Commercial Director – Events Industry – J1399ME

Commercial Director – Events Industry – J1399ME

Job Reference: J1399ME
Job Location: East Sussex
Salary: OTE £80-£85k year 1
Job Type: Permanent
Contact: Martin

Would you rather put your energy into your job and your career development than the commute? Can you juggle custard? Do you thrive putting strategy and business change into practice? This is a rare opportunity on the Sussex coast for an ambitious individual with deep industry knowledge and experience to be at the centre of things and driving an ambitious company to further success.

This is a new role. It’s strategically critical and needs somebody to make it their own.


Our client is an established and successful full-service events agency on the Sussex coast that serves the UK and Europe. Their prime focus is live events, marketing events, summits, exhibition stand design and build, conference production and special builds and experiential. The winners in this sector will be those with the vision to turn technology into real and practical applications that deliver a different proposition in a busy market. They already have an impressive customer list of household brands.

We will be pleased to provide our clients company name to qualified candidates at the end of the first screening telephone interview.


Reporting to the Managing Director, you will be responsible for profitable revenue growth in all services. You’ll lead and manage the sales and account management teams already in place. You’ll direct, coach, manage and motivate them to meet their individual and company goals – with all that entails.

This role has many challenges to enthuse the right candidate. However, the 3 priorities are:

  1. A focus on team delivery: That’s not just on the outcomes, but the activity to get them there.
  2. Pitch creation: This is less about team, and more about what you can develop and deliver yourself.
  3. Business Development: This organisation is already good at growth, but doubling in size again will take decisive and experienced management.

This new role will be a highly visible and senior role in the organisation. It’s a big job that needs steady hands, a fast mind and gravitas.


You will be very experienced in the exhibitions and live events sector. You’ll have been part of something exciting in growth terms before, and looking for that buzz again – because you will be part of it. You will create it.

You will also be:

  • Articulate and Lively
  • Crystal clear about what you expect of your teams and individuals
  • Able to make the best argument when it come to strategic direction and delivery
  • Ambitious
  • Able to lead and be part of the team at one and the same time.

Our client company is already well led and has clear strategic intent, but they also need fresh ideas and experience to fuel further growth.


Our client have new refurbished offices on the Sussex coast where’s there’s already an excellent working environment. But you’ll often be out with your team and travelling to meet clients. This will also involve international travel, mostly around Europe. Formally, It’s a 40 hour week, but likely to be more.


The salary is not cast in stone and depends on skills and experience, but likely earnings in year 1 will be £80-£85k for on-target performance.


The first client interviews are likely to be held in December/January. Before that will be screening interviews and meetings with Martin Ellis of the RSE Group.


Martin Ellis

Executive Search and Recruitment

The RSE Group

Mob:  07823 887982


Skype: martin.ellis1955

The RSE Group aim to respond to all applications personally.  However due to the high number of applications we receive, we regret this is not always possible. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within 14 days of your application, please be advised that you have not been successful in this instance.

Application Notes

Click the link below for an application form. Please forward with your up to date CV – ideally in Word format.

Application Form in Word format



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