Event Director (Maternity Cover)

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Location Bristol

Salary Circa £40,000 + benefits

Company Bray Leino Events

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A little about us… 

International marketing group, Bray Leino has a dedicated events division (, comprising over 60 dedicated events specialists. Our award-winning creative and event management teams deliver experiences with the power to engage, stimulate and convey compelling messages. We provide comprehensive end-to-end event management services for multiple public-sector departments and private sector organisations.

We are looking for an Event Director to cover a maternity leave and join our Event Management and Conferencing team. You will play an integral part in the delivery of key event programmes working with senior representatives from across government, industry and academia.

What will I be doing?

Reporting to the Managing Director of Bray Leino Event Management, you will be responsible for the management and delivery of a range of events throughout the year, in the public sector.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with leading Government clients at a strategic level to develop and deliver event formats, campaign messages, KPIs and objectives
  • Leading and managing project teams on the planning delivery of events and projects, particularly large conferences and exhibitions – from conception to completion
  • Creating and managing budgets (up to £1.5m and cost neutral), providing updates to the client and reporting to the leadership team for P&L, forecasting etc.
  • Regularly presenting to, and providing reports for, large groups of senior external stakeholders
  • Contract negotiation with, and management of, 3rd party suppliers
  • Client relationships – building, maintaining and developing strong relationships, and managing expectations with core client contacts and the wider client stakeholders
  • Developing project timeline and ensure milestones are met by the team
  • Creating management plans and technical run sheets for use on-site, including resource planning
  • On-site event delivery (UK) and sometimes working weekends and evening as required.
  • Post event evaluation – analysing data and collating reports
  • Line management responsibility for Event Manager(s) / Executive(s) and wider team – including holiday sign off, mentoring, monthly catch ups, reviews and escalations
  • Contributing to new business tenders and pitches

What will I need?

The events world is unique. If you are someone who:

  • Has experience of leading the successful delivery large conferences and exhibitions (2000+ delegates, 100+ sponsors/exhibitors, +£1m budget)
  • Can manage large complex income generating budgets, specifically for cost-neutral events
  • Provides timely management account reporting
  • Remains calm under pressure, can manage many tasks simultaneously and maintain excellent attention to detail while working to strict deadlines
  • Is an effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport with a range of people, including clients, suppliers and colleagues
  • Has great leadership skills and team management experience
  • Has great writing and administrative skills, with competency in using Microsoft Office – Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint
  • Is flexible and wants to travel within the UK and abroad for a few days at a time
  • Will lead discussions, external meetings and conference calls
  • Is passionate about events
  • Has several years’ events experience (both private and public sector)
  • Uses their initiative and can think on their feet
  • Knows what it takes to deliver a great event
  • Thrives on a challenge

Then we’d love to hear from you!

Bray Leino team perks

25 days holiday rising after 2 years to

29 days

(plus Bank holidays)

Health Cash Plan

Claim back the costs of

dental, optical, physio treatments and more

Xmas break

Office closed between

Christmas and New Year

The basics

  • Company pension scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Refer a friend scheme

Rewarding loyalty

  • Enhanced employer pension contribution after one year's service
  • Outstanding training and progression

The extras

  • Health plan
  • Employee discount platform
  • Health and wellbeing programme
  • Corporate gym membership discounts
  • Bar-Leino open on Fridays stocked with free beer and cider

About the Bristol office

  • Minutes from the city centre and Clifton Village
  • Outstanding lunch and after work food and drink options on the doorstep
  • Onsite bar – The Pitcher – with ping pong, darts, foosball and Free Booze Fridays
  • People who visit Bristol often end up living here - it just happens

How we hire

  • We keep things simple, so our recruitment process should be quick and pain-free
  • If we like your application, expect a call very soon
  • You may need to visit us a couple of times to ensure you meet everyone you need to
  • For some roles, we’ll likely ask you to show us your portfolio
  • We like it when people want to work with us, so even if your initial application is unsuccessful, we’ll be in touch if a better suited role comes up