example, a supplier of women's Soft separates- that supplies to the Newlook account.
An Account Manager will identify new customers, pitch for new business along with other Account Managers working within the fashion company. As an Account Manager, you will drive sales forward to achieve your targets and maintain a budget as well as identifying new product opportunities for the company. An Account Manager will also be heavily involved with product development and sampling, briefing design on the direction for each season and new product areas and costs.
Top 3 Key Skills needed to become an Account Manager:
- Excellent communication
- Good relationship builder
- Strong negotiation skills