The French South African Chamber of Commerce is looking for an event and business development manager


The structure:

The French South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (the “Chamber”) is a non-profit company, which supports the development of trade relations between South Africa and France. The services offered by the Chamber are, among others: networking and thematic events, support to export or import (South Africa – France), assistance to locate in South Africa, networking/building bridges between members, hosting of companies.

A board of directors coming from the private sector is elected to define the strategy and the orientations of the Chamber. The Chamber is fully self-funded by membership fees, service providing and events organisation. More than 160 French and South African companies are members of the chamber in 2015.

The Chamber is based in Bryanston, Johannesburg with an office in Cape Town.

The position:

You will be the deputy general manager of the Chamber, in the Johannesburg office. As the right-hand man/woman of the General Manager of the Chamber your missions will be diversified, however, due to the nature of the Chamber’s activity, you will be given two main missions: management of the ‘events’ activity and business development.

1. Management of the ‘events’ activity (45% of the workload):

One of the main activities of the FSACCI is the organization of more than 30 events per year in the service of its members. You will be in charge of managing all the different aspects of the events’ organization:

- Take part in the selection of the topic and in the way to structure the event
- Manage the P&L of the ‘events’ activity: budget, pricing, costs
- Propose and manage the full practical organisation of the event in relation with the suppliers: catering, venues, specialised suppliers
- Ensure the marketing of the event: creation of the visuals and messages, relay of information in the relevant media, secure the presence of the members to the event
- Administrate the back-office of the event: RSVP, invitations, invoices

2. Business development (45% of the workload)

Getting new members is crucial to create more networking opportunities to our actual members, bringing more value to our events and to create more development opportunities to the Chamber, as the structure is fully self-funded, notably by the membership fees. Your implication on the event organisation should be a channel to get new members, but you will also dedicate some time to reach potential new members and convince them to join our network. Specifically you will be asked to:

- Reach potential new members
- Promote the services offered by the Chamber to its members
- Master the existing membership base
- Increase the membership base in accordance with specified targets, each year

3. Other activities (10% of the workload)

As right-hand man/woman of the General Manager, you will be asked to perform other various missions in the interest of the Chamber and its members, for instance:

- Identification of new services to be developed
- Participation to events
- Continuous improvement of the structure

Required profile:

You have a professional experience of 5 years or more in a relevant field with a proven track-record in organising and managing events. You have a commercial experience with a sales or related background, ideally in a Business to Business activity.

As most of our members are French, the ability to speak French would be advantageous, though this position is not limited to French-speaking applicants.

The knowledge of the Gauteng ecosystem of companies, venues, catering will be definitely a plus.

Specific mindset:

- Integrity
- Proactive
- Constructive
- Flexible
- Structured
- Sales and customer oriented
- Organized
- Willing to work in a start-up mode
- Open-minded
- French and South African cultures promoter

Other capabilities:

- Microsoft Office pack
- Basic accounting
- Event planning

To apply: please send your application (Resume + Cover Letter) to
Delphine Tilly Petit :
With the reference: EventBDev2016

Websiteof the French South African Chamber of Commerce

publie le 20/01/2016

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