Events Director

Global Water Intelligence
Oxford, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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 Global Water Intelligence is looking for an Events Director to join our team full-time at our Oxford office. We are an independent publisher and event organiser that specialises in high-level business intelligence on the global water sector. 

The Events Director will play a critical role in our organisation – to create the most captivating programme for our flagship event, the Global Water Summit (GWS) and its American version, the American Water Summit (AWS). GWS is a high-level knowledge sharing platform with 800+ delegates, 200+ speakers and more than £1 million in revenue.  

It is a challenging business to get right: we need to build the most compelling platform for water ministers, utility leaders, the CEOs of water industry companies, corporate water users, investors and innovators.

The Events Director will be working closely with the sales and marketing teams in order to make GWS and AWS the most brilliant gatherings in the water industry.

Responsibilities include:

Driving the event’s agenda: Our target audience are decision makers in the water sector such as utility leaders, industrial end users, CEOs of water companies, investors, technology providers, etc. The person responsible for the programme will need to be able to produce something that resonates with each of these groups. This will involve learning about the market trends and future opportunities by talking to a lot of people, both inside and outside GWI, in order to come up with interesting agenda ideas.

Managing the events team: The Events Director will deliver the programme together with the events team that consists of two full-time people in Oxford, one part-time contributor, and one person in Austin, Texas. The team needs a mentor who will help them become the best versions of themselves while helping them to plan, prioritise, set milestones and deadlines, and to give regular feedback.

Coordinating event activities: The person should be able to clearly communicate agenda messages to the marketing and sales teams ensure event success. There are a lot of moving parts and overlapping activities that require attention to detail, good planning and transparency.

The Events Director will work closely with our Sales and Marketing Directors but will report to the Managing Director.

The person:

We are looking for the following:

1.     Engagement: we don’t expect you to know about water now, but we do expect you to be prepared to get totally engaged with the subject and believe that it matters.

2.     Intelligence and creativity: There is no formula to get this to work. We have to be clever and we have to be imaginative. Every time we need to create a fresh excitement that grabs the attention of busy people.

3.     Organisation: pulling off an event with 20 sponsors, 200 speakers, and 700 delegates from 24 different time zones requires a minute attention without losing sight of the big picture.

4.     Commercial nous: we are in business to have an impact on the world, but we can only deliver that impact if we make a successful business.

5.     Social fluency: You have to love a great party. This business is about bringing people together to have fun, to do business, and discover the ideas that will shape the future.

The ideal candidate will be a graduate with at least seven years’ work experience, either in the events business, the water business or another sector which you think relevant.

Company information:
Global Water Intelligence is an ambitious company with around 60 employees spread between Oxford, Austin (Texas) and Shanghai. It publishes market-leading magazines, databases, and reports on the international water industry. Additionally, it runs a series of successful events.  It has a unique corporate culture which can be summed up as follows:

  • We are global: our market is totally international, and we need to reflect that. We travel a lot and around 40% of our staff don’t come from the UK.
  • We work for each other: we do work hard, but not out of fear or greed. It is because we care for each other and it lightens the load of everyone if we all pull together. 
  • We balance the commercial with the idealistic: We are passionately committed to addressing the world’s water challenges, but we can only do what we do because we are a profitable business.

GWI employees are enrolled on a company pension plan and receive a holiday allowance of 25 days per year. The successful candidate will be encouraged to attend relevant training courses and conferences that help them to develop within their role.

Contract: Full time
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Based at: Media Analytics Ltd, Suite C, Kingsmead House, Oxpens Road, Oxford OX1 1XX, UK
Salary: £50,000 - £60,000 according to experience, plus bonus based on event performance

The probation period is 6 months. 

To apply send a CV and covering letter explaining why you think you are suitable for the position and your current salary to Jeanette Cowley on The closing date for applications is 26 June 2019.

We will reject any CVs sent without covering letters, or with generic covering letters not tailored to the vacancy.