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Conference and exhibition manager Conference organiser

Conference and exhibition organisers plan and run events like trade shows, conferences and exhibitions.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £17,000 to £80,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements but you'll usually need experience in hotel conference and banqueting, travel, sales, marketing, PR or fundraising.

A foundation degree or HND in events management or hospitality management could help you get a job.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • negotiation, sales and marketing skills
  • budget administration and IT skills

3. What you'll do

You'll work in exhibition marketing, operations or sales.

In exhibition marketing, you'll:

  • research the level of interest in an event
  • publicise events
  • find suitable venues and dates
  • oversee the design and printing of tickets, posters and promotional items

In exhibition operations, you'll:

  • plan timetables
  • book venues
  • supervise and pay exhibition designers and caterers
  • work closely with venue staff
  • handle enquiries from exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and visitors

In exhibition sales, you'll:

  • sell stand space to exhibitors
  • arrange sponsorship for events

4. Salary

Starter: £17,000 to £21,000

Experienced: £30,000 to £50,000

Highly Experienced: £50,000 to £80,000

Your overall pay could include bonuses and commission if you work in exhibition sales.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but you may work longer hours in the run-up to a conference or exhibition.

You'll usually work in an office and travel to meet potential sponsors and exhibitors, venues and contractors.

6. Career path and progression

You could work for an event management company, exhibition venue or marketing department of a large organisation, like a university. With experience, you could take on bigger events.

You could become assistant manager, then manager.

You could set up your own consultancy.

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Last updated: 12 April 2017