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JOB ADS | Account executive; surveys editor; venue manager; GM: Empire Entertainment

Here's your chance to join the team at one of SA's most innovative publishers

Hill on Empire, the Arena Holdings headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg.
Hill on Empire, the Arena Holdings headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg.
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Account executive

Reporting to: Sales manager

Publication: Rise FM

Position type: Permanent

Location: Mbombela, Mpumalanga

Position overview

RISE FM is seeking to attract a vibrant and detail orientated individual for the position of Account Executive in our Sales Department. Based at the Mbombela office, the successful candidate will be an integral part of the sales team focusing on local public sector clients.

Core functions

  • To secure, build and maintain a strong client base.
  • To compile professional proposals and offer effective marketing solutions for clients.
  • To ensure the successful implementation of solutions offered and accepted.
  • Participate in corporate events as required by the company from time to time.

Skills and attributes

  • 5 Years’ experience in sales (experience in media sales in advantages)
  • Excellent verbal and written command of the English language
  • Experience in working with cross functional teams
  • High competence with Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Own vehicle and driver’s license

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Accountable and responsible
  • Must be dedicated and deadline driven
  • Self-motivated and resourceful
  • Must be able to work independently and well in a team
  • Must have some creative flair with a friendly and positive attitude

Applications and CVs should be addressed to: mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: May 20 2022

Arena Holdings is an equal-opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. If we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


General manager: Empire Entertainment

Reporting to: MD: TV & Entertainment

Position type: Permanent

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg

Position overview

Empire Entertainment, a division of Arena Holdings, is a leading film distribution company in South Africa and on the continent. We act as the sole distributors to Warner Bros. Pictures International, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) as well as leading independent studios such as Lionsgate, STX, Amblin and more. Our distribution network extends beyond borders and screens, enabling movie-lovers from all walks of life to enjoy world-class content.

Empire Entertainment’s mission is to provide quality international content to local screens while at the same time sharing authentic African entertainment with the world. We are looking for a dynamic, goal-oriented individual excited about taking a leading role in the fast-changing world of filmed entertainment.

Managed and owned responsibilities

  • Annual business planning and budgeting – responsibility of the theatrical distribution budget and forecast requirements which includes studio budgets, independent content budget, Africa budget, overheads, direct costs

  • Ebitda year-on-year growth to shareholders

  • Marketing and business strategy – drive the theatrical business through innovative marketing strategies and media partnerships, strategic involvement with the overarching business of rights exploitation across various platforms, including but not limited to cinemas, digital platforms and television

  • Head of Africa operations – ensuring growth across the continent

  • General management of all divisions and teams (marketing, publicity and sales)

  • Management of relationships with existing studios, licensors and producers – high-level negotiations with exhibitors as well as service providers to the business such as media-buying agencies, international service providers

  • Business intelligence and analytics

  • System and technology feasibility and assessment

Qualifications and experience

  • MBA or similar preferred

  • At least 7 years’ experience in a general manager and/commercial role

Competencies and attributes

  • Negotiation skills – capable of negotiating with a number of partners in theatrical distribution arena for the best outcome for the business

  • Commercial acumen – understanding of key commercial drivers (both local and international) that affect the business with an ability to provide solutions to commercial issues within the business

  • Leadership and vision – driver to innovate and motivate to ensure the business is differentiated in the market

  • People management – motivate teams and partners

  • Analytical and strategic thinking – capacity to define, drive and deliver the strategy for the business together with applied thinking and sound judgment

  • Consumer marketing insight – insight into the market dynamics and consumer needs within the movie-going space in the market

  • Expertise – understanding of the cinema-going market and experience

Applications and CVs should be sent to: CoelhoC@arena.africa

Closing date: May 10 2022

Arena Holdings is an equal-opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. If we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Surveys editor

Reporting to: Head of digital

Department: Group digital

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg

Position overview

We are looking for an editor to manage the workflow of paid-for advertorial, annual and special publications in print and online across Arena Holdings’ media titles – Financial Mail, Business Day, Sowetan and the Sunday Times.

Core functions

  • Commission and source copy from writers, graphic design from artists, and photographs from both external contractors and in-house employees.
  • Manage the flow of content from creators to the production and layout team, and, where necessary, step in to bolster the writing, editing and proofreading and quality control of all products.
  • Liaise with clients publishing paid-for/sponsored content to fulfil briefs, solve problems and obtain approval for publication of finished products.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the production and layout of the group's significant annual publications such as Generation Next, Top Brands, AdFocus, Stokvel Brands etc.
  • Liaise with research organisations regarding data to be used in annuals and other publications.
  • Control and manage deadlines.
  • Manage the submission and payment of invoices from external suppliers.
  • Create and update writer briefs and sales collateral such as synopses to be sent to clients/advertisers.
  • Troubleshoot technical problems, including contract fulfilment; dealing with the synchronisation of print and digital publications; and ensuring publications are signed off for printing.
  • Liaise with title editors and sales team to create publication scope and briefs.
  • Where necessary, craft marketing and sales copy for in-house ads, competitions and external messaging.
  • Originate and pitch commercial survey opportunities across our set of publications and platforms and work with the sales team to develop them.

Requirements and skills

  • Strong English-language editing and writing skills.
  • Strong project management skills and a fine eye for detail.
  • Ability to analyse data and draw conclusions.
  • Experience in managing a production/layout team.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Self-motivated team player able to work independently and with writers and sub-editors.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Knowledge and experience of native advertising and familiarity with digital publishing.

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree/diploma in journalism or a related field.
  • Experience in leading a team.
  • Five years’ or more experience in editing, writing and project management.

Applications and CVs should be addressed to: mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: May 16 2022

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Venue manager

Reporting to: Head of events

Department: Events

Position type: Permanent

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg

Purpose

The role is focused on the overall management of a conference and events venue, including managing the sales, marketing, operations, staffing and budget.

Main responsibilities 

  • Revenue generation including marketing the venue, selling space and managing bookings (including external and internal clients)

  • Client management (managing process post-booking until the completion of the event, including function sheet, specific requests, upselling services, banqueting management)

  • Finance - invoicing clients, ensuring receipt of all revenue prior to events, managing profits and cost containment, payments for suppliers, recon of accounts, management accounts report

  • Providing leadership, motivation, direction, and support to your team (internal and external teams)

  • Venue management and maintenance

  • Planning - goals, budgets, revenue, cost containment, staffing

Skills and attributes

  • High standard of professional and persuasive written and verbal articulation.

  • Be a good business writer; sensitive to spelling and grammar nuances.

  • Be a true “people person”, extremely customer service conscious with the ability to create a unique and personal experience for each partner.

  • Be able to work independently as well as in a group environment—particularly when the team may not be physically co-located.

  • Work efficiently and proactively with strong attention to detail.

Requirements and skills

  • 3+ years of venue banqueting and management experience.

  • Capacity to think creatively, and problem solve.

  • Ability to negotiate skillfully.

  • Great interpersonal and phone skills; strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Computer literate.

  • Experience working with various CRM tools & databases.

  • Time Management, planning, leadership, resourcefulness and organisational skills are crucial to be successful in this role.

Applications and CVs should be sent to: mediarecruitment@arena.africa

Closing date: May 12 2022

Arena Holdings is an equal-opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. If we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.

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