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Sr Director, Conference Operations

Portland, Oregon

Job Description:

What makes Gartner Conferences a GREAT fit for you? When you join Gartner, you'll be a part of a team that serves more than 75,000 business and technology leaders at 75+ global conferences each year. You’ll work with curious, motivated people, have unlimited growth opportunities, and learn about the latest in technology and business. Our Conferences team is growing in double digits and is positioned to exceed that growth in 2019 and beyond. If you enjoy challenging yourself, connecting with people and pushing the limits of your career, Gartner is the place for you.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities: 
•    Set global logistics strategy and objectives in line with our Events Mission statement and annual priorities – consistent and flawless execution on a global basis 
•    Responsible for management of the Evanta direct event budget of $24 Million to deliver all events globally for the Evanta portfolio
•    Responsible for leadership over our Global portfolio of events including the Supply Chain Leaders Forum (formerly part of SCM World)
•    Identify optimal onsite events investments to improve and lift the customer experience and innovate how we deliver
•    Effectively lead and inspire a rapidly expanding and diverse Events logistics team – requires travel and time to be spent in person with leaders in each region (Up to 30% travel)
•    Lead internal events organization helping us deliver outstanding Evanta events for employees with a consistently high experience to those we deliver externally
•    Lead an exceptional team who are experts in each of their functions- continue to create centers of excellence within the team where appropriate – Customer experience, venue logistics, F&B, AV production, customer feedback etc.
•    Leads team by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; developing, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, procedures, and productivity standards.
•    Continually plan for growth and the ability to accommodate this in every region in the world – be ahead of all new venue/location opportunities and partner with the rest of the Event Production, Sales and Marketing teams to ensure these are contracted appropriately
•    Work in partnership with Operations Manager on capacity planning, financial planning and contract management
•    Collaborate with the VP Content and leadership team to ensure the end-to-end client experience is seamlessly managed and that the Operations team clearly understand the needs of the audience and how this can be achieved in a live event environment
•    Collaborate with the Head of Concierge Services and Brand Directors to ensure the teams work cohesively together and can effectively deliver exceptional service and experiences to our sponsors. Ensure we execute on new forms of sponsored inventory 
•    Build effective relationships with wide range of external partners ensuring clear comprehension of Evanta and Gartner priorities
•    Effective project management including ownership and adherence to timelines and templates and accurately track and evaluate results on overall project goals
•    Partner with VP Marketing to enhance and innovate the brand and customer experience pre, onsite and post events
•    Build exceptional relationships with venues and external suppliers – ensure we are partnering with the best in the industry and effectively negotiate these contracts to ensure we maximize what is available to us. Personally own venue contracting, when needed, in partnership with the venue contracting lead and senior manager of production/operations
•    Assess competitive events and best in class companies or events to be watched
•    Lead international team (EMEA & ANZ) extending the Evanta model into new regions and building appropriate staffing and resource models for us to deliver outstanding events

Positions Reporting: 
•    5 direct reports and a team of roughly 35 people

•    Have extensive knowledge of the global markets we operate in and region-specific needs – the culture/expectations, who to partner with externally, what the cost structures should be, what are the unique financial implications of various regions 
•    Strong Management and Leadership capabilities with a growth mindset
•    Client Focus & Relationship Management 
•    Strong Decision-making abilities
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•    High sense of urgency
•    High energy levels
•    Organizational skills 
•    Teamwork/collaboration
•    Executive Presence

Key Internal Contacts:
•    Executive Leadership team at Evanta
•    Global Leadership Team at Gartner Events
•    Events technology MVP
•    Finance, Procurement and Events Sourcing teams globally

External contacts
•    Third Party Agencies, Freelancers & Venues

Expected Results

•    Exceptional attendee experience with high satisfaction scores
•    Flawless execution
•    Effective budget management and achievement of financial objectives
•    Engagement and effective management of all partners
•    Exceptional operational efficiency
•    Strong, motivated, high achieving team

•    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a related business field

•    12+ Years Event Operations Experience, with proven success producing World Class Events 
•    Logistics, Customer Service and Creative Production. Account Management experience is an advantage.
•    Strong background in conference/event management, including:
o    C-level/Technology marketing/events
o    Ability to demonstrate creativity and innovation while executing flawlessly
o    Expert in customer experience design and delivery
o    Ability to objectively measure success
o    Ability to lead direct and indirect reports
o    Ability to identify, research and operate in new geographies
o    Budget-management and financial-forecasting experience
o    Proven Project Management Experience
o    Contract Negotiation and Supplier Management
o    Strong Financial Management Skills
o    Fully competent in Microsoft office, especially Excel & PowerPoint

Preferred: CMP certification

Job Requisition ID:41191

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