Events and Communications Assistant

FutureScot is the pre-eminent reporter of Scotland’s digital technology industries, providing in-depth analysis and channels for debate via our print titles, conferences, seminars / briefings, weekly and daily electronic bulletins. We also benefit from our association with one of the best-known and respected brands in the world, The Times.

As a result of continued expansion, we now have a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic part-time Events and Communications Assistant to join our busy team based in Leith.
Our Events team is responsible for developing and delivering topical and engaging tech-focused events and across a variety of portfolio areas, including: health, children & young people, education and justice.

As an Events and Communications Assistant you will have an interest in Scotland’s tech sector. You may already have a background in communications, events planning, or public affairs. What we really need, and are actively seeking, is a resourceful candidate with a positive, ‘can do’ attitude, who can work across teams or on their own initiative, demonstrate excellent organisational skills and is not afraid of tight deadlines. In return, we offer on-the-job training to the right individual and an opportunity for career progression.

You will report directly to the Events and Communications Executive.

Main responsibilities:

  • Assist the Events and Communications Executive to identify issues that would constitute effective and informative seminars / briefings that generate income to meet pre-defined revenue targets
  • Identify and develop relationships to improve current events / develop new ideas and revenue streams
  • Develop, organise and refine contact databases
  • Increase delegate sales through telemarketing and digital methods
  • Work with the marketing team to develop promotional materials
  • Monitor Scottish, UK and EU legislation
  • Contribute content to FutureScot.com to promote business and policy events
  • Assist the Events and Communications Executive to liaise with speakers, sponsors and delegates prior to the event
  • Support the Events and Communications Executive to deliver an excellent ‘on the day’ experience for speakers, delegates and any sponsors
  • Support Business Development colleagues to identify potential sponsorship opportunities

Other tasks may include:

  • Identify and meet with partner organisations who can provide support and research assistance for the development of events
  • Liaise with members of the production, marketing, sponsorship and design teams
  • Work alongside our Marketing Executive to produce conference publicity material, including brochures, advertising, letters and striking web content

Essential requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • A hunger for news and information; and the understanding of how a seminar / briefing / conference can inform debate
  • Excellent phone manner
  • IT literate (Proficient in Excel)
  • Meticulous attention to detail, ability to prioritise own workload
  • Education to degree level (please indicate any professional qualifications or membership of relevant organisations).

Desirable

  • Interest in Scotland’s tech sector
  • Understanding of Scottish politics and the legislative processes
  • Interest in politics and current affairs

Canongate Communications Ltd is an equal opportunities employer. Please send a covering letter and CV to Aileen O’Hagan at: aileen@canongate.org; or mail to 29, Constitution Street, Edinburgh EH6 7BS or call 0131 561 7352.

Closing date: 1pm, 4 September 2017