WIG – Event & Content Manager

The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG) is an independent, not-for-profit corporate membership organisation. We believe that solutions to global, national and organisational challenges are inspired by bringing people together from across the sectors.

WIG’s cross-sector membership consists of approximately 225 organisations – top FTSE and professional services companies, central government departments and agencies, local authorities, some wider public sector bodies, universities and not-for-profit organisations.

Reporting to the Head of Events, the role is a unique opportunity to take responsibility for the design and delivery of a diverse portfolio. The programme features senior speakers across topics such as Brexit, the Industrial Strategy, Digital & Technology and International Affairs.

WIG delivers around 140 events a year, tackling issues of importance to both business, government and the not-for-profit sector. Our briefings, workshops, roundtables and conferences attract over 7,000 delegates annually. Delegates are able to explore and share best practice with those from other sectors and hear from and debate with first-class speakers. The Event & Content Manager will be responsible for the creation of content, logistical coordination, as well as delivery for a significant proportion of the portfolio.

  • Role
    The successful individual will work across the organisation, with a focus on initiating and creating content for both free and paid for events. The role significant supports the event content development of WIG’s extensive portfolio.

    Specific Role Responsibilities

    • Managing the creation, design and logistical delivery of around 40 topical and relevant events (ranging from single speakers, multi-speaker, workshops and roundtables) across a range of sectors each year;
    • Produce at least one chargeable, one-day conference;
    • Generate new ideas both for owned networks and the wider WIG programme, conduct research, manage external relationships;
    • Secure and liaise with high-level speakers;
    • Monitor relevant external events to ensure WIG events are cutting-edge, including networking with external contacts and potential speakers;
    • Event attendance involving evening, early morning events and some regional events, which may occasionally require travel and overnight stays;
    • Improving user experience, particularly relating to digital content;
    • Engaging with other WIG Teams, particularly with crosscutting areas such as Marketing and Operations.
  • Event Delivery and WIG Relationship Management
    Event Delivery

    • In addition to content creation, the Event & Content Manager will be responsible for managing the delivery of their own events with the support of the Events Assistant;
    • Send event invitations to WIG’s membership using the CRM system;
    • Liaise with speakers and facilitators, ensuring they are fully briefed;
    • Liaise with venues/hosts regarding logistical aspects;
    • Manage all financial aspects including invoicing for paid-for events;
    • Manage delivery on the day to ensure smooth running of events;
    • Oversee and sometimes manage customer/member applications to events.

    WIG Relationship Management

    • You will have personal responsibility for the relationship management of about 8 WIG members from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors; in addition to contact with other WIG members on speaking opportunities.
  • Person Specification

    Essential

    •    Previous event content development and event management experience;
    •    Strategic and practical knowledge of successful digital event marketing practices;
    •    A strong interest in government, business and the not-for-profit sector, their interaction, and the value of cross-sector learning;
    •    Excellent research and investigation skills;
    •    Ability to work to strict deadlines under pressure and to run a number of different events simultaneously;
    •    Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; 
    •    Ability to liaise with delegates and senior speakers over phone, email and in person;
    •    Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team;
    •    Flexibility – need for an ‘all hands to the pump’ attitude when the events programme is particularly busy;
    •    Desire to get involved in wider WIG projects and activities;
    •    Willingness to work some additional hours, including attending early morning and evening events, and travel to events outside London. 

    You will have the opportunity for personal development. WIG invests in the training of its staff, and all are expected to show commitment to personal learning and development.

  • Terms of Employment

    The position is available on a permanent basis. A salary of between £30,000 and £34,000 (dependent on skills and experience) will be payable.

  • Application Process

    •    Please apply with a CV, Equalities Monitoring Form (downloadable below) and cover letter (maximum 300 words), setting out your reasons for applying and how you meet the criteria by email to Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent via [email protected] 

    •    If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would value a confidential discussion, please contact Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent on 020 7222 1166 or [email protected] 

    •    The deadline for applications is midday, Monday 26 November 2018.  

    •    First round interviews will be held week commencing Monday 26 November 2018.  

    •    Second round interviews will be held week commencing Monday 3 December 2018. 

    WIG Equalities Monitoring Form WIG Event and Content Manager November 2018