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Course and Conference Officer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Salary: Grade 4
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd December 2019
Closes: 31st January 2020
Job Ref: HD01681

About the team/job

As part of the Course and Conference Office, based at EMBL Heidelberg you will fulfil EMBL’s mission to provide exemplary training for the life sciences, making the laboratory the leading meeting place for biologists in Europe. Join the team that delivers a world-class programme of international conferences, courses and events, primarily at the striking Advanced Training Centre (ATC). The ATC is EMBL’s purpose-built scientific conference and training venue, centred on a large auditorium, wet laboratories and computer-based training rooms and complete with social spaces designed to foster networking and collaboration. We offer an international working environment with superb benefits and facilities for staff.

Course and Conference Officers are responsible for the end-to-end production of their own assigned conferences, courses and events, working in collaboration with scientific organisers, external clients or partners. The current opening is for a rapid-learning and appropriately experienced events organiser ideally with the potential to start work in Heidelberg in April, training up to produce his/her share of EMBL’s events in late 2020 and beyond.

Your role

Main functions:

  • International liaison with scientific speakers and trainers from invitation stage through to event reimbursement
  • Control of expenditure on assigned events, and delegated responsibility for individual event budgets
  • Monitoring of registration fee payments, processing of speaker expenses ensuring adherence to policy and administration of grant allocations
  • Working with customer relationship management databases and other events software to manage event registration, reviews, abstracts and other processes
  • Creation, population and upkeep of event websites via content management systems
  • Coordination of event logistics including catering, technical, transport, international travel and accommodation
  • Programming of non-scientific content of events: social and networking provision, off-site dinners, excursions etc
  • Working with the CCO Marketing Team, the EMBL Strategy and Communications team, internal and external suppliers to produce marketing materials and execute campaigns for the events.
  • On-site coordination of events
  • Preparing financial and statistical reports following events and collating information for funders and partners
  • Actively contributing to projects and work groups to advance the continuous development of the CCO
  • Building and maintaining good relationships with internal and external partners, scientific organisers and service providers
  • Administrative functions necessary to the post

There will be an occasional requirement to work at evenings and weekends in support of the programme.

You have

Your academic studies and your career to date in events coordination, conference production, courses or other appropriate projects will have prepared you to work on EMBLs busy programme. The CCO needs enthusiastic team players with impressive abilities to self-organise and prioritise so that they can support multiple event projects and tasks simultaneously. Strong administrative, coordination and customer service skills underpin your ability to communicate with and gain the confidence of our scientists, customers and fellow service providers at EMBL.

  • Full fluency in English and basic German language proficiency essential
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel)
  • Experience working with databases, content management systems, registration. Facility for learning to work with new software
  • Excellent time-management skills with the ability to multi-task and perform under pressure
  • Adept communicator and relationship builder
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Degree level education (subjects related to events industry especially welcome), other relevant qualifications and / or equivalent, appropriate experience is required 

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