Head of Conference and Events (Sales)

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7110290 (Ref.No. FDCCS1401EX)
Posted: September 12, 2022

Job Description

Salary - £43,414 - £51,805 p.a.

This role will be based on the university campus with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner.   We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

The University of Leeds is one of the top 135 universities in the world.  We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities.  Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe.  

 The University of Leeds Conference & Events team (MEETinLEEDS) sell, plan and deliver conference and event services, including venue hire, accommodation, catering, and conference management services.

The University operates a wide range of venues and facilities that attract events such as meetings, conferences (including residential), exhibitions, award ceremonies, receptions and dinners. Conference & Event sales are set to grow significantly from £2million to as much as £4million following industry recovery from the pandemic and investment in facilities both on and off campus, including a new city centre venue set to launch in spring 2023. 

Working as the Assistant Head of Conference and Events (Sales and Marketing), you will be responsible for managing and directing the work of the Conference and Events sales team to attract event bookers to use University venues, accommodation and other services via pro-active and reactive sales strategies and overseeing marketing activities. You will lead the team, ensuring they maintain a high standard with systems, processes and service to manage customer relationships and attract new and repeat business. 

You must demonstrate a track record of working in a sales/business development/marketing role within the meeting, incentive, conference, and exhibition industry. Moreover, to succeed in this role, you will need to be target driven and a fast learner with a proven track record of building significant event business sales and experience working as part of a senior management team. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to work collaboratively with others and build effective working relationships (including the Universities Catering & Hospitality and Residential services). 

What we offer in return 

    26 days holiday plus 16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That’s over 40 days a year! 

    Generous pension scheme plus life assurance– the University contributes 21.6% of salary 

    Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls. 

    Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more. 

    Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available. 

And much more!   

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact our retained advisor James Gregory [email protected] / 07966827391) at MRG.   

Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be submitted to [email protected] 

The candidate brochure can be viewed at: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/986795682/ 

Closing date for application will be Sunday 25th of September with interviews taking place on Friday 7th of October 2022

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Facilities Directorate
School/Institute:  Commercial & Campus Support Services
Section:  Catering, Conferencing & Events
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Salary:  £43,414 to £51,805 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Release Date:  Friday 09 September 2022
Closing Date:  Sunday 25 September 2022
Reference:  FDCCS1401EX


The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.