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.
- 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
- 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).
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; or mail to 29, Constitution Street, Edinburgh EH6 7BS or call 0131 561 7352.
Closing date: 1pm, 4 September 2017