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Event Manager

Wings for Life UK
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1 Oct 2021

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To help take Wings for Life (WfL) to the next level, we are looking for a stand-out candidate to develop, manage and deliver our existing WfL and third-party events, maximising fundraising and awareness for the charity. The Event Manager will also be expected to take a creative and entrepreneurial approach to expanding the event portfolio, driving the potential of our target areas of Formula One, Cycling and E-Sports.Based in the heart of Covent Garden, in Red Bull UK's vibrant headquarters, WfL in the UK are a small team of committed fundraisers who collectively raise circa £2million a year to fund research and clinical trials to find a cure for spinal cord injury. As Red Bull cover all of our costs, 100% of every penny we raise goes directly to our research portfolio. We are one of four global offices, with other WfL teams being based in Austria, the US and Germany. Collectively, we are making a difference: since WfL was first founded, a number of vital breakthroughs have been made and there is now a very real prospect that spinal cord injury could be cured in a generation.Due to our flat structure, the role is extremely autonomous and includes senior touchpoints with our Board of Trustees, senior supporters and Ambassadors. We are seeking a confident individual, with bags of energy and enthusiasm, to join our team and really own this role and make it their own... MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES (EVENTS & GAMING)To lead, develop and own the strategy and business development plan for events year-roundTo develop, manage and deliver:Major fundraising events, ensuring a premium and unique supporter experience, including all relevant H&S considerations/risk assessments:The Cord Club (existing gala event)The Clay Day (existing clay pigeon shoot)Evening With... (F1 event in development)Ride The Spine (cycling event in development)Third party events, joint ventures and Red Bull regional, national & global events where Wings for Life are the benefitting charity, ensuring excellent planning, on-the-day delivery and post-event follow up:Wings for Life World Run Red Bull Soapbox (bi-annual)Wings for Life Christmas Quiz (Red Bull UK's staff Christmas party)Bonhams F1 auctions (ad hoc)Other F1 opportunitiesE-Sports / gaming campaigns (in development - working with third parties)To meet ambitious income targets and achieve significant growthTo work closely with the CEO, Partnerships Manager and Philanthropy Manager, supporting their cultivation strategy for each event. Event Management of supporter and cultivation events, taking on the event detail management and leaving them to focus on the relationship development.Work collaboratively with Partnerships Manager to secure, negotiate and manage event partners and sponsors, including gift in kind partners.ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES Supporting the Fundraising Specialist with any event logistical elements of high-profile individual fundraising challengesSupporting the Fundraising Specialist by providing high quality and engaging content for Wings for Life's social media channelsEnsuring all events data is saved on our CRM database, ensuring a transparent single supporter viewKNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCEExperience of working across a wide variety of events, including, but not limited to, fundraising eventsExcellent relationship management skillsExcellent planning and organisational skillsSuccess and evidence of developing and implementing new ideas to maximize potentialConfident communicatorCreative and innovative thinker, willingness to 'do things differently'Energy, enthusiasm and passion for what you doExperience in developing communication and marketing plans for eventsAble to work under pressure in a fast-paced team environmentHighly self-motivated and capable of working independentlyProactive about chasing new opportunitiesDriven by achieving financial targets & resultsAble to work as a strong team player who's flexible to support the teamFluent in written and spoken EnglishWe value experience over formal education.Line Manager: CEO of Wings for Life UKLocation: Based at Red Bull UK's London offices, with some flexibility for home workingTravel: 10%Direct reports: none, but some matrix management of the Fundraising SpecialistBenefits: discretionary annual bonus + generous benefits including private healthcare and mental health care
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