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National Student Esports

Partnerships Manager

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National Student Esports
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ London

Partnerships Manager

Location: Central London with option to work remotely 1-2 days per week

Duration: Permanent

Reports to: Head of Partnerships

Deadline for applications: Thursday 24th June


NSE (National Student Esports) has grown rapidly since its inception in 2018 and is now the largest grassroots gaming community in the UK. Across everything, we take a student-first approach to ensure we always add value to the community. We elevate students’ university esports experience, helping them now and in their future careers. We use our knowledge to help academic institutions, games publishers, and sponsors support the student community.

As our existing brand partners such as Intel, Barclays, and Monster increase their involvement with us, plus more brands look to enter into esports and work with NSE, we are recruiting a Partnerships Manager to help deliver these projects and activations. In addition, our work with games publishers will be another core area of focus and project delivery.

The successful candidate will be at the heart of the UK esports scene and get the chance to work with some of the biggest brands in esports and support new entrants to the market.

Role Summary

With the success of NSE’s proposition, and the validation of brands and publisher partners, NSE is now ready to move into the next phase of our development and growth. The role will focus on both existing partners, helping deliver their bespoke programmes and activations, and on new partners - many of whom are entering esports for the first time. The successful candidate will support the Head of Partnerships in account and project management, activation delivery, and also contribute towards business development. This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Partnerships Manager to work with major brands in esports.

Key Responsibilities

  • Project management and delivery of partner activations with the support of other NSE team members
  • As part of the partner activations, the successful candidate will write editorial and marketing copy to be featured on NSE.GG and across other NSE communications channels
  • Providing sales support to the Head of Partnerships on new business initiatives, including outreach and new programme creation
  • Work with other NSE team members, contractors, agencies, and other third parties regarding partnership activation and delivery programmes

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Likely 2-3+ years experience, possibly working in a sponsorship role for an agency, rights holder or brand
  • Strong account management experience, comfortable running programmes, projects, and meetings with internal and external parties
  • High attention to detail and project management skills - good at getting things done!
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • An understanding of games & esports is preferred but not required
  • Positive proactive can-do work ethic with a restless drive for improvement
  • Comfortable working with budgets, managing budgets, and realising new revenue opportunities
  • Ability to maintain strategic relationships and build a network of key stakeholders and advocates within partner organisations across all levels
  • Multitasker, the ability to simultaneously manage a variety of projects and partners

What it’s like to work with us

We’re a small close-knit team with a variety of backgrounds and experiences that helps us deliver the best experience for the students, partners, publishers, and all stakeholders. We are also supportive of each other, helping each member of the team succeed in their role, and in their personal and professional development.

Working directly with university staff and other key stakeholders, NSE strives to develop a wider understanding of the space and promote sustainable investment into esports initiatives and facilities. We deliver a combination of online tournaments, community engagement, and live physical events where every member of the team gets involved.

We are passionate about games, healthy competition, supporting students, and growing the community. As a business, NSE is constantly evolving, we are always open to new ideas and looking to improve creating a positive environment where each person can affect genuine change.

NSE has a lively, full time team based in London, with other colleagues working more remotely - all supported by a network of amazing students, contractors, and agencies. The London office also houses a number of other businesses in the parent company portfolio, meaning there is a vibrant professional and supportive network around us.

We value diversity and strive to foster a working environment that is inclusive, supportive and ensures that everyone is heard and valued for their contributions. We know that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace is one that is competitive and resilient. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome people from all backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.

About NSE

NSE (National Student Esports) operates the British University Esports Championship powered by Intel, the official esports competition of British universities. In the 20/21 academic year the competition saw over 1,700 teams from 100 universities compete across a number of esports titles, with over 70% of participants enrolled on a STEM course.

As the official body of university esports in the UK - through our partnership with British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), NSE has established itself as a key figure in the UK esports industry with the most active grassroots gaming community in the country.

NSE works with major publishers including Nintendo, Riot Games, and Ubisoft and has long-term successful partnerships with Barclays, Intel, and Monster Energy.

About Benchmark

NSE is part of Benchmark, a business investing in people and ideas that inspire and deliver experiences, connections, and impact. Benchmark is an open and inclusive environment. We embrace our talent's personal and professional ambitions, we provide a launchpad for our people's careers and work together to bring a fulfilling experience to our teams. We will only meet our goals if we are a place where people thrive, develop and lead. Just like the communities and networks we create, β€˜Togetherness’ lies at the heart of the way we operate. We’re looking for people who share our values:

Earned Trust

We are experienced and come prepared.β€―We deliver world-class work. We exceed expectations. We do what we say.

Healthy Restlessness

We are captivated by our work. We ask the necessary questions.β€―We push beyond the present and hope to create a better future. We infuse energy and invention into everything we do.

Human Connection

We thrive on collaboration, we share, we support, and we are honest about our successes and challenges

To apply:

Please upload a CV and a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role and your salary expectations.