Associated Independent Stores - UK buying group

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Social Media and Digital Content Executive to join the Communications Project Team at AIS. This is a newly created role to support the development of our digital content and our social media presence and provides an opportunity to work with our newly appointed digital marketing agency and many departments across the organisation. This is role is for you if you have a ‘can do’ attitude, a wealth of creative ideas and a talent for writing engaging copy combined with an excellent knowledge of social media and associated tools.

We have an exciting new opportunity for an experienced and driven Head of Events to join AIS and strategically lead the newly formed events department.  The role will initially report into the Director of Marketing & Events, with the aim of the successful individual moving  into the Director position in approximately 9 months; therefore, relevant experience and expertise in in marketing, social media and digital is also essential.  Initially reporting to the Director of Marketing & Events, the two roles will work closely to create and deliver the event strategy, budget and yield management and operational plans to ensure the commercial success of the events portfolio. 

The Head of Events will work collaboratively with key areas of the business to drive new and creative ideas and business leads, generating increased revenue from conferences, shows and events held at their purpose built venue at Cranmore Park in Solihull and also work on a more digitally focused direction in collaboration with the wider Marketing and Operations teams.  This role will provide inspirational leadership, expertise and direction to the Events Sales & Business Development Managers, shaping and developing a dynamic team who can deliver first-class sales and customer service.

AIS managed events:

This role will be pivotal for providing a suite of high quality, innovative and topical live and digital events, which provide up to the minute relevant professional, technical, business and product content. Whilst a membership organisation, these events are run on a commercial basis with quality of content and delivery paramount. 

External events:

Leading the development of Cranmore Park event spaces to become a premium ‘Venue of Choice’ in the MICE market, amplify the current profile and elevate it to the next level. 

Company and Department Overview:

AIS is the largest non–food buying group of its kind in the UK, with a membership of 330 independent department stores and specialist retailers. The business is now entering an exciting time of change, with a new Managing Director at the helm and a transformational agenda to bring a more commercial and customer focused approach to this well-established and successful membership organisation.

We are looking for a highly creative, commercial, and inspiring leader with extensive experience of working strategically at a senior level within the fashion and toy sectors to become our Director of Fashion & Toys.  Reporting to the Managing Director, this role will lead the fashion department, that encompasses womenswear, menswear, kidswear, intimate apparel and accessories, and plaY-room (which covers toys & children’s gifts).  Relevant experience and background in design, product development and sourcing across all categories is essential as this role will oversee the development and delivery of own label, the buying services for approximately 30 members and.  This role will also contribute significantly to the INDX shows.  

AIS is the largest non–food buying group of its kind in the UK, with a membership of 330 independent department stores and specialist retailers. The business is now entering an exciting time of change, with a new Managing Director at the helm and a transformational agenda to bring a more commercial and customer focused approach to this well-established and successful membership organisation.

Working in partnership with our independent retail members and brands, an excellent understanding of the current retail market and independent retail sector is required.  With an exceptional track record in developing and delivering on strategy, increasing profitability, and building collaborative relationships, you will also need to demonstrate strong leadership skills, including change management and an ability to empower, challenge and develop others.

As part of the senior leadership team, you will play a key role in identifying new and innovative ways to offer the best possible services to our members whilst driving profitability, identifying new member and trade opportunities, including selling the benefits of being part of AIS.   With several new projects underway, including increasing our digital presence this is an exciting time to be joining the Company. 

Previous experience of online retailing and own label brand building is preferable.