FutureScot is the leading brand for Digital Transformation Conferences across the Health, Education, Built Environment, and Government sectors.

We have two exciting new vacancies to join a growing team with an interest in how technology is transforming public services, growing the economy, and changing the way we live in Scotland.

Our two current vacancies are Business Development Manager and Conference Development Executive with full job descriptions below.

Closing date: Friday, August 3

Business Development Manager

 Location: Edinburgh

Type: Full time

Title: Business Development Manager

Line of reporting: To Head of Business Development

Salary: Negotiable basic salary based on experience + unrivalled sales commission structure (uncapped).

We are seeking a self-motivated, commercially aware individual to join our small team responsible for the commercial success of our FutureScot Conferences. In addition to our flagship Digital Scotland18 conference held annually, we produce leading events across health, justice, education, security and the built environment, designed for the public sector and ICT professionals. You can refer to our website to view past events.

We are looking for a self-motivated, competitive and trustworthy sales professional to join our Business Development Team and help us build on our rapidly-expanding business activities. You will be responsible for discovering and pursuing new sales prospects and managing customer relationships with international Blue Chip clients.

The goal is to meet and surpass the company’s expectations to drive rapid and sustainable growth.

The ICT and technology industries in Scotland are high-profile, well-funded and great fun to be part of, enhancing your lifestyle socially, and at work. Being part of the team you will be high-profile and very much at the forefront of our business.

The brief for the successful candidate is to:

  • Develop sustainable sponsorship and partnership relationships from existing and new clients;
  • Account manage a portfolio of clients from initial contact through to delivery of their participation in a FutureScot Conference. An initial list will be agreed on appointment and will consist of a selection of international Blue Chip clients and from the world of Scottish business and the UK;
  • Continued growth of your client portfolio;
  • Work closely with the Head of Business Development;
  • Exploring new opportunities for FutureScot.

The successful candidate must have knowledge and a real interest in Conference Sales and experience/ interest in working in the technology sector.

He/she must be able to demonstrate a successful track record and will be responsible for building, developing and maintaining relationships with organisations seeking to communicate within Scotland’s technology sector, in both the private and public sector.

Job Requirements:

  • Excellent sales skills;
  • High attention to detail with excellent organisational skills;
  • Good communication and ‘people skills’;
  • The ability to build good working relationships with all kinds of people;
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
  • Good negotiation skills;
  • A knowledge and interest in the development of technology and Scottish policy is preferable;
  • The ability to work as part of a team and also on your own initiative;

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a small and dedicated team; the technology industries are continually evolving and FutureScot is at the forefront of transformation across Scotland, recognised for our leading events offering public and private sector stakeholders the opportunity to network and explore how technology is changing services and the way we live in Scotland.

Please email your CV and covering letter to hamish@canongate.org or call 07748 678191 for more information.

Conference Development Executive

FutureScot Conferences

Location: Edinburgh

Type: Full time

Title: Conference Development Executive

Line of reporting: To Head of Business Development

Salary: Commensurate with experience

We are seeking a Conference Development Executive, based in Central Edinburgh, to work on our market-leading digital transformation conferences.

FutureScot Conferences are produced in Scotland specifically for the Scottish marketplace. Each conference is well-established in its own market sector and acknowledged as the leading platform for speakers, sponsors and delegates alike.

The digital and technology industries in Scotland are high-profile, well-funded and great fun to be part of, enhancing your lifestyle socially, and at work. Being part of the team you will be high profile and very much be at the forefront of our business.

Please see the listing of past events before applying to appreciate the extent and quality of speakers and content you will be expected to deliver.

As a Conference Development Executive you will preferably have experience of working in a business or policy events environment and an insight into research and monitoring techniques.

Reporting to the Head of Business Development responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting all social media activity
  • Working with our journalists, commercial team and external partners to develop new conference opportunities
  • Developing existing FutureScot Conferences
  • Supporting our journalists to develop coherent agenda
  • Identifying relevant audiences with our commercial teams
  • Identifying and inviting appropriate speakers and presentation titles
  • Liaising with commercial clients and supporting organisations
  • Assisting in managing the editorial production of reports and bulletins relating to conferences and events
  • Liaising with members of the conference production, marketing, sponsorship and design/editorial teams
  • Writing and producing conference publicity material, brochures, advertising, letters and web content
  • Setting up and updating conference websites with speaker, sponsor and other content.
  • Preparing all pre-event delegate materials and liaison
  • Assist in hosting the event or conference ‘on the day’.
  • Setting and working to tight deadlines.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of researching business events or business projects
  • A hunger for news and information and the understanding of how a conference can inform debate
  • Understanding of business and legislative processes
  • Well developed communications skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and first-class organisational skills
  • Drive, resourcefulness and intelligence
  • Education to degree level (please indicate any professional qualifications or membership of relevant organisations.

Please email your CV and covering letter to hamish@canongate.org or call 07748 678191 for more information.


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