Conference Director - Cityscape

Job Reference: --005908

Location: Dubai

Closing Date: 31/05/2019

Department: Conference Production

Division: Informa Markets

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Conference Production

  • Oversee and produce high level, real estate driven and industry relevant conference programmes in a timely fashion
  • Project management of conferences taking place across the Cityscape portfolio  
  • Liaise and work with key professionals, institutions and companies in the production of conference programmes
  • Engage with potential speakers and confirm their attendance
  • Ensure the speaker database is updated to provide current and accurate speaker lists and files for event management to follow up
  • Prepare, oversee and lead the creative briefs and meetings for the Marketing team
  • Prepare, oversee and lead the telesales briefs and meetings plus set up follow up meetings to track progress
  • Create data briefs and job title profiling for each Cityscape Conference
  • Assist in the provision of leads to the sponsorship team and attend sales meetings as appropriate
  • Conduct (alongside marketing) a post-show analysis of the event including thorough job title analysis

Market Research and Industry Networks

  • Effectively research topics with relevant industry professionals and the target market with a solid conclusion of the validation process
  • Map out a concise competitive landscape per conference, per Cityscape event
  • Develop new conference ideas and programme content through meetings and tele-research with key experts
  • Collaborate with the Director and other sales team members to generate ideas for enhancing the conference portfolio.
  • Identify key opinion leaders/institutions and companies within related to the event
  • Maintain existing and build new relationships develop a conference with topics and speakers
  • Look at additional add-ons and other ways of attracting more delegates and content into the events i.e. workshops, talk, business hubs, partnering with associations etc.
  • Develop content marketing tailored
  • Identify new companies and products
  • Full knowledge of competitive events


Speaker & Delegate development

  • Consistently build a comprehensive network of go to industry experts including conference chairs,
  • Liaise and network with speakers, exhibitors and delegates on-site, in order to maintain customer service standards, ensuring your products remain relevant and on topic
  • Assist with onsite duties as required for the duration of the event, which may require longer working hours


Project management/commerciality

  • Develop growth strategies and strategic plan for the Cityscape portfolio
  • Manage and mentor the conference and audience development team and any direct reports
  • Devise new conference/ show content led features that can incorporated into the existing products or standalone events that support and expand the brand
  • Visit competitive shows (regional and international) to gain further knowledge in the field as well as to meet new potential speakers, delegates and sponsoring companies
  • Engage relevant associations and societies for support
  • Alongside marketing, create, develop and monitor the email campaigns
  • Monitor and manage the conference budgets


Person Specification

Minimum Education Level:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent

Background Knowledge, Skills & Experience:


  • Minimum four years’ experience in conference production
  • Speaks and writes clearly and fluently in English & Arabic to both individuals and groups
  • Computer literate and proficient in the use of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Commercial awareness
  • Research based role
  • Copywriting/marketing skills
  • Brand and market awareness


  • Related industry/event knowledge


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.