Head of Commercial Events (maternity cover)

Lead our team to generate income from venue hire and events, to support the Ri’s charitable activities.

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Job title: Head of Commercial Events (maternity cover)

Accountable to: Director of Strategy, Business Planning and Commercial

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London

Contract type: Fixed-term Maternity Cover (September 2022). Full time, 35 hours per week, flexible working pattern with some evening and weekend working, and some homeworking.

Salary: c.£52,000 to £57,000 per annum

About the role

We are now looking for maternity cover for our venue hire team, with an immediate start, if possible.  As the successful applicant, you will be responsible for leading the commercial venue team comprising of a Sales and Events Assistant and a Sales and Events Manager, managing our in-house catering partner Searcys, to deliver a seamless client experience. 

The team’s main objective is to generate income from venue hire & events at 21 Albemarle Street, the profits from which are used support the Ri’s charitable activities.  You will play a crucial role in planning & leading on a sales strategy to achieve annual/quarterly sales targets.

We are looking for someone to take on the role as soon as possible and stay until the end of May 2023.

About you

Do you have a passion for events and have a strong track record in sales and in event delivery and logistics?

You will be proactive, dynamic and able to work under your own initiative.  With a strong commercial mind, you must be able to identify opportunities for revenue growth and then strategically plan to deliver on these opportunities.

In this multifaceted role (involving sales strategy, financial planning and forecasting, marketing and communications and operational delivery) you will need to demonstrate excellent communication, people management experience, customer service skills and display a high level of organisational and project management ability.

How to apply

Please review the full job description and personal specification, and send your CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out in the personal specification to recruitment@ri.ac.uk by 9.00am on Thursday 18 August 2022.

Interviews are expected to take place w/c 22 August 2022.

We would ideally like someone in post by early September.

Equal opportunities

The Ri is committed to equality of opportunity at all stages of the recruitment process. The information supplied in the recruitment monitoring form will be treated in strict confidence and will only be seen by Human Resources. It will not form part of the selection process.

You may choose not to disclose some or all of the information requested in the form, and this will not affect your application in any way.

About the Royal Institution

The purpose of the Royal Institution is to connect as many people as possible with science. We've been doing it for well over 200 years and have an international reach, working with world-leading scientists, from Hannah Fry to Carlo Rovelli.

We talk, and listen, to the public. We help scientists talk, and listen, to the public. We develop critical thinking and a spirit of exploration in young people through our educational work.

Our activities include the world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES, talks from leading scientists and thinkers, explosive science shows, engaging school programmes, the Faraday Museum, our archival collections, and our innovative digital engagement activities, including live-streamed talks and our YouTube channel, which has over one million subscribers.

We believe that science is transformative. It shapes our world, and everyone should have a say in how it is used in our lives.