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Career Opportunity - GSM Association Content Director

Our friends at the GSM Association have a new role to fill - see below. If you’re interested, please send your CV to Michaila Stanton (no recruitment consultants, please, they’ve got enough of those, that’s why they asked to put a post on this blog):

GSM Association - Content Director Role Description (London based, full time position)

1. The Organisation & Background

The GSMA is the operator-led trade association for the global mobile industry. Our membership includes more than 700 network operators that provide mobile communications services across more than 213 countries and territories.

Together, our members serve more than 2 billion users - almost 1/3 of the world’s population and over 80% of the world’s digital mobile market.

The Association also embraces more than 200 manufacturers and suppliers to the industry as Associate Members. These include many of the world’s leading mobile equipment manufacturers and IT providers including Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Motorola, Microsoft, Siemens and Nortel.

The GSMA is governed by a 23-member board, comprising CEO / executive representatives of some of the world’s leading mobile operators in addition to the GSMA’s CEO. These include AT&T, China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, T-Mobile and Vodafone.

The Board’s agenda encompasses business, strategy, technical and public policy objectives, as well as the GSMA’s traditional roaming and interoperability remit.

The GSMA’s work is focused on two broad areas: Emerging Services and Emerging Markets. The association helps its members develop and launch new services, which will work across networks and national boundaries. Examples range from mobile instant messaging to video sharing to mobile Internet access among many others. Working closely with world leading operators, our role is fundamental in aiming to reduce the barriers to take up, whether caused by usability, interoperability, cost or regulatory issues.

At the same time, the GSMA is heavily engaged in the industry’s push to extend basic voice and text services to more people in emerging markets. Examples of these initiatives to help “bridge the digital divide” include the GSMA Development Fund and the Emerging Markets Handset Programme.

Via its wholly owned subsidiary, GSMC, the GSMA also owns and produces the world’s leading mobile communications events, namely the 3GSM World Congress and 3GSM World Congress Asia. Held annually in Barcelona, the 3GSM World Congress is attended by more than 50,000 senior executives from across the industry making it the world’s largest mobile event. For more information about the GSMA, please visit www.gsmworld.com

2. The Role

The GSMA is seeking a senior and talented industry professional to lead its Content Team which comprises a key part of the GSMA’s wider Marcomms Team. The content team’s work is focused on researching and analyzing the mobile market to input first class knowledge into the development of GSMA activities. The outputs from this research include creating and delivering the agenda for the prestigious world congress events as part of the services provided to the GSMA’s conference business subsidiary. It also includes providing support to the GSMA’s executive team (Chairman & CEO etc.) in terms of highlighting appropriate speaking opportunities and preparing content and messaging.

Reporting to the Director of Marketing Communications, the Content Director will lead the Content Team to achieve the following:

(i) Inform the conference agenda’s and core work of the GSMA, a critical component of the content team’s remit will conduct research into key areas of the mobile telecoms industry and competitor events

(ii) Drive content development and delivery for events portfolio of the GSMA’s conference business both for the existing events and new product development

(iii) Executive content support, including for the Chairman and CEO

(iv) The management of the GSMA’s entire external speaking engagements strategy and programme including speaking on behalf of the GSMA from time to time

(v) In due course, the strategic approach and management of editorial content for the congress publications

(vi) Speaker management pre and at the congress events

(vii) Content for other GSMA requirements and promotional material, e.g. annual report, business plan, Conference Business collateral

3. Criteria for selection

(i) A minimum of 7 years in the Mobile Communications Industry, including at least 5 years of experience as either a journalist or analyst currently holding a senior position of influence

(ii) In-depth understanding of the mobile communications market

(iii) First class analytical ability and writing skills

(iv) Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills - able to interact with a range of people at various levels from CEOs to technical experts.

(v) Have a strong reputation in the industry with excellent current contacts

(vi) Be proactive with considerable drive and initiative.

(vii) A collaborative team-based approach to work

You will need to be flexible in working in global teams across different time zones and, whilst the role is London based, have the flexibility to travel as and when required.

4. Package

An attractive and competitive salary in addition to:

(i) Bonus scheme

(ii) Private healthcare

(iii) Health insurance

(iv) 26 days holiday

(v) Pension.

Interested candidates should email their CV to Michaila Stanton.

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