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Publishing & Events Director, Imbibe Group - 12-month maternity contract (Based in UK, Richmond, Greater London)

Exhibition & Conference Management
Reed Exhibitions
REE00AWH Requisition #

Job Title: Publishing & Events Director, Imbibe Group

(12 month maternity cover)

Reports to: Portfolio Director, Imbibe & Aerospace 

Based at: Richmond, Greater London, UK

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events business, enhancing the power of face to face through data and digital tools. Every year we run over 500 events in 30 countries, bringing together over 7 million event participants worldwide. With 4000 employees we serve 43 industries in 38 offices around the globe. 

Reed Exhibitions is part of RELX Group. RELX Group is a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. The Group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs approximately 30,000 people of whom almost half are in North America. 

Candidate Profile

The Publishing & Events Director (PED) will have credibility in brand & product management and a proven track record of customer focused leadership in their given sector/s.  They will have successfully built new business segments while growing existing portfolios.  He/she should be experienced in establishing strategic alliances/business communities and developing new lines of business and products. They will be skilled in reviewing, recommending and integrating new innovations.  He/she will enjoy leading diverse teams of both direct and indirect reports demonstrating a strong authentic leadership style with an active focus on customer engagement. Critical to success will be a high level of emotional intelligence and organisational awareness to allow them to collaborate and leverage the expertise of colleagues across the company on innovative and strategic initiatives

Purpose of the Role

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and high calibre professional to develop the strategy, execute and own the performance of the Imbibe trade show (Imbibe Live), magazine, community website and Sommelier Wine Awards.  Imbibe group of products are for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks in the licensed on-trade. Performance is defined as the ability to exceed financial, audience delivery and customer satisfaction targets.  


1.Acts as a collaborative entrepreneur to see new possibilities, take in information and create insights to develop and maintain an understanding of customers’ needs and objectives through strong business relationships;  effectively leverage support teams not under their direct management (i.e. acts as the ‘maestro’ or ‘conductor’).

2.Directs sales and marketing strategies and execution to properly define and deliver the customer value proposition and deliver a combination of higher revenue and profits.  The ED is responsible for the delivery of financial targets related to their products (events/magazine/website/awards).

3.Builds communities and networks to open up new opportunities and innovation by forming relationships to enable their business area to develop; manages the sourcing and delivery of high quality industry content for publication/broadcast.

4.Creates superior customer solutions by identifying customer needs and problems that need to be solved and leveraging solutions to transform business needs. Collaborates successfully with others internally to share customer insights and know-how.

5.Inspires sustainably high levels of employee performance by creating the optimal state for the Imbibe Team; grows skills and capability by focusing efforts on building  the capacity of their business area

6.Maintains team focus by prioritising, sequencing and focusing energy; leads a holistic approach to planning to ensure commitments are delivered on time and to high quality.

Professional Profile
•Prior Knowledge:  Market and sector understanding, sufficient to have a dialogue with, and gain the respect of customers, trade bodies, sales and marketing staff.  They are experienced at using enabling technology including data, digital and mobile to deliver improved customer experience.
•Expertise:  Several years’ experience in a commercial environment in brand management and/or product management focused role/s with experience of Profit and Loss management.
•Brand and Product Focus: A proven ability to adapt as a product manager to different industries is important.  Highly developed industry insights with and a capacity for understanding the issues of their given sector is preferred.  The role holder needs to exhibit a keen understanding of the customer market, the product category, and the competitive landscape.   They should understand specific market factors such as,  customer segments and their needs; buyer behaviours; competitive landscape; product features; trends impacting target customers (i.e. relevant geographic, economic, technology trends). 
•Commercial Focus: Proven success of the delivery of financial targets is important.
•Leadership Capability:  Experience of building and managing professional teams, preferably in an international business.

Interested? If this position interests you or you know someone it would, please send written applications to recruitment@reedexpo.co.uk  with a covering letter and your salary expectations. Or you can apply online at www.reedexpo.com . Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to respond to all applications individually. Therefore, if you are not contacted by the company within the next three weeks, we regret to advise that your application has been unsuccessful.   

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