Sponsorship Manager

Entertainment Manama, Bahrain


Position at Hill+Knowlton Strategies



JOB TITLE: Sponsorship Manager

REPORT TO: Head of Communications and Partnerships




Hill+Knowlton Strategies is currently seeking a Partnerships Manager to join their team in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on a seconded role, to a key client in the Arts and Culture sector.

The ideal candidate will be be the on-ground resource supporting H+K’s sponsorship team and working closely with the client’s Head of Communications and Partnerships.

Key responsibilities will be driving the sponsorship function, playing a lead role in sponsor acquisition, and overseeing the day to day management of key commercial relationships with the client's official partners.




At this level, you will be able to:


  • Oversee day to day management of key relationships both directly with our partners and also their agencies.
  • Support the Head of Communications and Partnerships in identifying potential partners to maximise sponsorship revenues.
  • Drive negotiations on renewals and new potential relationships.
  • Prepare and present formal partnership update reports both internally and externally.
  • Oversee implementation of sponsorship activations both on-site and at other key touch-points regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Provide support in the strategic direction for all partnerships.
  • Provide support in media negotiations.
  • Work with the wider business looking for further activation opportunities for partners that can also benefit the wider business.
  • Prepare full evaluation reports for each partner.
  • Provide ongoing support for all partner activations.
  • Manage the logistics and approval for all partner film and photo shoots.
  • Oversee delivery of all partner events rights.




  • Foster relationships within the client team, share knowledge and insight
  • Actively participate in team and client meetings
  • Demonstrate presence/gravitas and uphold professional behaviours at all times
  • Be accountable to the team and clients by managing time effectively, meeting deadlines, paying attention to detail
  • Act as H+K ambassador internally and externally


Business Acumen


  • Strong interpersonal skills: a natural collaborator and relationship builder.
  • Excellent understanding of the role of culture in society, with passion and ideas for capitalising on our global growth goals.
  • Commercially-minded and committed to global social change through arts, culture and business.
  • Problem solving, solution orientated mentality.
  • Persuasive and convincing personality in business development scenarios.
  • Exceptionally good presentation and written communication skills.






  • University degree
  • 4+ years’ relevant industry experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a team environment
  • Agency or Rights-Holder background working in sponsorship based roles
  • Project management and event management experience with high creativity
  • High literacy and attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills




  • Arts and Culture industry knowledge and experience
  • Bilingual will be considered an asset