About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.
Our mission is to further the strategic, commercial, technological, developing world and advocacy interests of our members.
The GSMA produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
Every day we work to harness the power of mobile to achieve our industry purpose Connecting Everyone and Everything to a Better Future through four main activities :
About the Team
The GSMA Mobile World Congress is the mobile industry’s premier event where mobile leaders gather, collaborate and conduct business.
The annual event provides the best platform for networking, new business opportunities and deal making.
In 2018, Mobile World Congress hosted more than 107,000 visitors from 205 countries. Over 55 per cent of the attendees hold senior-
level positions, including more than 7,700 CEOs, up from more than 6,100 in 2017. More than 2,400 companies showcased cutting-
edge products and services across 120,000 net square metres of exhibition and hospitality space at Fira Gran Via, including the new South Village.
More than 3,500 international media and industry analysts attended the event to report on the many significant industry announcements made at the Congress.
Preliminary independent economic analysis indicates that this year’s Mobile World Congress will have contributed approximately €471 million and over 13,000 part-
time jobs to the local economy.
What the Hiring Manager Says
We have an exciting opportunity for a high-performing Event Director to lead our flagship event. This is a genuine chance to shape the future of Mobile World Congress, be creative and be part of an amazing team! The ideal candidate will have strong commercial skills, previous experience in the events industry and great leadership and stakeholder management skills.
The right cultural fit within our diverse international team is also very important for us. Laia Ripoll, Head of Events, Europe.
About the Role
Event management : you will assist in the overall management of Mobile World Congress, working across functional areas to achieve the event’s financial and operational goals.
This includes leading regular project meetings, creation of different strategic and operational working groups and coordination of key programs within the event.
Commercial negotiation : you will negotiate contracts and manage major suppliers from specification development, tender process & supplier selection, preparation of service level agreements (SLAs) and contracts to final implementation of agreed service on site.
This relates to opportunities for the MWC which are not specific to other functional areas or which can be more efficiently managed from the Barcelona office than elsewhere
Financial Support : you will manage the P / L working closely with the Head of Events Europe, including supervision of monthly forecast reporting (working with your finance business partner) and a monthly status report of different projects / programs.
You will also be expected to identify creative commercial solutions in order to grow the event.
Business development : you will be responsible for identifying new business opportunities with individuals, companies and public institutions in Barcelona with a view to generating additional revenue and strengthening local relationships.
Business operations : You will work closely with our internal teams including Sales, Content, Operations and Customer Care in order to facilitate efficient and effective operations and world-
class customer service. You will manage a team of 5 (with 3 direct reports) and will facilitate effective collaboration across departments.
You are a seasoned Event Director and will likely come from a B2B events background, either at a top-tier events company or agency.
You demonstrate an exceptional understanding of all facets of large-scale events and the broader events industry,
You evidence a clear track record of managing and growing successful events. You are used to managing multi-million Euro P&Ls and have an exceptional commercial ability.
You are skilled in business development and are highly experienced in generating commercial partnerships at the highest levels.
You are a great networker and relationship builder. You have ideally worked with public institutions.
You are a very strong people manager, leading by example and are not afraid to tackle operational issues. You are skilled at managing teams and relationships remotely and demonstrate a highly collaborative attitude.
You have strong stakeholder management skills. You can demonstrate a record of success and delivering in a complex, challenging environment with internal and external stakeholders.
What We Offer
Working at the GSMA offers you unparalleled access to the mobile industry. We offer a chance to truly shape the direction of mobile, whatever your role.
By joining the GSMA, you will be exposed to a fast-paced rapidly evolving environment, working on global solutions, genuinely fascinating and industry-
changing projects and a stimulating and dynamic environment designed to enable you to flourish.
In addition to architect-designed offices and competitive compensation, our benefits include fantastic learning & development opportunities, generous holiday allowances, four additional days off for professional development and many others.
We offer a working environment that reflects our organisational values. We also hire in line with our values and recruit candidates who demonstrate a strong affinity with these 7 principles :