Top flight rugby has well and truly returned to London, with Harlequins back in the Premiership and competing against the best teams, in the toughest domestic league Rugby Union has to offer.
After an encouraging first season back in the top flight, the Club have laid solid foundations on which to build and push towards the biggest prizes in the game. The extra demands for the Club off the field will compete with those the players will face on it.
The Club have therefore created a new position entitled Sponsorship and Marketing Executive, reporting directly to both the Sponsorship and Community Development Managers.
Sponsorship responsibilities to include:
Day to day account management for official sponsors and suppliers
To assist on a match day to ensure that contractual obligations are delivered, including sponsor branding, hospitality and leveraging activities
Produce and distribute a monthly sponsorship ezine to include interesting stories relating to our sponsors activity, special offers and Club marketing ideas
Liaising with other departments regarding player appearances, marketing and PR, website, hospitality and tickets
To develop an annual plan for all sponsorship activity
To generate new sponsorship activities and ideas
To produce regular reports and end of season reviews for sponsors
Community Marketing responsibilities to include:
Help identify new community groups as well as local businesses and encourage them to embrace the community programme
Liaise with Associate Clubs and schools to facilitate their involvement in Community schemes
To build and develop an effective database for the Community Team
Devise a public relations plan to ensure publicity is maximised. This will include key areas such as the website, ezine, newsletter and matchday programme
Design and produce marketing materials
Liaise with Premier Rugby regarding central sponsorship programmes delivered through Community schemes
Co-ordinate and expand the Mighty Quins membership and training days
Liaise with playing department regarding player appearances
Help the team reach income targets for the season
Enthusiastic and proactive
Exceptional organisational skills
Ability to multi-task and work to tight deadlines
Computer literate with comprehensive use of MS Office, Photoshop and Outlook
Client facing and commercially focused
Ability to understand commercial contracts
Willingness to work long and unsocial hours including match days
Experience in the sports industry would be advantageous but not essential
To apply, please send a covering letter and your CV to:
Harlequin Football Club Limited
Twickenham Stoop Stadium
The closing date for applications is Friday 13th July 2007.
*NB - Only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted after the closing date. If you do not hear from the Club by Tuesday 17th July 2007, then your application has not been successful.
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.