• Francesca Ratcliffe-Boize
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Venue Sourcing Manager South West London, England

Reference: VSM/FRB Type: Permanent Start: ASAP Industry: Hospitality and Catering

Salary: £32000 - £34000 per annum + 2K Bonus

We are currently recruiting for a Venue Relations Manager to work within the in-house operations team. The ideal candidate is a keen negotiator with a wealth of national and international venue knowledge and an interest in researching new venues in destinations such as Africa, Asia and Europe.
The candidate should be a proactive, organised and self-driven individual with excellent time management to handle various projects simultaneously, also have a flexible approach to manage unforeseen changes to programmes quite straightforwardly.
The job holder will be working with the various departments, including production, marketing, finance and event management, handling the group's location requirements and contracting cost effective venues for its various 30+ annual conferences, functions, training courses and small dinners taking place worldwide.
Must have superb communication skills, aptitude to hold effective telephone and face to face negotiations, as well as deliver internal venue presentations. In addition the candidate should have proficient Microsoft Excel skills.
The ideal candidate has an operations or account executive background with the ability to handle strong negotiations while building relationships with venues and suppliers worldwide. The role is purely focused on venue relationship management and based in our head office in London.
Managing venue sourcing process from start to contract stage
Developing and growing existing strong relationships with international hotel groups, independent venues as well as convention and tourism offices worldwide
Negotiate and secure cost effective venues for the company's events;
Obtain necessary event permits;
Assist directors selecting adequate venues based on individual event requirements
Present research and cost comparison to Senior Management/Directors
Prepare cost and venue comparisons to assist with the internal venue selection process
Drive venue processes internally, liaising with various teams including production, marketing, finance, event management as well as provide venue availability and costs;
Prepare handovers and debrief meetings with Event Managers
Maintain the internal venue database and keep up to date with the latest industry developments
Secure commissions and manage venue payments.

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