Conference Programme Producer

  • Brands: Local Government Chronicle, Nursing Times, Construction News, New Civil Engineer, and Ground Engineering.
  • Base Location: Fleet Street/Hybrid ( 3 days from home, 2 days in the office)
  • Employment Type: Full time, Permanent
  • Salary: £28,000 – £30,000 DOE + Benefits

A business-to-business media company with a focused portfolio of market-leading events and brands. Across the company, we create products our customers value in order to help drive their success, which in turn drives our own growth. Our product focus is around paid for subscriptions, conferences, awards, digital insight and bespoke marketing solutions.

emap’s purpose is to drive professional progress for ambitious individuals and companies in many diverse sectors including Fashion, Architecture, Health and Construction.

We unlock growth opportunities for our customers. Our unrivalled relationships with key decision makers give our customers essential access, insight and recognition. We deliver this professional advantage through award winning print and digital content, live events, intelligence services and learning tools.

Our brands hold unique positions at the heart of influential communities.

Our CONE division is the public sector, construction and engineering division at Emap, including the industry leading brands of Local Government Chronicle (LGC), Nursing Times (NT), Construction News (CN), New Civil Engineer (NCE), and Ground Engineering (GE).

All brands have a long history in their sectors and are renowned for their journalistic integrity, high-level industry connections and the quality of their events.

All their sectors are areas we all interact with day-to-day and shape our lives and the places we work and live. They each strongly campaign through the magazines and events to improve their markets, not just as businesses but in areas such as diversity, mental health and approaches to climate change.

The brands also strive to highlight and celebrate the amazing work taking place in these sectors, why they are important to the country and wider population and how they are changing to become better places to work.

Our conferences and networking events form the core of these objectives and are an essential place for the community to network, share best practice and challenge them to do better.

Some of our exciting events include:

  • TechFest
  • CN Decarbonising Construction
  • GE Awards
  • NCE Tunnelling Conference & Awards
  • CN Specialist Awards
  • GE Sustainability
  • NCE Graduate & Apprentice Awards

Key Purpose

Our virtual and physical conferences form an essential place for the industry to network, share best practice and challenge them to do better. As a conference producer working under the direction of the construction and engineering head of events, you will perform an essential role within a fast-paced, stimulating, and dynamic environment. You will be responsible for identifying and producing market leading, commercially viable conferences and events. The length and structure of these may vary throughout the year and will include both physical and virtual events.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research with the profession and analyse the feasibility of repeat events
  • Maximise existing events to ensure they meet the ‘need to know’ requirement to guarantee attendance
  • Establish growth areas for existing events or new events
  • Develop session formats appropriate to demands of the delegate audience and in virtual and physical settings
  • Project manage all aspects of the events development and ensure the production of high quality, industry leading commercially viable events to deadline
  • Work closely with, influence and get buy-in from the relevant in-house editorial and sales teams to ensure the production of relevant content and to leverage existing contacts and relationships in the industry.
  • Write comprehensive topic briefing documents which contain essential information about the key industry issues, market, and event to brief all internal stakeholders (sponsorship, delegate sales, marketing, logistics and editorial).
  • Invite and confirm high-level speakers that the industry wants to hear from
  • Work with the event marketer to create a robust, clearly defined marketing, data and content brief that enables you to produce a powerful marketing, content and data plan that delivers the agreed outcome.
  • Sponsorship – develop value propositions and assist with proposals where required, identify key sponsors, and make initial contact from a research perspective, attend all sponsor meetings and work with sponsors on their involvement in the conference

Core Competencies

  • Entrepreneurial – an innovator who has experience of new launches, new formats, new processes.
  • Collaborative Team player
  • Proactive and self-motivated, confident in seeking new opportunities
  • Excellent time management, administrative and organisational skills
  • Ability to successfully meet deadlines, while balancing multiple tasks
  • Structured and organised while remaining flexible and agile to changing priorities

Skills & Competencies

  • Excellent research and presentation skills
  • Highly analytical with the ability to interpret data to shape ideas
  • Sharp copywriting skills
  • Evidence of strong topic generation and market development ability
  • Demonstrable experience, with a clear understanding of the commercial business practices that underpin conferences
  • Experience of using Microsoft office and social media at an intermediate level or above
  • Strong commercial awareness and a clear comprehension of profit and loss/basic business principles
  • Clear understanding and delivery of core conference KPIs

Personal Attributes

  • Self-motivated and can work well on own initiative
  • Business acumen
  • High integrity
  • Positively inspires others
  • Intelligent, energetic, ambitious, and driven
  • Results orientated with strong attention to detail
  • Calm and rational under pressure
  • Good communication skills, have the ability to develop and maintain strong personal relationships with team members and external stakeholders

Learning & Development

At emap, we believe that employee learning and development are the key drivers of our success. To ensure continuous growth and meet the ever-changing demands of the workplace, we provide an environment that fosters continuous development for our employees.

Our employees are encouraged to identify their areas of personal and professional development aligned with our strategic areas, including management development, health, safety & wellbeing, sales, events management, marketing strategy, editorial, and information technology. We have a structured framework designed to help equip our employees with the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to excel in their job roles, contributing to achieving our organizational objectives.

To support our employees’ career development, we have designed specialized programs, as well as other stand-alone role-specific and generic courses, under the emap academy.

Benefits: emap is part of Metropolis Group. Together we are committed to providing a happy and healthy place to work, so we offer fantastic benefits and perks to our employees.

  • 25 days of holiday per year (with the option to buy or sell)
  • Health plan
  • Life assurance
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Retail discount vouchers
  • Rail season ticket loans
  • Private virtual GP access
  • Pension scheme
  • Income protection and more
  • Continuous learning & development opportunities
  • Seasonal flu jabs on site
  • One paid volunteer day per year
  • Summer and Winter parties
  • Work from home during August
  • In-house Excellence Awards and other innovation projects

Privacy: Metropolis Group respects the privacy of every person for whom we have personal data. We comply with data protection legislation such as the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulation which regulates the processing of data and ensures that your data is processed fairly and lawfully, is kept secure and only that data necessary for any processing is kept. You can see our privacy policy at www.metropolis.co.uk/privacy.

Diversity and Inclusion: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, age, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability status.

How to apply: Please send your CV and covering letter to sarwar.hussain@emap.com. Due to the volume of applications, we receive, we are unable to give individual feedback at the application stage, however if you are successfully shortlisted you will be contacted within 10 working days of the closing date.

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