Assistant Head of Conference and Events (Operations)

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7121031 (Ref.No. FDCCS1424)
Posted: January 13, 2023

Job Description

£43,414 - £51,805 p.a. (depending on experience)

Please note that this role is based on campus. We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

Are you a senior-level event operations professional looking for the opportunity to work in some of Leeds’ most versatile venues in a period of significant growth?

The University of Leeds is one of the top 100 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 Conference and Events function plays a significant role in supporting the University’s strategic vision and world-class aspiration through its reputation for the successful delivery and professionalism of conferences, events and other services. The team’s income is 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. 

To deliver on these targets and to realise our ambition to become the academic venue event experience for organisers and delegates, we seek to appoint a senior-level individual to work closely with the Head of Conference and Events to develop and implement the event operations strategy, whilst leading, managing and motivating the event operations team. 

To be successful in this role, you will have significant experience in managing staff as well as experience working as part of a management team.   You will also have significant experience in managing successful large conferences and events from start to finish, providing advice on best practice.  You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to work collaboratively with others and build effective working relationships (including the University’s Catering & Hospitality and Residential services).

What we offer in return

If you are looking for your next leadership role in event sales where you will have a real opportunity to shape and grow the future of the business, apply today.  

The University is being supported on this recruitment campaign by the search consultancy The Management Recruitment Group (MRG). 

To arrange a confidential briefing conversation, please contact our advisor James Gregory of MRG. 

Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of no more than 2 pages) and a covering letter (of no more than 1 page). Applications should be sent directly to James Gregory. 

James Gregory

E: [email protected] 

T: 07966 827 391 

The closing date for applications is 29th January 2023. 

Final stage assessment interviews are proposed to take place at the University of Leeds on 9th February 2023.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Facilities Directorate
School/Institute:  Commercial & Campus Support Services
Section:  Catering, Conferencing & Events
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 8
Salary:  £43,414 to £51,805 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Thursday 12 January 2023
Closing Date:  Sunday 29 January 2023
Reference:  FDCCS1424

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.