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Head of Media

full-time Web Summit Dublin

About us

Web Summit is a global technology conference company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. We run a series of international gatherings across the world. Our flagship event is Web Summit, held in Lisbon, Portugal. In the last seven years, Web Summit has grown from a small team to a company of over 170 focused on disrupting the conference industry through technology and data science. In 2018, over 100,000 startups, investors, speakers and other attendees will gather at Web Summit events, including MoneyConf in Ireland, Collision in the US and RISE in Hong Kong.


About the team

The Media team is at the centre of Web Summit, making sure that everyone knows about our events across the world. They are the gatekeepers of the Web Summit brand. They create innovative and unique campaigns to communicate Web Summit events and the company behind the events. They work with media from international outlets such as Wall Street Journal, CNBC, BBC on a daily basis, and deliver media relations at massive scale at our events, hosting thousands of journalists and broadcasters. They work closely with the marketing and speakers team to ensure that media tell the best stories and provide the most ground-breaking coverage, echoing the Web Summit brand around the world.


We are looking for an ambitious Head of Media to lead our internal media and PR team and expand our presence globally.


What you’ll achieve at Web Summit:

  • You will lead our Media team, and work closely with our Director of communications, on Web Summit media relations and corporate PR.
  • You’ll be critical in how we develop our global communications strategy, including outreach to and retention of the largest and most significant media outlets in the world.
  • You will be responsible for corporate and crisis communications, working specifically with our C-level leaders.
  • You’ll manage specific PR campaigns around the world, ensuring you get maximum positive coverage for our brand.
  • You’ll manage and motivate a talented media team, helping them learn, develop and deliver the best conference experience for our media partners and attendees.
  • You’ll work on creative ways to increase media attendees, while being adaptable to the fast paced growth of Web Summit.
  • You’ll be responsible for accurate and insightful reporting of metrics from all PR campaigns to assess return on investment.
  • You’ll will drive a data-led and process-driven approach to managing the team and working closely with other Web Summit teams.
  • You’ll work with media across our events giving them the most interesting stories to ensure maximum coverage.
  • You’ll write strong strategic comms plans, press releases, and opinion pieces in a timely manner.
  • You’ll be ruthless in acquiring high-calibre media to moderate on stage sessions and be confident in your dealings with them.
  • You’ll work closely and confidently with our partners, speakers and their comms teams advising them on how to increase their brand exposure to media.
  • Build key relationships with media from a variety of markets around the world.
  • You’ll oversee and maintain an active and up to date database of media and prospects in Salesforce.

Who you are:

  • A creative, confident, articulate individual who is a clear communicator and has excellent presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Adaptable and flexible professional, who can work to tight deadlines under pressure
  • A strategic thinker with a proven track record of planning, executing and evaluating activity on a long term basis.
  • Excellent people skills, both leading a team, and also dealing with over 2,000+ journalists.
  • Strong interest in technology and current affairs, always keeping up to date on news.
  • Passionate about media relations and brand promotion.

Skills and abilities we’re looking for:

  • Degree or Masters in arts, english, media or related subject
  • 6+ years in a senior media/PR communications position, either inhouse or agency
  • Ability to improve processes and procedures to deliver coverage at a mass scale.
  • You will have exposure to international media and PR, with high level contacts in media.
  • Experience leading, mentoring and training a team.
  • Knowledge of the tech ecosystem/startup environment is beneficial.
  • Experience of working in events is beneficial.
  • Strong written and editorial skills with a passionate interest in creating unique content across numerous mediums.

Be healthy, curious and social:

  • Stay healthy with our fully subsidised healthcare cover.
  • Exercise your mind and body with our free gym membership and yoga.
  • Enjoy your own private garden with orchard, sports equipment, and vegetables right outside your office.
  • Enjoy an unlimited supply of fresh fruit, beverages and cereals.
  • Master new skills from those around you, onsite talks and training initiatives.
  • Become workmates, not just colleagues, with our active social calendar of company celebrations, trips abroad and sports.

published: March 24, 2018

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