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Event Operations Manager (outdoor consumer shows)


Up to £42,500 DOE



Agency / Association / Exhibitions / Venue


Job Description

Brilliant perm role for a “star” Event Operations Manager with experience in the operational delivery of large-scale events/consumer shows!


This exciting Event Operations Manager position reporting to the overall Show Project Manager will see you taking responsibility for all operational & logistical aspects of two iconic and large-scale public facing shows in the UK.

This is a senior level operations position where you will formally line manage one direct report as well as coordinate a large work force of contractors, volunteers and casual on-site staff.

This role also involves being on-site for up to 12 weeks per year during the build period and throughout the two shows you’ll be operationally responsible for.

Role responsibilities

  • Management of all infrastructure, operational and logistical elements of the shows (including planning, build-up, open & during show and breakdown)
  • Budget management of the shows
  • Contractor coordination (50+ contractors)
  • Planning and management of all customer facilities and services (including catering, toilets, rest areas and provision for disabled visitors etc)
  • Work with Procurement Manager to prepare detailed specifications for tenders
  • Be part of the H&S team for each show including working with emergency services, local Authority Safety Advisory Groups, licensing authorities, the in-house Health & Safety Officer and colleagues within shows operations
  • Control the site and the working practices of contractors, exhibitors and staff and manage Risk Assessments and incident reporting for each show
  • Work with the Business Development Manager to deliver all sponsor requirements & branding
  • Plan and/or update an effective traffic management strategy for Shows
  • Direct line management of the Deputy Operations Manager 
  • Management of volunteers & casual staff ensuring all are adequately trained & supervised.


This company are looking for a talented event operations’ professional with a minimum of 5 years’ solid experience in the operational delivery of large-scale public facing events (shows, exhibitions, festivals, Fairs, expos etc).

You must have excellent Health & Safety knowledge along with considerable experience of managing complex builds and managing 3rd party contractors, volunteers & casual staff.

The ideal candidate will be a solutions-focused / operational delivery / get things done type of person who is incredibly organised, detailed, calm under pressure and great with people from all walks of life be that stakeholders, sponsors, local authority & emergency services personnel, volunteers, contractors and most importantly members of the general public / show visitors! 

Important: You must be willing to be way from home for up to 12 weeks per year to be on-site for the build, delivery and break-down of the shows.

This is a really superb opportunity for a talented Event Manager / Event Producer / Event Organiser with exceptional operations experience and a background of working on shows, festivals or large-scale consumer exhibitions.

If your experience matches the key requirements and responsibilities as listed above, please reflect these in your CV and click “Apply” now.