Head of Commercial Events (maternity cover from April 2020)

An exciting opportunity to lead the venue hire business of a unique and historic London venue in the heart of Mayfair.

  • The Ri is an attractive venue in the heart of Mayfair.

    Credit: Tim Mitchell

Head of Commercial Events

Job title: Head of Commerical Events (maternity cover)

Accountable to: Chief Operating Officer/Finance Director

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London

Contract type: Fixed-term Maternity Cover (from April 2020). full time, 35 hours per week

Salary: c. £55,000 per annum (plus attractive bonus scheme) 

About the venue

Tucked away in a tranquil Mayfair street just yards from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly, you will find the Royal Institution, a unique venue in one of Central London’s most prestigious locations.

The home of science and innovation for over 200 years, the Royal Institution is a place that was created to find solutions and answers. Only one question remains: do you have the skills knowledge and experience to lead our commercial offer?

In our welcoming Grade I listed Mayfair venue, discoveries were made that literally changed the world. Today it offers the perfect location for private and corporate events. Our historic Georgian rooms with fine portraits and original features blend seamlessly with more our contemporary spaces, all equipped with a wide variety of AV technology to suit needs.

 Find out more at venue.rigb.org

About the role

Our wonderful Head of Commercial Events is going on Maternity leave and we are looking for someone to join the team at the Ri and lead our commercial venue team, responsible for a team of three and working closely with our in house catering partner Searcys.  The team’s main objective is to generate income (currently £1.4m) from events and conference hire at 21 Albemarle Street, the profits from which are used support the Ri’s charitable activities.  This post will play a crucial role in leading the team to achieve quarterly sales targets.

We are looking for someone to start in the role towards the beginning of April 2020 and it is envisaged that the role will continue to June 2021.

About you

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

The ideal candidate will be proactive, hardworking and able to work under their own initiative.  With a strong commercial mind, they 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) the successful candidate will need to demonstrate excellent communication, people management experience, customer service skills and display a high level of organisational and project management ability.


Please review the full job description and person specification, and to apply send your CV and supporting statement of no more than 500 words explaining why you want the job and how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification to recruitment@ri.ac.uk no later than 9.00am on Monday 2 March.

For this busines critical role we reserve the right to close the application process once we have recieved sufficient interest. We would therefore encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Interviews are scheduled to take place during w/c 9 March.

We would ideally like someone in post by early April to ensure sufficient time for handover.

We ask applicants to complete and return the recruitment monitoring form along with their application. The Ri is committed to equality of opportunity at all stages of the recruitment process. The information supplied in this 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.

Apply now

Download the job description and recruitment monitoring form below.

Closing date: 9.00am on Monday 2 March

Interviews: w/c 9 March

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