Events Manager

Events Manager, South West Based near Chippenham in Wiltshire. The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. CLA members own or manage around half the rural land in England and Wales and more than 250 different types of businesses. We are looking for an Events Manager to join our team who will organise, co-ordinate and administer events on behalf of the CLA South West. The successful candidate will work closely with the SW team and be responsible for securing commercial partnerships that will generate sponsorship to support the CLA events and activities throughout the year. Experience with running an extensive events programme would be beneficial but not essential. Our presence at the major Agricultural Shows in the South West requires intensive attention by the role-holder, both in planning and preparation and in managing individual functions and events during the week of each show. This is an exciting opportunity to be a key player in a small and flexible team at a pivotal time for the rural sector and also events management working. The role will offer the opportunity to meet our interesting and diverse membership and lead on the delivery of a busy regional events calendar while also supporting the delivery of all CLA activities in the region and contributing to the wider team in London and across the six regions in England and Wales. The successful candidate will be educated to (the equivalent of school diploma/A level or professional equivalent) and will demonstrate: Excellent organisational and administrative skills. Creativity and business acumen to create and manage events which appeal to our audiences. Ability to manage online events such as webinars or similar experience in a digital environment. Ability to manage databases. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential as well as a high level of computer literacy. . Ability to meet deadlines and work well in a pressured environment. Ability to work as part of a team. Rural and agricultural knowledge / background would be an advantage but not essential. Experience in an event environment would be an advantage but is not essential. Principal tasks: Ensure that a forward schedule of appropriate social, technical and professional events is planned and that all the relevant arrangements and notifications have been made. Organise venue, facilities and on site arrangements for events and to make records of those wishing to attend. Identify, introduce and, if appropriate, conclude contractual arrangements with suitable corporate partners to the CLA, with the primary objective of securing financial and other support for the CLA South West Region. To significantly engage in social media to publicise and arrange events as well as operating through a digital platform e.g., for webinars and podcasts. Liaise with the Director South West to plan and make the necessary arrangements for attendance at shows, exhibitions and conferences organised by third parties. Maintain complete and efficient records relating to each specific event and the overall regional programme. Prepare a forecast and income and expenditure account for each event and show. Support and contribute to all routine office duties, including telephone reception and membership retention work as appropriate. A full driving licence and a car is required as the position involves travel throughout the SW region and London. The Location, Team, and Working Arrangements: The role is based in Biddestone, near Chippenham in Wiltshire. We operate from a converted stable building set in the rural location which is bright and spacious. On reviewing our ways of working, some flexible working will be available on request but contact time in the office would be required each week, with a requirement to travel across the South West to unique and special landscapes. You will be working in a small, friendly team, who are very passionate about the organisation and rural affairs in general as well as being part of the CLA's supportive team of over one hundred highly motivated individuals across England and Wales. What We Can Offer: The CLA offers its staff a large number of benefits which include; Enrolment into an excellent pension scheme, offering Employer's contribution of up to 10% of salary. Minimum 24 days holiday, plus bank holidays. Work place benefits such as, Cycle to Work Scheme and Payroll Giving. Access to an online wellness portal, including Employees Assistance Programme. Application Process: Please reference: SW202EM Interested? Don't hesitate Click "apply" now and attach your CV long with your current remuneration. Interviews: First interviews will take place on Thursday 10 June via Zoom, with second interview planned for Friday 18 June in person at a venue in Newport.

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