How To Get A Job In Formula One Right Now

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If you're a Formula 1 fan and have marketing experience, I think we've just found you your next job. Marussia F1 Team is U.K.-based, run by Russians, and is looking for a partnership manager.

So let's see, British employees, Russian sponsors. Sounds potentially shady, but it it's probably legit. But hey, when you want something bad enough, it's best not to ask too many detailed questions about where it came from, right? After all, the job posting was just sitting there on Monster.com.

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Aside from being willing to live in Banbury (a mere hour-and-a-half drive up the M40 from London) and having a degree in marketing, here are a few of the qualifications Marussia F1 Team is looking for:

  • Relationship management – developing and maintaining strong working relationships at all levels with the team's sponsors and other stakeholders
  • Using sound working knowledge of motorsport (preferably Formula 1) and sponsorship rights to provide a first class service to partners of the team
  • Being creative and proactive in facilitating sponsor activation programmes
  • Seeking opportunities to develop and grow existing sponsor relationships
  • Supporting the wider marketing team – for example in events-based and sponsor acquisition activities
  • Regular travel to Grand Prix races and other events during the season is a requirement of this marketing role

While still a pretty fresh face in F1 racing, the team isn't completely new. It competed as Virgin Racing in 2010 and Marussia Virgin Racing in 2011, after Marussia bought a huge stake in Virgin Racing. But now Marussia stands on its own, and is only the third team to compete under a Russian racing license.

All shady Russian financial backing jokes aside, we should tell you that Marussia is Russia's first sports car company ever. After so many decades of cranking out stodgy (albeit inexplicably awesome) passenger cars, it's great to see Mother Russia crafting something sexy and putting it out on the track.

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When Japanese car manufacturers first entered the world of motorsports, there was surely plenty of scoffing going on. But some fantastic victories were won. Framing Marussia F1 Team in that light, it would, one way or another, be a really exciting place to work.

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Besides, there's a good chance than the job might include a free dash cam. (Hat tip to Mike!)

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DISCUSSION

Relationship management – developing and maintaining strong working relationships at all levels with the team's sponsors and other stakeholders

Develop and maintain relationships? I'm charming as fuck. I once got Elvis to autograph my bicycle, I was born in 1989.

Using sound working knowledge of motorsport (preferably Formula 1) and sponsorship rights to provide a first class service to partners of the team

I have crazy sound knowledge of Formula 1. I know the engines go VREEE VREE VREEEEE, the transmissions go WEEE WEEEE WOOOO, the Schumis go WHINE WHINE WHINE.

Being creative and proactive in facilitating sponsor activation programmes

I don't use Proactive. My skin is clear. (Typo in a job offer? Not very professional.)

Seeking opportunities to develop and grow existing sponsor relationships

I will do anything to get a sponsor. I once spoon fed Abe Vigoda for 16 hours to get that snickers deal done.

Supporting the wider marketing team – for example in events-based and sponsor acquisition activities

Sorry, I don't work with fatties. Slender marketing team only.

Regular travel to Grand Prix races and other events during the season is a requirement of this marketing role

I guess if I have to go to the races I will. It will help me expand my sound knowledge and hopefully my European breast knowledge as well.

Thank you for this opportunity. I look forward to starting in my new position.