Supplier Manager, Venue Procurement

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Join a FTSE 250 conference events business with a portfolio of 500 global events for sectors such as telecoms, financial and commodities markets.

 

We are seeking a Supplier Manager to join the company in a newly created role. You will be working in a centralised team, providing procurement expertise to the global event operations function.  

 

The Supplier Manager will be responsible for venue sourcing and negotiating across all the event brands. The successful candidate will manage the entire venue sourcing process from initial brief to contract signing. Your role will predominantly focus on venues across the UK, EMEA and US, playing a vital role in ensuring venue selections meet the quality and expectations of the business.

 

About the role:

  • Ensure all shortlisted venue options appropriately match the expectations of the relevant event brand and its customers while also maximising cost saving opportunities.
  • Manage complex negotiations relating to space, rates, costs, concessions, and contract terms.
  • Work with Product Directors and the Event Delivery Team to establish venue and housing requirements.
  • Adopt a data driven approach to provide insights into room block performance and commission by event, venue brand and as a group
  • Ensure all shortlisted venues meet the company’s standards for health, safety, security, and sustainability
  • Cultivate positive relationships with key hotel chains

 

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Solid venue booking experience on the event side
  • Advanced negotiating, risk management, and contracting skills
  • Commercial acumen
  • Advanced project management skills
  • Exceptional ability to establish relationships and maintain a positive rapport both internally and externally
  • Ability to manage multiple projects across multiple time zones simultaneously and within tight deadlines.
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills (written, verbal, presentation).
  • Outgoing and good networker
  • Problem solver

Fantastic company benefits, including:

  • Long weekends (finish at lunchtime every Friday!)
  • Ability to choose to work from home or in the office however suits you (fully remote is possible!)
  • Generous holiday entitlement and great employee benefits
  • Access to LinkedIn leaning for training and upskilling
  • Salary: £35,000 - £40,000
  • Location: City of London / Remote