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Inside Account Director, Startups

Sales, Platform - San Francisco

About the team

OpenAI’s mission is to build safe artificial general intelligence (AGI) which benefits all of humanity. This long-term undertaking brings the world’s best scientists, engineers, and business professionals into one lab together to accomplish this.

In pursuit of this mission, our Go To Market (GTM) team is responsible for helping customers learn how to leverage and deploy our highly capable AI products across their business. The team is made of Sales, Solutions, Support, Marketing, and Partnership professionals that work together to create valuable solutions that will help bring AI to as many users as possible.

About the role

OpenAI is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Account Director to join our Startups Go To Market team. You will play a critical role in owning relationships with top startup customers and supporting them in building successfully on the OpenAI platform.

We believe that many of the most disruptive and category-defining AI applications will be created by startups. The Startup Go To Market team’s mission is to help startups harness the power of AI models to drive these advances. You will support startups building effectively with OpenAI’s APIs, and provide access to OpenAI teams and expertise to support their growth.

This role is a mixture of technical understanding, vision, partnership, and strategy. You’ll be responsible for serving as the primary relationship owner for a set of strategically important startup customers, as well as working across the OpenAI organization to help these startups accelerate their progress and be successful using our models. You’ll work cross-functionality with product, research, engineering, support, and solutions architecture to help customers get the most out of our models.

This role is based in San Francisco, CA. We use a hybrid work model of 3 days in the office per week and offer relocation assistance to new employees.

In this role, you'll:

  • Meet with potential customers, understand their problems, and determine if OpenAI’s technologies are a good fit

  • Review daily customer inquiries and prioritize contacting the highest quality inbound leads

  • Build and manage a pipeline of new business opportunities from consideration to successful deployment

  • Partner with Account Directors to qualify and create new opportunities to be passed to the Account Directors, and closing some business directly

  • Lead our enterprise prospects’ journeys from consideration to successful deployment

  • Partner with solutions and research engineering to build and execute complex customer programs and projects

  • Own a pipeline creation and consumption revenue target

  • Manage consumption revenue forecasts

  • Analyze opportunity metrics to create reports and provide insights to internal stakeholders

  • Closely monitor the industry landscape (people, competitors, partners, etc.) to contribute to product roadmap and other corporate strategies

  • Collaborate with solutions, marketing, communications, business operations, people operations, finance, product management, and engineering

  • Support the recruitment and onboarding of other teammates

  • Support the development of company culture

We're seeking someone with experience including:

  • 4-7+ years selling platform-as-a-service and/or software-as-a-service

  • Achieving revenue targets >$500k-1M per year for more than 2-3 years

  • Closing deals with fast-growing startup customers

  • Working directly with senior stakeholders c-level executives

  • Communicating technical concepts to customers and internal stakeholders

  • Gathering, distilling, and processing complex market (industry, competitor, customer, prospect) intelligence


You might thrive in this role if you: 

  • Are customer-centric. You are motivated to deeply understand your customer’s priorities and help them achieve their vision for using our models to improve their products and services. You build strong relationships with executives and professionals across functions and serve as a trusted advisor.

  • Have a passion or deep curiosity in artificial intelligence. You embrace the opportunity to help deploy our technology in a way that benefits humanity. You’re excited to educate our customers on AI and how to plan for the future.

  • Are a builder. You are excited to impact how our company operates and scales. Your passion is building strong systems and processes from the ground up and executing them with precision. 

  • Are excited by new challenges. You don’t have the answers to every question up front, but the process of solving them invigorates you. Bespoke issues requiring multidimensional knowledge excite you. You’re willing to experiment with new solutions.

  • Are a strategist. You deeply understand go to market best practices and raise the bar for our organization. You think and plan forward on the order of years and bring internal and external stakeholders along with your strategy.

About OpenAI

OpenAI is an AI research and deployment company dedicated to ensuring that general-purpose artificial intelligence benefits all of humanity. We push the boundaries of the capabilities of AI systems and seek to safely deploy them to the world through our products. AI is an extremely powerful tool that must be created with safety and human needs at its core, and to achieve our mission, we must encompass and value the many different perspectives, voices, and experiences that form the full spectrum of humanity. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. 

For US Based Candidates: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, and requests can be made via this link.

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