Head of Events / Senior Project Manager – (leading insight organization)


£40-45k pro rata + benefits



Corporate/In-house / Other


Job Description

Great role with ideally an asap start - a mixed strategic and ops role for an experienced Head of Events or Senior Event Manager - leading the events strategy at this dynamic and innovative government supported insight organisation - and take the helm for the delivery of major (1,000pax) 2019 event. (This is initially a contract role - til end Sept 2019 - though there may be potential for a perm role in due course)

Organization that sits at the heart of social policy research – a really exciting  and growing organization to be part of - fresh thinking, collaboration, prioritizing social impact, and public service are at heart of the organization’s values and working practices.  They work with governments around the world in almost every area of policy, to develop innovative ideas for solving policy problems. 

The key events role in the organization - lead a growing portfolio of events, with your main focus during the contract being the delivery of their major international conference taking place Sept 2019, c. 1000 pax.  This is a VERY hi-profile and prestigious event, bringing together people from governments around the world, as well as leading and emerging academics. You’ll work closely with the Head of Communications, and internal stakeholders across all elements of the event.  From liasing with sponsors and internal content generators, to managing varied suppliers to ensure the successful logistical delivery of this major event. You’ll oversee all elements of the event including liaising with the venue (already booked), supplier selection and management, budget.  Liaising with internal committees, content and marketing teams throughout.

  • Develop an events strategy for the organisation, and have responsibility for its execution
  • Project manage 2019 conference (1,000 pax – senior government/academic attendees)
  • Manage budget, timelines, appoint suppliers, negotiate contracts, and ensure quality delivery of all services
  • Identify, appoint and manage external stakeholders – work with CEO to identify potential sponsors and develop proposals and negotiate contract terms
  • Project manage and co-ordinate varied suppliers, content, speakers/stakeholders who will participate or help to facilitate the smooth running of the conference.
  • Oversee marketing plan for the event, and sale of tickets, track delegate registrations
  • Co-ordinate and curate other external training events hosted by the organization, and also their seminar programme

Key requirements in the ideal candidate:

  • Professional and articulate – proven relationship building skills, managing varied stakeholders
  • A proven track record of managing and delivering successful national and ideally international events
  • Evidence of working with events committees/varied stakeholders (around content etc)
  • Experience of drawing up and managing third-party contracts for events
  • Evidence of working with a team, and Board members
  • Able to work with internal teams on marketing and sponsorship proposals and activities
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English, IT/System skills (CRM, Website management systems, Microsoft office), with excellent attention to detail

This is a great role – not only working as the lynchpin to deliver a really top level and sizable event, but also to join a most exciting and dynamic organization … although a contract role, there may well be scope for a permanent opportunity in the future ..
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