What is an Affiliate Executive?

An affiliate executive is a professional who manages and oversees an affiliate marketing program within a company. Affiliate marketing is a performance-based marketing strategy where affliates or partners promote a company's products or services and earn a commission for each successful referral or sale they generate. Therefore, affiliate executive plays a crucial role in building and managing relationships with affiliates, driving affiliate program growth, and maximising the company's revenue through successful affiliate partnerships.


Bachelors degree minimum


£20-£28k depending on level of experience


0-2 years

Why does a business need an Affiliate Executive?

Businesses need an affiliate executive to effectively manage and grow their affiliate marketing program. Here are some reasons why a business may need an affiliate executive:

  • Expand Reach and Customer Acquisition: An affiliate marketing program allows businesses to tap into the networks and audiences of affiliate partners
  • Increase Sales and Revenue: Affiliates play a direct role in driving sales and generating revenue for the business. An affiliate executive focuses on recruiting high-performing affiliates, optimising their performance, and implementing strategies revenue generation
  • Cost-Effective Marketing: Affiliate marketing operates on a performance-based model, where businesses only pay affiliates a commission when a desired action, such as a sale or lead, is achieved. This makes it a cost-effective marketing strategy, as businesses can allocate their marketing budget specifically to successful conversions.
  • Scalability and Growth: With an affiliate executive overseeing the program, businesses can scale their affiliate marketing efforts more efficiently. The executive can actively recruit new affiliates, manage existing relationships, and implement strategies to expand the program's reach, resulting in increased brand exposure and potential for growth.

What responsibilities should an Affiliate Executive have?

The responsibilities of an affiliate executive typically include:

  • Affiliate Program Management: Managing the overall affiliate program, including recruiting new affiliates, maintaining relationships with existing affiliates, and ensuring the program's success.
  • Affiliate Recruitment: Actively seeking and recruiting new affiliates to expand the affiliate network and reach a broader audience.
  • Affiliate Communications: Establishing regular communication channels with affiliates to provide updates, promotional materials, and support.
  • Performance Tracking and Analysis: Monitoring the performance of affiliates, tracking key metrics such as clicks, conversions, and revenue generated
  • Reporting and Analytics: Generating regular reports on the performance of the affiliate program, presenting data-driven insights to management, and making recommendations for program optimisation and growth

What to look for in an Affiliate Executive?


Look for candidates with a strong understanding of affiliate marketing principles and networks and performance metrics. Prior experience is desirable but not essential depending on the level of the vacancy. Generally those who come from a university background, in disciplines such as marketing and business tend to do well in affiliate marketing.


Traits of an affiliate executive tend to be someone who is good at building relationships, a good communicator and naturally proactive. Seek candidates who can analyse data and use this to make data-driven decisions to optimise the program. Furthermore, those who are driven by results and have a track record of achieving targets should excel in an affiliates career.

Get in touch with us today if you'd like any advice on recruiting an Affiliate Executive for your business.


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