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FT Live overview
FT Live is the conferences and events division of the Financial Times newspaper and its group publications. Our mission is to bring our global executive audiences the very latest in knowledge and opinion, and connect them to one another.
Chaired by senior FT journalists, the 200-plus core events, strategic forums and digital webinars organised by FT Live every year gather pre-eminent public and private sector decision-makers, visionaries and strategists from the world’s most important economies and industries for agenda-setting debates that cover the key issues of our time.
From unique experiences such as the FTWeekend Festival to our senior-level business summits such as the award winning Global Boardroom, FT Live has become one of the FT Group’s most successful and fastest-growing divisions, and is at the forefront of the FT’s accelerated development as an essential, interactive information source across numerous platforms.
The Role / Position Overview
We are looking for an Event Manager to join our Event Delivery team who will manage start to finish logistics for international in person events and digital events.
We are looking for an organised and professional candidate that is confident when communicating at all levels with senior internal stakeholders and external clients.
The Event Manager will help FT Live to deliver world class in-person and digital / hybrid events and ensure all expectations are met and exceeded.
Sponsors: ensuring all contracted deliverables are met to the highest standard
Speakers: providing comprehensive support and management throughout the speaker onboarding process
Suppliers: sourcing, negotiating and liaising with suppliers
Budgetary control: maintaining budgets, controlling costs with suppliers and negotiating without compromising quality
Preparing and maintaining realistic forecasts and budgets and submitting complete and accurate accounts to strict deadlines
Set-up and steer project meetings with other members of the team to ensure smooth delivery
Being present and project managing your events onsite or digitally.
Required Skills / Experience
Proven, successful event management experience is essential
Confident, able to work with minimum supervision to strict deadlines and remain calm under pressure
Extremely organised with excellent prioritisation skills - able to multitask and work on multiple events at the same time
Excellent communication skills and confidence to deal with people at all levels face to face, in writing or over the phone
Able to pick up new skills quickly, especially around tech and digital software
Flexibility to travel internationally as required.
What’s in it for you? Our Benefits
Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working (including working from home), medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages, subsidised gym memberships and Giving Back opportunities. Full details of our benefits can be found here.
The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help.