The Vice President, Conferences Strategy will help to optimize and scale the Global Conferences Operations function as we seek to double the Conferences business over the next 5 years. The VP will act as a strategic partner to the GVP of Conferences Operations and the global Operations leadership team. This role requires proven experience in a business leadership/management role, with a special focus on executive-level advising, project execution, and key interdepartmental collaboration across Gartner.
The Conferences Operations organization at Gartner is responsible for the design and delivery of a global portfolio of large-scale destination conferences (2,000+ audiences) and hundreds of local events. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Conference Design and Management: Venues, Creative Production and Experience, Technology, Logistics and Exhibition Operations
Overall event planning including venue, food & beverage, audio/visual, transportation
Global Budget and Supplier Management
Strategic portfolio planning
Collaborating across Gartner to ensure effective operations, this role will report to the GVP of Conferences Strategy and dotted-line report to the GVP of Conferences Operations.
The Conferences Strategy team is a center of excellence responsible for helping to shape and drive the medium- and long-term strategy and vision of the Conferences business. This includes leading Conference’s Long Range Planning (LRP) – the strategic planning process for Gartner – and working with the head of Conferences and the Conferences Global Leadership team to identify, structure and solve the most pressing strategic questions and opportunities facing the Conferences business. In this team the individual will work alongside likeminded individuals. This role will be tasked with 3 key objectives:
Executive advisor - Directly supporting the GVP of Conferences Operations as a strategic advisor and thought partner. This includes helping with decision making, supporting executive presentations, and acting as a general sounding board.
Organizational scalability - Optimizing the Operations organization as it rapidly scales – helping define and deliver on the organizational vision and priorities for the Operations function. This is an opportunity to learn and shape the Conferences Operations function from the inside. This will include helping to define the organizational design and capabilities required to support a business twice the size of today.
Operational efficiency - Leading strategic projects in partnership with members of Operations leadership team, helping to apply more rigorous data analysis and problem-solving frameworks in partnership with the existing functional experts. This will require defining and implementing creative and scalable solutions to complex, often ambiguous, problems that drive meaningful and measurable business impact demonstrated through increased operational efficiency, and/or improved operating margins.
What we’re looking for:
Experience: 10+ years of progressive business experience, preferably in a strategy or consulting role with a focus on operations. Management consulting experience is required.
Exceptional problem solving capability: You have a proven track record of solving complex problems, thinking creatively and using data to tell a story
Fast-paced: You operate with a sense of “urgency” and can excel in an execution-focused environment
Relationship builder: You work well with others and effectively harness the power of collaboration
Passion: You are intellectually curious and have the hunger to proactively and independently identify the opportunities where you can drive the most impact for the business
Drive / Self-sufficiency: You have a demonstrated ability to own a problem and aggressively drive from problem statement to solution in a self-sufficient capacity, even in a matrixed environment
Communication skills: You’re an excellent and structured verbal and written communicator with effective presentation and platform skills
Executive presence: You have the ability to effectively engage, lead and influence senior Gartner executives - this role offers high visibility and access to senior Conferences and Gartner leadership
Strong core values: You demonstrate integrity, collaboration, a no-limits mindset, objectivity, and consistent results using global best practices
Leadership experience: You’ve led successful initiatives, engaging teams and key stakeholders across business functions and all the way up the organizational ladder
Influence: Must demonstrate a high level of collaboration and strong negotiation skills
Education: Bachelor's degree required, Masters preferred
** open to local candidates as role is based onsite in Stamford, CT.
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Our people are our most valuable asset, so we invest in them from Day 1. When you join our team, you’ll have access to a vast array of benefits to help you live your life well. These resources are designed to support your physical, financial and emotional well-being. We encourage continued personal and professional growth through ongoing learning and development opportunities. Our employee resource groups, charity match and volunteer programs keep you connected to your internal Gartner community and causes that matter to you.Gartner believes in fair and equitable pay. A reasonable estimate of the base salary range for this role is 144,000 USD - 224,000 USD. Please note that actual salaries may vary within the range, or be above or below the range, based on factors including, but not limited to, education, training, experience, professional achievement, business need, and location. In addition to base salary, employees will participate in either an annual bonus plan based on company and individual performance, or a role-based, uncapped sales incentive plan. Our talent acquisition team will provide the specific opportunity on our bonus or incentive programs to eligible candidates. We also offer market leading benefit programs including generous PTO, a 401k match up to $7,200 per year, the opportunity to purchase company stock at a discount, and more.
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