LEADERS is the premium event and content platform for leaders in world sport. Our purpose is to help individual leaders and the wider industry get better by connecting the best people, sharing the best ideas and championing excellence all over the world. With physical and digital conferences taking place across 3 continents, as well as a series of specific workshops and networking opportunities, Leaders are the trusted source of insight, learning and inspiration for all decision makers in sport business.

Role overview:

The Event + Awards Manager will play a crucial role in developing and delivering Leaders events that reflect our high standards of execution, deliver an industry leading attendee experience and achieve the key objectives of our partners. Delivery will be across a range of events, with a particular focus on our flagship event Leaders Week London and the Leaders Sports Awards.


Awards specific

  • Lead on the successful delivery of our annual Awards
  • Project manage the entire end to end process; from creating the event brief and setting targets, to manging awards entries, the judging process and the shortlist
  • Plan and execute the Judging Day
  • Plan and execute a high end Awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum
  • Co-ordinate on the day logistics such as crowd control, menu selection, dietary requirements and entertainment acts
  • Create seating plans and confidently deal with last minute changes in a professional manner
  • Source creative shortlist announcement gifts and winner trophies
  • Work alongside our Technical Producer to ensure the theatrical production of the show is in line with internal and partner expectations
  • Report weekly and monthly on performance against goals, highlighting potential risks and opportunities early in order to maximise success
  • Run the pre-event walkthrough with the wider company to ensure absolute clarity of roles and responsibilities prior to going on site

Wider remit

  • Work closely with the commercial team to understand partner objectives and help craft creative solutions that deliver on client goals
  • Create superior attendee experiences that align to audience needs, have acute attention to detail and take inspiration from outside of sport to maximise attendance
  • Build solid relationships with all third-party suppliers and confidently negotiate favourable rates over multiple years to maximise investment
  • Contribute to the long-term strategy of the events by proactively coming up with ideas, concepts and ways to generate revenue through events in line with partner objectives
  • Oversee all experiential elements of the events from ideation through to execution, with a focus on continually enriching the attendee experience
  • Pro-actively collaborate with other departments including marketing, content and sales to maximise the success of the event at every level
  • Maintain impeccable levels of production across all elements of the live event
  • Source venues and attend site visits to ascertain suitability
  • Own the team resource plan for the running of live event days and ensure all elements of the event run to schedule
  • Own the end to end online and onsite registration process with regular reporting on audience metrics
  • Support on financial requirements such as raising POs
  • Accurately report on monthly budget expenditure and cost management
  • Support the content and marketing teams in pulling together onsite collateral, branding and signage in a timely manner
  • Lead on post event surveys to determine overall satisfaction of attendees and use feedback to shape ideas for future events

Who you are:

  • Accomplished industry professional with excellent knowledge and thorough comprehension of event logistics and management of events
  • At least 4 years’ experience in a large-scale events role, including at least 2 years as the main lead on end-to-end event delivery
  • Experience of executing a fast paced Awards ceremony to an incredibly high standard
  • A creative, solution focused individual with the ability to think outside the box to deliver exceptional experiences
  • Able to make informed decisions in line with business needs and take action in a timely manner
  • Able to spot inefficiencies and pro-actively implement new, more sustainable ways of working
  • Comfortable working in a high-pressured environment
  • An excellent communicator
  • Strong organisational, time management and prioritisation skills
  • A real people person able to build relationships with ease and a willingness to go out of your way to help your fellow team members succeed
  • Curious with an active interest in monitoring industry trends and other events to inspire new ways to improve our event delivery
  • Quick to absorb, process and retain large amounts of information
  • Highly capable in the use of Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, and Word)
  • Experience using Cvent, Salesforce and Netsuite is desirable but not essential

Key experience required:

  • Experience of organising and delivering an Awards ceremony
  • Budget management
  • 4 years event experience with 2 years as the lead on end to end event delivery (from planning to execution to debrief)
  • Experience of social tables or other event/seating software is desirable


If you are interested, please apply via this link.